Save More Time with Sentieo’s New Category Search

About Sentieo Document Search

Clients love Sentieo’s industry-leading Document Search for its depth, precision, and workflow integration. Users save hours with the ability to search across all companies, watchlists, individual entities, or by excluding tickers from searches.

Easy document specification with our IN: function covers the most common document types. (For example, search just 10-Ks or just transcripts). Our in-section search lets you search within a specific document section (in:10k MD&A or in:transcript), or by speaker (statements by CFO, by analysts, etc). You can also search PPT presentations, or get very granular document-level controls like “8-K Credit Agreements.” Filter down your search by industry classifications, geographies, market caps, and timeframes. 

Add another layer with our large library of Boolean operators, like “OR” for parallel searches and “BEFORE/NEAR/FAR” for proximity and order control. In the background, we have three levels of synonym control for the thousands of synonym/acronym groups. For example, sales and revenue will “pick up” each other, so you don’t need to know the exact term that the company uses in order to find what you’re looking for.

Machine learning-based Document Search will dynamically suggest synonyms based on your specific query, in addition to autofilling text in your query based on your document set. And if you do not have a query, Sentieo will suggest trending terms based on the searched ticker.

We have extensive Document Search statistics that let you see real trends, and you can drill down quickly with one or two clicks. Imagine seeing all companies that mention China within 25 words of Vietnam, clicking on Consumer Discretionary, and then seeing the top companies that mention your query most frequently. You can also do a “search within a search.” 

On the workflow side, you can save all positive hits as a watchlist for future work (for example, all Industrial companies with a market cap over $1 bn that mention Mexico in their 19-K Risk Factors). You can even automate your workflow with saved searches. All of our searches can be saved and turned into email and/or desktop alerts at the frequencies of your choice.

Highlight and label text as you read, and these annotations will be all stored and automatically ticker-tagged in your Notebook. You can even call out your team members with comments: “are you ready to take a look at this note on [x]?” Take screenshots from presentations and use the web clipper to bookmark webpages. All of your internal documents including uploads, emails, notes, and built-out theses are searchable, too. 

So What’s This New Category Search?

We’ve had in-table search functionality for years, enabling users to find numbers that are broken out in tables. For example, find mentions of EMEA Revenue only in tables, rather than everywhere in the doc. In our latest release, we’ve taken locating numbers to the next level. 

With the newly-released v3.9, users can search for specific types of numbers based on our very extensive categorization system. A Category is a set of keywords which are not synonyms but have similar meanings or constructs.

Category search allows you to search for an entire class using one search term. You can now look specifically for categorized numbers, such as currency, percentages, duration, length, area, temperature, volume, and a lot more. So now finding the “sales growth percentage” or “production volumes” takes a second. 

Moving forward, we will show a few examples of what is now possible in Sentieo’s Document Search.

In this query below, we are searching transcripts for revenue growth within 10 words of a percentage. You can also see how “revenue” picked up “sales” as a part of the synonym search. 

Swapping out the percentage from the query above with the currency categorization, we can look for currency amounts, like dollars or euros. 

Staying on top of KPIs is also easy with our new numbers categories. You can search for specific information like oil/gas production volumes or leasable area in real estate. 

You can search 8-K Credit Agreements for leverage ratios using the Ratio classification:

Need to call up a company? Search all filings (in:CF) for the headquarter phone number listed on the front page. 

The numbers we classified do not even need to be numeric. As a part of this update, we have fractions, time periods and more. 

These are just a few of our new Document Search use cases. Sentieo offers many more categories that help you find exactly what you need, faster.

To find out more about our new Category Search, or any part of Sentieo’s research workflow solution, please get in touch.

[Videos] How to Use Sentieo’s Table Explorer To Extract Data and Save Hours

In this “how to” post, we will review how to use our Table Explorer table chaining function in SEC documents, as well as the major updates we integrated with our recent v3.9 release. 

Broadly speaking, you can do a LOT with tables in Sentieo. 

