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REPOST: Who are the top CEOs of 2009?


PAST CEO POLL RESULTS:  Steve Jobs of Apple picked for “CEO of the Decade.”  The votes where 43%  for Steve Jobs of Apple with 48 votes,  28%  for Warren Buffet with 30 votes, and 29% for all other CEOs.

FEATURED CEO POLL:  Who was a great CEO, who was a lucky CEO, and what CEOs where lucky and great during the last 10 years and for 2009. Why did Huffington Post leave Warren Buffett of the list of CEO of Decade or are they saving his name for CEO of the century?  Take our poll, leave a comment, and/or read more on the below links.

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“But at decade’s end, we didn’t want to forget about the companies and leaders that excelled during the boom and largely weathered the downturn.”    Read more on Huffington Post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/24/best-ceos-of-the-decade-p_n_403032.html

“In fact, our list overlaps very little with lists of the most-admired or highest-paid CEOs.” Read More on HBR here: http://hbr.org/2010/01/the-best-performing-ceos-in-the-world/ar/1/?=00134

“Top 50 CEOs” by HBR.  Read more on HBR here: http://hbr.org/2010/01/the-best-performing-ceos-in-the-world/sb1

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Warren Buffett

JD MORRIS VIEW: Poor Warren Buffett was not even in several polls.  However, you can laugh at anything and everyone when you are #2 richest man in the world. See Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/2009/09/29/forbes-400-buffett-gates-ellison-rich-list-09-intro.html

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REPOST: Top Stories for the Week of Jan. 25th, 2010 (DEBT #1)


Submitted your top stories to SellYourCompany@RedHookCapital.com.  The top stories are as follows:

Private Equity Funds Move to Bankroll Builders @ ABCNews.com submitted by @SuzyRealEstate via Facebook Group.

Homebuilders look to investment funds for a lifeline as banks curtail construction lending.  It’s a scenario that plays out daily in this gambling mecca. But even by Las Vegas standards, some of the riskiest action last week was happening far from the shimmery din of slot machines and blackjack tables.  More than a dozen investment funds and a handful of lenders held court in a corner of the Las Vegas Convention Center, receiving a throng of homebuilders looking for a financial lifeline. Read more at ABCnews.com: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=9649345

A debt-equity conundrum for all dealmakers @ FT.com 

submitted by John Marks via Facebook Group.

The Kraft-Cadbury deal, ever-hopeful investment bankers assure us, kicks off a new global wave of mergers and acquisitions. Maybe. But it also highlights a central issue in the M&A game these days – what we might term the debt-equity conundrum. Read more on Financial Times at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/86105290-0951-11df-ba88-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1
 
$4.4 Billion Default: Developer Hands Back Keys to Lender @SuzyRealEstate by Suzy Morris
The big story in commercial real estate is that the owners are handing the keys back to the lenders and walking away from Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan. They have been trying to refinance $4.4 billion in debt on the 11,200-apartment property for some months now. On January 8, they defaulted on $4.4 billion in loans ($3 billion in senior mortgages and $1.4 billion in secondary loans). They had also raised $1.9 billion in equity. The problem was that the latest appraisal put the value of the complexes at about $1.9 billion. Talk about underwater.  Read More:  http://suzymorrisrealestate.com/2010/01/4-4-billion-default-developer-hands-back-keys-to-lender/

 Cash is king

JD MORRIS VIEW: Finding it hard to find debt for deals seem to be the topic for the week.  A lot of people should have sold more than a year ago their companies.  Lots of companies will be looking to private equity and private debt/note groups to find funding.  Two of our portfolio companies used our private equity and private debt due to the bank taking to long to do the deal.  Let us pray for the days of 100% equity deals like the ones I did in the internet and telecom bubble.   Cash is King on doing deals fast!

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REPOST: Your companies focus in 2010? Red Hook Capital Poll


Will 2010 be your best year ever for your company?  Take a poll and leave a comment about 2010 vs. 2009!

JD MORRIS VIEW: Will Rogers qoutes “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” is very true in 2009. Our LBO group did zero deals because of the debt market and high valuations vs. finding new limted partners that would take more risk.  The investment bank I provide referrals that did not meet our goal had their best year ever because they took action.  The developed a new stong marketing program for 2009 even after being named Investment Bank of the Year during the prestigious 2008 Annual Middle Market Financing Awards sponsored by The M&A Advisor.

