Covid-19 Archive

Jul 09, 2020
The emergence of virtual investor relations
The Covid-19 pandemic changed the way every industry does business. Telehealth, which used to be a convenience, has become a necessary tool for patients to keep up with their doctor visits. Other businesses have adopted new work-from-home policies and are reducing their office footprint. ...
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Jul 08, 2020
Covid-19 prompts rise in extra duties for IR departments
While budgets have taken a hit during the Covid-19 pandemic, IR professionals have also seen a rise in additional responsibilities, according to new research. The Covid-19 and IR report, published by IR Magazine, finds that 38 percent of IROs globally say their non-IR duties have increased since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.  The shift is most apparent in North Ame...
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Jul 02, 2020
IR budgets hit by Covid-19 disruption
Companies are cutting IR budgets as they respond to disruption caused by Covid-19, according to new research. Nearly half (45 percent) of IR professionals globally have either already experienced budget cuts or expect them in the coming months, finds Covid-19 and IR, a new report from IR Magazine.  Around the world, businesses are reining in costs as they seek to weather the f...
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Jun 26, 2020
Covid-19: The impact on guidance, buybacks and dividends in the S&P 1500
Covid-19 has led to widespread changes to financial guidance, buyback programs and dividend payments across the whole of the US equity market, although notable differences exist between different market-cap segments, according to new research. IR Magazine has worked with MyLogIQ, a provider of intelligence tools focused on compliance and disclosure, to understand how companies on the S&P Composite 1500 Index have responded to disruption caused by the pa...
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Jun 17, 2020
Covid-19 report now available
IR Magazine has released a report in response to Covid-19, looking at how the pandemic and the social measures to combat it have affected investor relations.  The report is based on 187 interviews with our research panel of IROs, investors and analysts, conducted in the middle to latter half of May. This research report shares statistics and quotes on how your peers ha...
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Jun 12, 2020
Sensitive issues barge into boardroom
Several factors have combined in recent weeks to push some sensitive issues onto the agendas of issuers, investors and intermediaries. The Covid-19 pandemic has shut down large parts of the global economy for months but, rather than go into deep freeze, these issues have gained a higher profile, bubbling to the surface of the news agenda and barging their way into boardrooms for urgent discussion and action....
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Jun 04, 2020
IR lessons learned during the Sars outbreak
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) hit Singapore on the back of the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and amid economic doldrums that had persisted since the dotcom bubble burst in the new millennium. At the time, I was at Singapore Exchange (SGX), where I was responsible for corporate strategy and marketing, including a broad remit of communications, of which IR was the key market-facing role. I had joined SGX following the IPO of what was then only the...
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May 28, 2020
Investor engagement in a Covid-19 world
With the first-quarter earnings season behind us, many of our clients are focused on investor meetings and marketing once again. To prepare for re-engagement, we are helping clients refresh their investment stories, develop investor targeting strategies that reflect the current environment and valuations, and deal with the shift to virtual investor meetings.  Whether your company had a strong growth story in early March and is now a value play or happens to be in a...
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May 19, 2020
Six trends from earnings season under Covid-19
The Covid-19 crisis has created some of the most difficult reporting conditions for many years, if not decades. Financial results and outlooks have been left in tatters by the pandemic. Highlighting the uncertainty, hundreds of companies have cut or suspended guidance since mid-March, according to an analysis by Intelligize conducted for IR Magazine. ...
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