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Investor Relations

Strategy and communication in a bear market

As the saying goes, markets hate uncertainty.   Since the Global Financial Crisis, global equity markets have experienced significant volatility. Navigating a listed company through these turbulent times can be extremely difficult for management teams. It can be...

Fund managers warn against ESG neglect

When the Chairman and CEO of BlackRock speaks, the global investment market tends to listen. So when Larry Fink asserted recently that within the next five years all investors will measure a company’s impact on society, government and the environment, to determine its...

If you can’t say it on the platform, don’t say it! – Social Media and Disclosure

Social media can be a very effective channel for reaching a broad audience, but also a minefield for listed companies to navigate, so a good understanding is critical to ensure you stay on the right side of the regulators. This was the topic at a recent Social Media...

Don’t let Social Media influence your strategy

Many executives spend way too much time monitoring activity on investor forums. It can consume a great deal of time, and, unless you have a very thick skin, the regular and often baseless criticism executives cop can be draining and distracting. The best option is to...

Leverage your existing shareholder base

A common desire of listed companies is to seek new, sometimes international, investment as a way to stabilise the share price and add a level of prestige to the register. While attracting new retail and institutional investors is part of every listed company’s journey...

Discounting ESG – A risky strategy for small cap investor relations

Small to mid cap companies should consider ESG factors in their investor relations programs as investors assess the risks of not investing responsibly. ESG has become an important area of risk management for publicly listed companies, and companies who choose not to...

Activists and social media expose regulators

The rising tide of shareholder activism has brought a new tension to the markets as companies struggle to defend and justify themselves. Shareholders brace for impact. Directors’ and senior managers’ behaviour and judgement are under particular scrutiny. Reputations...

Don’t forget about us! Managing priority stakeholders

Australian companies invest considerable time and effort to ensure communication with investors and customers is of the highest quality. Yet many seemingly struggle to manage, or even define, priority stakeholders outside these groups – the policy makers, regulators,...

Simplifying your investor sales pitch

Being able to articulately and convincingly ‘sell your story’ to the investment market is a critical role of any listed-company executive, whether the objective is to support a potential or current capital raising, increase trading liquidity or to expand the share...

Corporate presentations – a fine balancing act

With the results season finished and the AGM season kicking off, there is no shortage of company presentations being lodged with the ASX. Some are good, but many are plain awful. They are long, too detailed and busy. If you Google ‘PowerPoint tips’ the messages are...

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