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Uber: An Alarm For Ridesharing Companies Doing IPOs

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The TLC regulations passed by New York City have compelled the two ridesharing companies to refrain from hiring new drivers, according to Politico. It comes as a setback to both Uber who is on the IPO path and Lyft, which has just gone public.

On one hand, Uber had blocked the hiring of new drivers from the 1st of April; Lyft halted any new drivers from signing on April 15. According to the TLC regulations, the ridesharing company is obligated to pay drivers in the city $17.22 per hour after expenses have been paid. The new TLC regulation passed in New York City came into effect in February.

Uber and Lyft have confirmed that they have stopped hiring new drivers as a result of the new TLC regulation. The companies posted and confirmed the news on their websites. Uber said it wouldn’t hire new drivers in NYC “due in part to new TLC [Taxi and Limousine Commission] regulations.” Lyft went on saying, “Because of TLC regulations, we’re currently not accepting new drivers in New York City.”

The law came into effect with the intention of disciplining the ridesharing companies of having too many drivers on the roads and not carrying passengers. Having plenty of drivers, though is an asset for these ridesharing companies as it gives the rider ample availability. It also delimits the wages of the drivers. In addition to this, it leads to congestion of traffic. Moreover, it creates an unfair advantage over taxi services that are more regulated.

This Could Be Alarming To The Companies Doing IPOs In The Space

The news serves as an alarm to the investors who find scope in these ridesharing companies. Moreover, it sets as an example that a similar law could come into being in other cities as well. The objective behind the law was to provide decent wages to the drivers and it appears that much has been achieved.

The lesser the number of drivers on the road the more the wages that the current drivers would earn. In fact, Politico reported that an NYC presentation this month showed that drivers had earned $56 million more than they would have without the regulation.

The law serves as a impending risk to both companies. Before going public, Lyft discussed the limitations that now hold the company to “a wide range of laws and regulations, many of which are evolving, and failure to comply with such laws and regulations could harm our business, financial condition, and results of operation.”

Lyft also said in its S-1 filing that “Our business depends largely on our ability to cost-effectively attract new riders and increase utilization of our platform by our existing riders.” And Uber said in an SEC filing that “Our success in a given geographic market significantly depends on our ability to maintain or increase our network scale and liquidity in that geographic market by attracting drivers.”

With the constant apprehensions of both the companies in dealing with the regulatory changes, it is extremely difficult to understand how effective these ridesharing companies can become. However, it becomes candid for the investors to keep a close eye on how the companies respond to these regulations and whether other cities follow New York’s lead.

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Stock Price Newsletter – September 20, 2019

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Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Price Jumps On Increased Dividend and Buyback Announcement

On Wednesday Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares gained 1% in extended trading after the company announced that it was raising its quarterly dividend by $0.05. But there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

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Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Price Jumps On Increased Dividend and Buyback Announcement

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On Wednesday Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares gained 1% in extended trading after the company announced that it was raising its quarterly dividend by $0.05.

Share Repurchase Program

The company has also authorized a $40 billion stock buyback. Under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, the company has been buying back its shares. In the fiscal year ended June 30, Microsoft bought back it’s a stock worth around $19.54 billion. The year before stock buybacks were around $10.72 billion. In the last five years under the tenure of Nadella, the company has seen it’s stock almost quadruple and exceed a trillion-dollar market cap.

The company has aggressively been repurchasing its stock and at the current rate, they are likely to use all the $40 billion in the latest repurchase program within two years. The new share repurchase program does not have an expiration period but the company could choose to terminate it any time.

Growing Dividends

The company is increasing its dividends by 5 cents barely a year after increased them. The board of directors approved a $0.51 quarterly dividend which reflects an 11% increase over the quarter before. This translates to $2.04 annually. Microsoft has been paying dividends to stockholders since 2003 and it has been pumping up its quarterly dividend each year.

Microsoft has indicated that it will pay shareholders of record on November 21 a dividend of $0.51 on December 12. The 11% increase is an improvement from last year’s dividend increase of 9.5%. The increase is slightly more than the company’s average dividend growth percentage of around 10.4%.

