Reporting Archive

Jun 17, 2019
The gold standard in green reporting
ESG reporting is one of today’s most dynamic IR areas. With so many reporting frameworks and regulatory requirements, and so much investor demand and public scrutiny, the heat is being turned up on public firms. For issuers still early on in their ESG reporting journey, it can be hard to tell your SASBs from your GRIs, or know how much time to spend on completing ESG surveys and data requests from index providers as opposed to shaping your company story. For IR te...
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Jun 11, 2019
Comment: How companies drive earnings
Quarterly earnings represent the four times each year management can offer an uncensored narrative, providing context to the quarterly results, setting the stage and influencing how it would like investors to think about the future prospects of the company. Over time, however, the idea of just issuing an earnings release and hosting a c...
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Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Why it pays to be a leader on climate
Back in 2000, CDP’s decision to ask every business worldwide to disclose its climate change-related data seemed to many to be over-ambitious. Recently we have seen a dramatic upswing in the importance the business and financial community attaches to ESG issues, partly due to an increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events and widely publicized human rights-related investigations. This means strong management and ...
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Jun 03, 2019
‘There were no hard facts’: How European issuers responded to Brexit
When the UK voted to leave the EU, companies like Britvic felt the impact almost immediately. In the days that followed the referendum, the soft drinks producer saw its share price fall 10 percent. Soon after, two US investors pulled out of the stock. ‘We were caught up in that basket of FTSE 250 companies perceived as being UK-centric,’ says Steve Nightingale, director of investor relations at the firm. ‘Having spoken to the investors that left, they told us ...
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May 23, 2019
How Aurora Cannabis’ investment story has changed
In the relatively short time that Marc Lakmaaker has been with Aurora Cannabis as its vice president of investor relations, he says he has seen the market cap increase from around C$60 mn to C$12 bn (from $45 mn to $9 bn). Lakmaaker started out as an IR consultant before being hired as a full-time member of staff in November 2017. He’s seen the company’s headcount rise from 40 people to 2,500 and the number of facilities increase significantly. We caught ...
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May 16, 2019
CII urges SEC to fix non-Gaap CD&A disclosures
The Council of Institutional Investors (CII) has filed a petition with the SEC urging the agency to fix what it says is a regulatory loophole allowing companies to use potentially inflated earnings data in assessing executives’ pay without explanation.  CII is concerned that companies using executive compensation targets based on non-Gaap financial measures are not required to adequately discl...
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May 13, 2019
Asia markets take hit after rise in US tariffs
With rising uncertainty over US-China trade, which resulted in a rise in tariffs on Chinese goods last Friday, Asian markets responded by falling on Monday. In China, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.21 percent, the Shenzhen Component Index fell 1.43 percent and the Shenzhen Composite Index dipped 1.076 percent. The reaction followed the US’ increase in tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 bn worth of Chinese goods. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 fell...
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May 03, 2019
Governance society urges SEC to consider semi-annual reporting
The Society for Corporate Governance has urged the SEC to maintain flexibility in companies’ approaches to earnings releases – and to take a close look at allowing issuers to report twice a year. The society was responding to an SEC request for feedback on the ‘nature, content and timing’ of earnings releases and quarterly reports. Specifically, the commission is looking for input on how it can ‘reduce burdens on reporting companies associated with quarter...
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May 01, 2019
Trump gets stock market thumbs-up, reveals IR Magazine study
US President Donald Trump may be the most politically divisive president in history, but a survey of US investors and analysts carried out by IR Magazine finds he has – overall – been good news for the US stock markets. As part of the research carried out for the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – US 2019, participants were asked: Do you think President Trump’s policies have been good or bad for the stock market overall? Sixty percent ...
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