First things first, those who still believe Apple can walk on water are setting themselves up for a big one. I haven't received so much flak about a (to date) correct call in my life. Well, Apple has missed its numbers twice in less than a year, and both times I believe I was the only one that called these misses - at least publicly.

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I've noticed that many who take issue with my analysis of Google and Apple truly don't understand what kind of company Google is. To call it a search engine, ad company, or even Android vendor is to demonstrate an ignorance as to both its business model, accomplishments and aspirations. Google is not a search engine, ad company or even a mobile OS vendor, it is a data company and the foremost data company in the world.

I took the time to explain this in detail on the Max Keiser show last week. I think it's worth a listen. Click here for the full show, and see below for the excerpt....

Apple is too widely owned for the wrong reasons, see Watch As 202 Hedge Funds Follow The Bouncing Apple, Till They Don't!!! Of course you will see Apple's margins decrease because they are selling more iPads proportionately and iPads make them less money...

If the biz class 101 rules ring true, this could very ugly very fast... The Company had a slam bang quarter last, but much of that is essentially unrepeatable in the near term, reference Anecdotal Observations On Apple's Recent Quarter.

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Now, let's review Apple's Q2 2012 Financial Highlights

iPad unit sales are up 84% over this time last year. Very, very impressive. What is not quite so impressive is that iPad revenues were only up 52% over the same period. Why such a discrepancy? Well, the charts above tell the story. iPads are not as profitable as they once were as buyers continually opt for cheaper and cheaper models as production costs are kept high in order to stay ahead of the increasingly capable competition from Android (Nexus 7 @ $199 per unit) and now even Microsoft (see Is Microsoft Back? If So, Apple Had Best Look Out Below!).

Revenue for the quarter was $35 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 23%. Google registered a 35% increase in revenue for the same period. Just saying....

Gross margin was 42.8 percent compared to 41.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. Wait a minute... Isn't that margin number sliding in the wrong direction? It's because they are selling less iPhones as compared to iPads and the iPads are lower margin products, and the margins are getting even lower as competition ramps up and ASP drop while unit costs rise in relation. Of course, I went through this in detail several times.

For all of those near fanatics who do not subscribe, I suggest you ask a friend who does subscribe to share with you the difference between last month's valuation note target price (page 10 of File Icon Apple Margin & Valuation Note) and the price of Apple today (click here to subscribe). I also urge the same for Google using our latest Google Q1-2012 Valuation Summary.

As excerpted: 

It is worth noting that the key assumptions that underline the above valuations – (1) iPhone continuing to witness stupendous growth *******  in 2012 and ****** 2013 over a larger base and (2) iPhone margins continue to remain healthy off stable prices and despite increase in material cost – should be keenly watched over the next couple of quarters. 

Then ask them bout the logical argument behind the concern with Apple and the extremely volatile price action of the last few weeks. As stated many times in the past, The BoomBustBlog argument and analysis is solid.

What else is there to the earnings announcement? Well we were absolutely correct in terms of the oncoming margin compression of the the product lines, something that was actually easy to see coming but many refused to admit. Of course, there will be those select few that say, "But wait, the company reported an INCREASE in margins while you said there will be a decrease!". Yes, that's true and both can exist simultaneously.

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There's an awful lot of chatter in the blogoshpere over the last 48 hours discussing the remote possibility that Morgan Stanley would be able to defend the Facebook offering as properly priced. PUHLEASE! In case my readers and subscribers don't recall my many warnings on this company and the hype job put on it by Goldman and Morgan - reference As I Promised Last Year, Facebook Is Being Proven To Be Overhyped and Overpriced!, let's run through a quick refresher course.

As is often said, a picture is worth more than 982 words...

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Keep in mind that a deluge of supply (in terms of common shares) is about to hit the market which should do wonders for this extremely richly valued price. So, the question remains, "Is Facebook Yet a 'Buy' (in Sell Side Wall Street huckster parlance)?" Well, the sell side seems to believe so. Check this out...

6 Buys, 3 Neutrals
Average Price Target = $39

BofA/Merrill – Neutral - $38 PT
Goldman Sachs – Buy - $42 PT
Oppenheimer – Outperform - $41 PT
JPMorgan – Overweight - $45 PT
Piper Jaffray – Overweight - $41 PT
Wells Fargo – Outperform - $37-$40 Range 
Credit Suisse – Neutral - $34 PT
Citigroup – Neutral - $35 PT
Morgan Stanley – Overweight - $38

The specific, numerical, actionable answer from my team is the purview of paying subscribes only, but we can always throw some common sense on the topic for free - as per pages 6 and 7 of our March Facebook valuation report -icon FB IPO Analysis & Valuation Note - update with per share valuation (317.36 kB 2012-05-21 09:43:30), pages 6, 7 and 10.

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Of course Facebook enthusiasm was burning hot. The coals in the "investor" (and I put this lightly) fire are being stoked by none other than the sell side agents doing God's work, among others. It appears as if those who stoked said coals may be making another run at it. Well, it's just a simple as this. Who are you going to believe, the sell side hype machine or your lyin' eyes (AKA, BoomBustBlog performance and accuracy)? Reference Did Reggie Middleton, a Blogger at BoomBustBlog, Best Wall Streets Best of the Best?

