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Invensys IBS generated revenues of $142 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, with operating profit of $20 million. IBS includes well-known brands such as Barber-Colman and ComTrol.
Schneider is paying a pretty good premium - $296M cash to acquire IBS on a cash-free debt-free basis, including a tax benefit of about $60M.
The acquisitions of TAC in June 2003, Andover Controls in July 2004, and Invensys Advanced Building Systems in July 2005 make Schneider a major player in US and European Building Automation and Control systems markets. It will significantly enlarge Schneider/TAC’s installed base and expand its distribution capability, though US distribution channel conflicts will not be easy to resolve. This now puts Schneider directly against Honeywell & Johnson Controls.
CEO Ulf Henriksson sent a memo to all Invensys employees. Titled "Financing for the future", it was a sort of performance review at year-end 2006, a key management performance bench-mark. A summary is included here - read the complete Ulf memorandum (weblink below).
In my opinion these improvements, while creditable, won't allow Invensys to continue alone as the smallest of the majors. What it does mean is a better price when the company is inevitably acquired.
Who will acquire Invensys? Emerson and Honeywell - not likely. Key possibilities are Siemens or Schneider - to build their customer base in the process controls market segment.
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Then came "The Third Wave" in 1984, which described how humanity had fared through first the Agricultural and then the Industrial revolution, and was now in the midst of the Technological revolution. The Internet was not quite there yet, but the book was a benchmark of progress and harbinger of the new century.
In 1990, Toffler came out with "Power Shift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Power at the Edge of the 21st Century" another sweeping view a decade before the new century emerged with its cataclysmic economic and societal shifts. The co-author was Toffler's wife Heidi who (it turns out) was a strong contributor for all the previous books.
Last week, I caught an interesting interview on C-SPAN between the controversial Newt Gingrich (remember him?) and his good friend Alvin Toffler. The subject was the Tofflers' new book - "Revolutionary Wealth: How it will be created and how it will change our lives". While they were talking, I made my 1-click purchase on Amazon.com.
This latest (April 2006) futuristic forecast surveys the broad advances of technology, globalization, the rise of China, the decay of Europe, the rise of a new economic groups. The Tofflers think through the complexities with analytical depth that remains understandable. A primary theme is "prosumerism" - whereby the division between the producers and consumer of goods and services blurs.
It's worth the read - go review it on Amazon, or at your local bookstore.
There was a lot of enthusiasm over the professional impersonator who was performing just a few feet away from the real George W Bush who took the mimicry in good humor. Then came the surprise.
I don't know if you've followed the comedian Stephen Colbert. His show is a spin-off of Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" on the Comedy channel, and follows with a segue immediately after. The "Colbert Report" (pronounced "Colbear Repor") is different; I've smiled at some of his dead-pan humor, but perhaps some of it is just an acquired taste.
Well anyway, Stephen Colbert was introduced at this Whitehouse Correspondents dinner. His "roast" of President Bush was as unforgettable as it was amazing. He posed as an ultra-conservative admirer, amazed that he could actually be speaking just a few feet away from his hero. One could see the President and Laura Bush squirm visibly. As the camera panned the audience, you could see their pain at the presumptuous parody. And it lasted 24 minutes!
Beyond the direct confrontation with "his hero", the roast included many hilarious clips and quips on famous personalities and current events, and ended with Colbert's audition tape for the (just filled by Tony Snow) job of Whitehouse Spokesman.
Understandably (I suppose) the Colbert Roast did not make too many headlines. An audio version rose to the rank of No. 1 album at Apple's iTunes. The video version was "pulled" off many website, but is still available on Google (link below).
Whether you are (still) a GW Bush supporter or not, you've just gotta see this video!
"I'm a woman. I run my own consulting business, and do well with it. BUT - the majority of my clients are men, in companies that are male-dominated industries. Intentional? You bet!
"I have a few women clients with whom I enjoy working, but overall, I prefer to work with men. Why? The men with whom I work are consistently respectful of my expertise and execution of their work. They don't tell me that they could do it better or that they had hoped to do a particular job and now I'm doing it instead. Conversely, I've had only a few women clients whom I believed displayed exemplary professional behavior, and who treated me as an asset, not a necessity or a threat.
"In my own career experience, I have found that the majority of women in high places, however totally competent and intelligent to do the job, remain so intimidated by every other woman (not man) in the company that the cat fights and petty bickering never cease to get in the way of leadership. (Not to say that it doesn't happen between men as well, because we know that it does!) But it is consistently more prevalent with women.
"I do hate the glass ceiling. It annoys the heck out of me, and keeps many deadwood men in positions of authority that could be much better run by anyone (man or woman). And, I encourage all capable women to break through that ridiculous ceiling and show the world that women can be amazing leaders. We do approach problems differently, and considering how many highly successful men in history have been supported by highly intelligent wives (including some former US Presidents), it is obvious that we bring an immense amount of savvy to the boardroom table.
"But I never want to be the token female who has the job because of 'diversity' (I'm so sick of this word), EEOC, or any other propaganda. Give the woman the job because she is the best candidate (that goes for color as well). So many companies are struggling because they have hired a plethora of misfits, trying to keep up with EEOC cries for equality. Get over it. Get the job because you earn it, not because you are a woman, or a non-white or any other basis.
"That said, I think the utopia company, in some cases, would hold a dual leadership of one male and one female, just because we do attack problems from a different perspective, and some of these companies do exist and excel.
"The one obstacle that too many women build around themselves, though, is the inability to let go of insecurities that every other woman is out for their job, and thus must be kept in her place (as far down as possible).
"Time and time again, I see women in high positions who, in trying to emulate the male leadership model, in essence simply become the queen 'B'. They treat their subordinates poorly, particularly any bright women who might work under their umbrella, terrified that someone is out to oust them!
"Thus, I don't think that we are ready for a woman president, because the women in leadership (or who fantasize themselves as being leaders) are not ready. There is no woman in politics today that I would support. The reality is, as a woman, I am fine to have a male president. I just want one who stops trying to please every citizen, because in doing so, he is defeating the purpose of leadership."
"By the way, if you are going to lose your job, you need to: a) get the highest home equity line of credit you can (it buys you time); and b) get an email address (Google, Yahoo, Hotmail) and get some free business cards to pass out."
"Speculation among my press colleagues, among whom this has become something of a running joke, is that I may have made the mistake some time ago of quoting a senior Rockwell executive verbatim when he agreed with the suggestion that they might compete with some of their integrators.
"Pity we won't be hearing your thoughts about the Rockwell culture in the near future; but then again perhaps that tells us more about it than a formal interview would convey."
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