|Bid||53.47 x 900|
|Ask||53.50 x 1200|
|Day's Range||53.42 - 54.25|
|52 Week Range||42.40 - 60.50|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.20|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||17.50|
|Earnings Date||Dec 16, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.96 (1.71%)|
|1y Target Est||56.47|
(Bloomberg) -- Steve Schwarzman has doubts. So does Larry Ellison.And so, too, do the growing numbers of Wall Street bankers and investors who are all anxiously awaiting the next move by WeWork and its brash co-founder, Adam Neumann.Neumann was a no-show this week for a long-planned appearance at a SoftBank Group Corp. three-day retreat in Pasadena, California, according to people familiar with the the matter, a further sign that company executives are hunkering down. Once the WeWork initial public offering was postponed late Monday, organizers knew Neumann’s presence would be iffy, the people said. His planned appearance was rescheduled from the first day of the event at the Langham hotel to the last and then canceled altogether.In short order Neumann’s office-sharing company has gone from a get-rich story to a you’ve-got-to-be-joking melodrama -- from WeWork to WeWait to, now, WeWorry.It was a brutal week. First, WeWork’s parent company, We Co., finally conceded that its grandiose plans for going public would have to wait.Then Schwarzman, one of the most powerful figures on Wall Street, threw shade on the company’s hoped-for valuation, which has already collapsed from upwards of $60 billion to $15 billion -- or lower.“I sort of went, what? How do you get this?” Schwarzman, the head of private equity giant Blackstone Group Inc., said of the early numbers Wednesday at a luncheon in New York. Ellison, chairman of Oracle Corp., went further, according to Barron’s. He told a group of entrepreneurs at his San Francisco home that day that WeWork is “almost worthless.”And it only gets worse. In London, two deals for major office buildings that are largely leased out to WeWork started to fray. Back in its hometown of New York, the company made a small round of job cuts. And the Wall Street Journal, examining WeWork’s over-the-top culture, reported that Neumann and his friends smoked marijuana on a private jet en route to Israel last summer -- and left a chunk of the drug behind, spurring the plane’s owner to summon it back.If all that weren’t enough, Neumann’s own bankers were getting antsy: They were looking to revise a $500 million credit line secured by WeWork stock -- an acknowledgment that those shares appear far less solid than they used to.New RisksAnd, by Friday, Wendy Silverstein, a big name in New York commercial real estate who joined WeWork last year as head of its property investment arm, had left the company. She’s spending time caring for her elderly parents.Even the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston was adding to the angst. In a speech Friday in New York, Eric Rosengren warned that the proliferation of co-working spaces might pose new risks to financial stability.A WeWork representative declined to comment on Neumann’s canceled appearance at the SoftBank conference, citing the pre-IPO quiet period. SoftBank also declined to comment.Rarely has so much gone so wrong so fast for a young company in the spotlight. Neumann has begrudgingly agreed to cede some of his powers. The question now: Will that be enough?“I’ve never seen a company of this size and scale generate such a consensus of negative opinion in my long, long life of following IPOs,” said Len Sherman, a Columbia Business School adjunct professor whose 30-year business career included time as a senior partner at consulting firm Accenture Plc. “There is no box that they haven’t ticked when you think of all the reasons that you might be very concerned -- like blaring red lights. Like, oh my gosh, caution, danger, danger.”WeWork now hopes to go public next month. But even that may be optimistic. Neumann, also We Co.’s chief executive officer, has to persuade investors that his company -- which has raised more than $12 billion since its founding and never turned a nickel of profit -- is worth billions on the stock market.Deadline LoomsTime is short. WeWork must complete its IPO before the end of the year to keep access to a crucial $6 billion loan.The company’s $669 million of bonds due in 2025 have dropped 5 cents this week to 97.75 cents on the dollar as of Thursday, according to the Trace bond-price reporting system.A few hours after the Journal story hit Wednesday, investors at a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. conference in New York heard from Snap Inc.’s Evan Spiegel -- Neumann’s predecessor as a celebrated startup founder whose behavior and company control attracted unflattering attention as the unicorn went public in 2017.He was asked what advice he’d give to founders looking to become CEOs of companies that have to answer to shareholders. His answer:“Don’t go public.”(Updates with CEO’s canceled appearance in third paragraph.)\--With assistance from Gillian Tan, Matthew Boesler and Sarah McBride.To contact the reporters on this story: Ellen Huet in San Francisco at email@example.com;Scott Deveau in New York at firstname.lastname@example.org;Gwen Everett in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael J. Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org, David Gillen, Daniel TaubFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Uber sports a market valuation of more than $57 billion. while WeWork has raised more than $12 billion in venture capital.
