IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards ‒ Europe
Celebrating IR excellence

Thursday, June 28, 2018

8 Northumberland Avenue, London

About the awards

The IR Magazine Awards – Europe took place on Thursday, June 28 and honoured excellence in the investor relations profession. The awards, now in its 28th year, hosted the IR community from across Europe at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London.

In 2018, we once again presented two types of award categories – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across Europe. For our awards-by-research categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in Europe.

In our awards-by-nomination categories, companies had the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our awards by research.

 

View the list of winners from 2018 here, the write-up here and photos from the event here. See you in June 2019!

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Awards by Research Categories

View the list of 2018 winners here. Don't forget to scroll down to view details about the awards-by-nomination categories.

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

This category covers companies in the FTSEurofirst 300 Index with a market cap of €7.5 bn and over (and other firms of equivalent size) that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program  

Nominees

  • AstraZeneca

    UK

  • Banco Santander

    Spain

  • Deutsche Post DHL

    Germany

  • Iberdrola (WINNER)

    Spain

  • Intesa Sanpaolo

    Italy

  • Roche Holding

    Switzerland

  • UniCredit

    Italy

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

This category covers companies in the FTSE Developed Europe Mid-Cap Index with a market cap between €1 bn and €7.5 bn that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program  

Nominees

  • Deutsche Lufthansa

    Germany

  • Great Portland Estates

    UK

  • Hugo Boss

    Germany

  • Lanxess (WINNER)

    Germany

  • MOL Group

    Hungary

  • Moncler

    Italy

  • SEGRO

    UK

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

This category covers companies in the FTSE Developed Europe Small Cap Index with a market cap below €1 bn that have most impressed the investment community with their overall IR program

Nominees

  • Altri

    Portugal

  • Borregaard (WINNER)

    Norway

  • FILA

    Italy

  • Mota-Engil

    Portugal

  • Premier Oil

    UK

  • Waberer's International

    Hungary

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector and whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community and to be transparent, accessible and responsive, sets them apart. *Has since left the company

Nominees

  • Sergio Gámez, Banco Santander

    Spain

  • Martin Ziegenbalg, Deutsche Post DHL

    Germany

  • Pedro Dias, Galp Energia

    Portugal

  • Ignacio Cuenca & Diego Morón Martinez, Iberdrola

    Spain

  • Marco Delfrate & Andrea Tamagnini, Intesa Sanpaolo (WINNER)

    Italy

  • Karl Mahler, Roche Holding

    Switzerland

  • Piero Munari, UniCredit*

    Italy

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

This category is for individual IROs whose knowledge of their company and sector and whose ability to build relationships with members of the investment community and to be transparent, accessible and responsive, sets them apart

Nominees

  • Jørn Syvertsen, Borregaard

    Norway

  • Dennis Weber, Hugo Boss

    Germany

  • Oliver Stratmann, Lanxess (WINNER)

    Germany

  • Róbert Réthy, MOL Group

    Hungary

  • Paola Durante, Moncler

    Italy

  • Harry Stokes, SEGRO

    UK

Best corporate governance & disclosure

Best corporate governance & disclosure

This category is for companies whose governance policies and practice best reflect the priorities of the investment community, especially in terms of board composition, executive compensation, disclosure and general accountability to shareholders

Nominees

  • Banco Santander

    Spain

  • BASF

    Germany

  • Galp Energia

    Portugal

  • Intesa Sanpaolo

    Italy

  • Munich Re

    Germany

  • Novo Nordisk

    Denmark

  • UniCredit (WINNER)

    Italy

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications


Nominees

  • BT Group

    UK

  • Deutsche Telekom (WINNER)

    Germany

  • Mobile TeleSystems

    Russia

  • NOS

    Portugal

  • Orange

    France

  • Orange Poland

    Poland

  • Telefónica

    Spain

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary


Nominees

  • adidas

    Germany

  • Compass Group

    UK

  • Continental

    Germany

  • Deutsche Lufthansa

    Germany

  • Hugo Boss (WINNER)

    Germany

  • IHG

    UK

  • Moncler

    Italy

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples


Nominees

  • Ahold Delhaize (WINNER)