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REPOST: 87 M&A Deals A Day (Good time sell?)


(WSJ Online) Since Jan. 1 2000, companies have inked 316,657 M&A transactions across the globe, roughly 87 a day. They were valued at a combined $25.2 trillion, according to research firm Dealogic—nearly half the world’s annual gross domestic product.

Read More on WSJ Online:  http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2009/12/08/the-biggest-deals-of-a-decade-of-deal-making/

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REPOST: 2010 Hot Year to sell your company?


The energy, finance, technology and healthcare industries are expected to be the hottest areas in a dealmaking market.

Read more at Reuters:  http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BH0K520091218

JD SAYS: Take two or more kicks at the can. If you have strong EBITDA, look at taking some equity off the table. Cash in the bank is real and paper is just paper until you sell some of your company.  I have more than 5 million shares in companies with value of less than $200 USD  as January 1st, 2010 with street value of zero USD!

Sell Your Company because cash is better than paper


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REPOST: Bullish or Bull#@%* for Healthcare in 2010? Red Hook Capital Poll


Is 2010 the year for healthcare and life sciense deals?  Most M&A polls and surveys say yes!  Are we all sheep or do we all have it right?  Thomson Reurters December 2009 Survey says bullish on healthcare.

Thomson Reuters Survey say healthcare/life sciences winner:

Dealmakers expect the following sectors to experience the most merger activity in the first half of 2010:
• Healthcare/life sciences (23%)
• Manufacturing and distribution (18%)
• Financial services (14%)
• Technology (11%)

They expect the following sectors to experience the most organic growth:
• Healthcare/life sciences (28%)
• Government-related (16%)
• Energy (13%)
• Technology (12%)

According to Thomson Reuters, the volume of all worldwide mergers and acquisitions totaled $1.8 trillion in announced deals through November 30, 2009, a decrease of 33% over the comparable period in 2008. Of this total, M&A deals in the mid-market, defined by Thomson Reuters as transactions under $500 million, fell 31% from the 2008 level, totaling $461.9 billion.

Through November 30, 2009, strategic M&A activity totaled $1.7 trillion, a 32% decline from the comparable period in 2008. Overall, strategic merger activity accounts for 94% of total announced M&A this year, the highest percentage since 2001.


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JD MORRIS VIEW: JD Morris view in “Bull” on healthcare vs. bullish.  Unless you count buying all the road kill of 2009 in healthcare.

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REPOST: Best to Restrucute, Go Private, or file BK?


JD MORRIS VIEW: Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, MCI Worldcom, Enron, Vitech America, etc. all would have been better to stay private.  Email or call me for details, but public companies have hard time restructuring and often find Bankruptcy (BK) as the only solutions.  Lehman Brothers was saved and restructured many times as a private company, but one little division based on mortgage back securities destroyed a company.  If you are private company, think restructuring vs. Bankruptcy. You can sell your company as one solution or restructure.

Selling your company is good option vs. BK because you can protect your equity and turn bad debt into equity.  So-called “prearranged bankruptcies” with debt players seem to be the option today vs. working with debt players.  I am big believer in moving debt players to equity. BK should only be used as the last option. However, most media companies are looking to prearranged BK as solution. Read More about media companies:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BK2VU20091221

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JD MORRIS VIEW: If you do not play the game, you can not win! Be bullish, play the game, and get your debt players to take an equity position.
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REPOST: Formula one or steam roller days for M&A?


Will private equity and companies with large cash return to the days of racing to the finish line for good deals? Or will the big cash player moving like a slow steam roller flattening all other weaker players on the field to control deals with cash? Will it be a  bull or bear M&A market for the first of the year?

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If Business Week is interviewing semi-bullish lawyers about M&A, it should be great year for M&A in 2009. Read more:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-01-05/skadden-is-top-deal-adviser-as-m-a-lawyers-face-slow-recovery.html

Winning in Europe

JD MORRIS VIEW: If you are a company with strong EBITDA, I know of lots of  private equity firms and other companies that need to invest their cash. If you want an even higher valuation, I would explore European players (Formula One Racers).   I also enjoy celebrating selling your company with an industry high valuation with happy buyers, happy sellers, and European champaign ending.

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