Survey results 2013 v. 2014: Is investor relations tweeting?

Once again, we asked IR clients and prospects their view on social media. For the best apples-to-apples comparison, we asked exactly the same audience the exact same questions we asked one year ago.

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BELOW: Small adoption, year over year.

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BELOW: Most all the “other” comments can be summarized by this verbatim comment: “No real demand by investors.”  This does seem to align with what investors told us.

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BELOW: Perhaps the “yes” and “no” decisiveness for 2014 v. 2013 show a maturity of decision making and understanding of what social media is and is not. Interesting that the 2% “yes” from last year is equal to the 2% adoption indicated on the first question.  

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BELOW: If tweeting, IR departments are slowly taking control of their own outbound. This may need a data parse by market-cap later. 

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BELOW: Just FYI. Overall, the study received 970 responses. 

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View this study as “trending data” and not as any “IR needs to take action and do XYZ .” Our view has been solid on this topic. Social media is a news channel – and individual companies should adopt it OR NOT per their own shareholder communications mosaic strategy. It’s not a wasteland but it’s not sliced bread either.

LINKS:

Here is a whitepaper download on the topic.

Here are blog discussions on the topic.

Here is a fancy-schmacy version of the 2013 results.

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2015 SEC filing calendar – don’t miss a deadline or holiday closing

This is the shortest post you’ll ever read hereClick here to download our 2015 SEC filing calendar. 

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IPOs and Transactions: December 8 – 12 (plus 2015 SEC filing calendar)

There were 46 transactions filed with the SEC last week.

Congratulations to all of the corporations and law firms that selected our transactions services last week including Chess Supersite Corp. w/ Cassidy & Associates, Albany Molecular Research Inc. w/ Goodwin Procter LLP and CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. w/ Arnold & Porter LLP.

We appreciate that they selected to work with us and we’re pleased that they found us to be the intelligent value.

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Registrant Symbol Form Exchange Law firm / Advisor
CASI PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. CASI S-3 Nasdaq Arnold & Porter LLP
CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP CPK S-3 NYSE Baker & Hostetler LLP
ELTM, L.P. S-3 ~ Baker & Hostetler LLP
BAXALTA INC 10-12B ~ Baxter International Inc.
NEWBRIDGE BANCORP NBBC S-4 Nasdaq Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P.
HARVARD APPARATUS REGENERATIVE TECHNOLOGY, INC. HART S-3 Nasdaq Burns & Levinson LLP
CHESS SUPERSITE CORP S-1 ~ Cassidy & Associates
IMMUNOCELLULAR THERAPEUTICS, LTD. IMUC S-1 NYSE Cooley LLP
ABENGOA YIELD PLC ABY F-1 Nasdaq Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
STERLING BANCORP STL S-4 NYSE Day Pitney LLP
GETTY REALTY CORP /MD/ GTY S-3 NYSE DLA Piper LLP (US)
FINTECH ACQUISITION CORP S-1 ~ Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
ITUS CORP ITUS S-1 ~ Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
BIO KEY INTERNATIONAL INC BKYI S-1 ~ Fox Rothschild LLP
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY CO S-4 ~ Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
GREEN DOT CORP GDOT S-3 NYSE Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
ALBANY MOLECULAR RESEARCH INC AMRI S-3 Nasdaq Goodwin Procter LLP
ANDALAY SOLAR, INC. WEST S-1 ~ Gracin & Marlow, LLP
GYROTRON TECHNOLOGY INC GYTI 10-12G ~ Gyrotron Technology, Inc.
US-MHJ WOODEN ELEGANCE CREATIONS INT’L, INC. S-1 ~ Harold P. Gewerter, Esq. Ltd.
CHEMICAL FINANCIAL CORP CHFC S-4 Nasdaq Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC
CODE NAVY S-1 ~ Jehu Hand’s Securities Lawyer
ASBURY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP INC ABG S-4 NYSE Jones Day
RADIOSHACK CORP RSH S-3 NYSE Jones Day
IBERIABANK CORP IBKC S-4 Nasdaq Jones Walker LLP
NRG ENERGY, INC. NRG S-4 NYSE Kirkland & Ellis LLP
SUNEDISON SEMICONDUCTOR LTD SEMI S-1 Nasdaq Kirkland & Ellis LLP
WORLD OMNI AUTO RECEIVABLES LLC S-3 ~ Kirkland & Ellis LLP
ALPHATEC HOLDINGS, INC. ATEC S-3 Nasdaq Latham & Watkins LLP
APRICUS BIOSCIENCES, INC. APRI S-3 Nasdaq Latham & Watkins LLP
SUNEDISON SEMICONDUCTOR LTD SEMI S-1 Nasdaq Latham & Watkins LLP
TERRAFORM POWER, INC. TERP S-1 Nasdaq Latham & Watkins LLP
WILLIAM LYON HOMES WLH S-4 NYSE Latham & Watkins LLP
LANE CAPITAL CORP. S-1 ~ Law Offices of Harold Gewerter, Esq. Ltd.
FINTECH ACQUISITION CORP S-1 ~ Ledgewood Law
IEG HOLDINGS CORP S-1 ~ Legal & Compliance, LLC
ABENGOA YIELD PLC ABY F-1 Nasdaq Linklaters LLP
IMMUNOCELLULAR THERAPEUTICS, LTD. IMUC S-1 NYSE Lowenstein Sandler LLP
WORLD OMNI AUTO RECEIVABLES LLC S-3 ~ Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
NORTHSIGHT CAPITAL, INC. NCAP S-1 ~ Nossiff Law Firm, LLP
SAUL CENTERS INC BFS S-3 NYSE Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
CROSS COUNTRY HEALTHCARE INC CCRN S-1 Nasdaq Proskauer Rose LLP
CENTER COAST MLP & INFRASTRUCTURE FUND CEN N-2 NYSE Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
TERRAFORM POWER, INC. TERP S-1 Nasdaq Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
IBERIABANK CORP IBKC S-4 Nasdaq Smith Mackinnon, PA
AQUARIUS CANNABIS INC. /NV/ S-1 ~ Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein, & Blader, P.C.
SWEETS & TREATS INC. S-1 ~ Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein, & Blader, P.C.
DYNEX CAPITAL INC DX S-3 NYSE Troutman Sanders LLP
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC VZ S-4 NYSE Verizon Communications Inc.
EXTERRAN PARTNERS, L.P. EXLP S-4 Nasdaq Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
CCH I, LLC S-4 ~ Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
STERLING BANCORP STL S-4 NYSE Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
NEWBRIDGE BANCORP NBBC S-4 Nasdaq Ward and Smith, P.A.
CHEMICAL FINANCIAL CORP CHFC S-4 Nasdaq Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
ODYSSEY GROUP INTERNATIONAL, INC. S-1 ~ Wilson & Oskam, LLP