Professional and institutional BoomBustBlog subscribers have access to a simplified unlocked version of the valuation model used for our Facebook analysis, available for immediate download - Facebook Valuation Model 08Feb2012. The full forensic opinion is available to all subscribers here FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update. It is recommended that subscribers (click here to subscribe) also review the original analyses (file iconFB note final 01/11/2011) as well as the following free blog posts on the topic:

  1. Facebook Registers The WHOLE WORLD! Or At Least They Would Have To In Order To Justify Goldman’s Pricing: Here’s What $2 Billion Or So Worth Of Goldman HNW Clients Probably Wish They Read This Time Last Week!
  2. Facebook Becomes One Of The Most Highly Valued Media Companies In The World Thanks To Goldman, & Its Still Private!
  3. Here’s A Look At What The Goldman FaceBook Fund Will Look Like As It Ignores The SEC & Peddles Private Shares To The Public Without Full Disclosure
  4. The Anatomy Of The Record Bonus Pool As The Foregone Conclusion: We Plug The Numbers From Goldman’s Facebook Fund Marketing Brochure Into Our Models
  5. Did Goldman Just Rip Its HNW and Institutional Clients Once Again? Facebook Growth Slows Pre-IPO, Just As We Warned!
  6. The World's First Phenomenally Forensic Facebook Analysis - This Is What You Need Before You Invest, Pt 1
  7. The Final Facebook Forensic IPO Analysis: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
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The first four articles of my mobile computing series from 2010, The Creatively Destructive Pace of Technology Innovation and the Paradigm Shift known as the Mobile Computing Wars! illustrated the responses and tactics (as I saw them) of the 3 front runners for mobile computing dominance - Microsoft, Apple and Google. At that time, many if not most, microsoft-surfacedisagreed with Google even being in the running and the majority of respondents couldn't even understand why I would bother to mention Microsoft at all. Well, fast forward two years and Google now has the majority market worldwide in mobile computing and is increasing that lead by leaps and bounds. Of course, the then favorite (Apple) is still printing money, but the underdog has had the strongest underpinnings and infrastructure of the three, yet is woefully unrecognized. I am not just saying that now. 

  1. There Is Another Paradigm Shift Coming in Technology and Media: Apple, Microsoft and Google Know its Winner Takes All Monday, 21 June 2010
  2. The Mobile Computing and Content Wars: Part 2, the Google Response to the Paradigm Shift Friday, 09 July 2010
  3. An Introduction to How Apple Apple Will Compete With the Google/Android Onslaught Tuesday, 13 July 2010
  4.  Wednesday, 14 July 2010

I recommend that my readers NOT underestimate Microsoft's ability to come from behind on this one.  Out of the three competitors that I feel have the most potential - Apple, Google/Android, and Microsoft - Microsoft is the only company to have:

    1. A fully established and pedigreed cloud ecosystem for the enterprise (Google's Docs and Gmail apps are relatively new in comparison, and Apple has only burgeoning consumer offerings that have been recently launched).
    2. The most advanced audio/video client side interface with both streaming and subscription services, to be offered through the Zune interface of Windows Mobile 7. For those who haven't used it, the new Zune software/hardware combo puts iTunes to shame. Google doesn't have a comparable offering of note.
    3. about2The de facto standard Office productivity platform, which also happens to be very, very difficult to replicate and/or reverse engineer. It also happens to be, by far the most feature rich. One should expect enhanced compatibility between Windows Phone 7 devices and Office apps.
    4. A rich version of Office productivity apps that can run from the cloud (Office 2010, currently available for download).
    5. A steady stream of revenue derived from practically every smartphone sold. Just like MSFT makes money on every PC sold, it also gets a license fee for every smartphone that needs to interactive with Exchange server, which is practically every phone that needs to interact with a Fortune 500 mail server. This is a legacy benefit from being the de facto standard in the enterprise. Whose product do you thing works best with Exchange? Secret APIs?
    6. The only major mobile OS vendor who also owns one of the top top gaming platforms - the X-Box system. Expect rich, 3D/HD, cloud-based X-box gaming to come to a Windows Mobile 7 phone/table  near you. Imagine X-Box Live (a killer app in its own right) with comparable graphics on a Windows Phone with a 4 or 5 inch super AMOLED screen.

For these reasons and more, Microsoft will be a force to reckon with. I'm not saying they will win the ultra-mobile computing wars, but it will be most unwise to count them out due to their bumbling and stumbling - all to be expected from a big company that has been on top for so long, getting fat and losing touch with its true customers due to an unfettered monopoly revenue and profit stream from its cash cow products.

That post was exactly two years ago. Let's peruse the MSM headlines from yesterday...

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Why Microsoft's Surface Tablet Shames the PC Industry Businessweek‎ 

Microsoft usually begs for attention. On this day, it played the cool maestro. In fact, the company played the Apple (AAPL) role, using pomp, circumstance, and constructed anticipation to make us believe that something really fantastic would appear. Perhaps the whole thing worked: Something that did seem rather fantastic arrived at about 4:20 p.m. It was the Surface tablet—a computer that had all its software and hardware made by Microsoft. In that moment, Microsoft became not just a competitor to Apple but also a rival to such longtime PC manufacturing partners as Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL), and Acer (2353:TT).

... Let’s be clear, though: Microsoft making hardware is not a natural action. It’s what the company does in times of desperation. With the release of Windows 8 looming, Microsoft was indeed desperate for a hardware company to do something to blunt Apple’s runaway tablet machine. The Surface tablet represents an indictment of the entire PC and device industry, which has stood by for a couple of years trying to mimic Apple with a parade of hapless, copycat products.

about1Rather than complaining, PC makers ought to take note of what Microsoft has produced. It has one tablet—a 9 mm thick, 1.5 pounder—that will run on low-power ARM chips and arrive around October. The black device has beautiful, beveled edges; its shell is made of what Microsoft calls vapor-deposited magnesium, or VaporMg. (Brushed aluminum is so last year, Apple.) It also has a built-in kickstand. Best of all, the device comes with a cover that locks firmly in place, unlike Apple’s flimsy iPad protector, and which functions as a proper keyboard. Both the kickstand and cover-cum-keyboard seem such obvious ideas now that we’ve seen them, yet the great army of PC makers failed to think up anything so clever over the past two years.

