Beware the Delicate Ears of the Industrials Analyst

Some things piss Emerson Electric CEO David Farr off. Some things make him want to kick some goddamned ass. Unfortunately, when he curses up a blue streak like that, it offends the church groups that moonlight as industrials analysts.

In an unusually frank analyst note issued after the meeting, Scott Davis of Barclays Capital said Mr. Farr “is well-liked and proven, yet his questionable outbursts at analyst events and conference calls do not inspire confidence.”

In an interview, Jeffrey Sprague of Vertical Research Partners voiced similar reservations. “I always take such comments from David with a grain of salt, because he is very aggressive, passionate and competitive. I don’t think he means any harm, but I do think he at times goes too far, which needlessly raises investor questions and concerns,” Mr. Sprague said.

In the interests of full disclosure, we offer some of Mr. Farr’s extremely offensive statements, cleaned up for the highly proper readership of The Wall Street Journal.

“We are not a one-trick pony,” Mr. Farr snapped at the Feb. 11 meeting. “If I see that in writing, one more g— d— time, I’m going to tear them apart.”

Mr. Farr, 58 years old, who also is a director of International Business Machines Corp., added: “We do well in China, g— d— it, and I’m not embarrassed by it, but we’re not a g— d— one-trick pony.”

Then came an abortive attempt to make nice: “I apologize for swearing. You guys p— me off when you write that. You haven’t figured that out. And I’ve been training real hard the last couple of years to kick your a—.”

Emerson CEO’s Salty Talk Raises Eyebrows [WSJ]

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17 Responses to “Beware the Delicate Ears of the Industrials Analyst”

  1. mr. blonde says:

    Were you born a fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece o' shit, or did you have to work on it? – Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, Emerson Electric Investor Relations

  2. Also on the call says:

    Farr was also quoted as saying that "if I have to read another god damn Shazar post I'm gonna freaking lose it."

  3. Ernest Hemingway says:

    Sounds like my kind of man.

  4. Never Lost Money! says:

    Skilling, (in response to an analyst's comments about Enron's inability to produce an earnings statement) and undoubtedly aware that his company's earnings were nonexistent, began to sputter: "You, you, you … Well, uh … thank you very much. We appreciate it ……………. asshole!"

  5. David's Bridal says:

    Can I interest you in a slightly used dress?

  6. im_new_here says:

    You're served up this kind of golden raw material and those are the best tags you could come up with?

  7. Guest says:

    Good post Jon! Same height bros for life g— d— it!

  8. Libor says:

    Barclay's dude talks about inspiring confidence?

  9. Burger King says:

    All this talk about ponies is making me nervous

  10. 3G, Heinz says:

    You're not kidding.

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