Who are the next Investor Relations Officers? (…and a final #selfie w/ Jeff Morgan)

125 attendees are gathered in Boston this week for The National Investor Relations Institute’s (NIRI) Fundamentals of Investor Relations Seminar. This 3.5 day seminar is NIRI’s “IR 101” – and in addition to North America, the “students” (and current clients) fly in from across the globe: Brazil, Egypt, Iceland, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Between the formal sessions, coffee refueling and our sales demonstrations (to thunderous applause), we conducted an attendee study to learn exactly how this Freshman Class of IROs is built.

Where did you come from?

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Are you a new hire or an internal change?   

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There are no grand conclusions here, other than IR is predominantly a financial role – and many of the sessions have a heavier focus on the communications aspects of the IR role. That’s probably an easier path than trying to teach a marketing guy about GAAP reconciliation.

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It’s also important to take a pause here and wish Jeff Morgan, NIRI’s exiting CEO, a sincere and fond farewell. Jeff became the CEO of NIRI in 2007 and immediately sculpted a business environment that takes expert care of IR practitioners and service providers alike. As Jeff said, “we’re all NIRI members.”

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Break a leg, Jeff!

IPOs and Transactions: September 8 – 12

There were 45 transactions filed with the SEC last week.

Congratulations to all of the corporations and law firms that selected our transactions services last week including Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. w/ Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP, Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. w/ Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC and Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz and Innerworkings Inc. w/ Winston & Strawn 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
URSTADT BIDDLE PROPERTIES INC UBA S-3 NYSE Baker & McKenzie LLP
FIRST MERCHANTS CORP FRME S-4 Nasdaq Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
ENERGY & EXPLORATION PARTNERS, INC. ENXP S-1 ~ Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
GULFSLOPE ENERGY, INC. GSPE S-3 OTC Brewer & Pritchard, PC
MB BANCORP INC ~ S-1 ~ Breyer & Associates, PC
ISRAEL CHEMICALS LTD ISCHY F-1 OTC Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
MIRATI THERAPEUTICS, INC. MRTX S-3 Nasdaq Cooley LLP
VIROBAY INC ~ S-1 ~ Cooley LLP
XENON PHARMACEUTICALS INC. ~ S-1 ~ Cooley LLP
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC. HLT S-1 NYSE Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
ISRAEL CHEMICALS LTD ISCHY F-1 OTC Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
CAREY CREDIT INCOME FUND SERIES 2015-A ~ N-2 ~ Dechert LLP
IMPERIAL HOLDINGS, INC. IFT S-3 NYSE Foley & Lardner LLP
FIFTH STREET ASSET MANAGEMENT INC. ~ S-1 Nasdaq Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
GASE ENERGY, INC. GASE 10-12G OTC GASE Energy, Inc.
MAGNETEK, INC. MAG S-3 Nasdaq Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
ISRAEL CHEMICALS LTD ISCHY F-1 OTC Goldfarb Seligman & Co.
MEVION MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Goodwin Procter LLP
ZEBRA HOLDCO INC. ~ S-4 ~ Goodwin Procter LLP
ISRAEL CHEMICALS LTD ISCHY F-1 OTC Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg and Co.
AMERICAN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES, INC. ARPI S-3 NYSE Hunton & Williams LLP
WEWEARABLES, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Incorp Services, Inc.
LIGHTWAVE LOGIC, INC. LWLG S-1 OTC K&L Gates LLP
RETROPHIN, INC. RTRX S-3 Nasdaq Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
MB BANCORP INC ~ S-1 ~ Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
MW BANCORP, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
FRESHPET, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NRG ENERGY, INC. NRG S-4 OTC Kirkland & Ellis LLP
FIRST MERCHANTS CORP FRME S-4 Nasdaq Krieg DeVault LLP
OLD NATIONAL BANCORP /IN/ ONB S-4 Nasdaq Krieg DeVault LLP
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC. PLAY S-1 ~ Latham & Watkins LLP
FRESHPET, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Latham & Watkins LLP
PERFORMANCE FOOD GROUP CO ~ S-1 ~ Latham & Watkins LLP
PRA HEALTH SCIENCES, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Latham & Watkins LLP
VIROBAY INC ~ S-1 ~ Latham & Watkins LLP
SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE INC SMSI S-3 Nasdaq Loeb & Loeb LLP
BEN FRANKLIN FINANCIAL, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Luse Gorman Pomerenk & Schick, P.C.
MW BANCORP, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Luse Gorman Pomerenk & Schick, P.C.
ENERGY & EXPLORATION PARTNERS, INC. ENXP S-1 ~ Mayer Brown LLP
IMMUNE PHARMACEUTICALS INC IMNP S-3 Nasdaq Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
KOLLTAN PHARMACEUTICALS INC ~ S-1 ~ Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC
EURONAV NV ~ F-1 ~ Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
IGATE CORP IGTE S-4 Nasdaq Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
IMPRIMIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. IMMY S-3 Nasdaq Morrison & Foerster LLP
STATE BANK FINANCIAL CORP STBZ S-4 Nasdaq Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
IMMUNE PHARMACEUTICALS INC IMNP S-3 Nasdaq Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz
ZEBRA HOLDCO INC. ~ S-4 ~ Perkins Coie LLP
FIFTH STREET ASSET MANAGEMENT INC. ~ S-1 Nasdaq Proskauer Rose LLP
MEDOVEX CORP. ~ S-1 ~ Roetzel & Andress, LPA
MEVION MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Ropes & Gray LLP
MP VENTURES INC ~ S-1 ~ Securities Compliance Group, Ltd.
EURONAV NV ~ F-1 ~ Seward & Kissel LLP
NAKED BRAND GROUP INC. NAKD S-1 OTC Shearman & Sterling LLP
ZEBRA HOLDCO INC. ~ S-4 ~ Shearman & Sterling LLP
MARATHON PATENT GROUP, INC. MARA S-3 Nasdaq Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP
MEDOVEX CORP. ~ S-1 ~ Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP
ARYSTA LIFESCIENCE PLC ~ F-1 ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC. HLT S-1 NYSE Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC. HLT S-4 NYSE Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
PERFORMANCE FOOD GROUP CO ~ S-1 ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
PRA HEALTH SCIENCES, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
ARYSTA LIFESCIENCE PLC ~ F-1 ~ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
GUGGENHEIM CREDIT ALLOCATION FUND XGGMX N-2 NYSE Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
STATE BANK FINANCIAL CORP STBZ S-4 Nasdaq Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
DREYFUS TMT OPPORTUNITIES FUND, INC. ~ N-2 ~ Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
LOCKBOX LINK, INC. ~ S-1 ~ The Moores Law Group
BEN FRANKLIN FINANCIAL, INC. ~ S-1 ~ Vedder Price
OLD NATIONAL BANCORP /IN/ ONB S-4 Nasdaq Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC. PLAY S-1 ~ Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
KOLLTAN PHARMACEUTICALS INC ~ S-1 ~ Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
XENON PHARMACEUTICALS INC. ~ S-1 ~ Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
ZEBRA HOLDCO INC. ~ S-4 ~ Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
INNERWORKINGS INC INWK S-3 Nasdaq Winston & Strawn LLP