  1. Export one or all document tables into Excel 
  2. Search only within table (s) using our popular “in:table” shortcut 
  3. See side-by-side historical tables (very useful for annual filings like proxy statements)
  4. Export PPT/PDF tables to Excel 

But none of these functionalities come close to what Table Explorer can do. Table Explorer uses a machine learning model to identify, chain, and visualize reported data. This is done in an auditable, transparent fashion, with added one-click flexibility for elements such as YoY and QoQ changes, common size statement conversion, and more. Analysts save countless hours with this ability to quickly chain tables, as well as visualize data and trends.

We will start with a simple example: the income statement. Table Explorer chains either 8-Ks, or 10-Qs/10-Ks. Since Q4s are not always reported, we create “synthetic” Q4 statements with one click. We use Adobe’s income statement as an example. Watch the video to find out more. 

In this second video, we cover the balance sheet. Similar to the income statement video above, we have an easy adjustment for Q4 balances. We go over the Netflix balance sheet, starting with their most recent filing. 

In this next video, we cover the cash flow statement. Cash flow statements are often presented in a cumulative fashion: 3-month in Q1, 6-month in Q2, 9-month in Q3, and 12-month in Q4. In this specific example, we use Mondelez International, the global snacking giant. We convert to quarterly with just one click. (We even came up with a new word for this function: “to quarterize”).

Table X does not stop here. You can export your chained data to Excel and to our data visualization tool, Plotter, for further work. You can save the data into your Sentieo Notebook to add to a full thesis.

The video below reviews these steps. We extract and chain Adobe’s income statement, convert it to “common size,” then visualize and export the percentage split of service vs. product revenues for the company. We then export to our main data visualization tool Plotter, where we overlay two of the thousands of data sets included in Sentieo, and finally, we save the chart in our Notebook for use in our full-blown thesis on the company.  

Table X works on other tables too. For example, you can extract your own KPIs or any other table-based data. While some KPIs might be available from the standardized data providers, not all are, and extracting your own means greater confidence in your data through our on-screen auditing function. In this fifth video, we show you how. We extract and chain Chipotle’s KPI tables, and we quickly visualize the trends in average unit volumes and comparable store sales. 

After Table X was released to rave reviews earlier this year, the number one request was handling line item renaming. With the latest product release, we created a Row Merge/Demerge capability to address this workflow. We show you how in this video. In the example here, Crocs, a footwear company with a wholesale and a retail business, reports a quarterly store count by geographic region. However, the company changed its line item name from “Europe” to “EMEA” recently, creating a discontinuity in this specific data set. We show how to merge the two rows and how to check that the mapping is correct. 

In the final, and most technical, video we show you how Table X handles a specific type of table called a “roll-forward” table. A standard use case for this is a company reporting a change in balance over the quarter, where we have the starting balance on top of the table, any changes below that, and then we have the ending balance at the bottom. In this specific example, we chain Chipotle’s unit openings/closings table from their 10-Qs and 10-Ks, and then make a few quick adjustments to add a Q4 column with the correct starting/ending balance, and intra-quarter additions. We also demonstrate the importance of visualizations. Unit openings are clustered in Q4, and this plays a role in forecasting the annual revenues due to the backend loading. 

To find out more about Sentieo’s Table Explorer, or any of the other features in our complete workflow research platform, please get in touch with us. 

 

[Guide] Don’t Miss Insights Next Earnings Season: 5 Ways to Optimize Your Time

Why We Wrote This Guide

With companies releasing a multitude of documents every hour of the day during earnings season, getting insights quickly can feel like an impossible task.

The hundreds of companies that analysts track each produce hundreds of data points, documents, and news — any of which could inform a change in corporate strategy or competitive response.

During earnings season, competitive intelligence professionals are often drowning in data, and can miss important insights as a result.

 

 

 

We came up with 5 ways that you (and your team) can optimize your time during earnings. Download the full whitepaper here.

