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THE INVESTOR RELATIONS INDUSTRY NIGHT-OF-NIGHTS......
bringing together the profession to recognise companies who have excelled
throughout
the year with their communications to the market

AWARD CATEGORIES

AWARDS DINNER HIGHTLIGHTS  1. Best IR by a Company in the S&P/ASX 50
 2.

Best IR by a Company in the S&P/ASX Mid-Cap 50

 3.

Best IR by a Company in the ASX "Mid-Cap 100" (the first 100 companies in the S&P/ASX Small Ords Index)

 4.

Best IR by a Company in the ASX "Mid-Cap 200" (the second 100 companies in the S&P/ASX Small Ords Index)

5. Best IR by a Company in the S&P/ASX Emerging Companies Index
6. Best IR by a New Zealand Company
Photo Gallery 7. Best Investor Day by an Australasian Company
8. Best Use of Technology for Investor Communications by an Australasian Company
9. Best Corporate Reporting by an Australasian Company
10.

Most Progress in Investor Relations by an Australasian Company

11. Best International IR by a Company in the S&P/ASX 200
12.

Overall Best IR by a Company in the S&P/ASX 200

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

The research to determine winners of the 2018 Best Practices Awards will be conducted for AIRA by MarketMeter, an independent, interactive market insights firm.*

An online survey will be distributed to domestic and international buy and sell-side analysts and fund managers asking them to score each stock out of 10 against set criteria for each of the Award categories.  A mean score will be used to determine the winner of each award with the exception of “Most Progress in Investor Relations”, “Best International Investor Relations” and “Best Overall Investor Relations”.

  • The Most Progress in Investor Relations winner will be determined by comparing 2018 mean scores against 2017 mean scores.
  • The Best International Investor Relations by an Australasian Company is voted on by offshore market participants only.  The winner will be judged on the same criteria as the Best IR by a Company Awards and will be calculated based on a mean score.
  • And, Overall Best Investor Relations winner will be determined by the highest mean score across all award categories.

EACH INSTITUTION IS PERMITTED TO SCORE EACH STOCK ONCE.

VOTING CRITERIA

BEST INVESTOR RELATIONS BY A COMPANY AWARDS / BEST INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR RELATIONS / MOST PROGRESS IN INVESTOR RELATIONS

Voting Constituents:
Best IR by a Company / Most Progress in Investor Relations

All buy and sell-side analysts and fund managers in AU / NZ
Voting Constitutents:
Best International IR by an Australasian Company
All international buy and sell-side analysts and fund managers who cover / invest in Australian companies.
Contacts data provided courtesy of IPREO.
When voting on this Award, participants will be asked to score each company on a scale of 1 - 10 for each of the following categories:
CATEGORY DEFINITION
Shareholder Value Focus Considers whether the company (management) / stock concerned has an emphasis on maintaining and preserving value for shareholders in terms of appropriate dividend yields and their growth, and share price appreciation. Also considered here is the payment of franked dividends and finding the balance between dividend yield and reinvestment of profits for long-term growth prospects, and also whether management balances the interests of all shareholders not just majority shareholders. Consideration also given to the structure of the CEO’s remuneration package.
Access to Management Availability of senior management (Board, CEO/ CFO) to answer queries and information requests from fund managers and brokers, including regularity of this availability and timeliness of meetings.
Accurate & Timely Briefings Briefings to market held by company when appropriate for update of material changes as well as notification of financial results. Also includes transparency and consistency of reporting to the investment community (and indeed the community at large).
Quality of IR General engagement of the investment community as an ambassador for the company to ensure its business activities are communicated accurately and appropriately. This entails regularity and usefulness of communications, responsiveness to enquiries, ability to arrange meaningful and timely access to senior and middle management, flexibility in meeting investment community information demands and varying needs.
Clarity of Strategy How well senior management, and investor relations, has articulated and explained their corporate strategy to the investment community. Also concerned with management’s track record and how well they manage investor expectations.
Disclosure Sufficient level of detail as well as timeliness in advising the market of changes in business structure, financial results updates, and any other material changes in operations (including changes in senior management).
BEST INVESTOR DAY BY AN AUSTRALASIAN COMPANY
Voting Constituents: All buy and sell-side analysts and fund managers in AU / NZ
When voting on this Award, participants will be asked to score each company on a scale of 1 - 10 for each of the following categories:
CATEGORY DEFINITION
Quality of Investor Day Quality of information provided; access to senior management at the event, accessibility and usability of information, event execution, honesty.
BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR INVESTOR COMMUNICATIONS BY AN AUSTRALASIAN COMPANY
Voting Constituents: All buy and sell-side analysts and fund managers in AU / NZ
When voting on this Award, participants will be asked to score each company on a scale of 1 - 10 for each of the following categories:
CATEGORY DEFINITION
Quality of Website Access to company information via its website, including historical financial reports, non-financial and operational / corporate structure information. User ability is also key in the assessment of a company’s website.
BEST CORPORATE REPORTING BY AN AUSTRALASIAN COMPANY

Voting Constituents:

All buy and sell-side analysts and fund managers in AU / NZ
When voting on this Award, participants will be asked to score each company on a scale of 1 - 10 for each of the following categories:
CATEGORY DEFINITION
Disclosure Sufficient level of detail as well as timeliness in advising the market of changes in business structure, financial results updates, and any other material changes in operations (including changes in senior management).
Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance Looks at how well the company’s corporate governance structure sets the company’s objectives to achieve long term sustainable growth, and how well it enables the means of attaining those objectives with respect to the monitoring of performance. More broadly, how the corporate governance structure balances the various stakeholder interests (shareholders, employees, suppliers, customers, regulatory authorities, market participants etc) including the company’s impact on the environment and society. Specifically, also concerned with how well the corporate governance structure and administration balances economic and social goals, individual and societal / communal goals, and encourages the efficient use of natural resources. Concerns accountability for the stewardship of those resources, including transparency, and how well a company has aligned as nearly as possible the interests of individuals, corporations, society and environment. Consideration also given to appropriateness of the structure of the CEO’s remuneration package and performance hurdles, and whether it’s aligned with long term sustainable growth objectives. Finally, the transparency of the corporate governance structure to the market is a paramount consideration.
Remuneration Policy Extent to which the Remuneration Policy balances effective incentivisation of management against shareholder interests, ensuring compatibility and alignment.
Risk Management Focus / ability of the company in managing its credit, operational, and regulatory risks. For example, forward planning / preparation for changes in regulatory landscape, as well as ability to manage relationships with regulators, employee unions and any other industry oversight bodies. Ability of management in setting an appropriate internal control framework for reporting / managing those risks.

*About MarketMeter
MarketMeterBy way of introduction, MarketMeter is the interactive market insights company founded by former members of East Coles and J.P. Morgan. MarketMeter have been appointed by the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA) to conduct the research to determine winners of the 2018 Best Practice Investor Relations Awards.

 

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