The Stockguy
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Hi, I'm Shih-Min. I am a software engineer that deals with highly-scalable, distributed and fault-tolerant systems.

This place might be a good long term entry for many tech stocks
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Mar 12, 2023

Thanks to JPow, tech valuations have significantly dropped to a reasonable or even cheap level. We don't know where the bottom is, but given that if you have people (the Fed, in case you have not noticed) working hard to get the liquidity out of the system and slashing prices for you, it might be a good idea to start buying something and position yourself for the long term.

Take a few examples:

roblox $rblx

cloudflare $net

duolingo $duol

docusign $docu

square $sq

mongodb $mdb

datadog $ddog

airbnb $abnb

enphase $enph

crowdstrike $crwd

Those charts have been randomly chosen and they are showing growth in most metrics. When you look at their growth, it seems as though recession has had no effect on many of the companies. We also know that the recession will eventually end, and some of them might emerge unscathed, or even come out ahead of the competition and become big over time.

Back in 2002, companies like Amazon were also describing a similar scenario where all metrics in the company were growing yet the stock price was dropping every day. This was also true in the 1970s but now when you look back at stocks like Disney, Kraft, Costco, ... etc and would you care much if you bought it at $1 or $0.9 or $0.8?

Time in the market is more important than the timing in the market. Cheers.

Duolingo Earnings Report
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 28, 2023

The earnings report looks really good actually. Daily active user is up 62% yoy. 4.2m paid subscribers. Revenue and bookings are also up around 46-47%. EBITDA is up 300% yoy. It seems to be a matter of time before they really make money and something in the education space.

You'd thought their offering is too simple but in my opinion that's doing the right thing. That is, to do one thing and do it really well. And now they're moving to other space like math and it would be quite a challenge to existing players in the math education space. $duol


Square Earnings Report
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 25, 2023

The earnings is really good. We should all take a look at their earnings report and you'll understand why do I say that.

Subscription based revenue grows about 455/270=68% yoy. Cash App gross profit is about 1 billion. Cash App MAU over 50m in the previous quarter, transacting actives are also about 50m this quarter. So people do use this Cash App and is deeply involved in this ecosystem.

Gross profit is about 3b a year for Cash App and 3b a year for Square. EBITDA is not growing but maintains at around 1b level. Amazing execution in a harsh macro environment like this when we have shops failing to survive and borrowers failing to repay their loans.

long $sq

Shareholder letter:


Earnings Call - Prepared Remarks:

Coinbase Earnings Report
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 22, 2023

Coinbase reported a net loss of $2.62 billion in 2022. At the same time, they have grown in many areas and shifted their focus to a more SaaS-like approach. The results are mixed, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next few trading sessions.

Some business highlights:

  • Revenue has been diversifying and driven by Subscription and Services Revenue.
  • cut expenses and trimmed headcount to get better positioning.
  • anticipate further headcount reduction in 2023.
  • anticipate more regulations and thinks coin is positioned to benefit.
  • expect Subscription and Services Revenue to be in the range of 300-325m next quarter. that would translate to a 312.5/282.8 midpoint growth of 10% qoq.
  • they have a lot of cash and is cognizant of the risks they're facing.

They pay a lot of stock based compensation that's about 68% of their total revenue this quarter. Reducing headcount would also bring down the expense in this part so maybe in a few quarters we can see the company turn into profitability. It's not impossible.

$coin Source:

Palo Alto Networks Earnings Report
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 21, 2023

Revenue, ARR, billing, user count, RPO are all growing consistently. non-GAAP EPS is about $1 this quarter and that translates to about $4 a year. (Actually, at the peak it was about non-GAAP EPS $8 a year). This gives them about 166.89/4 = 42 p/e (or about 166.89/8=21 p/e at peak EPS assuming current price level).

$5M and $10M deals count are also growing a lot on a year over year basis. I would not take it for granted when you can get people to pay you $10M a year. This number indicates that they have something that companies need in the cybersecurity space. This is quite something.

The after-hour stock price is up 7% right now. Maybe valuation is at a level where investing would make a lot of sense. p/e 42 might already be quite low for a company growing revenue 20-50% a year consistently in the past 10 years.


Sofi Earnings Report
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 21, 2023

They are happy about the results they delivered in 2022 and expect growth to continue into 2023. They acquired some fintech companies and mentioned being an AWS of fintech in their earnings call. Also, they have always wanted to be a one-stop-shop for finances, and as we can see they're able to navigate through the macro and continue to help users with everything related to finances and they seem to be on track to achieving their goals with growth and economies of scale.

Business highlights

  • 2022 marks the first time their lending net interest income revenue of $530 million by itself exceeded the total directly attributable lending cost of $443 million.
  • grew deposits 7 times to $7.3 billion from $1 billion over the course of the year.
  • finished the year with over $143 million EBITDA in 2022.
  • grew our member base by 1.8 million to 5.2 million members, nearly 9 times our size in 2018.
  • originated nearly $2.5 billion personal loans, up 50% from $1.6 billion in Q4 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $70 million is now largely equal to share-based compensation expense of $71 million, a critical step toward GAAP net income profitability.

Question-and-Answer highlights

  • expect a bit of an uptick in student loan refinancing once the moratorium ends in June, 2023 followed by a 60-day extension.
  • deposit going to $7B because of the strategy they're employing such as high interest rate on checking of over 2% and a high interest rate on savings at 3.75% with functionalities.