Post IPO, thousands of organizations count on us to assure regulatory compliance and target new investors.

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Have a great week.

IPO Underwriters of the Week: December 8 – 12

Congratulations to the corporations and underwriters that worked with our transaction services team. Whether in-house, your-house or 100% virtual… click here to discover why we are the intelligent value for both traditional and confidential IPOs.

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Registrant Form Underwriter 1 Underwriter 2 Underwriter 3 +
ITUS CORP S-1 Adaptive Capital LLC ~ ~
TERRAFORM POWER, INC. S-1 Barclays Capital Inc. Goldman, Sachs & Co. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC / Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. / Citigroup Global Markets Inc. / Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.
FINTECH ACQUISITION CORP S-1 Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. ~ ~
ABENGOA YIELD PLC F-1 Citigroup Global Markets Inc. ~ ~
SUNEDISON SEMICONDUCTOR LTD S-1 Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. ~ ~
CCH I, LLC S-4 Goldman, Sachs & Co. ~ ~
CHEMICAL FINANCIAL CORP S-4 Monarch Community, Bancorp, Inc. ~ ~
IMMUNOCELLULAR THERAPEUTICS, LTD. S-1 Roth Capital Partners, LLC ~ ~
ANDALAY SOLAR, INC. S-1 Southridge Partners II LP ~ ~

Post IPO, thousands of organizations count on us to assure regulatory compliance and target new investors.

Have a great week.

How Investors Consume Content Q#14: Do you exercise your annual vote regarding Annual Report / Proxy issues?

This week, we hosted a webinar titled Proxy Materials Logistics 101- a primer for small and micro-cap companies (view here now) where we discussed the many steps involved preparing for your annual shareholder meeting, proxy voting and annual report fulfillment.

Is this expense and effort of value to your active shareholders?  With only 11% reporting they do not vote, that would be a resounding yes.

