Market intelligence & data which provides the context for investor relations
Insights & advice based on our data to help you in your IR strategy
Proxy solicitation & communication services for shareholder meetings
Great shareholder analysis is the basis of any IR strategy. It is the foundation of our business and we are renowned experts in this area.
We provide evidence-based, in-depth, accurate shareholder analysis which is delivered via our proprietary online platform, IR InTouch or in Excel / PDF formats, according to client requirement. Our shareholder analysis data links seamlessly to our investor CRM data in IR InTouch to provide a complete online investor relations service.
The methodology we use for our analysis depends on the domicile of the client. We make enquiries to custodian banks and other shareholders using the powers provided to the company under the relevant domestic legislation and/or the company’s own articles, supported by direct approaches to investors.
Our research team augments the data provided by our shareholder analysis research to provide our clients with intelligence on their investors in terms of their location, type, investment style and investment behaviour.
Our standard analysis reporting can be tailored to our clients’ exact requirements in terms of structure and presentation.
UK listed companies
Our shareholder analysis is supported by a dedicated Companies Act Section 793 administration team that is experienced in sourcing ownership data from investors, custodians and banks throughout the world in line with the provisions set out in the Act. We maintain a continually researched index of nominees, funds and fund managers.
Our insights into the structure of UK company registers and how they are traded help us provide highly granular analysis of shareholders in terms of:
We offer a complete s808 register maintenance and public inspection service in compliance with the 2006 Companies Act
Internationally listed companies
We offer shareholder analysis services to public companies in any domicile with any listing, with the methodology for our investigation varying accordingly. We are transparent about the depth and accuracy we can provide, as these qualities depend on the company’s domicile and legal status.We can advise any company on how best to achieve good share identification using a combination of domestic law and corporate structure.
In markets where we have the powers under the domestic legislation to interrogate shareholders as to the underlying ownership of their holdings and/or where there is a list of registered shareholders (for example, Australia, South Africa, Norway etc), we run a “bottom-up” research process, whereby we make enquiries and analyse registered positions, which is “topped up” by enquiries to investors directly to confirm their holdings.
In “bearer share” markets or markets where this is little or no transparency of ownership of the share register, we run intensive research campaigns to investors (front and back office) to identify shareholders and their funds, topped up by enquiries to custodians, banks and funds.
It is important for companies to understand the ownership of their peers for the purpose of good targeting. We offer a full peer ownership analysis service where our clients can select any comparable stock for inclusion in their reporting, domestic or international.
Our peer analysis, provided via our IR InTouch platform, provides detailed analysis of peer ownership including:
Issuers are frequently required to comply with domestic or international regulation which requires exact reporting on the ownership of stock by country or region in terms of the number or size of holding of underlying beneficial shareholders. To assist clients in meeting such requirements, we offer an Investor Domicile Analysis Service which analyses share registers to the ultimate beneficial owner by country of domicile, including retail investors who may hold shares via private banks or other retail custodians.
Our dedicated investor relations online platform, IR InTouch, combines rigorous shareholder analysis with powerful investor contact relationship management (“CRM”) that helps companies manage all stakeholders in one seamless package.
We understand that IR professionals increasingly deal with investors as one audience, whether equity, debt or governance oriented, and our platform reflects and supports this structural change in the market. Users can enter, analyse and report on meetings allocated to any or all of these audience categories.
Our intensive research of investors and targets provides companies with relevant global buy-side and sell-side contacts for their investor communication and targeting strategies.
Our meeting input functionality allows companies to create bespoke data entry forms to allow granular analysis of meeting content and easier data entry.
For more details about our IR InTouch platform, please click here.
Communication to investors is a vital part of any IR strategy and we can help by managing your email distribution list using IR InTouch, whatever its size.
Being well briefed ahead of investor meetings significantly improves the quality of that meeting. We offer full and concise (one-page) versions of our Institutional Summary Report which combines our share register analysis data, a profile of the fund management firm and its investment process, a meeting impact analysis chart, peer ownership, recent meeting history and notes.
We can tailor our investor profiles to our clients’ exact requirements, including any of our available data elements.
Our Governance Institutional Summary Report focuses on the governance and responsible investing policies of the investment firm. This briefing note is useful ahead of corporate governance meetings or as background information for investor relations or company secretarial professionals. It combines our share register analysis data, corporate governance or SRI meeting history and information on the firm’s voting history at the client’s previous AGMs.
We can help you design a corporate factsheet to send to new and potential investors to augment your standard investor presentation. This factsheet could include information about the company’s business, strategy, fundamentals, IR contact details and share price history, for example.