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IPO Underwriters of the Week: September 9 – 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 +
ENERGY & EXPLORATION PARTNERS, INC. S-1 Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC RBC Capital Markets, LLC
PERFORMANCE FOOD GROUP CO S-1 Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC Barclays Capital Inc. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC / Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
EURONAV NV F-1 Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC / Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS INC. S-1 Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. Goldman, Sachs & Co. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. / Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
FRESHPET, INC. S-1 Goldman, Sachs & Co. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. / Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. / SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. / Canaccord Genuity Inc.
ZEBRA HOLDCO INC. S-4 Goldman, Sachs & Co. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC ~
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC. S-1 Jefferies LLC Piper Jaffray & Co. William Blair & Company, L.L.C. / Raymond James & Associates Inc. / Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. / LOYAL3 Securities, Inc.
MEVION MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. S-1 Jefferies LLC Leerink Partners LLC Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. / BTIG, LLC
PRA HEALTH SCIENCES, INC. S-1 Jefferies LLC Citigroup Global Markets Inc KKR Capital Markets LLC / UBS Securities LLC / Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC / Wells Fargo Securities, LLC / Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. / William Blair & Company, L.L.C
XENON PHARMACEUTICALS INC. S-1 Jefferies LLC Wells Fargo Securities, LLC ~
MB BANCORP INC S-1 Keefe, Bruyette & Woods - ~
KOLLTAN PHARMACEUTICALS INC S-1 Leerink Partners LLC Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. Guggenheim Securities, LLC / Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
ARYSTA LIFESCIENCE PLC F-1 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC J.P. Morgan Securities LLC Citigroup Global Markets Inc. / Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. / HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. / Nomura Securities International, Inc. / Jefferies LLC / Piper Jaffray & Co. / Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. / Rabo Securities USA, Inc.
FIFTH STREET ASSET MANAGEMENT INC. S-1 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC J.P. Morgan Securities LLC Goldman, Sachs & Co. / RBC Capital Markets, LLC / Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC / SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. / Barclays Capital Inc. / Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. / UBS Securities LLC
ISRAEL CHEMICALS LTD F-1 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC Barclays Capital Inc. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. / Goldman, Sachs & Co. / BMO Capital Markets Corp.
VIROBAY INC S-1 Piper Jaffray & Co. JMP Securities LLC Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. / Summer Street Research Partners
MEDOVEX CORP. S-1 ViewTrade Securities Inc. ~ ~

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

Have a great week.

XBRL Quality Takes Center Stage: Vintage Expert to Present at XBRL.US National Conference

eXtensible Business Reporting Language event brings 400+ corporate finance and reporting representatives to Bellevue WA, Sept 14-17

NEW YORK, Sept  12, 2014 / PR Newswire / — Vintage, the capital markets, corporate services and institutional & fund services division of PR Newswire, today announced that Ron Schechter, XBRL Manager, will be leading a hands-on educational session,  XBRL Essentials: Creating the Instance Document.  