Later, a slightly bigger Surface tablet will arrive to run on an Intel (INTC) chip, with a stylus and an even-sturdier keyboard/cover. Workers will be able to run all their Windows 8 software and previous Windows applications on this device, while the thinner one will support a more limited set of software—it uses a chip architecture more common to smartphones than PCs.

Microsoft's 'Surfacetablet aims for productivity Microsoft unveiled a new tablet computer,Surface, that attempts to take advantage of one of the few criticisms of Apple's...

 I have had a pretty strong track record in calling this mobile computing war thus far, hence it would make sense to take these cautions to heart...

Hindsight Is 20/20, And As Luck Has It Our Foresight On Research in Motion Was Right On The Money Two Years Ago

 

BoomBustBlog banking and tech research has been quite prescient for 2010/2011. Subscribers who took advantage of this deserve kudos. To wit, and as excerpted from Another RIMM Job? It's Amazing How Many Institutions Don't Read The BoomBust!

 

Let's try this again: As Forecast Last Year and Clearly Demonstrated This Year, Research in Motion's Problems Are Far From Over

 

Research in Motion has been one of the most successful tech shorts of this blog's history (thus far). We first recommended a short last year and reiterated it in the fist quarter of this year. Reference:

 

  1. BoomBustBlog Research Performs a RIM Job!
  2. BoomBustBlog's Fundamental/Forensic Analysis of Research in Motion Has Returned 2x-3x Original Investment This Year!!

 

This is a snapshot of RIMM as of the writing of this article...

 

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As you can see, the results have been spectacular, particular if well timed puts have been put to use. In January I posted:

 


 

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Google still exhibits the likelihood that they will control mobile computing for the balance of the decade.

Subscription research:

file iconGoogle Final Report 10/08/2010

A couple of bits from our archives...


There are currently 7 Google reports available. Select the "Google Final Report" and click the "Download" button. You will receive a 63 page analysis that looks like this on the cover...

The table of contents outlines how we have broken Google down into distinct businesses and identified both the individual business models and the potential revenue streams, as well as  valuation for each business line.

Page 57 of the analysis shows a sensitivity table which outlines the various scenarios that can come into play and how it will change our outlook and valuation opinion.

Professional/institutional subscribers can actually access a subset of the model that we used to create the sensitivity analysis above to plug in their own assumptions in case they somehow disagree with our assumptions or view points. Click here for the model: Google Valuation Model (pro and institutional). Click here to subscribe or upgrade.

Fresh and Very Accurate Apple Research

For all of those near fanatics who do not subscribe, I suggest you ask a friend who does subscribe to share with you the difference between last month's valuation note target price (page 10 of File Icon Apple Margin & Valuation Note) and the price of Apple today, the day after earnings (click here to subscribe).

As excerpted: 

It is worth noting that the key assumptions that underline the above valuations – (1) iPhone continuing to witness stupendous growth *******  in 2012 and ****** 2013 over a larger base and (2) iPhone margins continue to remain healthy off stable prices and despite increase in material cost – should be keenly watched over the next couple of quarters. 

Then ask them bout the logical argument behind the concern with Apple and the extremely volatile price action of the last few weeks. As stated many times in the past, The BoomBustBlog argument and analysis is solid.

What else is there to the earnings announcement? Well we were absolutely correct in terms of the oncoming margin compression of the the product lines, something that was actually easy to see coming but many refused to admit. Of course, there will be those select few that say, "But wait, the company reported an INCREASE in margins while you said there will be a decrease!". Yes, that's true and both can exist simultaneously.

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Facebooking The Chinese Wall: How A Blog Has Outperformed Wall Street For 5 Yrs 

 

Why Shouldn't Practitioners Of Muppetology Get Swallowed In A Facebook IPO Class Action Suit?

 

Shorting Federal Facebook Notes Are Not Allowed Today

 

As I Promised Last Year, Facebook Is Being Overpriced and Overhyped… 

 

 

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Front month ATM puts made 20% in the first hour of trading. If only the IPO did half as well...

Put contracts traded: 128,860

Cal contracts traded: 77,590

1.66 put call ratio means there's probably more BoomBustBlog subscribers out there than I imagined...

All paying subscribers (click here to subscribe) have access to the FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update February 2012. You may review the original analyses here file iconFB note final 01/11/2011. Again, as Facebook continues to fall in price, sooner or later it will be fairly valued and most assuredly after that undervalued. Speculators and value investors should be prepared for such an event. 

Professional and institutional BoomBustBlog subscribers have access to a simplified unlocked version of the valuation model used for our reports, available for immediate download - Facebook Valuation Model 08Feb2012.

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Here is the most recent Capital Account interview on the Facebook fiasco wherein I called the investment banking industry out for what it actually is, presented in the raw - no additional commentary necessary, except for the fact that you will probably never hear this level of rhetoric and analytical fact anywhere else!!!

Recent and related opinion and analysis:

Facebooking The Chinese Wall: How A Blog Has Outperformed Wall Street For 5 Yrs 

Why Shouldn't Practitioners Of Muppetology Get Swallowed In A Facebook IPO Class Action Suit?