    Netherlands

  • Danone

    France

  • Diageo

    UK

  • Jerónimo Martins

    Portugal

  • Marine Harvest

    Norway

  • Nestlé

    Switzerland

  • Unilever

    UK

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy


Nominees

  • Galp Energia (WINNER)

    Portugal

  • MOL Group

    Hungary

  • OMV

    Austria

  • Repsol

    Spain

  • Royal Dutch Shell

    UK

  • Total

    France

  • Tullow Oil

    UK

Best in sector: financials

Best in sector: financials


Nominees

  • Allianz

    Germany

  • Assicurazioni Generali

    Italy

  • Banco Santander

    Spain

  • ING Group

    Netherlands

  • Intesa Sanpaolo

    Italy

  • Munich Re

    Germany

  • UniCredit (WINNER)

    Italy

Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: healthcare


Nominees

  • AstraZeneca (WINNER)

    UK

  • Fresenius

    Germany

  • Merck

    Germany

  • Novartis

    Switzerland

  • Novo Nordisk

    Denmark

  • Roche Holding

    Switzerland

  • Royal Philips

    Netherlands

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials


Nominees

  • ABB

    Switzerland

  • Atlas Copco

    Sweden

  • Deutsche Post DHL (WINNER)

    Germany

  • DSV

    Denmark

  • KONE Corporation

    Finland

  • Siemens

    Germany

  • Umicore

    Belgium

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials


Nominees

  • BASF

    Germany

  • Borregaard

    Norway

  • DSM

    Netherlands

  • Lanxess (WINNER)

    Germany

  • Norsk Hydro

    Norway

  • voestalpine

    Austria

  • Yara International

    Norway

Best in sector: real estate

Best in sector: real estate


Nominees

  • Aroundtown

    Germany

  • British Land Company

    UK

  • Gecina

    France

  • Great Portland Estates

    UK

  • Land Securities Group

    UK

  • SEGRO (WINNER)

    UK

  • Unibail-Rodamco

    France

Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: technology


Nominees

  • ASML (WINNER)

    Netherlands

  • Barco

    Belgium

  • Capgemini

    France

  • SAP

    Germany

  • Temenos Group

    Switzerland

  • Wolters Kluwer

    Netherlands

Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities


Nominees

  • ČEZ Group

    Czech Republic

  • EDP – Energias de Portugal

    Portugal

  • EDP Renováveis

    Portugal

  • Enagás

    Spain

  • Endesa

    Spain

  • Enel

    Italy

  • Iberdrola (WINNER)

    Spain

Best in region: Central & Eastern Europe

Best in region: Central & Eastern Europe


Nominees

  • ČEZ Group

    Czech Republic

  • Garanti Bank

    Turkey

  • Mobile TeleSystems

    Russia

  • MOL Group (WINNER)

    Hungary

  • Orange Poland

    Poland

  • OTP Bank

    Hungary

  • Sberbank

    Russia

Best in region: Germany

Best in region: Germany


Nominees

  • adidas

  • Allianz

  • BASF

  • Deutsche Post DHL (WINNER)

  • Deutsche Telekom

  • Hugo Boss

  • Lanxess

Best in region: UK

Best in region: UK


Nominees

  • AstraZeneca (WINNER)

  • Compass Group

  • Diageo

  • IHG

  • Prudential

  • Royal Dutch Shell

  • SEGRO

Best in region: Western Europe

Best in region: Western Europe


Nominees

  • Banco Santander

    Spain

  • EDP – Energias de Portugal

    Portugal

  • Iberdrola (WINNER)

    Spain

  • Intesa Sanpaolo

    Italy

  • Novo Nordisk

    Denmark

  • Roche Holding

    Switzerland

  • UniCredit

    Italy

The first thing to explain is that our awards by research are different from most others and from our awards by nomination: for our awards by research, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, via a combination of an electronic survey and one-to-one telephone interviews, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.

November – December: Online survey

IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 20 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock. A preliminary electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers is then conducted.

