Topic: Friday Night Dump

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Living the suite life in Las Vegas….
May 1, 2012—Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson may be best known for funding Newt Gingrich’s presidential ambitions (he’s now being courted by Mitt Romney). But here at footnoted, we’re less interested in politics than we are in the fun details in the filings. So when we spotted the proxy that Las Vegas Sands (LVS) filed late Friday (just […]

Masimo CEO’s family comes along for the ride…
April 30, 2012—It wouldn’t surprise us if the people holding the strongest opinions about Masimo Corporation (MASI) – a medical technology company with a $1.3 billion market cap based in Irvine, California – fall into one of two camps. Those who hold the most favorable opinions about the company, we suspect, may be the immediate family members […]

The many paychecks of Barry Diller…
April 23, 2012—No one can accuse Barry Diller of putting all his eggs in one basket. Indeed, the busy septuagenarian just got a few new “eggs,” thanks to the 8-K that TripAdvisor, Inc. (TRIP) filed late last Friday afternoon. Filed at 4:02 p.m. on April 20, the brief filing (which also gives Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor’s president and […]

Anglo American’s high-tech iDirectors…
April 18, 2012—Despite what some may think, SEC filings are generally informative and even occasionally entertaining. Thanks to a tip from our colleague, Daniel Rohr, a senior analyst at Morningstar, we can share an entertaining nugget from a new annual report, as well as report on what may be a new trend in corporate governance circles. The […]

Reviewing the warning signs at Polycom…
April 12, 2012—Almost two months ago, we noticed some unsettling disclosures in the 10-K that Polycom (PLCM) filed with the SEC after the market closed on the Friday before President’s Day: The company had added several new and very specific risk factors. Today, the stock is down about 35% from that day’s close, trailing the Nasdaq by […]

Big bucks for (a different) Deepak Chopra…
April 10, 2012—Deepak Chopra is probably best known for his emphasis on mind and spirit in health — whether he’s a wise influence in holistic medicine or a fuzzy-thinking New Age marketer is a matter of interpretation, but there’s no doubt that he’s created a sprawling empire through his books, speeches and the like. As far as […]

Inside a glass house at Morningstar…
April 6, 2012—Over the years, we’ve taken lots of companies (and their top executives) to task for things like over-use of the corporate jet, high-priced security services and even a taste for expensive maps. So if you saw one of us, for example, at a small executive airport about to board a Gulfstream V, it might make […]

No equivalent for “dividends” at Invesco, others …
April 3, 2012—One of the more curious executive compensation practices to develop over the years is the “dividend equivalent,” also sometimes called hypothetical, unvested or deferred dividends, among other terms. These are dividends, or payments in lieu of actual dividends, that are paid on on shares of stock that the executive doesn’t yet own — a fascinating […]

A missed opportunity? Zayo’s bid for AboveNet…
March 20, 2012—This is a post about one that got away — sort of. On January 18, we sent the list of our top 10 M&A picks for 2012 to footnotedPro subscribers (and only to subscribers), with a follow-up report that went out on February 24 to subscribers and trial subscribers. We see a lot of potential […]

Squinting to find the silver lining at Sears…
March 19, 2012—Sometimes you can get eyestrain trying to find the silver lining in a cloudy situation. We’re talking about Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD) again, which has been in the headlines a lot lately. Besides Theo’s post last Thursday (about Sears’ efforts to stem executive losses), there have been reports like this one (the hope that a […]