Shorting Federal Facebook Notes Are Not Allowed Today 

As I Promised Last Year, Facebook Is Being Overpriced and Overhyped… 

All paying subscribers (click here to subscribe) have access to the FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update February 2012. You may review the original analyses here file iconFB note final 01/11/2011. Again, as Facebook continues to fall in price, sooner or later it will be fairly valued and most assuredly after that undervalued. Speculators and value investors should be prepared for such an event. 

Professional and institutional BoomBustBlog subscribers have access to a simplified unlocked version of the valuation model used for our reports, available for immediate download - Facebook Valuation Model 08Feb2012It is strongly recommended that subscribers download the file and input their own assumptions into said model.

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I will be taking the gloves off and going over this gangster style on Lauren Lyster's Capital Account Show on RT, tomorrow at 4:40pm. In the meantime, let's lay some groundwork.

As those who follow me reguarly probably already know, BoomBust bests ALL of Wall Street's sell side research. For evidence of such, reference "Did Reggie Middleton, a Blogger at BoomBustBlog, Best Wall Streets Best of the Best?". For the quick story behind how we are able to do what the lay muppet may consider nigh impossible, reference my piece on the Practitioners Of Muppetology…

For those of you who may have not heard as of yet, Reuters Alistair Barr reported Facebook's lead underwriters Morgan StanleyJP Morgan, and Goldman Sachs, all cut their earnings forecasts – and did so in the middle of the IPO roadshow. This is a rarity and quite frankly an event that I don’t ever recall happening in the past. Adding fuel to the fire, this downgrade was disseminated only to a select few institutional clients, basically leaving the mom and pop crew (aka, MUPPETS) out to dry.

What makes this such class action fodder (see Why Shouldn't Practitioners Of Muppetology Get Swallowed In A Facebook IPO Class Action Suit?) is that sell side analysts tend to have greater access to corporate management than regular investors or even the better equipped, more experienced guys such as myself. That being the case, the analysts of the actual underwriting companies have an even better position in regards to corporate management - arguably more so than any other financial entity. So, what happens when all of the underwriting companies suddenly downgrade their forecasts simultaneously?

As per Reuters:

The change in Morgan Stanley's estimates came on the heels of a May 9 Facebook filing of an amended prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in which the company expressed caution about revenue growth due to a rapid shift by users to mobile devices. Mobile advertising to date has been less lucrative than advertising on desktops.

"This was done during the road show - I've never seen that before in 10 years," said a source at a mutual fund firm who was among those called by Morgan Stanley.

JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, which were also major underwriters on the IPO but had lesser roles than Morgan Stanley, also revised their estimates in response to Facebook's SEC filing, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Morgan Stanley said in a statement that a "significant number" of analysts in the IPO syndicate reduced estimates after Facebook's May 9 disclosure. The investment bank said its procedures complied with all "applicable regulations."

Where's a damn lawyer when you need one?  Although this has been covered rather heavily in the media, I felt I had to do it again. Why? Because the media didn't cover it properly. As a matter of fact, they missed an entire forest of fraud because of a funny looking piece of tree bark in the way. Let's look at this from the BoomBustBlog perspective, shall we.

Facebook's warning to its analysts came in the form of a revenue slowdown as more and more user move to mobile device interfaces to access Facebook, and mobile revenue has historically lagged desktop revenue in terms of volume. Okay, I get that. Yet, even without that choice bit of news, Facebook's total subscriber growth had slowed substantially! This was made clear to BoomBustBlog subscribers several times, with the first time being about a year ago!

 

 

Even if we don't consider the slowing subscriber growth (which we must) there's still the blatant and obvious risks to the weak advertising model, as clearly articulated in our subscriber forensic analysis of way over a year ago -file iconFB note final 01/11/2011, to wit from page 3:

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Did I have a valid point 14 months ago that ALL of the underwriters and top Wall Street analysts somehow miss - again? Don't ask my conceited ass, ask General Motors nearly a year and a half later...  

Fri, May 11 2012 WSJ.com and Reuters report GM plans to stop advertising on Facebook:

General Motors Co will stop advertising on Facebook, a move that comes during the same week the social networking website is due to go public.

The U.S. automaker confirmed a report by the Wall Street Journal. A source familiar with the automaker's plans said GM's marketing executives decided Facebook's ads had little impact on consumers.

GM said it will still have Facebook pages marketing its vehicles, but it will drop use of paid ads. Anyone can create a Facebook page at no cost. GM pays no fee to Facebook for its pages, which allow the automaker to reach consumers directly.

... "In terms of Facebook specifically, while we currently do not plan to continue with advertising, we remain committed to an aggressive content strategy through all of our products and brands, as it continues to be a very effective tool for engaging with our customers," GM said.

GM spends about $40 million on its Facebook presence, but only about $10 million of that is paid to Facebook for advertising. The rest covers the creation of content and the agencies involved, The Journal said.

GM, the country's third largest advertiser behind Procter & Gamble Co and AT&T Inc, spent $1.11 billion on U.S. ads last year, according to Kantar Media, an ad-tracking firm owned by WPP PLC. About $271 million of GM's total ad spend last year was for online display and search ads excluding Facebook advertising.

And back to that topic of growth in February of 2012, via the full forensic opinion available to all subscribers here FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update, reference page 10 as excerpted...

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This all leads to the topic of valuation. A topic that no legal defense team for banks should want me to broach. As I stated in January of 2011, Facebook Registers The WHOLE WORLD! Or At Least They Would Have To In Order To Justify Goldman’s Pricing: Here’s What $2 Billion Or So Worth Of Goldman HNW Clients Probably Wish They Read This Time Last Week! 

Reference these two pages from our February FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update...

