59% of surveyed firms meet with SWFs; 40% strategically targeting investors in emerging markets
NEW YORK, October 25, 2011 — Companies worldwide continue to shift their investor relations strategies to expand outreach to sovereign wealth funds and emerging markets, according to an annual survey conducted by BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services.
The study also found nearly three-out-of-four respondents believe mechanisms such as short-selling, 'dark pools' and high-frequency trading negatively impact global trading markets and that more oversight is necessary.
Developed as a benchmarking tool for BNY Mellon's depositary receipt clients, the survey, Global Trends in Investor Relations, looks at how publicly traded companies are managing their IR practices – from guidance and disclosure policies to most popular roadshow destinations. The survey was conducted through July and August 2011 and features input from 650 companies across 53 countries. Respondents cover the range of market cap and sectors, including financials, industrials, consumer, technology and healthcare.
"Companies are adapting to new global market realities and taking a strategic approach to sovereign wealth, as well as growing investor pools from China to India to Brazil, as they seek to better position their firms in higher-growth regions of the world," said Michael Cole-Fontayn, CEO of BNY Mellon's Depositary Receipts business. "We see this trend only strengthening and are developing new products that offer greater visibility and access to the global capital markets for forward-thinking firms."
Key findings of the survey include:
"With continued uncertainty in the global markets, it remains critically important for companies to maintain a robust investor relations program and understand how best to focus their efforts," said Guy Gresham, New York head of the Global IR Advisory team in BNY Mellon's DR group. "Our investor relations specialists work closely with clients in every region to support their strategic IR planning and to help maximize their outreach when targeting new investor communities."
This is the seventh annual investor relations survey conducted by BNY Mellon's DR team. The full report is available online at www.bnymellon.com/dr.
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