Small cap Archive

Sep 10, 2021
Investors expect small caps to boost focus on ESG, finds survey
Investors expect smaller companies to boost their attention on ESG issues and disclosure over the coming years, according to new research. The study, which polled 40 UK-based professional investors managing a collective £83 bn ($115 bn) in assets, finds 82 percent think small and micro-caps will increase their focus on and investment in ESG over the next three years. More than a third (37 percent) say the increase will be dramatic. In addition, 92 percent of...
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Sep 01, 2021
AIM dividends rebound as new pension rules trigger payout warning
A second-quarter dividend boom among AIM-listed companies has helped fuel a strong half-year post-pandemic recovery, according to data compiled for Link Group’s dividend monitor. First-half dividend growth for small-cap companies listed on the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) AIM market came in at 40.7 percent after a Q2 boost when underlying dividends (which exclude one-off special dividends) soared 56.6 percent to £265 mn ($365 mn), says Link. The ‘rebo...
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Aug 30, 2021
Meet the winery group offering tastings to its shareholders
When Vintage Wine Estates concluded its merger with Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp in June 2021 – taking it public as a special purpose acquisition company (Spac) – it turned to perks to establish new relationships with its shareholders. The number of engaged retail investors has exploded during the last couple of years, aided by th...
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Jul 30, 2021
The week in investor relations: Just Eat warned on Twitter spat, China crackdown boost for small caps and tougher rules from the SEC
– Chief executives are being warned to ‘think twice before they tweet,’ reported The Guardian after the boss of takeaway company Just Eat Takeaway was told his Twitter spat with Uber threatened to undermine the firm’s reputation. Cat Rock Capital Management, an activist investor with a 4.7 percent stake in Just E...
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Jun 30, 2021
‘You can’t cover this part of the market in the traditional way’: Investec’s new model for small-cap research
UK and European regulators have identified the lack of research coverage for smaller companies as an issue that needs to be addressed. The number of analysts following small caps has been dwindling for years, a situation not helped by the arrival of Mifid II, which led to a drop in research spending by the buy side. But Investec sees an opportunity in this under-followed part of the market. The Anglo-South African investment bank has launched a new product th...
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Jun 09, 2021
It’s a small world: How retail IR is changing
‘Corporate communications is changing,’ declares Galina Meleger, director of IR at Endeavour Silver and winner of the rising star trophy at the IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2021. Meleger says that while the traditional approaches to IR, including ‘trade shows and phone pitching’, remain effective, in the Covid-19 era and particularly when it comes to attracting t...
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Jun 04, 2021
The week in investor relations: Warning over Tesla tweets, meat substitutes boost record IPO and ‘wolf packs’ of activists on the prowl
– The SEC told Tesla last year that tweets by CEO Elon Musk had ‘twice violated a court-ordered policy requiring his tweets to be pre-approved by company lawyers,’ according to an article by the Wall Street Journal (paywall). In 2018 Tesla settled an enforcement action with the securities regulator after Musk tweeted about potentially takin...
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May 27, 2021
Small-cap companies held most investor days in past year
Although participation in physical, in-person events – roadshows, investor days, site visits, investor conferences – tends to increase with market cap, research from IR Magazine shows that there is a ‘notable exception to this rule.’ Small-cap companies held the most investor days during the past year, according to the Investor Events research report....
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May 18, 2021
What’s the retail investment sweet spot?
New research into retail investor trends shows that while most companies (55 percent) are happy with their current levels of retail shareholdings, just over a quarter would like to see more retail investment. So is there a sweet spot when it comes to how many retail investors hold your stock? IR Magazine’s new Retail Investors research report, which ex...
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