Small cap Archive

Jun 30, 2020
ESG ratings added to Spanish service for companies without analyst coverage
A group of Spanish companies that lack traditional analyst coverage will receive an ESG rating under a project that supports small and mid-caps. Lighthouse, launched two years ago by IEAF, a professional association for financial analysts, provides fundamental analysis on companies in the Spanish market not followed by banks or other research firms.  The service currently employs four analysts covering 14 companies listed in Spain. It is supported by Spanish...
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Jun 12, 2020
AIM sees widespread dividend cuts
More than 100 AIM-listed companies have halted or axed dividend payments amid the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research. Between mid-March and late May, 67 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange’s growth market suspended their dividend, 41 cancelled the payment and eight cut it in size, reports MBH Corporation, a UK-based investment holding company. The announcements have kept coming in June with AIM stocks such a...
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Jun 08, 2020
Engagement advice for small and micro-caps amid Covid-19
It can be challenging for small and micro-caps to garner attention from high-quality investors and sell-side analysts in the best of times. The unsettling impact of the Covid-19 crisis has made this always-difficult job even more challenging. Uncertainty, however, should not mean inaction. Regardless of circumstances, companies and their IR teams should focus on developing a clear and compelling investment thesis, employing consistent communications, establishing an...
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May 28, 2020
Activist appetite grows for small caps
Small-cap IROs faced a growing number of shareholder campaigns last year, according to the IR Magazine Shareholder Activism report. The report, based on responses from a survey of 382 IROs and 218 buy-side representatives, underlines that there has been a growing appetite for targeting small-cap companies: 15 percent were targeted by an activist investor in t...
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May 13, 2020
Small caps could be more exposed to risk during Covid-19, says analyst
A prominent small and mid-cap sell-side expert has warned that small caps may be more exposed to risk in the economic fallout of the Covid-19 outbreak. Speaking at IR Magazine’s virtual West Coast Think Tank last month, Jill Carey Hall, head of US small and mid-cap strategy and senior US equity strategist at Bank of America Global Research, said large caps fared better as the stock market rallied in April. ‘Obviously a lot of small busin...
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May 01, 2020
Small caps ramp up investor and sell-side outreach
Even in the good times, the IR burden falls heavily on smaller companies. Lacking the internal resources or sell-side support of larger firms, they have to work extra hard to get their message across.  With the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent stock market plunge, that challenge has ramped up further. But small caps are responding in a positive fashion, boosting outreach and exploring new ways to connect with the investment community. ‘In times of crisi...
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Apr 16, 2020
Capital-raising during times of uncertainty: Issuers beware
As the public market for thousands of early-stage and growth companies, OTC Markets Group has seen the good, the hard and the plain ugly when it comes to what happens after a capital-raising. Even in the best of economic times, issuers often fall prey to bad advisers offering ‘too good to be true’ financings with terms that dump shares, dilute shareholder value and destroy companies. Small and micro-caps have always had to work harder to secure growth capital. T...
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Apr 01, 2020
Small-Cap IR report now available
IR Magazine has released a comprehensive report into the practice of IR at small-cap companies. Based on data from the past three years of our Global IR Survey, the Small-Cap IR report provides an analysis of investor relations at small-cap companies in comparison to the practice of IR at other cap sizes.   Click here to download the report ...
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Mar 30, 2020
DIRK cancels annual conference due to Covid-19 disruption
DIRK, the German investor relations association, has announced the cancellation of its annual conference due to the ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The conference, due to be held this year on June 8-9, is the association’s main annual event and normally attracts around 400 IROs.  ‘This decision was not an easy one for us because we put a lot of time and passion into t...
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