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It would seem that Facebook Finally Faces The Fact Of BoomBustBlog Analsysis. The burning question is how did I get this so right yet ALL of those ubersmart analysts get it so wrong? Seriously, ALL of the underwriting analysts had a buy on this obviously and grossly overpriced stock - and that was before the price was increased, BEFORE the supply of stock offered from management and insiders was increased, and BEFORE Goldman decided to increase their cashout - all very negative indications that increase both stocks floated and the distance between price and fundamental valuation.

Well, here's a couple of hints... Is It Now Common Knowledge That Goldman's Investment Advice Sucks?I've Told You Before, And I'll Tell You Again - Goldman Sachs Investment Advice Sucks, and Goldman Sachs Executive Director Corroborates Reggie Middleton's Stance: Business Model Designed To Walk Over Clients. Of course, this isn't just about Goldman. I mean, we're talking a lot of over well paid analysts! As per Reuters:

The new estimates highlighted a continued slowdown in Facebook's growth, with the banks forecasting 30.4 percent year-on-year 2012 revenue growth on average, instead of the 36.7 percent growth previously expected. In 2011, Facebook's revenue grew 87.9 percent year-on-year to $3.71 billion.

The new numbers were relayed to big investors through phone calls and conference calls, according to investors. Bank of America held a conference call on May 10 with analyst Justin Post, where the underwriter revealed the lowered estimates.

Here are the detailed figures from the four banks, according to one of the investors who received the new numbers.

Lowered full year revenue estimate for 2012

Morgan Stanley -- $4.854 bln (new)from $5.036 bln (old)

Bank of America -- $4.815 bln (new) from $5.040 bln (old)

JPMorgan -- $4.839 bln (new) from $5.044 bln (old)

Goldman Sachs -- $4.852 bln (new) from $5.169 bln (old)

Lowered estimates for second-quarter 2012

Morgan Stanley -- $1.111 bln (new) from $1.175 bln (old)

Bank of America -- $1.100 bln (new) from $1.166 bln (old)

JPMorgan -- $1.096 bln (new) from $1.182 bln (old)

Goldman Sachs -- $1.125 bln (new) from $ 1.207 bln (old)

Lowered 2013 Earnings per share estimate

Morgan Stanley -- 83 cents (new) from 88 cents

Bank of America -- 64 cents (new) from 66 cents

JPMorgan -- 66 cents (new) from 70 cents

Goldman Sachs -- 63 cents (new) from 68 cents

Hey, I'm sure it's just my imagination. After all, there's always that famed Chinese Wall Thingy, right???!!

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For more on how bankers climb walls, see Why Shouldn't Practitioners Of Muppetology Get Swallowed In A Facebook IPO Class Action Suit?

Professional and institutional BoomBustBlog subscribers have access to a simplified unlocked version of the valuation model used for this report, available for immediate download - Facebook Valuation Model 08Feb2012It is strongly recommended that said subscribers download and input their own assumptions into said model! The full forensic opinion is available to all subscribers here FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update. It is recommended that subscribers (click here to subscribe) also review the original analyses (file iconFB note final 01/11/2011).

Here are the free blog posts on the topic:

  1. Shorting Federal Facebook Notes Are Not Allowed Today
  2. Facebook Registers The WHOLE WORLD! Or At Least They Would Have To In Order To Justify Goldman’s Pricing: Here’s What $2 Billion Or So Worth Of Goldman HNW Clients Probably Wish They Read This Time Last Week!
  3. Facebook Becomes One Of The Most Highly Valued Media Companies In The World Thanks To Goldman, & Its Still Private!
  4. Here’s A Look At What The Goldman FaceBook Fund Will Look Like As It Ignores The SEC & Peddles Private Shares To The Public Without Full Disclosure
  5. The Anatomy Of The Record Bonus Pool As The Foregone Conclusion: We Plug The Numbers From Goldman’s Facebook Fund Marketing Brochure Into Our Models
  6. Did Goldman Just Rip Its HNW and Institutional Clients Once Again? Facebook Growth Slows Pre-IPO, Just As We Warned!
  7. The World's First Phenomenally Forensic Facebook Analysis - This Is What You Need Before You Invest, Pt 1
  8. The Final Facebook Forensic IPO Analysis: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Goldman Sachs Executive Director Corroborates Reggie Middleton's Stance: Business Model Designed To Walk Over Clients

For Those That Want To Take A Peek Inside the Professional BoomBustBlog Paywall, Here's All of My Groupon Research - MUPPETS!!!

Apple's iPad Is Losing Market Share And Profit Margin As Apple Hits All Time High 

The Conundrum of Commercial Real Estate Stocks: In a CRE "Near Depression", Why Are REIT Shares Still So High and Which Ones to Short?

Wall Street Real Estate Funds Lose Between 61% to 98% for Their Investors as They Rake in Fees!

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Reggie Middleton vs Goldman Sachs, part 1For Those Who Chose Not To Heed My Warning About Buying Products From Name Brand Wall Street Banks

Blog vs. Broker, whom do you trust!

Reggie Middleton Personally Congratulates Goldman, but Questions How Much More Can Be Pulled Off

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Reuters reports on Facebook:

"Morgan Stanley unexpectedly delivered some negative news to major clients: The bank's consumer Internet analyst, Scott Devitt, was reducing his revenue forecasts for the company. The sudden caution very close to the huge initial public offering, and while an investor roadshow was underway, was a big shock to some, said two investors who were advised of the revised forecast."

