Sell side Archive

Dec 17, 2021
The story behind ESR Cayman’s acquisition of ARA Asset Management
On August 4, 2021, ESR Cayman, a leading Asia-focused real estate services and investment company, announced a proposed acquisition agreement with ARA Asset Management, an integrated real estate fund manager in Asia. ‘ESR’s vision has always been to build up a leading fund manager focused on technology-enabled real estate, especially logistics and – more recently – data centers on the back of major secular trends including the rapid rise of e-commerce, dig...
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Dec 16, 2021
Going hybrid: Highlights from the IR Magazine Forum – Greater China 2021
Inflation fears, hybrid meetings and growing ESG expectations were just some of the topics up for debate at the IR Magazine Forum – Greater China, which took place virtually in early December. Companies based in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan came together to hear panel discussions on the latest IR trends affecting the region and advice for investor engagement in 2022. Ajay Kapur, Asia-Pacific ...
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Dec 07, 2021
Pulling off a headline IPO
South East Asia’s IPO market has picked up steam in 2021 despite the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The region saw $9.5 bn raised in the first nine months of the year, more than 50 percent up on last year’s figure and the highest total since 2012, according to data firm Refinitiv. Proceeds have been driven by a few mega-deals rather than high volumes. At the end of the third quarter, the top four listings accounted for 59 percent of total funds raised,...
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Dec 01, 2021
Prioritizing time with the sell side
A key responsibility of investor relations is making sure the company and its sell-side analysts work together in the most effective way. That means carefully allocating time and access to the brokers that will have the most influence on the investors you are trying to reach. For companies with a large number of analysts, this process becomes more complex. While overall sell-side ranks have declined in recent years, large caps and growth firms commonly report more t...
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Nov 01, 2021
Walbrook PR narrows lead with FTI Consulting in AIM client ranking, finds research
Walbrook PR has climbed into second place in the rankings for most financial PR clients on AIM, according to the latest quarterly report from Adviser Rankings. Between July and October, Walbrook rose from 47 to 50 AIM clients, placing it just four behind top-ranked FTI Consulting, finds the research. Alma PR slips to third place after holding steady at 49 clients during the three-month period. ‘A once seemingly unassailable lead is under challenge,’ say t...
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Sep 01, 2021
Members Exchange calls for stocks to be priced in half-cent increments
An upstart exchange has called on the SEC to allow pricing of certain stocks in half-cents to lower costs for investors. Members Exchange (MEMX), which is backed by more than a dozen financial services firms, submitted a proposal to the US regulator this week arguing that the current system leads to bid-ask spreads that are ‘demonstrably too wide’. MEMX has requested the change for stocks that trade with an average spread of 1.1 cents or less. Around 1,00...
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Jul 29, 2021
How Cowen approaches ESG integration
In this video interview, Robert Fagin, global head of research at Cowen, talks about how his firm is integrating ESG into its fundamental research – both through its partnership with TruValue Labs and its own proprietary research methods. Fagin also discusses the role of sell-side research in the ESG data ecosystem and what differentiates equity research fr...
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Jul 20, 2021
M&A deals hit historic highs with no sign of slowing, say panelists at IR Magazine Forum
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) show no signs of slowing down anytime soon, though there are challenges companies face trying to win support from shareholders, according to several panelists at the IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary Corporate Transaction Forum. Since the second half of 2020, global M&A has experienced a massive rise in deal volume and valuations, and this trend is set to continue. ‘There was approximately $1.5 tn worth of deals in Q2, mo...
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Jul 13, 2021
Sell-side analysts positive on buy-side holdings in year before career transition, study finds
Sell-side analysts who are on the brink of moving to the buy side are more likely to write favorable research about companies that are important to their future employer, according to a recent academic study. In the year before moving from sell-side research to buy-side research, analysts write more favorably about the stocks their future employer has large positions in and tha...
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