Airbus (France), Lonza Group (Switzerland), Nestlé (Switzerland), Allianz (Germany), Subsea 7 (United Kingdom), ASML Holding (Netherlands), Ryanair Holdings (Ireland) – swept their respective sectors, ranking first across the CEO, CFO, and investor relations categories.
More than 2,400 buy-side analysts, asset managers, and sell-side researchers at over 800 firms named the best chief executives, top CFOs, investor relations professionals, and investor relations companies across 31 business sectors.
Buy-side analysts, money managers and sell-side researchers at securities firms and financial institutions that cover the region identified up to four companies that excel in up to seven investor relations attributes including:
- Senior executives are accessible
- IR team is well informed and empowered to speak authoritatively on the company’s behalf
- Timely and appropriate level of financial disclosure
- Responds quickly and thoroughly to requests
- Most constructive conference calls
- Highest quality of meetings through road shows/reversed road shows/conferences; and highest quality of corporate documents and investor kit materials.
“MiFID II continues to drive change and create noise across the investment process for buy side, sell side and corporate, nowhere more so than in Europe. But this aside, this just continues to highlight the need to make sure companies are engaging smarter and more strategically with investors to ensure that their story is understood properly,” says Will Rowlands-Rees, Managing Director of Research at Institutional Investor, “To that end we’re thrilled with the continued depth of response from the European investment community on investor engagement, and are delighted to be working with many of Europe’s leading companies to help be smarter and more discerning around their investor relations efforts. We’d like to congratulate all the recognized companies for their ongoing focus on excellence, and look forward to helping them construct and measure investor engagement programs in the year ahead.”
Last year, Institutional Investor launched its inaugural small and midcap rankings, recognizing those companies with less than US$10bn in market capitalization to great success. This year, a resounding set of feedback from 1,800 investment professionals demonstrated that investors continue to look for value beyond the largest companies, and that those companies are demonstrating strong capabilities in investor engagement to those investors.