THEME: Solstice — long days

June 22, 2022 —

Michael’s CIO (Check-It-Out) Report on the week just past — events, sarcasm, and global macro reflections

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THEME: Solstice — long days


Strike Korea🚚 Striking Korean truckers returned to work after 8 days, clearing another global supply chain disruption that had onlookers concerned — The container backlog at ports may take a few weeks to clear

EUkraine: Expect European Union (EU) leaders to ratify last week’s recommendation by the European Commission to grant Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status — EU membership would further establish them as sovereign European states and open up the flow of goods, services, and workers with other EU members— Candidacy status for the country of Georgia will be deferred

Double Dutch: French multinational bank BNP Paribas may want to buy Dutch government owned ABN Amro🏧 — Will need to jump through a lot of hoops to get that deal done

Rewrite: Right-wing Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party rewrites French politics by winning enough seats to take majority away from President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance — The hard-line leftist Nupes coalition won even more seats than Le Pen


Warehouse: Prologis, a warehouse real estate income trust (REIT), will acquire peer Duke Realty for $26B, including debt, in an all-stock deal — in addition to its completed warehouses, this deal will add 11MM square feet of warehouse development

Targa boost: Targa Resources (TRGP) will buy Lucid Energy from private equity consortium Riverstone Holdings and Goldman Sachs for $3.55B — creates opportunities to boost activity on downstream natural gas liquid assets — Lucid’s natural gas gathering and processing customers include Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and EOG🛢

Cryptoplode: Some cryptocurrencies and the web3 venture backed startups tied to crypto are freezing up or imploding as values crumble. Celsius Network is insolvent and has halted withdrawals. Coinbase laid off nearly 20% of its staff — NFT digital art priced in crypto also tumbled — The latest meltdown in cryptocurrency prices has dampened Web3 deal making and valuations

Spirited Away: Following up from April 11, Jet Blue has upped its bid for Spirit Airlines to $3.4B — Sprit has pending orders for 120 Airbus jets✈a valuable bonus since there is a a shortage of new jets and a 2 to 3 year wait for jet delivery slots — There is also a pilot shortage👩🏼‍✈️

L’Eggo my Eggo🧇 Kellogg will split into 3 companies; snacks (Cheez-Its, Eggo, Pop-Tarts, Pringles), U.S. cereals (Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, Froot Loops, Kashi, Bear Naked), and plant-based food (Morningstar, Gardenburger) — Also, competitor Mondelez (think Oreo cookies) will buy Clif Bar for $3B

Wheels on Hel: Local electric bike sharing company Wheels to be bought by New York-based Helbiz🚲


RIPIE: Rest in peace Internet Explorer (IE). After 27 years, Microsoft terminated IE on June 15. Users will be redirected to Microsoft Edge💻 — If you’ve never heard of IE, that’s okay too

A pox upon thy name: The World Health Organization will rename monkeypox to reduce discrimination and stigmatization associated with the name🦠

Art Basel in Switzerland was back in full swing last week with solid sales🖼


TopCredit: Met with private credit, private equity, and local investment peers at the new TopGolf in El Segundo🏌🏽‍♂️

Venture: Find me this week at a venture capital/venture CEO networking event in Santa Monica

CFA ball: I’ll also play at the CFA L.A. Pickleball Tournament 🎾

Make it a great week😊

Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA
Partner & Chief Investment Officer
Running Point Capital Advisors, your family office

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Avid traveler and art fan, also Partner & Chief Investment Officer @Running Point Capital, a multifamily office and ultra high-net-worth money-management firm

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Michael Ashley Schulman

Avid traveler and art fan, also Partner & Chief Investment Officer @Running Point Capital, a multifamily office and ultra high-net-worth money-management firm