All in all, this is a company that we should continue to monitor.



Datadog Fourth Quarter earnings summary
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 18, 2023

I'll point out a few things in the earnings call that I think are worth mentioning. Overall, although their guidance is not so good, I think this company is doing really well even during a recession. And this should be a company that we continue to monitor in the next few quarters.

Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue was $469.4 million, an increase of 44% year-over-year.
  • Operating cash flow was $114.4 million, with free cash flow of $96.4 million.
  • Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and marketable securities were $1.9 billion as of December 31, 2022.
  • Ended the quarter with about 2,780 customers with ARR of $100,000 or more, up from 2,010 year over year.
  • Ended the quarter with about 317 customers with ARR of $100,000 or more, up from 216 year over year.
  • Remaining Performance Obligation went up to 1.06b and is up 30% year over year.

So most metrics continue to grow. Revenue, RPO, headcount, user base are all growing pretty well in a harsh macro environment. Dollar retention rate continues to be in the 130% rate. Cashflows is decreasing on a year over year basis but is up on a quarter over quarter basis.

Guidance is pretty bad. However they mentioned that they guide conservatively based on the trend they are seeing with their customers. Q1 was also a historically slower period and they expect this optimization to continue throughout the year. So they probably do not have issues growing fundamentally but mostly impacted by a macro reason.

It's worth pointing out that their $1M ARR customers have shot up by 50% this year. That's quite impressive, as even though 2022 is a year for optimization and efficiency for most companies, they apparently provide tools that are already reasonably priced, so there's not much room to further reduce usage. Tech companies' cost cutting does not appear to be a serious concern for them. And they continue to get new logos as well as dominance in this observability space.

Highlights during Q&A:

  • We are seeing some of the same industry trends, you know, where their growth slowed down throughout Q4.
  • In Q4, and I think going forward, we continue to see greenfield and new projects, new workloads being the majority of the driver, but have seen over the quarters.
  • We see demand scaling basically. Like we're still early in cloud migration and diesel transformation, and we see no slowdown from companies going from legacy IT to this new world.
  • we continue to grow our headcount in R&D and go-to-market.
  • planning to grow our operating expenses, including COGS, in the fiscal year 2023 in the low 30s percent range year over year
  • We plan to grow our headcount in fiscal year 2023 in the mid-20s percent range year over year.


By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 15, 2023

Airbnb has a marketcap of 76.53 billion at close. P/FCF was 76.53 / 3.4 = 22.5 before close. This is honestly quite low considering they are seriously disrupting the hotel industry and is becoming the default platform if you want to find a place to stay.

I have a hard time seeing companies like Marriott, Hilton, and Sheraton competing with this company. When you choose a hotel, you can choose among countless amounts of hotel chains. But if you're looking for a B&B, it would be Airbnb. Their competitors like Vrbo don’t really stand a chance. Letting random people go into your house involves a lot of trust and they have already own the trust from 4m hosts. $abnb $mar $h $hlt

Palantir had yet another good quarter
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 14, 2023

A few years from now people will ask why did a company like Palantir that is deeply involved in world military ops gets valued at $6 a share. Betting on Palantir's stock to go south of $6 is like to betting that the US will eventually lose control of its military dominance.

Business Highlights

  • GAAP net income profitability for the first time.
  • 261 deals closed, up +20% Y/Y from 217 a year ago.
  • Customer count increased +55% Y/Y to 367, up from 237 a year ago.



Disney to cut 7,000 jobs after fall in streaming subscribers
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 12, 2023

Disney has announced plans to cut 7,000 jobs and $5.5bn in costs after reporting its first ever drop in subscriber numbers. ...


Meta delays setting team budgets as Facebook parent plans fresh round of layoffs, Financial Times reports
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 12, 2023

meta is probably going to rally on Monday. Although this could also mean that we might be seeing a MySpace in the making.


Cloudflare Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Results
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 10, 2023

  • Fourth quarter revenue totaled $274.7 million, representing an increase of 42% year-over-year; fiscal year 2022 revenue totaled $975.2 million, representing an increase of 49% year-over-year
  • Delivered GAAP loss from operations of $50.7 million, or 18.5% of total revenue, and record non-GAAP income from operations of $16.8 million, or 6.1% of total revenue
  • Achieved record operating cash flow and record free cash flow for the fourth quarter; operating cash flow was $78.1 million, or 28% of total revenue, and free cash flow was $33.7 million, or 12% of total revenue

It is quite impressive that the recession does not seem to have any impact on this company.


Energy price is hinting a long down trend
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 07, 2023

$boil price action is suggesting energy price is going to move way down. things like $oxy and $cvx are also on their way to break below some large moving averages. I'd be surprised if energy price can move up in the short to medium term.

Keep in mind that we're going toward a EV future and winter is almost over.

Snap ER
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 07, 2023

Snap ER is not actually that terrible. You have 375 million people using your app every day. This is also the second time your FCF has been positive. It's amazing how the market values growth names like this one. $snap

Reply ER
By: ssmlee04¬†Community Lead :))¬†¬†¬†ūüí¨ 574¬†¬†¬†
   Feb 07, 2023 numbers are actually not that bad. most of the metrics are still showing they're a fast growing company. maybe 3 day rule might be a good time to get in for short term trade on this one. $bill