I query, exactly why shouldn't there be class action lawsuits? Seriously! I run a very small operation with a budget smaller than Morgan Stanley’s or Goldman's postage expense. Despite such I have been able to clearly and granularly articulate that Facebook was grossly overvalued a year ago while it was a private company being hawked by Goldman Sachs as a private placement - Facebook Registers The WHOLE WORLD! Or At Least They Would Have To In Order To Justify Goldman’s Pricing: Here’s What $2 Billion Or So Worth Of Goldman HNW Clients Probably Wish They Read This Time Last Week!

As the IPO approached and more specific info available, the overvaluation simply became stronger and more apparent; reference Shorting Federal Facebook Notes Are Not Allowed Today. So is that I and my team are really that smart (and handsome) or are there other factors at play? A little more than a year ago Bloomberg created a list of who they considered the top performing analysts and brokers from the sell side. I was literally offended by how bad the performance actually was, especially when compared to an independent investor/analyst, reference Did Reggie Middleton, a Blogger at BoomBustBlog, Best Wall Street’s Best of the Best?

Again, miraculously, Reggie Middleton and BoomBustBlog somehow managed to out run ALL of the big boys. As much as I would love to say  I’m simply better than ALL of those big boys, the reality of the matter is that I’m simply significantly less conflicted. The big banks have the resources and intellectual capital to run circles around me if they really wanted to. The problem is that really don’t want to. It is much more profitable to take agency commissions and principal transaction profits (as ZH often identifies as front running) from your clients than it is to wisely counsel them in investments. This is particularly true if they will keep coming back to you after getting raped, again and again.

I have written extensively on this, forming a quasi-scientific discipline of study, colloquially known as Muppetology:-) See the links below for more on this new branch of psychology/social science as it applies to finance and investments...

Goldman Sachs Executive Director Corroborates Reggie Middleton's Stance: Business Model Designed To Walk Over Clients

For Those That Want To Take A Peek Inside the Professional BoomBustBlog Paywall, Here's All of My Groupon Research - MUPPETS!!!

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Reggie Middleton vs Goldman Sachs, part 1For Those Who Chose Not To Heed My Warning About Buying Products From Name Brand Wall Street Banks

Blog vs. Broker, whom do you trust!

Reggie Middleton Personally Congratulates Goldman, but Questions How Much More Can Be Pulled Off

 

 

 

 

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Facebook is falling like a rock despite the fact that there's a short sale restriction on the stock until at least tomorrow. Why is there a short sale restriction in the first place? Exactly what is wrong with allowing market forces to find the true market price? Well, you can run but you can't hide, Mr. Market equilibrium avoider.

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BoomBustBlog subscribers have been thoroughly versed in Facebook's true value for over a year, As I Promised Last Year, Facebook Is Being Proven To Be Overhyped and Overpriced! Now that Facebook Finally Faces The Fact Of BoomBustBlog Analsysis, let pull out that simplified unlocked version of the valuation model used for our Facebook report (available for immediate download to pro/institutional subscribers) - Facebook Valuation Model 08Feb2012. Here is a screenshot of my personally updated version of the model.

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All paying subscribers can download the addendum here -File Icon FB IPO Analysis & Valuation Note - update with per share valuation. Here's a quip from the last line of the report:

"As of the writing of this addendum, Facebook is trading at $33.83, a day after debuting at $38.This utter disappointment and gutting of the muppets is exactly what our research has anticipated. From a strictly fundamental perspective, Facebook shouldn’t see its IPO price anywhere within the foreseeable future!".

The general subscriber access full forensic opinion is still available, FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update in addition to the short update above. Of course, higher level subscribers should feel free to play with the model above as well. It is recommended that subscribers (click here to subscribe) also review the original analyses (file iconFB note final 01/11/2011).

Here's where I broke it down on Capital Account

I also happened to do the same on the Max Kesier show...

I discussed Facebook on the Peter Schiff radio show, the Facebook excerpt is below...

Additional Facebook analysis, valuationa and commentary.

On Max Keiser, go to the 13:55 marker for more on Facebook...

Here are the free blog posts on the topic:

  1. Facebook Registers The WHOLE WORLD! Or At Least They Would Have To In Order To Justify Goldman’s Pricing: Here’s What $2 Billion Or So Worth Of Goldman HNW Clients Probably Wish They Read This Time Last Week!
  2. Facebook Becomes One Of The Most Highly Valued Media Companies In The World Thanks To Goldman, & Its Still Private!
  3. Here’s A Look At What The Goldman FaceBook Fund Will Look Like As It Ignores The SEC & Peddles Private Shares To The Public Without Full Disclosure
  4. The Anatomy Of The Record Bonus Pool As The Foregone Conclusion: We Plug The Numbers From Goldman’s Facebook Fund Marketing Brochure Into Our Models
  5. Did Goldman Just Rip Its HNW and Institutional Clients Once Again? Facebook Growth Slows Pre-IPO, Just As We Warned!
  6. The World's First Phenomenally Forensic Facebook Analysis - This Is What You Need Before You Invest, Pt 1
  7. The Final Facebook Forensic IPO Analysis: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly


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With Facebook slated to start trading in a few days, I feel it is appropriate to brush off some of the BoomBustBlog research and opinion that can help subscribers wade through the sell side waters. To wit, CNBC reports Facebook Faces User Distrust, Advertising Apathy: Poll:

More than half (57 percent) of Facebook users polled said they never click on ads or other sponsored content when they use the site, according to a new AP-CNBC poll. Another 26 percent said they hardly ever engage in such activity. Only 4 percent of users say they often click on ads — results that are only slightly better than the 2-3 percent clickthrough rate some experts consider the benchmark for effective banner ads.