The share repurchase program and dividend increase are a no brainer for Microsoft. In 2019 the company brought around $38.3 billion in free cash flow of which $13.8 billion was given to shareholders in the form of dividends. The company returned around $33 billion to shareholders this is inclusive of the cash spent on stock repurchases.

Considering how trivial the company’s dividends are relative to its free cash flow, it appears like Microsoft will keep increasing its dividends each year.

A Clear Focus On Groundbreaking Technology

Global spending on security solutions is projected to reach $7.4 billion in 2019 and increase to over $11.3 billion by 2025 with a CAGR of 8.2%.  The urban Security explosives and Weapons Detection market is slated to grow to nearly $7.5 billion by 2025 and is forecast to see consistent growth for the next several years [2].

What does this mean? Well, for investors it could signal big opportunities but with so many large companies targeting surveillance systems and weapon detection devices as a “go-to,” is there anything that could truly disrupt this market?

In short, yes

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) (LDDFF) Is Positioning To Change The Face Of Threat Detection For Good

The truth of the matter is that mass shootings now happen more than once a day in the US and as we’ve come to find, there’s no real way to stop these attacks after an attacker enters a space. This is where the real opportunity is: stopping an attack before someone even enters a vulnerable space.

Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF) plans to do that using HEXWAVE, a next-generation high-tech security scanning system that will use advanced, low-power radar, 3D-imaging, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to screen people at public gatherings such as sports games, unobtrusively.

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) (LDDFF) Is Positioning To Change The Face Of Threat Detection For Good

The truth of the matter is that mass shootings now happen more than once a day in the US and as we’ve come to find, there’s no real way to stop these attacks after an attacker enters a space. This is where the real opportunity is: stopping an attack before someone even enters a vulnerable space.

Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF) plans to do that using HEXWAVE, a next-generation high-tech security scanning system that will use advanced, low-power radar, 3D-imaging, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to screen people at public gatherings such as sports games, unobtrusively.

Liberty Defense WSJ

The advanced attack prevention system can detect if someone is armed before they enter a building using radar energy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect weapons and explosives in real-time. You may be thinking that the processes and screening technology that you see in airports can achieve the same thing in our communities.  

Urban Threat Detection

But we’re talking about urban detection; where high people traffic flow and attempts to provide airport-like screening processes can be extremely disruptive to business activity because of security entry delays. 

As important to providing a higher rate of threat screening is that there also needs to be a way to detect other potential mass attack weapons including explosives, pyrotechnics and other non-metallic threats.

Utilizing a new disruptive technology under an exclusive global license from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF) is developing HEXWAVE.

Liberty Defense WSJ

The advanced attack prevention system can detect if someone is armed before they enter a building using radar energy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect weapons and explosives in real-time. You may be thinking that the processes and screening technology that you see in airports can achieve the same thing in our communities.  But we’re talking about urban detection; where high people traffic flow and attempts to provide airport-like screening processes can be extremely disruptive to business activity because of security entry delays. 

As important to providing a higher rate of threat screening is that there also needs to be a way to detect other potential mass attack weapons including explosives, pyrotechnics and other non-metallic threats.

Utilizing a new disruptive technology under an exclusive global license from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF) is developing HEXWAVE.

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Stock Price Newsletter – September 19, 2019

Joe Samuel

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Acadia (ACAD) Stock Price is up 60% This Month; Bullish Signal For Biotechs?

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAD) had been one of the better-known strugglers in the industry. That was reflected in the stock price as well. But recent developments have breathed new life in the stock, which could be an indicator for the biotech industry at large.

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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Stock Price Consolidates After the Recent Rally: What Next?

The Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) stock has now reached such a stage according to keen observers and hence the stock is now trading within a very narrow range as the squeeze continues. In such a situation, it is only natural for investors to wonder which way this whole thing is going to go in the short term.

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Multi-Billion Dollar Markets Are Ready For A Shake-Up; 1 Biotech Stock Could Hold The Key

There’s no denying that biotechnology is one of the hottest markets in the world. Right now a multi-billion-dollar segment is ready for a shakeup and one biotech stock could hold the secret to doing just that!

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