Technology & Social Media Archive

Oct 03, 2022
Business of blockchain: Managing IR in the miner leagues
Hut 8 is a Canada-based, TSX/Nasdaq-listed mining company. But it doesn’t mine gold or minerals – it mines Bitcoin and was the first mining company to qualify for a listing on a major exchange in October 2019, under exemptive relief for innovative companies through the TSX Sandbox. Finding an auditor or even a banking relationship was a major challenge for crypto-asset and blockchain companies back then. Bein...
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Sep 29, 2022
Europe’s IR innovators: Valmet brings IR to Instagram
Valmet is no stranger to the IR Magazine Awards – Europe. The Finnish company has previously won for best IR website, best use of multimedia and rising star. This year, it claimed the prize for best retail IR strategy – a new category at the event – thanks to the creative way it caters to private investors. ‘There is a great culture of doing IR really well and using different technological platforms,’ says Pekka Rouhiainen, who joined the company as direct...
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Sep 28, 2022
Europe’s IR innovators: Baloise shows innovation through design
The story of Baloise Group winning best innovation in shareholder communications begins with, well, a push for innovation at the 150-year-old Swiss insurance company. At its investor day in October 2020, the firm outlined plans for diversification through unlocking new sources of client acquisition, revenue growth and cash generation. Not everyone was convinced, however. Investors and analysts questioned whether Baloise should be investing money in innovation, Marku...
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Sep 22, 2022
IR Websites report now available
IR Magazine has released a new report examining IR websites and their effectiveness for engaging with both institutional and retail investors. The report investigates what is typically included on IR websites and what features are considered the most popular. The report also looks at institutional investors’ and IROs’ views on website utility as well as adapting content to meet the needs of retail investors. Findings are based on the IR Magazine Global ...
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Sep 09, 2022
The week in investor relations: BlackRock defends itself on ESG, Target CEO to stay as firm scraps retirement age and Kardashian enters private equity
– BlackRock published a letter pushing back on one it received last month from 19 Republican state attorneys general who accused the world’s largest money manager of putting its ‘climate agenda’ ahead of clients, collaborating with climate activists and boycotting energy companies, reported The New York Times (paywall). Tensio...
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Sep 06, 2022
Proxy voting in Japan: Concentration of AGMs and lack of English disclosure remain key challenges
Around a quarter of the 2,306 Japanese company AGMs held in June took place on a single day – June 29, says Shigeo Imakiire, president of Investor Communications Japan (ICJ). That 2,306 figure represents more than 60 percent of the 3,770 companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). This may sound high but is not unusual. ‘Accordi...
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Aug 26, 2022
UK companies warm to hybrid AGMs, finds report by White & Case
While the majority of FTSE 350 companies have opted for a purely physical AGM this year, a sizable minority have selected a full hybrid meeting where both in-person and virtual attendees can take part in proceedings, according to new research. In a review of AGM arrangements published since January, 56 companies went for a hybrid AGM, compared with 94 that chose a physical meeting with no virtual engagement.  ...
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