Thursday, November 27, 2008
The last thing the major IT services firms in India needed, was the terrorist attacks that occurred over the past 48 hours in Mumbai. Unlike previous attacks in Bangalore and New Delhi, this one is taking center stage with respect to media coverage. Pretty much what the terrorists are looking for. Companies such as Wipro, InfoSys, Satyam, and Tata Consultancy Services are going to have more challenges to secure existing business let alone win new business with these recent events. India isn't the only game in town with respect to IT services, as countries like the Philippines, South America, and even smaller firms within the United States sprinkled across the likes of Utah, and Idaho present options for firms to spread their risk. These options aren't new, but their popularity may increase. Even with such dire circumstances, some of these companies aren't going away. India will still continue to produce engineers at a ferocious pace compared to other countries around the world. IT work still still find its way there. Time to keep tabs on these companies for possible investments in the future.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It's been extremely hard to focus on stock selection when I wake up to layoff news every morning. At times I worry about my own job let alone other company's prospects. Herman Miller just recently announced another set of cost reductions through voluntary and involuntary work force reductions. After the company managed its operating expenditures through the mountain high commodity costs this past year, the company revised it's outlook for the quarter ending November.30th to 475M-495M from 490M-515M. Falling commodity prices of late won't help much, as domestic and international sales are coming under pressure. When I first entered into a position a few months ago, one of the positives was the fact the company had increased it's foreign sales steadily over the past few years, thus broadening their revenue streams. Things are a lot different in China now that the Olympic glory is over. The company will have to adjust it strategy going forward under its recent partnership with Posh Office Systems in Asia. Domestically, the $1600 Embody chairs and Convia office systems (unified energy office management systems) may not be the cup of tea these days.