Small cap Archive

Sep 08, 2020
Competing with large caps for attention in a Covid-19 world
Ever been driving down the highway at a respectable 10 mph over the posted speed limit only to have a car (maybe a Tesla) zip right by you? You suddenly find yourself processing a mix of emotions: anger, frustration… even a little bit of envy. We get the sense that is how many small caps are feeling in 2020. The immediate impact of Covid-19 on global equities was a reactionary flood of capital into large-cap technology names – an investing safe space to ride out...
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Aug 11, 2020
A look at SPACs: From the 90s to Covid-19
For many executives, going public signals to the world that your business has grown and is now ready for the bright lights of a national exchange. Ironically, the largest obstacle to achieving this objective can be the IPO process itself – time, expense, market conditions and global events can often combine to discourage even the most promising candidates from pursuing a public listing via the traditional route.  Covid-19 has added new layers of uncertainty to th...
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Jul 28, 2020
Europe proposes rollback of Mifid II research rules for smaller companies
The European Commission (EC) has proposed an exemption for small and mid-cap research from Mifid II’s unbundling rules as part of a package of measures designed to soften the impact of Covid-19.  Introduced in 2018, Mifid II – Europe’s far-reaching regulatory reforms for the financial industry – separated out payments for execution and research, a process known as unbundling. The move raised fears that smaller companies could see a drop in analyst co...
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Jul 22, 2020
IR teams adapt and innovate in face of Covid-19 pandemic
In my more than 25 years as an investor relations professional – having survived the dotcom bust, 2008 recession and 9/11 – I thought I had seen everything. Fast forward to March 2020 when it became clear Covid-19 was gaining strength and poised to become a global pandemic of epic proportions. In short order, the status quo was turned upside down and, ever since, people have been grappling with how to live and conduct business within what has quickly become the cli...
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Jul 09, 2020
Virtual conferences see jump in interest
With companies and investors working from home amid the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual investment conferences have witnessed a boom in interest. OTC Markets Group says it is putting on additional events under its Virtual Investment Conferences (VIC) brand to keep up with demand. The financial market, which hosted 20 online conferences over the whole of last year, has run five in just the last three weeks.  Corporate and investor involvement is also up. For examp...
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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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