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Jun 02, 2020
Tech talk: Surge in video meetings won’t beat physical contact
It’s no secret that what investors want is to meet their holdings face to face. And even though we’ve come a long way since you needed expensive, specialist equipment to run a video meeting, companies have continued to travel the world on roadshows and city-hop for meetings. Then Covid-19 forced country after country to lock down, and in-person meetings became impossible. Time for alternative tech to step in. ‘We’ve gone virtual,’ Adrian Rusling, founder o...
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Jun 02, 2020
Covid-19 puts the spotlight on the ‘S’ in ESG
Sponsored Content - As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc around the world, impacting people and businesses everywhere, the value of environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices to companies has never been greater. And while the social factor was often neglected in the past, the pandemic has underscored its importance as one of the three pillars of ESG and the vital role it plays for companies, especially during these extraordinarily difficult times....
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Jun 01, 2020
IR papers: How social media influences investors
The social media sentiment effect More and more institutional investors track social media for insights into investor and consumer sentiment, and a new study sheds light on how they use that data. Examining changes in customer-expressed emotional content for 38 corporate brands, researchers find that investors’ stockholding reactions differ according to their investing style. Dedicated investors and quasi-indexers boost their holdings when faced w...
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May 29, 2020
AGMs: Pandemic provides proof of popularity
We have become used to living in lockdown. We have become used to birdsong replacing traffic noise, to working from home, to virtual meetings. We have become used to Webex, to staying in, to social distancing. Many are predicting that the changes thrust upon us by Covid-19 could have a lasting impact on the world of business and work: business travel, large offices and meetings are set to shrink as professionals around the world weigh up the costs and benefits of adopting ...
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May 29, 2020
The week in IR: Reopenings, bailouts and an ESG warning
Markets The trading floor of the NYSE reopened following a two-month closure, reported the BBC. Under strict rules, just a quarter of the normal number of traders can come to the exchange. They must also wear masks, follow social distancing rules and avoid commuting on public transport.  Euronext, the pan-European exchange operator, announced that it will close its regulated exchange b...
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May 29, 2020
Implications of the Covid-19 crisis on IFRS and analyst guidance
The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in significant volatility in the financial and commodities markets worldwide. Businesses are dealing with lost revenue and disrupted supply chains. In the reporting season, the accounting and investor relations functions are challenged in their analysis of full-year and interim financial statements in many ways.  One issue that has arisen is how the accounting function deals with Covid-19’s impact on IFRS, which focuses on addre...
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May 28, 2020
Investor engagement in a Covid-19 world
With the first-quarter earnings season behind us, many of our clients are focused on investor meetings and marketing once again. To prepare for re-engagement, we are helping clients refresh their investment stories, develop investor targeting strategies that reflect the current environment and valuations, and deal with the shift to virtual investor meetings.  Whether your company had a strong growth story in early March and is now a value play or happens to be in a...
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May 28, 2020
Six-month review with Rui Hua Chang of ESR Cayman
HAS THE JOB LIVED UP TO YOUR EXPECTATIONS SO FAR? It has been an exciting six months. I recall diving straight into the IPO process once I joined and it was like going into a 10-meter deep pool with multiple moving parts. The amazing thing is that the ESR team embraced me immediately and we worked together perfectly. This spirit of teamwork is what I have been looking for and I have certainly found it in ESR. Another reason to join ESR is the can do...
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May 28, 2020
Should corporate access be a designated job within IR team?
Demand for direct engagement between firms and investors is on the rise. Amid structural changes on the sell side, accelerated by Mifid II, IROs are facing increased workloads. This is causing a shift in focus for recruiters working on some IR-related searches. ‘There has been an emphasis on corporate access [since the roll-out of Mifid II],’ says Debbie Nathan, director of IR and communications at Carter Murray, a global recruitment agency. ‘The broader chang...
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