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We help issuers prepare for their next annual report budget by auditing their most current annual report and proxy printing, page-by-page.  Simply upload your 2013 annual report PDF here.

Have a great day

Helping Emerging Growth Companies ring the exchange bells throughout 2014

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Two obvious statements:

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1.) 2014 was an exceptional year for Emerging Growth Companies (EGCs)

Right about now, the year-end reports start trickling out, and amongst the many disheartening current events reports – the Capital Markets IPO reports deliver Holiday Cheer. The first out of the gate, even before the ball drops in Times Square, is from PwC’s Deals Practice group.

” IPOs raised a total of $83.9 billion, an increase of 47 percent over the $56.9 billion raised in 2013, and approaching the proceeds of $92.6 billion raised in 2000.

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The IPO market moderated slightly in the fourth quarter of 2014 as a volatile mid-October crimped new offerings before regaining ground in November. For the quarter, there were 60 public company debuts, as of December 4, representing $13.4 billion in proceeds.  This compares to 77 public listings in the fourth quarter of 2013 ending December 31, with a value of $24 billion in proceeds.”

It’s important to note that the numbers above only address NYSE and NASDAQ listed IPOs. As we report each week, and summarized here, the OTC Markets helps many companies list – and the largest percentage of EGCs ring that bell.

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2.) Going public is a really big deal for an EGC.

Being a public company is a ridiculously complex undertaking. Certainly, this begins right out of the gate drafting your S-1 registration with us. The volleying of the document with the SEC needs careful tracking – this whitepaper download has a step-by-step illustration to that.

One stress release for EGCs, clients have reported, is filing as a confidential IPO. This eliminates the media and prospective investor scrutiny (banter) that can distract and upset the process. It gives an EGC the elbow room to sculpt the best possible (and transparent) offering for investors – without needless armchair quarterbacks.

CHARTAnother complexity EGCs need to be aware of comes very quickly: their annual report and proxy. The labor around this yearly process was painstaking explained this week on our webinar titled Proxy Materials Logistics 101- a primer for small and micro-cap companies. Your brain will hurt try to comprehend all the steps and details involved with this annual undertaking.

And it goes without saying, once public, all issuers have the Herculean tasks of EDGAR, XBRL and continual shareholder communications.

Bottomline, and probably an third obvious statement, is choose your partners wisely. Absolutely this is a sales pitch to work with us, but the objective point is that all service providers – including Vintage – each have a niche they specifically serve. Match that to your company.

Have a great day.

Vintage Corporate Transactions Team Offer Guidance to Small and Mid-cap Companies at ROTH New Industrials Corporate Access Day Conference

M&A, regularly compliance and investor relations drive conversations at New York City event, December 16

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NEW YORK, December 10, 2014 / PR Newswire / — Vintage, the capital markets, corporate services and institutional & fund services division of PR Newswire, today announced that the company will be presenting their Capital Markets and Corporate Services solutions the ROTH New Industrials Corporate Access Day Conference the Park Hyatt New York in New York, NY, on December 16.

To keep up-to-date on their continued growth, Vintage invites interested persons to follow the company: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vintage-filings-llc

Recognized as the industry’s intelligent value, Vintage’s M&A, transactions and IR specialists will be guiding attendees through the company’s comprehensive solution suite that includes:

  • Virtual Data Rooms
  • S-1 and secondary offering transactions
  • Shareholder communications and investor visibility
  • Cost-effective EDGAR and XBRL programs

Please visit Vintage today for more information: www.thevintagegroup.com

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About Vintage

Vintage, a PR Newswire division, is a top-three provider of full-service regulatory compliance and shareholder communications services, delivered across our three practice areas: Capital Markets, Corporate Services and Institutional & Fund Services.

Founded in 2002 and acquired by PR Newswire in 2007, Vintage has evolved to become the industry’s intelligent value choice. We deliver a flexible balance of people, facilities and technology to ensure that regulatory compliance and shareholder communications processes are efficient, transparent and painless. Services include IPO registrations, transactions, virtual data rooms, EDGAR & XBRL filing, typesetting, financial printing and investor relations websites. www.thevintagegroup.com

About PR Newswire

PR Newswire (www.prnewswire.com) is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — from rich media to online video to multimedia — and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company. www.prnewswire.com

Media Contact:

Bradley H. Smith
Director of Marketing, IR and Compliance Services
PR Newswire & Vintage
+1 201.942.7157
bradley.smith@prnewswire.com