Apple’s HOT, Yahoo’s luck may change, and McDonald’s CEO is out – Jan. 29nd, 2015

5 Things You Need to Know About Apple’s Colossal Quarter

Apple is having a fantastic 2015, and if you look at last quarter’s numbers, there’s a lot to celebrate. With the release of two new phones, new tablets, and an innovative new watch, Apple is setting the bar high again for tech and innovation. What’s the scary part? This seems to just be the beginning. Here’s a snippet of why they’re so successful, and what they’ll do to keep everything on the up.

  1. More would-be hits are coming

Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones last quarter, about 10 million more than analysts’ predicted. That’s more than 34,000 iPhones sold every hour, every day of the last quarter. Next up: the long anticipated smartwatch, due for release in April. Apple will find a way to make you think you need one. 

  1. Apple cranked out profit of about $200 million — every day

Apple’s record $18 billion net income last quarter was bigger than the full-year profit at 373 companies listed on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Source: Bloomberg

After Alibaba Spinoff, Yahoo May Become a Takeover Target

When Yahoo partnered with Alibaba, they made a huge financial decision in hopes to save the company, and propel it into the future of online business. Now, with Alibaba comprising a majority of the company’s overall market value, many experts believe that Yahoo itself could become a target for a takeover. Here’s why.

Its $39 billion stake in the Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth — accounting for about 85 percent of the market value of Yahoo — has obscured both the weakness and the potential of the Silicon Valley stalwart. By spinning off the stake into a separate company, Yahoo will be judged by its core Internet businesses.

But there may not be much time for strategies and deals to turn those core businesses around. When the spinoff is complete, Yahoo may be more likely to become the hunted rather than the hunter, according to investors and analysts.

Source: The New York Times

McDonald’s CEO Is Out

McDonald’s had a rough 2014, and 2015 is already ushering some big changes for the fast food change because of it. Earlier this week, the company’s 25-year CEO Don Thompson announced that he would retire from McDonald’s as of March 1, 2015. Although he is retiring, the consensus is that this is a move to try to re-brand the company, and inject some fresh blood into the mega franchise.

McDonald’s has been losing market share in the US and performance at its restaurants has been on the decline for most of Thompson’s tenure.

Thompson told investors last week that the company is overhauling customer service and revamping the menu to improve business. Thompson, 51, joined McDonald’s as an engineer in 1990. He earned $9.5 million in 2013, according to Bloomberg. 

Source: Business Insider

The PIPE – Can a PIPE transaction offer advantages?

What is a PIPE transaction? How can your company benefit from it? And more importantly, how do you execute? Here’s an excerpt from one of our recent blog articles that answers just those very questions.

Company XYZ needs an additional $6 million in capital to support the research and development of a new medical device.  The company’s common stock is currently trading at $7 on the over-the-counter market.  Company XYZ approach a group of investors and offers them one million privately-held shares at $6 per share. To sweeten the deal, the company also offers the investors 500,000 in warrants at a price of $9 per share.  The investors are required to hold the private securities for a minimum of six month before then can exit the investment via the company’s publicly traded stock.  

The company issues the warrants to entice the investors to keep their investment for the long-haul. 12 months later, the company stock is trading at $9 per share, and the investors have decided to keep their holdings with the company. Their six million in which they invested is now worth nine million. They bought and additional 500,000 shares when the stock hit $9, which increased their ownership position in the company.  In total the company received $10.5 million in additional capital.

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Delray Wannemacher is President and CEO of Interlinked and its two subsidiaries InterlinkedTV and FSXinterlinked. Interlinked is a global multi-dimensional investment platform that connects investors, companies and partners by leveraging technology, media and physical events to achieve its goals. Delray has over 20 years of experience serving small and micro-cap companies, primarily in Internet, software, finance and communications. He works with startup companies, helping them achieve their goals as efficiently and effectively as possible. Delray has also successfully built four companies of his own.

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