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EMC Reports Solid Operating Results; Management to Meet with Activist Shareholder

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) reported second-quarter 2014 financial results, including record second-quarter revenue of $5.9 billion, an increase of 5% year over year. GAAP net income attributable to EMC was $589 million and GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share was $0.28. Non-GAAP1 net income attributable to EMC was $882 million and non-GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share was $0.43. EMC generated $1.3 billion in operating cash flow and $930 million in free cash flow in the second quarter – up 2% and 10% year over year, respectively. EMC ended the quarter with $14.6 billion in cash and investments. The company repurchased approximately $600 million worth of its common stock in the second quarter and returned approximately $200 million to shareholders via a quarterly dividend. Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our industry and customers are in the midst of a massively disruptive and transformational shift, and the pace of change is accelerating. EMC detected it early on, put the right strategy in place and is executing well. New customers are coming to EMC for the first time, and existing customers are investing more heavily, because of our expanded capabilities across EMC Information Infrastructure, VMware and Pivotal. As a result, we have no doubt that EMC and our customers and shareholders will emerge among the primary beneficiaries of this transformation.” David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and EMC’s Chief Financial Officer, said, “EMC performance in Q2 was solid and on track, with good performance from each of our major business units. We are at the threshold of expansive opportunity and remain confident about the rest of the year, as evidenced by the accelerated buyback program. Our market leadership, healthy partner ecosystem and cutting-edge technologies all support a strategy that deeply resonates with customers.” During the conference call, EMC CEO, Joseph Tucci, said that he’d agreed to meet with Elliott Management, an activist investor that has purchased a more than $1 billion stake in EMC. Elliott Management has proposed breaking up the company. Mr. Tucci has not been friendly to the proposal. 

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In nearly every case, the shares of a company in bankruptcy become worthless. In very rare cases, however, they can become great investments. W.R. Grace (NYSE:GRA) shares produced a 75-fold return, as an example. With California utility PG&E (NYSE:PCG) now in bankruptcy, the range of possible outcomes for its equity is wide.

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EV/EBITDA: What Is It & Why Are We Using It More?

In reading recent editions of The Turnaround Letter, you have probably noticed that we are increasingly using EV/EBITDA as a valuation measure, rather than the better-known price/earnings multiple.  We thought it might be useful to describe this measure and why we like it.

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Turnaround Letter Stock Pick Named Top Performer of 2017

 

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What Last Year's Top Stock Pickers Are Buying in 2018

 

This Forbes write-up follows up on the recent Top Stock Tips report--naming The Turnaround Letter's Crocs recommendation the top performer of 2017: With 90% gains, CROX beat out 100 other investment ideas included in the report; and the stock continues to have value investing appeal, according to Putnam.

 

George notes, "We see additional upside for the stock in 2018 as management's efforts continue to bear fruit, though the gains will likely be more muted than we saw in 2017."