Honest Valuation

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According to the New York Times, Honest Company hired Morgan Stanley and Jefferies to run a sale process, with the hopes of valuing the company at more than $1 billion. Questions: What type of business is Honest Company? Why do they say in the article that the valuation the Honest Company will be a test of its turnaround? What does… Read more »

Google and New Mexico

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According to the New York Times, a federal lawsuit against Google for violation of child online privacy was dismissed. Questions: Why was the lawsuit dismissed? What Act did New Mexico fail to prove violation by Google? What was the issue that brought the case to course? Source:https://youtu.be/vFC6sjVVst0 Wakabayashi, D. (2020). New Mexico’s privacy lawsuit against… Read more »

Sometimes Things Don’t End Up the Way they are Planned

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According to the New York Times, Delta Airline’s foray into oil refining in 2012 illustrates some of the reasons that the business was in trouble even before the pandemic. Questions: What was the bold experiment that Delta Air tried? What were the flaws in Delta’s strategy? What is the most immediate concern of the refinery… Read more »

Accounting for Coronavirus

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According to the Washington Post, some companies are adopting an innovative approach to accounting for the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on their earnings: they’re leaving it out. Questions:  What is Ebitda and why is it so important? How does Ebitdac work? Who’s using it? What is your opinion of this practice? Source: Lindell,… Read more »

Chevron’s Big Merger

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Despite the sharp decline for oil and gas, Chevron agreed on Monday to buy Noble Energy for roughly $5 billion. Questions Why might this be such an important move? Why did Noble decide to sell? How many North American oil producers have filed for bankruptcy this year? Source: Krauss, C. (2020). Chevron Deal for Oil… Read more »

COVID-19 Leads to Borrowing Binge

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According to the New York Times, during the pandemic,along with the sharpest economic downturn in history, the solution by most companies has been to take on more debt. Questions: Why does this borrowing binge turn conventional wisdom on its head? Does the article make it sound like there will be many defaults to the Fed… Read more »

First Bad News about Chuck E. Cheese, Now Broadway- Oh No!

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According to the Washington Post, the shutdown of Broadway’s 41 theaters will continue at least until Jan. 3. Questions: Why is Broadway so important to New York’s economic health? What will happen to ticketholders for shows up to and including January 3? What percent of tickets for commercial productions in 1,000- to 2,000-seat theaters must… Read more »

Does This Situation Seem to be Ethically Correct During a Pandemic?

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  HCA Healthcare, one of the world’s wealthiest hospital chains, earning more than $7 billion in the past two years and worth $36 billion, paid its chief executive $26 million in 2019. However, as the pandemic spread across America, HCA did not provide adequate protective gear to medical staff, froze wages for nurses, and has… Read more »

Deceptive Practices

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Progressive Leasing, which offers rent-to-own programs at major retailers like Best Buy and Lowe’s, has agreed to pay $175 million to settle allegations it misled consumers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. Questions: What trade violations did the complaint allege? Why did FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter say that the settlement did not go far… Read more »