No one has more to say about almost everything than (ORCL) (ORCL) founder Larry Ellison. Ellison, the company’s executive chairman and chief technology officer, and one of the richest people on Earth, has become even more important to Oracle’s day-to-day operations recently, given the recent announcement that co-CEO Mark Hurd is taking time off to deal with a medical issue. In connection with the conference, Oracle assembles a group of entrepreneurs the company supports under a program called Oracle for Startups.
Microsoft (MSFT) stock appears to be one of safest mega-cap tech buys out there at the moment, even at its new all-time highs. And it just raised its dividend and announced a new share buyback program.
There is a time and place where stock buybacks are appropriate such as when the stock price is undervalued and there are no more productive uses for the money, but this can still be speculative.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Many of us have been fixated on WeWork’s struggle to go public and the disastrous post-IPO stock performance of high-profile startups Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. But as has often been true in the last few years, the tale is different for the unglamorous tech companies that are running circles around their cool peers.The latest example is Datadog Inc., which helps companies monitor the health of their apps and computing infrastructure; it sold its first batch of public stock late Wednesday. If you fell asleep reading the description, let me wake you up by saying that the company’s most recent pre-IPO investors(1) have a nearly 1,100% gain on their shares in less than four years,(2)according to figures from EquityZen, a marketplace for private stock sales. The earliest Datadog stock buyers from 2011 have a nearly 50,000% gain.In a non-systematic look at more than a dozen other tech companies that have gone public in the past couple of years, the stock gain for Datadog’s pre-IPO investors is at or near the top of the leader board. Repeatedly, the less-buzzy startups like Datadog that sell cloud-subscription software to businesses have been the ones that deliver the goods for early backers. There have been exceptions, but companies like Zoom Video Communications Inc. and Slack Technologies Inc. — the coolest of the Zzzz crowd — have tended to produce strong returns for pre-IPO investors, and their public shares have typically done well, too.Investors, both public and private, love these software-as-a-service companies. Generally their technology is better than anything that came before — if there was an old-guard technology with similar functions — and once businesses use the software and stitch it together with email, calendars, information databases and other corporate systems, it can be tough to ditch. If they’re managed properly, these business software companies can grow fast and predictably.Among the tech companies that have gone public on U.S. stock exchanges since the beginning of 2018, nine of the top 10 by stock gains from their IPO price are software companies that sell to businesses, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. (No. 1 is Zscaler Inc., whose share price has more than tripled since its March 2018 IPO, despite a recent drop.)What are the lessons here? Well, not surprisingly, it may be that the consumer-oriented tech companies with lots of attention as startups may be great companies but not necessarily great investments if the hype leads to overvaluation. That’s particularly true — as in the cases of Uber, Lyft and WeWork — when public company investors are far more dubious than private investors about companies with unproven business models and unsteady financial metrics. The other lesson may be that you’re in luck if you founded a company in a sector like business software that, at least for now, is the apple of investors’ eyes. I have my doubts about how long these software-as-a-service companies can stay viable. When there is an economic downturn and companies take a hard look at what they’re spending on technology, there are going to be software bills they can live without. That swings the advantage to the big software supermarkets like Oracle, Microsoft and Amazon, which can offer companies discounts on a range of technologies. Some young business software companies are also spending big to grow in a way that may not be sustainable, and their corners of the market may not be as big as optimists expect. These young cloud software companies are also priced for growth to the point where they are vulnerable to any hiccup in customer acquisition numbers or revenue gains. That has happened recently, when companies like Zscaler, Alteryx Inc., PagerDuty Inc., CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. and New Relic Inc. reported wobbly financial results, changes in management or were just infected by worries from other companies in their sector. Still, Datadog shows the benefit of being the right kind of business at the right time. Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that Cisco Systems Inc. approached Datadog recently with a takeover offer significantly higher than the $7 billion valuation it had been shooting for in an IPO. (As of Thursday’s early stock market trades, Datadog is valued at about $11 billion, excluding the value of shares held by employees and others.)Datadog was apparently confident enough in its prospects to turn that down and opt to go public. The uncool companies truly are that cool.A version of this column originally appeared in Bloomberg’s Fully Charged technology newsletter. You can sign up here.(1) Those investors include Iconiq Capital, the investment fund that has managed money forMark Zuckerberg of Facebook and other affluent people and institutions in Silicon Valley and beyond. Other stock buyers included Index Ventures, OpenView Ventures, Amplify Partners and Contour Ventures, Datadog announced in early 2016.(2) I will say that it's unusual for tech startups these days to go public without selling stock or doing other cash collections in the four years before an IPO. Some startups can't go four weeks without needing fresh cash.To contact the author of this story: Shira Ovide at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Niemi at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Shira Ovide is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering technology. She previously was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Oracle (ORCL) forms alliance with Box with an aim to aid enterprises to access and manage critical content and accelerate digital workflows efficiently.
