Steve Ballmer (Nasdaq:MSFT) is leaving in the next twelve months. Here are a few things Microsoft will do to keep investors loyal, happy warm and fuzzy.
- Serious dividend increases. Money talks and Microsoft has some. Lots actually. To keep investors focused the board will increase the payouts. A strong dividend will keep a floor under the stock price. Many of Microsoft’s businesses are steady predictable earners.
- To unlock value some businesses may be spun out and or sold off. Anyone new to Microsoft will want to write on a clean slate so let’s get going with the divestitures.
- No new major products and/or initiatives will be undertaken before the new boy wonder arrives and starts putting his fingerprints on projects and idea’s. So in the meantime capex will shrink and cash flow will grow. Not a good thing but a real thing.
George Gutowski writes from a caveat emptor perspective. Follow him on Twitter @financialskepti