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Schechter, and co-presenter Gregg Saunders, Lead Taxonomist at XBRL US, will be emphasizing the ever-importance of quality and preventing errors. “Quality” has recently come to the forefront due to the SEC’s disclosure that they are now taking a more aggressive position towards XBRL enforcement.

Essential points discussed include:

  • Avoiding the causes of common errors
  • Units and the Power-of-Ten Scale
  • The results from decimal precision in XBRL
  • How calculation, definition and presentation linkbases are extremely useful
  • Expressing time in XBRL using dates, durations and proper date contexts
  • Senior level review considerations

After his presentation, Schechter and other Vintage XBRL specialists will be offering conference attendees one-on-one insight and demonstrations in Vintage’s exhibit booth. Special emphasis will be placed on Vintage’s fleXBRL program, the industy’s intelligent value. fleXBRL allows corporate issuers the flexibility to match their XBRL filing process to their financial reporting workflow.

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

 

A stunning example of treating retail investors with transparency and respect

It’s time to stop calling retail investors “Mom & Pop” and give them the respect that is due. The web (and RegFD) has done a superb job of democratizing investment research – allowing the retail (Individual) investors to be as important as Institutional investors… if equities will allow them to be important.

Organovo Holdings understands this – and their dedication and practical perspective towards Main Street has undoubtedly driven their company and shareholder value up… including a listing migration from the OTC Markets onto the NYSE.

The executive team at Organovo is also transparent and fearless. This image below is from the open Q&A chat that immediately followed Organovo’s September 11 RetailInvestorConferences.com online roadshow presentation. 100% open chat. 100% unfiltered. Hard questions from smart investors. Transparency at it most tangible.

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Click image to enlarge. Look how many question they answered PLUS another 50 during the slide presentation!

I understand that “retail investors” are not everyone’s cup of tea, often touting IR bandwidth as a reason. That’s basically true, however a well-planned IR website (with the right content)  combined with  consistent, sincere outreach (i.e. Aflac presents once a quarter with us) and the extra effort  may be imperceptible yet the reward meaningful.

Lastly, please note how the CEO at Organova closes the chat out. “Sign up for email alerts at http://ir.organovo.com/investors/email-alerts/”  So smart.

Have a great day.

Vintage to Showcase Investor Study Results at the National Investor Relations Institute 2014 IR Fundamentals Conference

Transparency and workflow drive conversations at annual event in Boston MA, Sept 13-16

NEW YORK, Sept 10, 2014 / PR Newswire / — Vintage, the capital markets and corporate services division of PR Newswire, today announced that the company will be presenting their Investor Relations and Regulatory Compliance solutions at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) 2014 IR Fundamentals Conference, Boston MA, Sept 13-16.

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Based on over 40,000 responses from professional and retail investors, the study is available for download.

Leading the discussion will be insights found in the company’s “How Investors Consume Investor Relations Content” whitepaper. Based on over 40,000 responses from professional and retail investors, the study is available for download here.

Recognized as the industry’s intelligent value, Vintage’s SEC compliance and IR specialists will be guiding attendees through the company’s comprehensive solution suite including:

  • IR websites
  • Earnings conference calls
  • Investor visibility
  • EDGAR and XBRL programs
  • News distribution

Currently, Vintage – PR Newswire has over 1000 PR and IR websites.

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

What is content marketing? Why, it’s merely investor relations for products and brands.

This week, 2,500 very passionate content marketers have descended on Cleveland to attend Content Marketing World. We’re a huge proponent.

How pundits define content marketing: transparent storytelling for products and brands. However, rather than telling those stories through traditional media and paid channels like “advertising,” companies own their own…

“…media channels and create passionate subscribers to the brand. To do this effectively, we need to create valuable, impactful and compelling content on a consistent basis…”

~ Joe Pulzzi, CEO, Content Marketing Institute

“Valuable, impactful and compelling content.” Or as we say in the IR space… material disclosure.

Click here to download our exclusive study sourced from 40,000 responses.

Click here to download our exclusive study sourced from 40,000 responses.

Investor relations departments are the quintessential content marketers– specifically because they cannot embellish from the facts at all. They cannot buy ads promising any benefit. What IR does is tell their corporate story by offering an engaging mosaic of facts (past performance), introduce the drivers (senior management) and then continue to publish relevant content via landing pages (IR website), webinars (earnings calls), infographics (stock charts) and multimedia events (virtual investor conferences).

This constant nurture cultivates trust with the prospect (called the “investor”) and well as current clients (called “shareholders”)

One essential aspect of content marketing is communicating what the targeted audience deems important to entice them to engage more. What is relevant to your investors?  Read our ongoing study “How Investor Consume Investor Relations” sourced from over 40,000 responses from both individual and institutional investors.

Download it now.

Have a great day.