(Bloomberg) -- Masayoshi Son, who built a $15.2 billion fortune investing in tech startups like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., is betting on himself more than ever, even as his empire shows signs of vulnerability.The SoftBank Group Corp. founder has pledged 38% of his stake in the Japanese firm as collateral for personal loans from 19 banks, including Credit Suisse Group AG and Julius Baer Group Ltd., according to a June regulatory filing. That’s up from 36% at the start of the year and triple the level in June 2013.“It lets him monetize a large share of his wealth without foregoing influence over the firm,” said Michael Puleo, assistant professor of finance at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business in Connecticut. “But there’s an elevation of crash risk. If the share price falls low enough, he could get a margin call and that could be pretty costly.”The structure highlights the extent of Son’s exposure to SoftBank and its $100 billion Vision Fund. Shares in the Japanese conglomerate have been rocked recently by the postponement of WeWork’s initial public offering. The delay came after the office-rental unicorn was being marketed at a steep discount to the $47 billion figure that the Tokyo-based conglomerate invested at earlier this year. That’s spooked investors, who’ve sent SoftBank’s shares down 4.6% this week through Thursday as the listing unraveled, knocking about $700 million off Son’s net worth. The stock has still advanced 26% this year.Son, 62, also has leveraged his stake in the Vision Fund, which invests in tech startups. That boosts his returns if things go well, with outsized losses if they don’t. Uber Technologies Inc.’s falling market capitalization and WeWork’s travails are set to dent the 62% return on the fund that SoftBank reported through March.“There is a danger in companies where the founder calls all the shots regardless of whether there are loans,” said Robert Pozen, a senior lecturer with the MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston. “And when founders borrow a lot against their shares, they might be more tempted to make riskier decisions,” he said, adding that borrowing against 5% of one’s stake is usually considered prudentd.Pay OutSoftBank’s compensation plan also involves a lot of debt. Son loaned himself around $3 billion to invest in the first Vision Fund, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Using loans for a private investment compounds Son’s risk because he would be less able to bail himself out if things go south, Pozen said.The loan was swapped for equity in the fund and will generate profits when deals make money -- and losses when they don’t. Vision Fund employees, including high-profile bankers and investors, receive base salaries and bonuses, but only get payouts when profits are booked.It’s unclear how much of this compensation will be reported in SoftBank’s next annual report. Son’s pledged shares, which currently have a market value of $9 billion, are excluded from his net worth calculation by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. SoftBank spokeswoman Hiroe Kotera declined to comment.SoftBank is planning to lend as much as $20 billion to its employees to buy stakes in a second venture capital fund, the people said. Son may account for over half of the employee investment pool, they said.Ellison, MuskPledged shares have become an increasingly common way for founders to unlock the value of a stake without selling shares. Larry Ellison has a history of pledging Oracle Corp. stock to fund a lavish lifestyle, which includes trophy properties, America’s Cup teams and the Indian Wells tennis tournament. About 27% of his Oracle shares -- worth more than $16 billion -- are currently pledged. Elon Musk has pledged about 40% of his stake in Tesla Inc., according to a May 2019 filing.Still, the move comes with risks. “If the price of our common stock were to decline substantially, Mr. Musk may be forced by one or more of the banking institutions to sell shares of Tesla common stock to satisfy his loan obligations if he could not do so through other means. Any such sales could cause the price of our common stock to decline further,” Tesla warned in a filing.The risk-loving Son, who saw $70 billion wiped from his fortune in the dot-com crash, is unlikely to be fazed. He told shareholders at the company’s June meeting that SoftBank’s investment portfolio could grow 33-fold to 200 trillion yen ($1.8 trillion) in 20 years.(Updates Son’s net worth in fourth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Pei Yi Mak, Sonali Basak, Ben Stupples and Venus Feng.To contact the reporters on this story: Giles Turner in London at email@example.com;Tom Metcalf in London at firstname.lastname@example.org;Pavel Alpeyev in Tokyo at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Pierre Paulden at firstname.lastname@example.org, Steven Crabill, Giles TurnerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Microsoft (MSFT) stock rose 1.19% in extended trading yesterday after the tech giant announced a new share buyback program and dividend increase.
