Why LogMeIn Inc Shares Soared 20% Today

Is this meaningful? Or just another movement?

Apr 30, 2014 at 1:38PM

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 cloud-based software company LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ:LOGM) surged 20% today after its quarterly results and outlook topped Wall Street expectations.

So what: The stock had pulled back sharply in recent weeks on worries about slowing growth, but today's Q1 results -- adjusted EPS spiked 83% on a revenue jump of 31% -- coupled with upbeat guidance are quickly easing those concerns. In fact, LogMeIn's adjusted operating margin during the quarter increased 200 basis points, to 20%, suggesting that its cost structure and competitive position are improving, as well.

Now what: Management now sees full-year EPS of $0.10-$0.17 on revenue of $209.0 million-$212.0 million, up from its prior view of $0.07-$0.16 and revenue of $198.0 million-$202.0 million, respectively. According to CEO Michael Simon.

We made significant progress on our three key growth drivers -- join.me, SMB IT, and our IoT efforts around Xively. In addition, a decision to transition our remote access service to a premium-only offering helped deliver results in both new subscribers and new sales that exceeded our expectations. As a result, we are now forecasting 26 to 27 percent revenue growth in 2014.

Of course, with the stock now up about 120% from its 52-week lows, and trading at a 40-plus forward P/E, much of that potential might already be baked into the price.

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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.

I love the exercise, because it makes you think about what's important and forces you to be succinct.

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