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16 July, 2019

Using social media to engage with stakeholders - Magee

At the heart, social media is really about storytelling. As companies work at crafting their corporate story through the Annual Report, the same principles are at work when utilising the channels offered by social media. There are best practices, techniques, trends and design considerations all in play, working to deliver key messages to the relevant and most important audiences. Here at Magee we have created this research piece to help give more clarity using social media to effectively engage with your stakeholders.

5 July, 2019

Dividend Arbitrage - RD:IR

The level of stock lending around ex-dividend dates spikes in roughly one third of FTSE 350 companies. But why? Dividend arbitrage (also known as dividend washing) is a trade that enables investment firms to reduce their tax bill relating to dividend payments. The method used is to place shares in alternative tax jurisdictions around the ex-dividend date so that less withholding tax will be paid. There is little that an IR professional can do in relation to dividend arbitrage, aside from understanding the mechanics behind this trade and being able to explain to senior management why trade volumes are increasing, yet the augmented volumes are not necessarily flowing through to significant changes in the constitution of the share register month on month.

3 June, 2019

Trends from the first 25 annual reports - Emperor

With the possibility of early adoption of Companies Act and UK Corporate Governance Code changes, how companies have approached their reporting is particularly interesting this year. Emperor’s stakeholder engagement team has analysed the first 25 December 2018 FTSE 100 reports to be published, summarised the key learnings in this transitional period and included examples of best practice.

3 June, 2019

Navigating the sustainability reporting landscape - Jones & Palmer

With an increasing interest in sustainability reporting and disclosures from stakeholders, it’s important to understand the complex landscape of frameworks and formats available.

13 May, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Targeting - Q4

Investor targeting is one of the most crucial pillars for a successful IR program. Identifying new investors and understanding their behavior is critical to driving strategic value. Check out this guide for 8 best practices that are designed to boost your targeting strategies and ROI for investor outreach.

5 March, 2019

Find the Intelligent and Active when the World goes Regulated and Passive - Actelligent

In a global and more interlinked world with supply chains across continents, the importance of finding value-added and insightful information is undoubtedly growing. Might an investor looking at Asian EV battery makers also be interested in European semis? How useful would it be to apply chains and links of industries into each other to think of exposures on the whole, and to get info on competition?

1 March, 2019

How to effectively represent your business model - Jones & Palmer

Is it possible to use a systematic approach to consider and develop the disclosure of a business model? We think so. This guide details a three-step approach that does exactly that.

19 February, 2019

How does it stack up? 2018 - Radley Yeldar

‘How does it stack up?’ is Radley Yeldar’s annual review of FTSE 100 reports, recognised as an industry benchmark for best practice and a tool to help companies improve their annual reporting.

11 February, 2019

Change, challenge and opportunity: The impact of MiFID II on FTSE 350 Investor Relations - OC

The introduction of MiFID II has put the investor relations teams of UK companies under increasing pressure as demands from investors soar. Orient Capital examines how this evolution in the IR industry has placed more responsibility on the shoulders of IROs while reducing the level of support they receive from the sell-side.

28 January, 2019

Activism… Floating all boats? Rivel Research Group

With the recent string of companies' subject to activist activity, Rivel’s research shows that investment professionals on both sides of the pond (especially in Europe) continue to see activism as a positive force and one that is likely to increase further.

24 January, 2019

Gender pay gap reporting - Going beyond compliance to tell your company’s story - Emperor

With the second round of gender pay gap reporting approaching, companies should be thinking about how they can build on their first reports, taking control of the narrative and using it as a springboard for positive stakeholder engagement.

10 January, 2019

Stock lending in UK Plc - RD:IR

The level of stock lending in the UK market is on the rise. This does not indicate that shorting itself is increasing, but often paints a picture of more public companies being shorted by investors. With global markets going through turbulent days, what precisely is causing this stock lending to become more common as it has?

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