December – February: Telephone survey

The responses from the electronic survey then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for Europe’s industry sectors and geographical regions. It then conducts in-depth interviews with 500 portfolio managers and analysts across Europe. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.

March – April: Results analysis & short list announced

Once the survey stage of the research is completed, the final analysis is undertaken. The companies with the highest scores make the short lists for the awards categories, and the points are further analyzed to identify the best exponents of IR by sector and by country.

The independence of our research is crucial to the integrity of the whole awards program, so IR Magazine sees the results only once the research is complete. This ensures a transparent, independent set of results that IROs can trust as a valuable benchmarking tool.

IR Magazine receives the results in March and contacts the short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short list is then published to the entire IR community the month before the event.

June: Winners announced

This year’s winners will be announced live on stage at a black-tie gala dinner event in London on June 28, attended by the leading lights of European investor relations.

July: Report published

After the event the Award Winning IR – Europe 2018 report will be made available to professional subscribers to IR Magazine. This report will profile the top ranked companies and reveal information on how they conduct their IR activities and why investors voted for them.

For further information on this year’s investor survey, please contact Janet Dignan at +44 20 8004 6322.

 

  • Intesa Sanpaolo

    Best corporate governance & disclosure

  • Rolf Woller, Continental

    Best investor relations officer (large cap)

  • Dennis Weber, Hugo Boss

    Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

  • Iberdrola

    Best overall investor relations (large cap)

  • Lanxess

    Best overall investor relations (small & mid-cap)

  • adidas

    Best in sector: consumer discretionary

  • Unilever

    Best in sector: consumer staples

  • Total

    Best in sector: energy

  • Intesa Sanpaolo

    Best in sector: financials

  • AstraZeneca

    Best in sector: healthcare

  • Deutsche Post DHL

    Best in sector: industrials

  • Amadeus

    Best in sector: information technology

  • BASF

    Best in sector: materials

  • Segro

    Best in sector: real estate

  • Deutsche Telekom

    Best in sector: telecommunication services

  • Iberdrola

    Best in sector: utilities

  • PKN Orlen

    Best in region: Central & Eastern Europe

  • adidas

    Best in region: Germany

  • AstraZeneca

    Best in region: UK & Ireland

  • Iberdrola

    Best in region: Western Europe

Awards by Nomination Categories

In our awards-by-nomination categories, we offered individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our awards by research categories. View the list of winners from 2018 here.

Interested in entering the awards next year?

Click here to enter your details to be notified for when nominations open for the 2019 European Awards.

Best ESG communications

Best ESG communications

With investors increasingly integrating ESG criteria into their investment decisions, your firm has successfully ramped up its communications strategy about non-financial performance. Judges will be looking at how you tackle integrated thinking and reporting on the issues material to your business.

Nominees

  • BASF (WINNER)

    Germany

  • Britvic

    UK

  • MOL Group

    Hungary

  • Petra Diamonds

    UK

  • PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

    Poland

  • Polymetal International

    UK

  • Repsol

    Spain

  • Royal Dutch Shell

    UK

Best financial reporting (large cap)

Best financial reporting (large cap)

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementarity between different reports.

Nominees

  • adidas (WINNER)

    Germany

  • BASF

    Germany

  • Bertelsmann

    Germany

  • BMW Group (WINNER)

    Germany

  • Ferrovial

    Spain

  • OMV

    Austria

  • Repsol

    Spain

  • Royal Philips

    Netherlands

Best financial reporting (mid-cap)

Best financial reporting (mid-cap)

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementarity between different reports.

Nominees

  • Banco Comercial Português

    Portugal

  • Countryside Properties

    UK

  • Cranswick

    UK

  • Dechra Pharmaceuticals (WINNER)

    UK

  • Great Portland Estates

    UK

  • Hays

    UK

  • Hugo Boss

    Germany

  • Ocado Group

    UK

Best finanical reporting (small cap)

Best finanical reporting (small cap)

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of good reporting practice. Judges will be looking for a well-articulated equity story, ease of flow or navigation, state-of-the-art design and consistency/complementarity between different reports.

