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Is this the next big IPO?

This is probably the next big IPO. Xiaomi technology is founded by Lei Jun, which  is China`s Steve Jobs. Along with Alibaba`s Jack Ma, he is also the face of China Inc. His company Xiaomi is expanding overseas.

Xiaomi Inc was founded in 2010 and is a privately owned Chinese electronic company headquartered in Beijing. The company develops, and sells smartphones, mobile apps, and customer electronics. Products they run is MiPhone, MiBox, MiTalk, MiHome launcher, Duokan Reader, MiCloud and MiTV. Lei Jun founded the company together with Hong Feng, Zhou Guangping, Li Wanqiang, Huang Jiangji, Lin Bin, Liu De and Wang Chuan.

Xiaomi sold more smartphones in China than Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co! But it is worth saying that Xiaomi has a low-cost business model. They run Google`s Android mobile OS, and has become the world`s fifth largest smart phone maker behind Samsung, Apple, Lenovi and Huawai.

They are a low-cost company and belive that when it costs you $200 to make a product, you should sell it for $600. Innovation is not a luxury item. Innovation is for everyone. That`s Xiaomi`s thoughts.

The company is looking to expand into Brazil and Mexico, and has moved beyond China to sell their products in India and Indonesia. India is the world`s second largest cellphone market after China.

Xiaomi needed money for their expansion, and borrowed $1 billion from 29 different banks for a three-year loan.

The lead bankers on the loan are Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Credit Suisse Group SA, Deutsche Bank AG, J.P Morgan Chase & Co, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Banco do Brasil, Morgan Stanley, ICBC Asia and a subsidiary Chinese lender of Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. Xiaomi is borrowing at attractive terms and the bankers are charging them 2,325% points over London interbank offered rate for the loan it is borrowing in two tranches. Normally, company’s similar to Xiaomi are charged 2,5% points over Libor.

Xiaomi raised a fourth round of funding in August 2013, and that valued the company at $10 billion, and that is more than double its June 2012 valuation of $4 billion. The $1 billion loan now is their first overseas.

Investment banks see business opportunities with Chinese technology companies in the future. Many investors belive we are in a tech bubble, but lenders feel more comfortable now with the technology industry than they did only a few years ago.

The reason why we had a tech bubble in 2000 was that many of the companies listed on Nasdaq didn`t have income. Xiaomi sold about 18 million phones in the past year, and it is forecasting sales of 60 million units in 2014. Bubble? I would rather say; possibly the next big IPO!

 

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Investors expectations for Facebook is high

Facebook will report earnings for its 3rd quarter of the year after the closing bell today. They smashed the earnings estimates in July and the stock jumped 6,5% higher. The stock continues to rally after that, but have surged 14% in the past two weeks.

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Last quarter Facebook reported earnings of 42 cents per share, while Wall Street was forecasting 33 cents. Everyone was surprised, but what now? Over the past year Wall Street has sandbagged its estimates 5 quarter in a row, and Estimize is more bullish on Facebook`s bottom line now, expecting the social media king`s EPS to beat the Street by 5 cents per share. Wall Street has left its earnings consensus flat.

It`s expected to see the company to grow by 57% at the top and 80% at the bottom line. A 57% YoY revenue increase would be down slightly. Average over the past year is 64%. An 80% EPS gain YoY is also below the average of 124%. Their growth is expected to break. $3 billion a quarter in sales makes it unprecedented to grow fast.

In the company`s previous earnings release Facebook reported 1,32 billion monthly users, and 1,07 billion monthly users on mobile. A huge number, but Zuckerberg have a plan to keep the profit piling g up.

They will increase the value of advertisements by improving data tracking, and with help from Atlas, Facebook will try to compete with Google, which is the master of data tracking and serving targeted advertisements which is gold for marketers worldwide.

Mark Zuckerberg want to offer best in the class mobile experience. At the beginning he was worried that the app was too difficult to manage. He was worried that the app was clunky on mobile, and trying to do too many things at once. So far it looks like his plan is paying off as Facebook is making a killing on mobile advertisements.

They will also try to expand the user base by connecting more people to the internet across the globe. When Zuckerberg outlined his goal to connect the world to the internet last summer, only 2,7 billion (1/3 population of the planet) had access to the internet. So far, they have done a great job to sign up new members as they have over 1 billion monthly users.

It`s easy to see why investors are so bullish on Facebook. The only point of concern might be that Facebook has performed so well over the past year that expectations have gotten ahead of themselves.

Facebook is up 47,4% YTD. Will they beat the Street this time?

 

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Earnings from Social Media stocks this week

This week is a big week for social media stocks. It all starts today, and we will be getting earnings release from Twitter (TWTR) after the bell today. Twitter kicks off the week for social media earnings today, followed by Facebook tomorrow.

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(Picture: Twitter chart)

Twitter haven`t met analysts expectations on MAU`s (monthly active users) growth lately. With 271 million MAU`s they are focusing on product improvements to increase the amount of time users spend on their platform.

They launched their brand new Audio Cards this quarter which enables music and podcasts to be played directly on Twitter via Soundcloud.

The company has underperformed the Nasdaq and Facebook (FB), as analysts is disappointed at Twitters growth prospects and engagement levels. So far, they have posted strong sales growth but with disappointing earnings.

