Strategic Consideration

Luis Romero

Strategic Consideration - Amazon

What is Investment Banking? What do Investment Bankers Do?

Investment Banking Jargon “Strategic Consideration”

A term often used in finance refers to investment banking advisory services. We share this concept with our analyst students to help them understand high-level finance. Below is an example of strategic consideration using Amazon’s 20-for-1 stock split, and $10 billion buyback. Amazon’s split-adjusted stock price is $115 assuming Friday, May 6th closing price of $2,295.

What is Investment Banking? What Do Bankers Do i.e. Strategic Consideration?

What Is Strategic Consideration?

To keep it simple, it refers to strategic advice offered by investment bankers and sometimes consulting firms relating to business operations and financing sources to help grow a company.

  • Capital structure – is a target company’s balance sheet capitalized according to the industry?
  • Valuation – is your company stock fairly valued? Is your PE multiple high enough to issue stock with a low dilution impact to shareholders?
  • Mergers & acquisitions – should we acquire or merge with xzy company?
  • Share buyback – Should we buy our company stock at these valuation levels? How should we finance our buyback program?
  • Other ideas include foreign exchange risk, hedge strategies, human capital, IPO, debt financing, etc.

Amazon Strategic Consideration Stock Split and Share Buy Back Example:

Amazon announces 20-for-1 stock split, $10 billion buyback

In their 8k filing on March 9, 2022, Amazon made public that they will (1) Issue a $10 billion share buyback program and (2) 20-for-1 stock split scheduled to take place on May 25, 2022. If we use Amazon’s stock price at close on March 9, the split-adjusted new stock price would be $139 ($2785/20).

Strategic Benefits:

(a) The stock split will increase liquidity
(b) Make the share price more attractive to new investors
(c) The $10 billion buyback will create share holdervalue by increasing Earnings Per Share
(d) The share buyback program will provide support to Amazon falling sharing price

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About the Author

Luis Romero

Luis has a passion for teaching and developing talent and has helped over 700 students and professionals start their careers in finance. He has over a decade of professional Wall Street experience in corporate finance, investing, and entrepreneurship. He began his career as an Investment Banker in the M&A group at Credit Suisse with $2 billion of deal experience. He later worked as an equity analyst and junior trader for Seven Points Capital. He also launched Romero Capital, a private long/short equity fund. He served as a senior instructor at the New York School of Finance and conducted financial modeling training programs for corporate and individual clients across the U.S., Canada, and Germany.

Mr. Romero also trains and mentors students through Romero Mentoring, an EdTech platform offering financial literacy training programs. Luis grew up in the Bronx and was born in the Dominican Republic. He holds a B.B.A. in Finance with a minor in Philosophy from the City University of New York, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business.