Accenture, Ferrari, GAP, OUTFRONT Media, and SKY Brasil among those recognized as 2019 Oracle Excellence Award Winners SAN FRANCISCO , Sept. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ORACLE OPENWORLD -- This week, Oracle ...
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ORACLE OPENWORLD -- Oracle today announced a collaboration with Box that will allow customers to connect their cloud and on-premises Oracle and third-party applications with Box via Oracle Integration. Through this integration, enterprise customers will be able to seamlessly connect applications with Box as their unified cloud content management layer to power secure collaboration and workflows around their most valuable content in the cloud.
DENVER, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- E SOURCE FORUM -- Utilities today have an incredible opportunity to engage and serve their customers as leaders in a clean energy future. New energy resources like electric vehicles, solar, and smart home devices are making it more essential than ever for utilities to connect with an increasingly savvy customer base. Oracle Utilities Opower is empowering utilities to do exactly that with new capabilities and new integrations for innovating at utility scale.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SuiteConnect -- To help nonprofits and social enterprises across the world accelerate their missions, Oracle NetSuite continues to expand the NetSuite Social Impact program. Since introducing the program in 2006, NetSuite has helped more than 1,500 nonprofits and donated more than $100 million in software. To increase its impact and help nonprofits of any size spend more of their time and resources on changing the world, NetSuite has expanded its Suite Pro Bono program, donated software to more than 300 new nonprofits globally, and increased its investments in partnerships through #ImpactCloud in the last year.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SuiteConnect -- Creativity Explored, a nonprofit art center in San Francisco, is using Oracle NetSuite to support its mission to provide artists with development disabilities with the resources needed to create and share their work with the community. With NetSuite, Creativity Explored has been able to show how art and science can work together to impact lives as it has expanded its services to help more than 130 artists and increased funding from institutional and government funders by over 300 percent. Established in 1983 by an artist and psychologist Florence Ludins-Katz and Elias Katz, Creativity Explored was founded on the belief that everyone has the ability to create and that visual artistic expression enhances personal identity and growth.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SuiteConnect -- Precision Medical Products, a leader in deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) prevention and supplier of durable medical equipment that assists over 140,000 patients per year with post-surgery recovery, is using Oracle NetSuite to streamline core business operations and create a platform for sustainable growth. With NetSuite, Precision Medical Products (PMP) has been able to increase efficiencies and enhance the customer experience as its business has grown 70 percent over the last three years. Founded in 2010, PMP is focused on helping patients recover from surgery and prevent DVT, a blood clot that forms in a vein.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SuiteConnect -- To help organizations across industries unlock growth and take their business to the next level, Oracle NetSuite today announced a series of new enhancements within the NetSuite solution. The latest enhancements include new industry cloud solutions that help customers achieve the benefits of the cloud in as little as 45 days and more than 65 new and updated features for customers to core business management capabilities within NetSuite.