This doesn't sound too good does it. Well, you can't say I didn't warn you last year: 

Professional and institutional BoomBustBlog subscribers have access to a simplified unlocked version of the valuation model used for this report, available for immediate download - Facebook Valuation Model 08Feb2012.

It is strongly recommended that said subscribers download and input their own assumptions into said model in order for confident preparation before the IPO launch! I just nominally input some very generous numbers and the best case scenario chart (see the chart tab after your own individual inputs) is quite revealing, indeed! The full forensic opinion is available to all subscribers here FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update. It is recommended that subscribers (click here to subscribe) also review the original analyses (file iconFB note final 01/11/2011)

  1. Did Goldman Just Rip Its HNW and Institutional Clients Once Again? Facebook Growth Slows Pre-IPO, Just As We Warned!
  2. The World's First Phenomenally Forensic Facebook Analysis - This Is What You Need Before You Invest, Pt 1

Facebook users have consistently cast a wary and suspicious eye on the platform: 59 percent of respondents said that they had little to no trust in Facebook to keep their information private.

That doesn't sound very good either, does it?

Yet despite those ongoing concerns, the number of users (and their engagement) continues to increase. Facebook has grown to 901 million monthly active users worldwide, with personal computer users spending six to seven hours per month on the site (compared to just 3 minutes for Google+ users), according to recent data from ComScore.

Now, this sounds very, very good. Of course, it doesn't sound as good when you look at it in context...

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As for Mark Zuckerberg, the wunderkind CEO who turned 28 on Monday inspires somewhat tepid confidence as a leader, with only 18 percent of respondents saying they were extremely or very confident in his ability to run a large publicly traded company like Facebook. Yet pinning down a specific reason was difficult for respondents, who neither cited his age, temperament, nor reputation as significantly affecting those abilities.

Now if one were to ask me why I would be tepid in my confidence in Zuckerberg as a leader, I would say that its not his leadership abilities that are the biggest concern, it is the fact that he can single handedly wreck the company and the weak ass board of directors and the shareholders would be powerless to do anything about it. Instead of referring to him as the leader you can refer to him as the 28 year old potential tyrant and dictator. Reference Facebook CEO Running From Investors 'Cause He IS The Only Investor Whose Opinion Actually Counts?

CNBC also included this following chart...

Hmmm. That doesn't sound too promising, does it? Well, despite all of this, Facebook is finding absolutely no shortage of suckers asses for which to place in the Facebook IPO seat.... 

Hey, it gets worse. WSJ.com and Reuters report GM plans to stop advertising on Facebook:

General Motors Co will stop advertising on Facebook, a move that comes during the same week the social networking website is due to go public.

The U.S. automaker confirmed a report by the Wall Street Journal. A source familiar with the automaker's plans said GM's marketing executives decided Facebook's ads had little impact on consumers.

GM said it will still have Facebook pages marketing its vehicles, but it will drop use of paid ads. Anyone can create a Facebook page at no cost. GM pays no fee to Facebook for its pages, which allow the automaker to reach consumers directly.

... "In terms of Facebook specifically, while we currently do not plan to continue with advertising, we remain committed to an aggressive content strategy through all of our products and brands, as it continues to be a very effective tool for engaging with our customers," GM said.

GM spends about $40 million on its Facebook presence, but only about $10 million of that is paid to Facebook for advertising. The rest covers the creation of content and the agencies involved, The Journal said.

GM, the country's third largest advertiser behind Procter & Gamble Co and AT&T Inc, spent $1.11 billion on U.S. ads last year, according to Kantar Media, an ad-tracking firm owned by WPP PLC. About $271 million of GM's total ad spend last year was for online display and search ads excluding Facebook advertising.

Hmmm... It appears as if the MSM has it out for Facebook today, in direct contravention of its historical actions pushing this company. I wonder if its because I wrote How Does Facebook Drum Up So Much Frothy Interest For Its Overpriced Shares? Help From The Media, Goldman, et. al.

I've had a few subscribers who, after reviewing the (subscription only) FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update and Facebook Valuation Model, have seriously queried how Facebook is managing to drum up so much froth and interest for its obviously overpriced shares? The apparent answer is the marketing machine known as Goldman, et. al. The less recognized answer is assistance from the MSM, as demonstrted by this CNBC article - Facebook’s Premium Ad Prices Still Rising:

Pricing for Facebook’s premium “social” advertisements continues to rise, two recent studies have found—a positive indicator that could offset concerns about a dip in advertising growth and help sentiment towards the Internet company’s initial public offering.

This is a net positive statement, no?

A report to be released on Monday by Marin Software, a digital marketing platform that processes more than $100 million worth of spending on Facebook, found a 26 percent increase over the last year in the cost per click for “premium” ad formats such as Sponsored Stories, which highlight friends’ “likes”, comments and other endorsements of brands’ activity on the site.

Wow! That's pretty good growth and pricing elasticity, no? Bring on those newly public shares and let 'em rip!!! 

However, Marin’s report also found the cost per click for Facebook’s standard ads, which make up an estimated three-quarters of the social network’s advertising revenues, fell 26 percent over the last year.

Wait a minute, if 75% of the companies product dropped in price, doesn't that easily swamp the 26% of the companies premium ads that rose in price? An even more direct questions is, why isn't this being reported as the net negative that is is? Let's walk though this step by step for the more arithmetically challenged amongst us...

   % of revenue  Increase/decrease in Average cost Net Change to Gross Revenue
Facebook Premium Ads 25% 26% 6.500%
Facebook Regular Ads 75% -26% -19.500%
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So, according to this MSM article, reporting a net 13% drop in revenue somehow amounts to - and let me quote this so as to be as accurate as possible - "a positive indicator that could offset concerns about a dip in advertising growth and help sentiment towards the Internet company’s initial public offering". Please excuse me as I wipe the splattered bullshit from my computer screen - it's hard to type accurately with those opaque, stinking brown stains in the way. Even worse, it goes to show what portions of the MSM actually think in terms of the intellectual capacity of its readership. 

