COMPANY DESCRIPTION

BGC Partners is a brokerage company primarily servicing the wholesale financial and real estate markets, via its two segments: Financial Services, which provides brokerage of a range of products including fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products, as well as a range of services including trade execution, broker-dealer services, clearing, processing, information, and other back office services; and Real Estate, which provides a range of services, including site selection, sales negations, occupancy projections, pricing recommendations, consultation, and consulting services. 

 

ECONOMIC MOAT

BGC Partners has no economic moat and operates in a highly competitve marketplace.  The firm relies on execution as a primary driver of success.

 

OUTLOOK

These shares hold decent total return potential out to the 2018-2020 stretch. The diversification of the business into real estate, as well as increasing margins in the financial services unit, should set the company on a path for steady growth over the next three to five years.

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STRENGTHS

  • Strong management and execution abilities. BGC’s origins date back to 1945 when B. Gerald Cantor founded what became Cantor Fitzgerald

  • Has 6,656 employees (2014)

WEAKNESSES

  • Softer than expected operating results at times

THREATS

  • Financial services and real estate can be quite volatile markets individually

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Management has stated an interest in making further accretive acquisitions in the real estate field

  • BGC continues to try to convert its voice and hybrid financial services desks to more-profitable fully electronic trading

  •  The company made a successful tender offer to acquire GFI Group

The above report is for information purposes only, and is not a solicitation or offer to buy or sell any securities. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Neither diversification nor asset allocation ensures a profit or guarantees against loss. Before investing, investors should consider their risk tolerance, investment objectives, time horizon, available capital, and charges and expenses.  

 

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