IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards – US
A celebration of IR Excellence

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York, NY

About the awards

Join us for the prestigious IR Magazine Awards – US on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in New York. This very special event honoring excellence in the investor relations profession, will be held at Cipriani, 25 Broadway, a new home for this event.

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.

By popular demand we will present 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 the US. For our researched categories, companies did not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and gave their opinions on which companies do the best IR in the US. In our nominated categories, companies had the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. More information on the categories and how winners are chosen can be found below.

Awards by research

As opposed to our awards by nomination categories, our researched awards nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and investors, which cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in the US.

Our full list of researched awards categories will be available soon. Check back frequently for updates.

Click here to view the full list of 2018 winners and nominees!

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

August 2018: 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 2018: Electronic survey

Fox Insight conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. The electronic survey typically receives 200 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 – December 2018: Telephone survey

The telephone survey then gets under way. The researchers conduct in-depth interviews with an additional 250 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.

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 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 2018: Short list compiled

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.

February 2019: Corporate research

Before the research is published on our website (as the IR Magazine Award Winning IR – US 2018), our in-house team surveys the nominated companies to ask about their IR programs and any special challenges they have faced in the past year. This allows us to provide the corporate context to the study and better understand the factors underlying IR success.

 March 20, 2019: Winners announced

And finally… on the night of the awards, the winners are announced and receive their trophies at a black-tie gala dinner in New York.

Coming soon: Report published

Shortly after the awards, the IR Magazine Award Winning IR – US 2019 is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers.

For further information on the 2018 report, please contact IR Magazine’s head of research, David Barrett, at [email protected].


Awards by Nomination

Our awards by nomination categories offers individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. Check back soon for our 2019 awards by nomination categories.

Click here to view the full list of winners and nominees from 2018!

Awards by nomination categories differ from our traditional researched awards, 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.

The 2019 nomination period will open soon. Please check back frequently for updates.


Cipriani 25
25 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

Hotel Accommodations

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Would you like to sponsor the 2019 awards?

Our awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in North-America. As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region.

Sponsoring the event will provide:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the IR community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with the region’s leading awards
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients
  • The chance to entertain clients at the most respected event of the year
  • Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards that best reflect your area of expertise

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.


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