Entries by Ian Smith

RD:IR Gold Sponsor of IR Society Best Practice Awards

On 24th November 2015, the annual Investor Relations Society Best Practice Awards dinner took place at the Pavilion, a fantastic venue at the Tower of London. The event saw over 500 IR professionals gather together to celebrate quoted companies which are leading the way in engaging with the capital markets.  The evening was hosted by […]

1H 2015 RD:IR Proxy Round-Up

    The UK M&A market saw an upturn in 2014 and this positive momentum continued into the beginning of 2015. RD:IR in turn began the year by carrying out two M&A proxy solicitation campaigns, the first for Salamander Energy plc and the second for Friends Life Group Ltd. Salamander Energy plc, a FTSE 250 […]

IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2015

The evening of Tuesday 30th June saw the annual ‘IR Magazine Awards – Europe’ take place at The Troxy in London’s East End. Hosted by broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Vine, the event attracted the cream of IR teams from across Europe.           Each year the Awards are designed to celebrate the successes of individuals and companies that are […]

RD:IR attracts a brood of ducklings!

Every year a collective ‘Ahhhh’ reverberates around the RD:IR office as it is discovered that a mother duck, who seems to have become fond of our window box, has taken up her annual residency to raise her twelve ducklings. Unfortunately, a past experience has taught us that nesting at second-floor height, in a busy commuter area, is […]

Shifting Sentiment

Leading European equity indices are 7–12% more expensive now than at the start of 2015. For example, the FTSE-100 index  currently trades at a calendar year 2015 estimated  P/E multiple of 18.9x (source: FactSet consensus data), an expansion of 148 basis points compared with 17.5x at the start of the year,  an 8.4% re-rating. We […]