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(B)(N) Technology Angst

May 21, 2014
Gandalf the white Courtesy: The Hobbit

Gandalf the White
Courtesy: Evenstar

Drama. Whenever we turn on our laptop computer, we know that in the next five seconds until the keyboard is given back to us and the network is connected, more computations have been done than were ever done in the entire 19th century and the twenty centuries before that.

With that sense of awe and lack of comprehension, we need to respect the projections of Mr. John T. Chambers, the CEO of Cisco Systems Incorporated, when he says “You are going to see a brutal, brutal consolidation of the IT industry where out of the top five players, only two or three of us will be meaningful in as quick as five years” (Business Insider, May 20, 2014, Cisco CEO: ‘Brutal’ Times Are Coming For The Tech Industry).

But we don’t know which two and even Gandalf (the magician) might have to die, so we lined them up in a portfolio, and that can’t be all bad. And in our search for enlightenment, we also added Intel Corporation which serves them all. However, we found what we always seem to find in industries that are competing only with themselves – they will build it and the customers will come, eventually. Perhaps that’s what Mr. Chambers means – they don’t have enough customers yet and there might not ever be enough because collaboration tools sounds more like entertainment than a product that would be essential to enhance productivity or profitability.

As noted by the other “Ring Masters”, change is always effected by only one person.

Please see Exhibit 1 below for the modern fundamentals and our synopsis of what currently is.

The Unconnected Courtesy: CiscoLive! Milan 2014

Figure 1: The Disconnected and The Unconnected
Courtesy: CiscoLive!
Milan 2014

Mr. Chambers also predicted that most of his competitors in this industry will fall in the next five years (please see the chart on the left) and we have concluded that their customers must “needs be driven” towards the “greater Cloud and The Great Ring Fence” that will envelop us all (Reuters, May 21, 2014, EBay asks 145 million users to change passwords after cyber attack).

Again, we’re not really sure about that either because these companies demonstrate the common struggles of mortals to excel, and sometimes they are known to prevail against all odds and deeper pockets and a compelling vision that might not think of everything at the right price. Please see Exhibit 2 below for what we think but don’t know.

Exhibit 1: Technology Angst – Fundamentals – May 2014

Technology Angst - Fundamentals - May 2014

Technology Angst – Fundamentals – May 2014

(B)(N) Technology Angst - Risk Price Chart - May 2014

(B)(N) Technology Angst – Risk Price Chart – May 2014

As an investment portfolio, this is not too bad, and these companies might be able work on the next vision and still make money now.

Last year, they earned $70 billion and returned 36% of it to the shareholders for a payout of $25 billion and an aggregate yield of 2.5%; please see Exhibit 1 above.

To make earnings, they’re also turning over their inventory 4× a  year or every three months which is interesting because the nature of this business is not fruits & vegetables.

In contrast, what Mr. Chambers deems to be his competition is more like “bread-boarders”; that is, they make, sell and install these products for smaller businesses which might gain some competitive advantages by using some collaborative technologies if they’re not too expensive. But it seems to be a hard-scrabble business and their next customer might be their last and we might be the last to know. Please see Exhibit 2 below.

Exhibit 2: Against All Odds – Fundamentals – May 2014

Against All Odds - Fundamentals - May 2014

Against All Odds – Fundamentals – May 2014

(B)(N) Against All Odds - Risk Price Chart - May 2014

(B)(N) Against All Odds – Risk Price Chart – May 2014

It took us one ring to find them (please see Figure 1 above and the chart on the left), but Arista Networks is privately-owned and Avaya Incorporated is funded by private equity capital and Huawei Enterprise is headquartered in Shenzhen, South China and publishes its balance sheets and stock prices in CNY6.0569 = USD1.00 and although we use their equipment, we’re not motivated to deal with the exchange problem every day; too much can happen before we hear about it and our stop/loss is not effective as such because the company itself is affected inversely to a change in the exchange rate which affects the stock price right away.


Technology Angst

Having said that, we still need to wonder why the other companies have a stock price at all. Please see Exhibit 2 above for the fundamentals.

And please click on the links below (and again to make them larger if required) for more details; we’ve also used terms from the Theory of Firm and The Process which might make for some good summer-time reading that can’t be found anywhere else and can only be bought with a portfolio.

(B)(N) Technology Angst – Prices & Portfolio – May 2014“, “(B)(N) Technology Angst – Portfolio & Cash Flow Summary – May 2014“, “(B)(N) Against All Odds – Prices & Portfolio – May 2014” and “(B)(N) Against All Odds – Portfolio & Cash Flow Summary – May 2014“.

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