The headline "The Stock-Buyback Swindle" says it all. The Atlantic magazine's August issue had a story about how American companies are spending trillions on stock buybacks to enrich their CEOs. Much of the article's content has been covered extensively by business media -- both the pros and cons -- so I won't rehash the arguments. However, one of author Jerry Useem's paragraphs bears repeating because it hits at the core of the problem."Corporations describe the practice as an efficient way to return money to shareholders," Useem wrote. "By reducing the number of shares outstanding in the market, a buyback lifts the price of each remaining share. But that spike is often short-lived: A study by the research firm Fortuna Advisors found that, five years out, the stocks of companies that engaged in heavy buybacks performed worse for shareholders than the stocks of companies that didn't."InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI've always believed that if a company wants to allocate its free cash flow to shareholders, it should do so by paying a special dividend, not by repurchasing shares or paying a regular dividend. * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars Stock buybacks distort earnings growth while regular quarterly dividends ratchet up shareholder expectations. Neither is good for the long-term health of a business. But it's especially galling when stock buybacks enrich a CEO at the expense of the rank-and-file employees.Love them or hate them, these 10 companies are making their CEOs rich. Stock Buybacks Making CEOs Rich: Oracle (ORCL)Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com According to the Equilar 200 study, Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) co-CEOs Mark Hurd and Safra Catz earned a combined $298 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, of which approximately 96% came from stock grants and option awards. In 2018, Hurd and Catz were paid 1,205 times the company's median pay of $89,887. As a tandem, Hurd and Catz own 49.7 million shares, which are worth $2.7 billion at current prices. The duo's compensation in 2017 and 2018 fails to take into consideration the amount paid through vested shares. Catz received $158 million in shares that vested in fiscal 2018 alone. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $51 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 14%. Not surprisingly, its earnings per share increased by 43% over the same period. JPMorgan (JPM)Source: Bjorn Bakstad / Shutterstock.com JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) CEO James Dimon earned $58 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, approximately 77% of it from stock grants. In 2018, Dimon was paid 381 times the company's median pay of $78,923.Dimon owns 10 million shares if you include options, which are worth $1.2 billion at current prices. In 2018 alone, the JPMorgan CEO had $11 million in stock vest on top of his total compensation for the year. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $44.5 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 10%. JPMorgan increased its earnings per share by 50% over the same period. Microsoft (MSFT)Source: gguy / Shutterstock.com Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella earned $46 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, approximately 61% of it from stock grants and option awards. In 2018, Nadella was paid a relatively reasonable 154 times the company's median pay of $167,689.Nadella owns 2.9 million shares if you include options, which are worth $393.6 million at current prices. In 2018 alone, Nadella had $25.8 million in Microsoft stock vest on top of his total compensation for the year. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $42 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 3%. That's not surprising given how much stock the company issues to employees for a job well done. Microsoft managed to increase its earnings per share by 98% over the same period. Merck (MRK)Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com Merck (NYSE:MRK) CEO Kenneth Frazier earned $38 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, approximately 68% of it from stock grants and option awards. In 2018, Frazier was paid 215 times the company's median pay of $82,173.Frazier owns 3.7 million shares if you include options, which are worth $307.5 million at current prices. In 2018 alone, the Merck CEO had $41.3 million in stock vest on top of his total compensation for the year. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $16.5 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 6%. Merck managed to increase its earnings per share by 49% over the same period. However, its GAAP results have been very choppy over the past decade. You'll want to take this with a grain of salt. Apple (AAPL)Source: View Apart / Shutterstock.com According to the 2018 version of the Equilar 200, a list of the 200 highest-paid CEOs in America, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook made $29 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, none of it from stock grants or options. In 2018, Cook was paid 283 times the company's median pay of $55,426. However, one needn't feel sorry for Cook. He owns 878,425 shares of Apple stock worth $198 million as (as of Sept. 12). In addition, Cook has had more than a million shares of AAPL stock vest in the last two years alone. This means his compensation for 2017 and 2018 was actually much higher than $29 million. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $135.3 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 14%. Not surprisingly, its earnings per share increased by 29% over the same period. Bank of America (BAC)Source: 4kclips / Shutterstock.com Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan earned $43 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, approximately 93% of it from stock grants and option awards. In 2018, Moynihan was paid 247 times the company's median pay of $92,040.Moynihan owns 3.4 million shares if you include options, which are worth $100.9 million at current prices. In 2018 alone, Moynihan had $23.1 million in stock vest on top of his total compensation for the year. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $38 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 9%. Bank of America increased its earnings per share by 99% over the same period. eBay (EBAY)Source: Mano Kors / Shutterstock.com eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) CEO Devin Wenig earned $36 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, approximately 82% of it from stock grants and option awards. In 2018, Wenig was paid a 152 times the company's median pay of $119,562.Wenig owns 1.7 million shares if you include options, which are worth $67.5 million at current prices. In 2018, Wenig had $18.8 million in eBay stock vest on top of his total compensation. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $10.1 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 19%. eBay increased its earnings per share by 80% over the same period. Qualcomm (QCOM)Source: photobyphm / Shutterstock.com Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) CEO Steven Mollenkopf earned $32 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, approximately 75% of it from stock grants and option awards. In 2018, Mollenkopf was paid a 233 times the company's median pay of $85,592.Mollenkopf owns 679,813 shares if you include options, which are worth $53.8 million at current prices. In 2018 alone, the CEO had $12.9 million in stock vest on top of his total compensation for the year. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $27.8 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 11%. Qualcomm decreased its earnings per share by 203% over the same period. On a non-GAAP basis, it decreased earnings per share by 21%. Pfizer (PFE)Source: Manuel Esteban / Shutterstock.com Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) CEO Ian Read earned $46 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, approximately 76% of it from stock grants and option awards. In January 2019, Read passed down the company to Albert Bourla after eight years at Pfizer's helm. In 2018, Read was paid 244 times the company's median pay of $80,011.Read owns 1.3 million shares if you include options, which are worth $48.5 million at current prices. In 2018 alone, Read had $10.6 million in stock vest on top of his total compensation for the year. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $22.2 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 5%. Pfizer increased its earnings per share by 68% over the same period. Cisco (CSCO)Source: Sundry Photography / Shutterstock.com Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) CEO Charles Robbins earned $38 million in total compensation in fiscal 2017 and 2018, approximately 73% of it from stock grants and option awards. In 2018, Robbins was paid 160 times the company's median pay of $132,764, the second-highest median pay (behind Microsoft) of the 10 stocks listed in this article. Robbins owns 139,189 shares if you include options, which are worth $6.9 million at current prices. Of the CEOs on this list, Robbins has the smallest ownership position in terms of total dollars in stock held. In 2018, Robbins had $9 million in stock vest on top of his total compensation for the year. As for share repurchases, the company repurchased $41.9 billion of its stock over the past three fiscal years, reducing its share count by 13%. Cisco increased its earnings per share by 24% over the same period. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 CBD Stocks to Buy That Are Still Worth Your Investment Dollars * 5 Stocks to Buy With Great Charts * 5 Goldman Sachs Stocks to Buy with Over 20% Upside Potential The post 10 Companies Making Their CEOs Rich appeared first on InvestorPlace.
(Bloomberg) -- Adobe Inc. gave a revenue forecast for the current period that fell short of Wall Street estimates, signaling slower sales growth for its newer marketing products.Revenue will be about $2.97 billion in the period ending in November, the San Jose, California-based company said Tuesday in a statement. Analysts projected $3.02 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Chief Executive Officer Shantanu Narayen has made several acquisitions in the past two years for marketing and e-commerce products to boost revenue, which has climbed at least 20% each quarter since 2015. While the company has put more emphasis on corporate applications to compete with rivals Salesforce.com Inc. and Oracle Corp., it also recently unveiled new augmented reality and 3D-imaging technology to maintain its advantage as the leader in creative software such as its flagship product, Photoshop.Sales from Adobe’s experience cloud division, which includes marketing, analytics and e-commerce tools, are projected to increase 23% in the current period after climbing 34% in the fiscal third quarter. Executives said products gained from its 2018 acquisition of Marketo aren’t growing as fast as anticipated. Adobe plans to invest more money to boost sales in the unit, according to prepared remarks from Chief Financial Officer John Murphy.Murphy said Adobe also has had challenges generating bookings for its Analytics Cloud, which sits atop a new Experience Platform meant to connect clients’ data. The company believes the ongoing global introduction of the software platform will lift revenue, he said.Adobe’s shares declined about 3% in extended trading after closing at $284.69 in New York. The stock has climbed 26% this year after a 29% gain in 2018.Profit, excluding some items, will be $2.25 per share in current quarter, the company said. Analysts estimated $2.30 a share.In the period ended Aug. 30, sales jumped 24% to $2.83 billion from a year earlier. Adjusted profit was $2.05 a share. Analysts projected profit of $1.97 a share on revenue of $2.82 billion.Sales in the creative cloud division, which includes Photoshop, jumped 22% to $1.96 billion in the quarter and are projected to increase 20% in the current period.(Updates with additional details on experience cloud’s slower growth in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Nico Grant in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org, Andrew Pollack, Alistair BarrFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.