Case studies Archive

Jul 23, 2020
World’s largest firms failing on succession-planning disclosures
Seventy-three of the world’s largest companies saw a CEO change between January 2019 and June 2020, but firms are failing when it comes to reporting around this most important of company positions.  That is the finding of the inaugural report from SquareWell Partners, titled CEO dismissals & appointments at the world’s largest companies. In it, SquareWell reports that just a fi...
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Jul 22, 2020
Wednesday Winner: Manulife US REIT’s thought leadership attracts investors
When Manulife US REIT completed its IPO in 2016, it was the first US real estate investment trust (Reit) listed in Asia. Caroline Fong, head of investor relations, knew she was taking on the tall task of educating both investors and analysts about Reits and the differences between real estate in Singapore and in the US. Fong devised a series of thought-leadership events, invited Manulife’s economist to speak at an investor event in Singapore and provided briefings...
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Jul 08, 2020
Covid-19 prompts rise in extra duties for IR departments
While budgets have taken a hit during the Covid-19 pandemic, IR professionals have also seen a rise in additional responsibilities, according to new research. The Covid-19 and IR report, published by IR Magazine, finds that 38 percent of IROs globally say their non-IR duties have increased since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.  The shift is most apparent in North Ame...
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Jul 02, 2020
IR budgets hit by Covid-19 disruption
Companies are cutting IR budgets as they respond to disruption caused by Covid-19, according to new research. Nearly half (45 percent) of IR professionals globally have either already experienced budget cuts or expect them in the coming months, finds Covid-19 and IR, a new report from IR Magazine.  Around the world, businesses are reining in costs as they seek to weather the f...
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Jun 19, 2020
Canadian business leaders launch anti-racism project
A group of senior Canadian businesspeople has launched a new council and initiative aimed at increasing racial diversity among the country’s boards and executive teams. The move comes amid growing calls for governments and companies to address racial inequality following the deaths of African Americans including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism, which is launching what it ca...
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Jun 17, 2020
Covid-19 report now available
IR Magazine has released a report in response to Covid-19, looking at how the pandemic and the social measures to combat it have affected investor relations.  The report is based on 187 interviews with our research panel of IROs, investors and analysts, conducted in the middle to latter half of May. This research report shares statistics and quotes on how your peers ha...
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Jun 11, 2020
Ten lessons for dealing with investors in a crisis
1. We are in a crisis – and normal rules of crisis management apply. This crisis is different from the last, almost by definition, and requires its own determined response. 2. Leaders are visible in a crisis, whether or not they like it and whether or not they are the people with leadership titles. If the company’s leaders themselves are not visible, people will likely take note of other leaders instead. Management teams need to...
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Jun 10, 2020
What happens to investor relations in a downturn?
In 2008, Laura Graves, then Cisco’s director of global IR, stood up to kick off her company’s analyst day in Silicon Valley. She had spent many months helping to craft the agenda and prepping senior management, but she knew the audience’s thoughts were elsewhere. The previous day, Lehman Brothers, the 164-year old investment bank, had gone bankrupt. ‘We had to walk on stage knowing that Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, all of that was crumbling,’ Graves says. ...
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Jun 04, 2020
IR lessons learned during the Sars outbreak
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) hit Singapore on the back of the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and amid economic doldrums that had persisted since the dotcom bubble burst in the new millennium. At the time, I was at Singapore Exchange (SGX), where I was responsible for corporate strategy and marketing, including a broad remit of communications, of which IR was the key market-facing role. I had joined SGX following the IPO of what was then only the...
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