Analysts expect strong results from the social media giant after the bell today, and this brings up the big question; Is this a good time to invest in the tweeting giant?

It is expected to se a report revenue of $360 million, and if that is the fact, it will represent about 100% increase in sales vs same time last year.

It`s not easy to value early stage growth companies like Twitter, but investors will focus on earnings and revenue after the bell today. Some people are negative and expect EPS of $-0,27. Other say $0,01.

Last quarter, the stock gained 22% because revenue was $312 million compared to analysts estimate of $282 million. Some say the surge in performance last time was attributed to increased engagement and user activity because of the FIFA World Cup, and analysts belive that Twitter will not be able to follow with a similar performance.

Analysts I have talked to are forecasting earnings of 3 cents per share. Twitter has a great track record of beating the Street`s EPS consensus. Will they beat Wall Street this time?

 

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Yelp revenue up +62%

Yelp are reporting earnings later today, and this one will be interesting to watch. The competition in the ad business is stiff as local ad segments has become more attractive to competitors like Google, TripAdviser and Facebook to name a few.

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They have all increased their focus on local advertising in recent years, but despite that, Yelp reported positive EPS for the first time since its IPO. It`s estimated to see EPS to come in at $0,05 vs Wall Street`s $0,03.

That`s much better than last year, which was lower at -$0,04. Revenue is estimated to be $99,4M vs Wall Street`s slighly lower estimate of $98,9M, and that would be a whopping 62% increase YoY. Not bad for a 5B market cap company.

Yelp had about 68 million mobile unique visitors in the second quarter, and that`s up 51%. The growth factor is in their expansion in Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, Portugal, Argentina and Chile, which will boost their ad revenue. 40% of all new reviews and more than 50% of Yelp`s total ad impression came from mobile devices. It`s expected to see the trend to continue.

Yelp is challenged by Google`s algorithmic change this summer, but despite that, Yelp`s traffic increased. The international traffic grew 80% YoY last quarter to 31 million unique monthly visitors. Another challenge is Angie`s list. Google is likely to offer them a buyout offer, but Amazon or Home depot is also on the retailers list for a possible acquisition in the future.

Angie`s list`s shares plunged today, reported a bigger than expected quarterly loss and they reported a fewer paid members. They lose market share and subscribers because they charges their customers fees to access reviews and ratings, which is free on Yelp. They have had to slash membership fees over the past few years, and has failed to turn into profit since their IPO in 2011. Angie`s list in founded in 1996, which is one of the tech companies that survived the dot-com bubble in 2000.

Yelp is scheduled to release its earnings results after the bell today.

 

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International Business Machines (IBM) Take Advantage of the Drop

IBM dropped significantly today when it reported its earnings, which were significantly less than the consensus analyst estimate. This major earnings failure comes at the same time as investors are beginning to question IBM’s sustainability and power; whether or not Big Blue really has the same ability to grow as it did before.

In actuality, IBM is not nearly the company it was before. The company is currently going through a huge transition from a hardware company to a software company, focusing on high growth areas such as the cloud. The company has already shed off many of their hardware businesses by selling them off, and today has even reported that they will pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take their semiconductor chip units, a part of the business that has been unprofitable for years.

The main argument against IBM is that their revenues have been falling for years now, and will likely continue into the future. That, however, is misguided, since the most fundamental reason that IBM’s revenues have been falling is because they have been going through this business transition, and need time to re-stabilize their business.

At trailing and forward P/E ratios of just 10, IBM is exceptionally undervalued. This is a company that has major market share in a rapidly growing part of the tech industry: the cloud.The growth prospects and what IBM could do with their new business position are enormous, yet the market is valuing its growth potential like it’s nothing.

Also, IBM is a dividend aristocrat, meaning that the company has increased their dividends for more than 25 years in a row, adding up to a very nice flow of cash. The company is also a serial re-purchaser of their own stock. Spending billions of dollars in buybacks every year, the company is still speeding up their share repurchases, especially since they think shares are so undervalued now.

The company is also very good at setting goals and achieving them, never straying from the path to success. Management lays out what they call “road maps” every few years, which involve setting an EPS price target for the future years. They easily attained their last road map target a few years back, and are currently on a good track to surpass their 2014 target of $16 per share.

It’s also worth a mention that respected investor Warren Buffett also holds IBM as one of his core “Big Four” holdings. These Big Four stocks are four companies (WFC, KO, AXP, and IBM) that he has held through thick and thin, good and bad. These are companies that he expects to hold forever, and expects them to be extremely lucrative over that time period as well. He recently purchased IBM, but the other three were bought in the 1960s and 1980s, and have now netted him gains in the thousands of percentages and vastly outperformed the market. Also, IBM is a technology company, an industry that Buffett has long declared too hard to understand and changeable. The fact that IBM is one of the only tech companies in his entire portfolio shows that he has probably already done much research on the company and therefore trusts it above all others.

In conclusion, IBM is a great company that is trading at incredibly low valuations in the short term. These valuations should stabilize to an acceptable level in the future, which should most likely also reflect some premiums because of Warren Buffett’s support of the company and it’s shareholder-friendly history. The current bearishness in the company is only an effect of revenues that have dropped in the short-term due to an inevitable company transition into the software business. This issue of revenues will come to pass when the company gets back on track with their business and finishes their transition into the software business. Investors should look to IBM for sustainability, growth, and undervaluation.

 

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