Joined Lanier Securities LLC as President/CEO

Jeff Villwock announced that he has joined Lanier Securities LLC as its President & CEO.  Lanier will privately place debt and equity securities through the direct solicitation of investors and provide investment banking services including M&A and corporate advisory services.   We intend to provide alternative investment products to individual investors through direct investment into companies and by marketing funds which will provide investors diversity and high yield current rates of return. Lanier Securities is in the process filing a New Membership Application for FINRA’s approval to operate as a licensed broker/dealer. This is a new era of capital formation in the US.  The JOBS act gives smaller companies a new opportunity to be properly capitalized.  We will use our experience to find good companies that deserve to be well capitalized, and then work with these companies through their life cycle.  It is our goal to become a firm known for raising …

Living Life to the Fullest

Far too often executives give up their lives as they are building a company, or climbing the corporate ladder. And for almost all of us who are successful, the reality is that there is a good amount time required in order to gain the success that we desire.  Whether success is measured in dollars, or title, or accomplishment, success takes time, vision, focus and a lot of hard work. But for each of us, a day comes when we truly have a choice – and my sense is that a lot of us are either blind to the choice we have, or choose not to choose. This choice is to form a new vision of our future, and to decide and take action to begin a transition to this new vision. In my career & life, I started making this transition two years ago.  In my case, the transition consists …

Economic Question of a Generation

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending an investor conference in San Diego hosted by John Mauldin and Altegris Investments.  The line up of speakers was exceptional — in addition to John, whom I consider one of the best minds in the country in understanding the economic events of the day, the speakers included John Paulson, Marc Faber, David Harding of Winton Capital, the editor of the Bank Credit Analyst and others. The room was filled with nearly 500 investors all asking essentially the same question.  What is the implication of a Federal Reserve balance sheet that looks like an Apollo moonshot … a federal fiscal deficit that has doubled the debt of the United States in a very short period of time, and if not abated,will easily have the United State’s debt in excess of 150% of GDP — only once in world history has a country …

Accountable Care Organizations

Today I’m going to focus on Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s).  This past week, CMS announced their initial rules and regs for ACOs. Start with the basic:  what is an ACO?  It is an organization to be formed by hospitals, doctors and ancillary service providers to better manage the care of Medicare patients.  Think of the Mayo Clinic among a set of providers without common ownership.  The goal is to actually manage the care of a patient (boy does that sound familiar!!) in order to get the optimal outcome at the lowest cost.  The ACO then shares in a portion of that cost savings. This is yet another experiment in trying to find out how to insure that patients get the care they need in a system that pays providers for every time they provide care.   The system we have gives every healthcare provider the incentive to provide services, whether needed …

Tenet & Community Health

I don’t mind going out on a limb – so some projections regarding Community Health & Tenet. #1 – Tenet is history as a stand alone company.  Trading volume Friday was more than half the capitalization of the company.  The arbs and hedge funds are loading up in a big way and they will get to vote.  Company is gone. #2 – The price is probably in the $7.50-8.00 per share range, but could be higher.  The synergies and margin upside is so great in this company that CYH can use more stock and others can use cash to buy Tenet.  Tenet has a bloated infrastructure and bloated bureaucracy that can be rationalized. #3 – Other bidders could emerge.  Let’s run through the possibilities: HCA – unlikely.  They want to go public.  If they wanted the company, they could pay as much as CYH, or more since they are private. …

New Bull Market in Hospitals?

The bull market for hospitals was restarted on Friday.  As you probably will recall, I talk a fair amount about the seasonality of the hospital stocks and we are going into the seasonally strong period which lasts through some time in May. The reaction to the Community Health offer to buy Tenet was astounding .. not on the Tenet side but on the CYH side.  CYH traded down $1.40/share after the announcement and opened down.  Then the stock roared up 13% on the day, trading up $4.25 on the close, over 5 ½ points higher than the low. HMA was up over 4%, Lifepoint over 5%.  Some of these gains were probably due to an expectation that a new consolidation phase may have begun, but I think more likely is that the hospital stocks are well under valued relative to historical levels. The 5 major public companies are trading at …