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After the organized chaos of 2017’s first “Earnings Season,” we are all immediately thrust into what was once called “Annual Report” season.  However, with the ever-emerging importance of the proxy document and the demise of the “marketing-based” printed annual report, we should rebrand the next few months as “10-K Season.” All public companies other than foreign private […]

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Academic whitepapers regarding investor relations tend to disappoint me. The lionshare I have read (or snoozed through) are invariably based on share price and volume juxtaposed against some activity calculated with a painful equation built on old data i.e. “earning share price from 2002 to 2008 and the impact of XYZ.” More frustrating to me […]

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The discussion of company guidance vs. meeting consensus estimates is hardly new. Certainly, in the mid-2000’s (thanks, Enron!) the practice or management publishing forward guidance took a evident shift from quarterly to annual, with updates as materially needed. The benefits to issuing formal financial guidance is that it can be an effective tool for helping […]

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Earlier this month, the Canadian Securities Administrators (comprised of Alberta, Ontario and Québec securities commissions) released Staff Notice 51-348 Staff’s Review of Social Media Used by Reporting Issuers. This notice publishes the results of the CSA’s analysis of “social media disclosure” by 111 reporting issuers on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram, as well as […]

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One of the most obvious differentiators between Investor Relations and its CorpComm brethren is that IR has highly defined “seasons” and annual occasions. By no means am I implying that PR and marketing don’t have annual events that drive their calendar – i.e. the medical imaging sector revolves around the RSNA Conference and Exhibit – […]