Wow, tech earnings season could be huge.
Netflix -- What Else Can You Say?
When a company starts its earnings release with the word "beautiful" as Netflix (NFLX) did, what else can you really say about the quarter? The company flat out nailed it and in the process captivated the minds of Wall Street enough to send the company's market cap soaring above $100 billion. As if Wall Street wasn't already crazy bullish on Netflix, the stock now climbs into bubble territory. Nevertheless, here is what stood out in the quarter and what is fueling the excitement: (1) acceleration in subscriber growth from the third quarter; (2) profits in international, long a soar point for Netflix; (3) big-time investment in content as Netflix tries to widen its lead over Amazon (AMZN) , Hulu, Action Alerts Plus holding Apple (AAPL) and soon, Disney (DIS) , with its new streaming service (in the case of Netflix, excess spending is viewed favorably); and (4) no clear sign subscribers wouldn't pay even more to stay on the Netflix platform -- hello pricing power. I would add this memo to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: These webcast conference calls conducted in what looks to be tiny cubicles should be overhauled for a more premium experience. It looks second rate and not interactive enough for a company that produces epic original content. Just keeping it real, bro.
Tesla Drops This Ahead of Earnings
Tesla decides to reveal a new compensation plan for CEO Elon Musk ahead of what could be a weak fourth-quarter earnings report. Hmm. Not sure you want to buy up Tesla into that report. In short, Musk's new 10-year incentive plan is absurd for a number of reasons. Chiefly, in order for him to be fully vested, Tesla's market cap will have to grow more than $600 billion to $650 billion. Clearer short-term goals would be better for a company burning through cash and lacking an ability to deliver on Musk's goals. This is buffoonish target, plain and simple, given the competitive pick-up in the electric car market. Such a target assumes Tesla will pretty much be the only one making electric cars over the next 10 years with any form of success. What about Ford (F) , General Motors (GM) , Toyota (TM) , Mercedes and others? What happens if Tesla's market cap sinks $15 billion after a bad quarter,? Does Musk get discouraged and jump ship to Hyperloop production? One can appreciate Tesla's efforts here but there are questions with this structure.
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