Why Skullcandy, Inc. Shares Skyrocketed

Is this meaningful or just another movement?

Mar 7, 2014 at 1:40PM

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of headphone specialist Skullcandy, Inc. (NASDAQ:SKUL) soared a whopping 46% today after its quarterly results and outlook topped Wall Street expectations.

So what: The stock had pulled back in recent weeks on serious valuation worries, but today's Q4 earnings beat -- EPS of $0.13 versus the consensus of $0.09 -- coupled with upbeat guidance is quickly putting those concerns to rest. While earnings fell 69% and revenue sank 28%, the company managed to drastically cut sales to the off-price channel and enforce its minimum advertised pricing strategy online all while controlling inventory levels, giving analysts plenty of good vibes over its positioning going forward.

Now what: Management now sees full-year EPS of $0.10-$0.14 on sales growth in the mid- to high-single digits, nicely ahead of Wall Street's view of $0.10 in per-share earnings and revenue growth of 4.2%. "With our five key growth pillars established and a clear understanding of our consumer, where we will innovate and focus, and a segmented distribution strategy, it is now about executing," said President and CEO Hoby Darling. "We are confident we can achieve our vision of being a global audio leader while delivering profitable growth, increased shareholder value and living by our core values." Given Skullcandy's red-hot shares and forward P/E around 90, however, I'd wait for much of the excitement to fade before betting on it. 

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A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

It blew up. People loved the idea. Financial advice is often intentionally complicated. Obscurity lets advisors charge higher fees. But the most important parts are painfully simple. Here's how Pollack put it:

The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

More advisors and investors caught onto the idea and started writing their own financial plans on a single index card.

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