You can easily gain a competitive edge by staying ahead of emerging global or industry trends, including:

• consumer/customer preferences
• trends that are favorable/unfavorable to you or your competitors
• new or disruptive ideas and products

Ask yourself and your team:

What are the macro, global market, and consumer trends happening right now that are impacting my business and my peers?

How To Do It

Alternative datasets can give you great insight into market trends. Try a tool that includes datasets like:

• Twitter mentions – Observe globally trending topics, your competitor’s brand mentions, and their number of followers. Are they spending advertising money on Twitter?

• Alexa website visits – Are your competitor’s website visits going up or down? How come?

• Google Trends – How are people searching for your competitors on the web?

Understanding macro trends can also help you focus your efforts during earnings season. A tool that allows you to plot both financial and document data can expedite this step in your workflow.

In the example below, we plotted document mentions of “wage inflation” (green bars) against EBIT Margins for Cheesecake Factory and Texas Roadhouse (purple & orange lines). We see that as wage inflation has risen, there has been a substantial decline in the margins for the two chains. With visualization tools, CI analysts are able to see the factors that drive trends, and stay ahead of competititors.

Key catalysts to track include earnings announcements, product launches, and transactions. Use a calendar tool that automatically feeds in from your company watchlists.

For example, below we used our watchlist “Big Tech” to auto-populate our Sentieo earnings calendar for easy tracking.

 

Want to learn the 3 other ways that you (and your team) can optimize your time during earnings? Download the full whitepaper here.

Facebook (FB) Transcript Smart Summary™ — Legal Discussions Get Longer and Instagram Innovates

In this final installment of our earnings season blog posts (informed by Sentieo’s transcript Smart Summary™), we’re covering Facebook (FB).

We kicked the week off by “getting to the meat” of Beyond Meat’s call on Monday night. While growth and margin expansion were strong, our keyword surfacing highlighted McDonald’s as a key topic.

We then looked at Tuesday’s transcript from Merck. While its VIP drug Keytruda is growing nicely, the Smart Summary™ highlighted pricing pressure concerns.

YUM! Brands, the parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, reported on Wednesday morning. Smart Summary™ was useful to check on the many moving parts of this global, multi-brand QSR chain — from regional comp sales across brands to unit growth. Our sentiment scoring noted a particular analyst question about system-wide margin pressures. (Because it was deep in the transcript, a human reader could have missed this). Our blog posts above also feature short videos, with our Head of Research Nick Mazing reviewing how transcript push notifications work in Sentieo, and what he chooses to hone in on for each ticker.

For Facebook, since it is a well-covered company, we will focus on a smaller set of topics: 2020 guidance, regulatory discussions, and product innovation. 

On the guidance side, we see 2020 revenue growth deceleration, but this is widely expected, as Facebook is already large. We also see concrete expense numbers; there have been questions regarding Facebook’s investment in combating fake news and other undesirable content. 

There is a very lengthy regulatory discussion on this call. We see various entities/regulations mentioned on this call. Investors pay close attention to the regulatory environment. Heavy regulation tends to benefit the incumbent players, and Facebook is poised to lock out threats, similar to what happened in the US with the cigarette companies and the “Master Settlement Agreement.”

Contrast this Q3 2019 regulatory discussion versus Q3 2018. We can see below that the category in the Smart Summary™ was blank. 

We can also see the spike in Facebook’s 10-K/10-Q mentions of FTC. They went from single mentions to 27-30 more recently. 

We can also see the financial impacts. The FTC levied a fine in the billions of dollars, which we can see when we chain together the breakout table in the latest 10-Q with the same table in prior filings. 

The last highlight from this call is product, specifically Facebook’s innovation around Instagram. Our NLP-based keyword surfacing picked up the conversation there as the top keyword on that call. 

 

Check out our quick video walkthrough on Facebook.

Smart Summary™ is just a part of Sentieo’s research platform. To find out more about us, please get in touch