PURE ALPHA STOCK PITCH COMPETITION @ GIS
The Inaugural Pure Alpha Stock Pitch Competiton
Open to any USC Student, regardless of major and standing. Teams can have up to 3 members. You are also welcome to participate as an individual.
Participants must submit a PowerPoint/Google Slides presentation with no more than 10 slides, and no less than 3 slides, detailing an actionable investment idea in any U.S. domestic or international equity, in any sector, with a market capitalization of $1+ billion. Investments pitches chosen will proceed to a second round where teams will have to provide further support, and give a verbal pitch of your selected equity. You may take a long or short position on your equity, there are no restrictions in this category. Your team must sign up with the link below by March 27th 11:59pm. Presentations for the first pitch deck must be emailed to by March 27th 11:59pm.
Finalists to proceed through all rounds will have the opportunity to compete for $3600 in Prize Money, along with the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive networking event with industry leaders from Blackrock, Morgan Stanley, and more. Finalists will also be able to receive extensive feedback on their pitches from senior professionals from the buy side. Rewards for the finalists and winners are as follows. (All prizes will be split equally among the team members. Example: A team of 3 gets 1st place, each individual receives $1000).
1st place: $3000 grand prize + an exclusive dinner with professional judges.
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $250
Pitch Deck Recommendations
You do not need all the listed descriptions after each area, only the ones you feel are most important for your company.
Cover Slide (must include group members, company, and date).
Investment Overview (Business Description, Ticker Symbol, Current Stock Price, Target Price + Date, Position, Summary of Key Points).
Industry Overview (Description, Macroeconomic Trends, Major Competitors)
Valuation (Classic indicators like P/E, EPS, and Growth estimates will suffice)
Financial Summary (Stock price, Market Capitalization, Beta, Div. Yield, Shares Outstanding, Capital Overview, Debt/Equity, Enterprise value, EBIT (Last Annual Filing), EV/EBIT, EPS (Last Annual Filing), P/E (Current)).
Key Supports (1-3 Slides) (Macroeconomic Trends, Strategic Plans, Financing opportunities, Competitive Advantages, Etc)
Investment Risks (Potential Market risks that might change your investment thesis on the company. Potentially note how the company might counter these risks).
Conclusion (Compile research and findings and reiterate your investment view and reasoning).
Key Platforms: i) Bloomberg Terminal (JFF Gaughan & Tiberti Library, limited to Marshall students), ii) Factset, iii) CapitalIQ (JFF Gaughan has a sign up sheet, limited to Marshall students) (All platforms are free and accessible to USC Students)
Equity Research Reports: i) Platforms listed above allow students to access reports written by sell-side analysts at large firms, ii) Morningstar Reports (via free Morningstar premium trials), iii) Seeking Alpha + Value Investors Club + Yahoo Finance
SEC Filings - 10Q & 10K reports (use EDGAR to find filings for any company you’re looking into).
PDF Presentations email (include “Pure Alpha Pitch Deck” In subject line):