Nominees

  • Ediston Property Investment Company

    UK

  • GCP Student Living

    UK

  • Halfords Group

    UK

  • Laboratorios Farmacéuticos ROVI

    Spain

  • Petra Diamonds

    UK

  • RDI REIT

    UK

  • Severfield

    UK

  • The Go-Ahead Group (WINNER)

    UK

Best investor event

Best investor event

Did you hold a capital markets day, site visit or other investor event that made your company stand out from the crowd? Tell us how you came up with an original initiative, the way you managed its organization, and how your audience’s expectations were met; audience feedback is also welcome.

Nominees

  • Banco Santander (WINNER)

    Spain

  • BASF

    Germany

  • Cargotec

    Finland

  • Fresenius Medical Care

    Germany

  • Hays

    UK

  • Hugo Boss (WINNER)

    Germany

  • Johnson Matthey

    UK

  • NN Group

    Netherlands

  • Royal Dutch Shell

    UK

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

How did your IR team go above and beyond to support a recent corporate transaction? Let us know the details. We’ll be looking at the IR team’s involvement in crafting/releasing the messaging for the financial markets and how it organized outreach and dialogue to gain approval from key shareholders.

Nominees

  • Banco Comercial Português

    Portugal

  • Banco Santander (WINNER)

    Spain

  • Fresenius Medical Care

    Germany

  • Janus Henderson Group

    UK

  • NN Group

    Netherlands

  • PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

    Poland

  • TAV Airports Holding

    Turkey

Best IR website

Best IR website

The IR website is the first point of contact for an IRO’s audience. We want to hear from companies that have developed a best-in-class website displaying top-notch customer experience, engaging content that meets analysts’ and investors’ needs, and multiplatform access.

Nominees

  • ASOS

    UK

  • Banco Santander

    Spain

  • BASF (WINNER)

    Germany

  • British Land Company

    UK

  • Ferrovial

    Spain

  • Hays

    UK

  • Royal Dutch Shell

    UK

  • Valmet

    Finland

Best use of multimedia for IR

Best use of multimedia for IR

Are you a tech-savvy IRO always looking out for cutting-edge technological solutions for IR? Describe the innovative ways you have incorporated video, audio, infographics or webcasts into your IR program. Judges will be looking for evidence of heightened investor and analyst engagement via these channels.

Nominees

  • Banco Santander (WINNER)

    Spain

  • Cargotec

    Finland

  • Garanti Bank

    Turkey

  • Royal Bank of Scotland Group

    UK

  • Valmet

    Finland

  • Vedanta Resources

    UK

Rising star

Rising star

This award seeks to honor individuals who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession. Tell us why you (or someone else) have what it takes to be the next Magdalena Moll or Cole Lannum! This category is open to anyone who has been working in IR for less than 10 years.  

Nominees

  • Martino De Ciccio, Endeavour Mining Corporation

    UK

  • Manuel Taverne, FACC

    Austria

  • Vincenzo Leporiere, Hays

    UK

  • Vladimir Zhukov, Norilsk Nickel

    Russia

  • Victoria Quilter, Ocado Group

    UK

  • Jakub Frejlich, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

    Poland

  • Georges Menane, Royal Dutch Shell (WINNER)

    UK

  • Calle Loikkanen, Valmet

    Finland

The awards by nomination differ from our traditional awards by research, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial members.

The judging process is made up of two simple phases:

Phase 1: Judges are sent all submissions for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the criteria. The judges scores will then be collated and averaged, which will form the initial short lists.

Phase 2: For the second phase, judges come together to discuss, with renewed scrutiny, those entries that have made it through to the shortlist. This final stage will determine the winners and runners up, where applicable, in each category.

The judges scores will not be shared with nominees, however, comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. The judges are not required to make comments against every submission.

  • Royal Philips

    Best annual report (large cap)

  • McBride

    Best annual report (small & mid-cap)

  • TAV Airports Holding

    Best crisis management

  • PKN Orlen

    Best ESG communications

  • AstraZeneca

    Best investor event

  • Unilever

    Best IR during a corporate transaction

  • Hays

    Best IR website

  • Valmet

    Best use of multimedia for IR

  • Duncan Browne, Saga

    Rising star

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