It would seem that Facebook Finally Faces The Fact Of BoomBustBlog Analsysis

Professional and institutional BoomBustBlog subscribers have access to a simplified unlocked version of the valuation model used for this report, available for immediate download - Facebook Valuation Model 08Feb2012.

It is strongly recommended that said subscribers download and input their own assumptions into said model in order for confident preparation before the IPO launch! I just nominally input some very generous numbers and the best case scenario chart (see the chart tab after your own individual inputs) is quite revealing, indeed! The full forensic opinion is available to all subscribers here FaceBook IPO & Valuation Note Update. It is recommended that subscribers (click here to subscribe) also review the original analyses (file iconFB note final 01/11/2011).

 Here's where I broke it down on Capital Account

I also happened to do the same on the Max Kesier show...

I discussed Facebook on the Peter Schiff radio show, the Facebook excerpt is below...

Additional Facebook analysis, valuationa and commentary.

On Max Keiser, go to the 13:55 marker for more on Facebook...

Here are the free blog posts on the topic:

  1. Facebook Registers The WHOLE WORLD! Or At Least They Would Have To In Order To Justify Goldman’s Pricing: Here’s What $2 Billion Or So Worth Of Goldman HNW Clients Probably Wish They Read This Time Last Week!
  2. Facebook Becomes One Of The Most Highly Valued Media Companies In The World Thanks To Goldman, & Its Still Private!
  3. Here’s A Look At What The Goldman FaceBook Fund Will Look Like As It Ignores The SEC & Peddles Private Shares To The Public Without Full Disclosure
  4. The Anatomy Of The Record Bonus Pool As The Foregone Conclusion: We Plug The Numbers From Goldman’s Facebook Fund Marketing Brochure Into Our Models
  5. Did Goldman Just Rip Its HNW and Institutional Clients Once Again? Facebook Growth Slows Pre-IPO, Just As We Warned!
  6. The World's First Phenomenally Forensic Facebook Analysis - This Is What You Need Before You Invest, Pt 1
  7. The Final Facebook Forensic IPO Analysis: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
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I've noticed that many who take issue with my analysis of Google and Apple truly don't understand what kind of company Google is. To call it a search engine, ad company, or even Android vendor is to demonstrate an ignorance as to both its business model, accomplishments and aspirations. Google is not a search engine, ad company or even a mobile OS vendor, it is a data company and the foremost data company in the world.

I took the time to explain this in detail on the Max Keiser show last week. I think it's worth a listen. Click here for the full show, and see below for the excerpt....

For all of those near fanatics who do not subscribe, I suggest you ask a friend who does subscribe to share with you the difference between last month's valuation note target price (page 10 of File Icon Apple Margin & Valuation Note) and the price of Apple today (click here to subscribe). I also urge the same for Google using our latest Google Q1-2012 Valuation Summary. BoomBustBlog's tech research has been on point with these two companies, just as it has been with Research in Motion, referencing Hindsight Is 20/20, And As Luck Has It Our Foresight On Research in Motion Was Right On The Money Two Years Ago.

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For a more indepth look at these companies, see: 

A more indepth collection of our relevant research on Google and Apple, both current and from the archives can be found below.

Industry Leading, Subscription Based Google Research

All paying subscribers should download the Google Q1-2012 Valuation Summary, wherein we have updated the valuation numbers for Google using a variety of metrics. Click here to subscribe or upgrade

Google still exhibits the likelihood that they will control mobile computing for the balance of the decade.

Subscription research:

file iconGoogle Final Report 10/08/2010

A couple of bits from our archives...


There are currently 7 Google reports available. Select the "Google Final Report" and click the "Download" button. You will receive a 63 page analysis that looks like this on the cover...

The table of contents outlines how we have broken Google down into distinct businesses and identified both the individual business models and the potential revenue streams, as well as  valuation for each business line.

Page 57 of the analysis shows a sensitivity table which outlines the various scenarios that can come into play and how it will change our outlook and valuation opinion.

Professional/institutional subscribers can actually access a subset of the model that we used to create the sensitivity analysis above to plug in their own assumptions in case they somehow disagree with our assumptions or view points. Click here for the model: Google Valuation Model (pro and institutional). Click here to subscribe or upgrade.

Fresh and Very Accurate Apple Research

For all of those near fanatics who do not subscribe, I suggest you ask a friend who does subscribe to share with you the difference between last month's valuation note target price (page 10 of File Icon Apple Margin & Valuation Note) and the price of Apple today, the day after earnings (click here to subscribe).

As excerpted: 

It is worth noting that the key assumptions that underline the above valuations – (1) iPhone continuing to witness stupendous growth *******  in 2012 and ****** 2013 over a larger base and (2) iPhone margins continue to remain healthy off stable prices and despite increase in material cost – should be keenly watched over the next couple of quarters. 

Then ask them bout the logical argument behind the concern with Apple and the extremely volatile price action of the last few weeks. As stated many times in the past, The BoomBustBlog argument and analysis is solid.

What else is there to the earnings announcement? Well we were absolutely correct in terms of the oncoming margin compression of the the product lines, something that was actually easy to see coming but many refused to admit. Of course, there will be those select few that say, "But wait, the company reported an INCREASE in margins while you said there will be a decrease!". Yes, that's true and both can exist simultaneously.

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