Two countries move up as key sources of new investment over the next five years
NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- After the United States and the United Kingdom, China and Germany are now rated by companies as the most strategic sources of new investment capital over the next five years, reflecting those countries' growing economic clout, according to BNY Mellon's annual investor relations survey. China moved up from fifth to third place, while Germany surged from seventh to fourth place, overtaking Singapore and Japan's spots in the prior survey.
Companies also continue to increase their outreach to sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), with 65% of respondents engaging with SWFs over the past year, up from 57% in 2013.
Systemic market and political risk remain companies' top two concerns impacting global market confidence. Uncertainty over new regulatory environments dropped in importance from the previous survey, falling from third most important to fifth this year.
Developed as a benchmarking tool for BNY Mellon's depositary receipts (DR) clients, the survey, Global Trends in Investor Relations, looks at how publicly traded companies are managing their IR practices and the issues that affect them. Now in its tenth edition, the 2015 report is based on results from 550 respondents across 54 countries that span the range of market cap and industry sectors, including financials, industrials, consumer, technology and healthcare.
"Global firms continue to expand and enhance their engagement with current shareholders, but we've seen an interesting shift," said Christopher M. Kearns, CEO of BNY Mellon's Depositary Receipts business. "Responses indicate that after a post-crisis period focused almost solely on investors amid intense competition for capital, companies now are devoting more time to other IR activities, such as board member involvement, enhancing senior managers' visibility, and improving relationships with analysts."
Other key findings of the survey include:
"Global issuers recognize the importance of maintaining an active, engaged investor relations program," said Guy Gresham, head of the Global IR Advisory team in BNY Mellon's DR group. "In developing this survey, we've focused on helping companies identify best practices in investor relations by providing actionable benchmarks. Whether it's meeting the evolving needs of long-term stakeholders or enhancing disclosure, new opportunities are always emerging for global firms to demonstrate leadership."
To see the report, Global Trends in Investor Relations-2015, visit here.
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