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Achieving Financial Freedom & Early RetirementOver my lifetime there has been one quote that my Dad has mentioned at least 1,000 different times.

“You have two choices!  You can work for your money, or you can have your money work for you!”.

For most this is easier said then done.  I created this site to help others with their path to financial freedom.  I hope to do this by proving useful tools, resources, and personal experiences.  Click Here To Continue Reading...

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The Potential Value In Fitbit Inc

My Current Position In Fitbit Inc.

I’ve been watching Fitbit Inc (symbol: FIT) over the last couple of years.  During that time I’ve bought and sold shares of Fitbit here and there.  During August of 2017 I began getting more serious and started purchasing shares fairly regularly.  As of January 30th, 2018 I currently own 7,630 shares of Fitbit.  With 1,930 in retirement accounts and the remaining 5,700 in my personal brokerage account.  I have just $40k invested in Fitbit. with their current share price of $5.22.  I’m currently averaging a cost basis per a share of $6.11 (I’m down just around $6,800).  I plan to add an additional $5k over the next month to put my total original investment just above $50k.

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Current Financial Situation of Fitbit, Inc.

There were a few things to call about about the latest earnings report for the fiscal Q3 ending on September 30th, 2017.

Highlights From Fitbit’s Q3 FY17 Financial Report

  • $659 million in cash, with current assets totaling $1.23 billion
  • $564 million in current liabilities
  • $392 million in revenue, with $174 million and -$27 million in gross profit and operating income respectively
  • -$113 million in net income
  • Operating cash flow was $5.5 million, net change in cash for Q3 FY17 was -$38 million.

There’s a few important things to call out from Fitbit’s Q3 FY17 Financial Report

  1. Has a very strong cash position, with operating cash flow remaining positive.
  2. R&D spend remained at $84 million contributing to the lower net income

The Long Term Strategy Of Fitbit

If Fitbit is able to enter into the healthcare side of things.  I believe there is a lot of potential for this company.  During FY18 I’ll be looking for YoY sales increases and their plan for expanding their services.  I still believe that Fitbit is undervalue at it’s current price.  With the market cap just under $1.3 billion, this company has a lot of room to go, if they can prove to the market their value.

What Do Investment Bankers Do

What Do Investment Bankers Do?

So, what do investment bankers do exactly?  The simplest explanation is that investment bankers are the world’s deal makers, usually acting as a type of broker. Basically, they match projects with money. Investment Bankers find projects, analyze them, cherry-pick the best, then structure them as investments and, lastly, find the investors (or in the case of an in-house investment banker present the project to the firm’s investment committee.) Most investment bankers will review over one hundred projects per year and eventually reject 99% of them. It’s a really difficult job. A great investment banker is literally worth more than his or her weight in gold. There are few great investment bankers… and even fewer after the 2008 financial crisis.

My Background In Investment Banking

To better understand what do investment bankers do I’m going to provide my background.  I have been an investment banker for the past thirty-eight years. I started at the ripe old age of eighteen with the purchase and syndication of two apartment buildings in Northern California, then went on to start one of the first video store chains in the United States. On my first group of syndications, I tripled my investors’ money within three years. Honestly, it was luck and timing.

Somewhere along the line, I developed a reputation and I managed to pick up hundreds of clients that I helped raise money for and manage their investor relations. Some of those clients you

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might recognize: IBM, AT&T, Chevron, ADP, FMC, Motorola, Lockheed Martin, Intel, State Farm, Allstate, and 19 other Fortune 500 companies. I have personally syndicated over 100 investments in my career and helped raise billions of dollars in equity for my clients.

 

I also worked in the entertainment industry writing, directing and executive producing motion pictures. There are 7 motion pictures based on my screenplays, two of which I also directed. I personally invested in or helped finance over 100 independent movies and I founded several successful media services companies in Southern California. Those are my credentials.

I have had my ups and downs–2008 was particularly tough–but I have survived and even prospered. Over the years, I have learned a few secrets about investing that I would like to share with you. If you are not already wealthy, I hope this information makes you become wealthy… like REALLY WEALTHY!

And if you are lucky enough to already be in the top 1%, then I hope this information helps you stay there and sleep better at night knowing your nest egg is safe.

They Usually Specialize

Investment bankers usually specialize in industry sectors such as energy, real estate, technology, consumer goods, minerals, communications, transportation, media, etc. They also specialize in the types of deals that they put together. Some work in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), while other develop IPOs. Many work in equity placement or financing. Some investment bankers specialize in financing startups and growing companies, while others only handle mature companies. Still others stay away from corporate finance and instead specialize in project financing (my personal favorite) like commercial real estate development or acquisition financing.

Their Education

To answer What do investment bankers do?  We need to understand more about their education. Most investment bankers start off graduating from a prestigious university, then working for a number of years at one of the big investment banks; Goldman Sachs, , Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, etc. Once they gain their confidence and develop their contacts many leave to launch their own firms and develop their own projects. Some end up running investment funds, while others remain independent putting deals together for sponsors in need of capital.

Those Rolodexes

Investment bankers keep massive Rolodexes or databases of investor contacts. My personal database has over 8,000 investor contacts all of which have over $100 million in assets. Investment bankers are similar to sports or entertainment agent in that their power comes from who they know and who will take their call on short notice.

Keen Eyes

An investment banker must always understand current capital market conditions, so they know which projects will get funded and which are a waste of time. They must have a keen eye and are always on the lookout for quality projects and sponsors. An investment banker must know how to structure an investment deal so that it is marketable to investors, while still leaving enough meat on the bone to incentivize the performance of the investment sponsor.

Now you should be able to answer what do investment bankers do!  Most successful investments over $10 million have an investment banker behind them. The new arena for investment bankers is crowdfunding. It is the ultimate free market system for raising capital and very well could change the way American business are financed. But more about that in posts to follow….