IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards ‒ US 2018
Celebrating IR excellence

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cipriani Wall Street, New York, NY

About the awards

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 the IR Magazine Awards – US will honor excellence in the investor relations profession at Cipriani Wall Street. Since the annual event first launched in 1996, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys behind the awards. The result: vital benchmarking information on which companies do the best IR.

Over the last two decades the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of investor relations, particularly the contributions of senior management, as well as to identify the best IR by sector. In addition, the research now covers the perspective of winning companies in addition to the views of analysts and investors.

View the list of 2017 winners!

IR Magazine US Awards survey now under way

If you would like your investors and analysts to take part, please send in their details

The investment community is now voting for the companies, IROs and senior management who have provided them with the best IR service. The online survey will run until the end of August, after which further research will be completed by telephone.

To give all the buy and sell-side analysts and the portfolio managers, who currently cover you, a chance to vote, please send an Excel file with their names, firm, their direct telephone number and their email address to research@irmagazine.com, so that we can be sure that they are all invited to vote.

Any data you send us will only be used for the purpose of identifying the best current exponents of IR and surveying investment community views on IR topics. It will not be attributed to your company or yourself; nor will it be passed on to any third parties.

The winning companies and individuals from this research will be announced at the IR Magazine Awards – US 2018 in New York on March 22.

Researched Awards

Click each category below to view the list of nominees for 2018.

To view the full list of 2017 winners, please click here.

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

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Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

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Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

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Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

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Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

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Best IR for an IPO

Best IR for an IPO

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Most progress in IR

Most progress in IR

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Best IR by a non-American company

Best IR by a non-American company

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Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

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Best use of technology & social media

Best use of technology & social media

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Best corporate governance

Best corporate governance

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Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting

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Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

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Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples

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Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy

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Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

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Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: healthcare

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Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials

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Best in sector: information technology

Best in sector: information technology

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Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials

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Best in sector: telecommunications

Best in sector: telecommunications

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Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities

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The first thing to explain is that our awards are different from most others: for our awards, 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.

August 2017: Sample selection

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. These details are combined with Ipreo’s list of US investment community contacts and are passed to Fox Insight

September 2017: Electronic survey

Fox Insight conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. The electronic survey typically receives 400 individual responses from the investment community. These responses then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for industry sector.

October 2017: Telephone survey

The telephone survey then gets under way. The researchers conduct in-depth interviews with an additional 400 portfolio managers and analysts across the US. Many of them participate in the study year after year, but there is always a healthy proportion of new respondents each year as well. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.

November 2017: Results analysis

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. The 100 companies with the highest points tallies are ranked in the US Top 100 league table. 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.

December 2017: Short list announced 

IR Magazine receives the results in December 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.

January-February 2018: Corporate research

Before the research is published on our website and in hard copy (as the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – US 2018), our in-house team undertakes a combination of desk research and interviews with IROs and other executives at US Top 100 companies. They are invited to discuss the special challenges they may have faced in the past year, or the changes made to their programs, budgets and staffing. This allows us to provide the corporate context to the study and better understand the factors underlying IR success.

 March 22, 2018: Winners announced

And finally… on the night of the awards, the winners are announced, trophies given out and the US Top 100 is revealed, all at a black-tie gala dinner in New York.

March 23, 2018: Report published

Shortly after the awards, the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – US 2018 is published and the data incorporated into our website in interactive form. Professional subscribers have full access to the data from all regions so they can benchmark their company’s performance against that of other companies worldwide.

For further information on the 2018 investor perception study, please contact IR Magazine’s head of research, Janet Dignan, at janet.dignan@irmagazine.com.

 

Self-nominated awards categories

In our self-nomination categories, we offer individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. Click on the category names below to find out more about each one.

The entry form deadline is January 8, 2018.

 

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

Recognizing an outstanding career in investor relations, this award is presented to the brightest and best American IROs.

Rising star

Rising star

Open to IR professionals under 35, this award is looking for individuals bringing fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession.

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Describe how you successfully dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation.  

Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Have you successfully changed or updated your message to the Street? Give us your vision of best practice.

Best investor meetings

Best investor meetings

Did you hold an investor day, site visit or other investor event that marked your company out from the crowd?

Check back soon for our list of judges!

In 2018, we have introduced categories which are open to self-nomination. These categories differ from our traditional researched categories, 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 after the entry deadline for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the given criteria. This will form the initial shortlists.

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

Venue

Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

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