Covid-19 Archive

Aug 03, 2020
Covid-19 puts spotlight on human capital
Corporate leaders have in recent years proclaimed their company’s employees as their greatest asset – statements that have sometimes been met with skepticism. So when Covid-19 emerged to threaten the lives of workers, it was time for employers to put not just their money but also their attention and efforts where their mouths were. Human capital management had been growing in prominence for investors and companies before 2020, but the pandemic thrust it into the...
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Jul 20, 2020
Covid-19: Investor communications during Q2 earnings season and beyond
When Covid-19 initially hit, companies were forced to deal with myriad challenges, including state-by-state regulations and an often confusing federal response. Almost overnight, ‘business as usual’ ceased to exist. Companies quickly turned their attention to the well-being of employees and customers, financial and operational challenges, and stress-testing business models in the face of a crisis with no playbook and limited information about the outlook. At the same t...
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Jul 17, 2020
Investor groups urge SEC to help improve virtual AGMs
A coalition of major investor groups has called on the SEC to take action to avoid a repeat of what it says was a proxy season dominated by virtual AGMs that were a ‘poor substitute’ for the usual in-person events. Health and safety considerations arising from the Covid-19 pandemic have led most US companies to switch to a virtual format for this year’s shareholder meeting. In a ...
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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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