Strategy & Insight Archive

Jul 25, 2013
Research Section: How should companies use their spare cash?
How do investor attitudes compare on either side of the Atlantic? All companies have to try to give investors what they want in terms of return on investment or – perhaps more appropriately – find the kind of investors that want what an investment in that particular stock will provide. Even taking short-sellers and their ilk out of the equation, investors have a wide variety of requirements in terms of returns: some...Read more
Jul 09, 2013
Research Section: Sell-side analyst coverage
Dealing with sell-side analysts is a vital part of an IRO’s job – yet it is not a fixed part. The relationship consistently changes across time and according to region and company size. The changing nature of the relationship between the buy side and the sell side also affects the importance of the sell side to IROs. This report looks at how satisfied IROs are with their company’s sell-side analyst coverage and the...Read more
Jul 09, 2013
How satisfied are IROs with their coverage? What makes analyst coverage good or bad? What’s the right number of analysts to have?
Dealing with sell-side analysts is a vital part of an IRO’s job – yet it is not a fixed part. The relationship consistently changes across time and according to region and company size. The changing nature of the relationship between the buy side and the sell side also affects the importance of the sell side to IROs. This report looks at how satisfied IROs are with their company’s sell-side analyst coverage and the...Read more
May 31, 2013
Research section: Comings and goings in IR
What do IROs do before and after entering the world of investor relations? ‘It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at!’ claimed Ian Brown of British band The Stone Roses. ‘Do you know where you’re going to?’ sang Diana Ross. These themes are commonplace in popular culture; it’s scarcely possible to turn on the TV without hearing some reality show contestant talk about his or her ‘journey’. It was even the...Read more
May 03, 2013
Research Section: Measuring IR
Which sort of companies use which types of metrics to determine how good or bad their investor relations programs are? There is no perfect formula for investor relations, no perfect equation that describes best practice in the complex inter-relationship between company and investor – this much we know. What, then, determines good or bad IR, and how can IR performance be measured? In this month’s research section, we...Read more
May 02, 2013
What qualifications do award-winning IROs have? What keeps them awake at night? What are their biggest IR achievements? To find out what distinguishes our award winners from other IROs, IR Insight, the research arm of IR magazine has put together a report on the top IR professionals in Canada. This research, sponsored by CNW Group, is based on an...Read more
Apr 04, 2013
Research Section: Consensus earnings estimates
What do IROs think of consensus estimates? Do they comment on them, publicly or privately? How many collate their own consensus? The global investment community judges stock price performance against analysts’ consensus earnings estimates so any small deviations from the consensus can affect valuation dramatically. That’s one reason IROs want published consensus estimates to be as accurate as possible. Based on the...Read more
Feb 26, 2013
Research Section: Which is your favorite service provider?
Lloyd Bevan unearths some interesting results from last year’s IRO survey. In the summer of 2012, as part of IR Magazine ’s global IRO survey, we asked a number of questions relating to IR departmental responsibility, outsourcing and external IR service provision. Findings from these questions went on to be used in the IR Magazine Global Practice Report 2012 and were expanded upon in...Read more
Feb 08, 2013
Research Section: What were your greatest IR challenges in 2012?
Research manager Lloyd Bevan introduces this new monthly section of IR Magazine. Every year, IR Insight, the research and intelligence unit of IR Magazine , conducts a series of extensive surveys among IROs, analysts and fund managers. Our global IRO survey is conducted twice a year, with one round in May and another round of fresh questions in November. Last year more than 1,400 IROs took part...Read more
Jan 25, 2013
Further insight into global IR activities from the latest Global Investor Relations Practice Report
Last month saw the publication of the IR Magazine Global Investor Relations Practice Report 2013 . This is the third consecutive year we have published the report and the ongoing research has given us the opportunity to identify common IR practices and provided us with insight into many trends that have emerged during this period. The past three years, for example, have seen a fall in both IR budgets and...Read more
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