Monthly Archives: May 2012

PR Newswire to Guide Public Companies to “Re-balance IR” at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) 2012 Annual Conference

Strategic “Capital Market Visibility 365” communications program plus emphasis on financial convergence of PR, IR and SEC compliance to lead discussions 

NEW YORK // PR Newswire and its full service financial printing, filing and XBRL-SEC Compliance division, Vintage Filings, today announced their participation at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) 2012 Annual Conference where they will offer public companies guidance on rebalancing their IR strategies with an emphasis on being more proactive with targeting and outbound communications.

PR Newswire and Vintage Filings have supported the conference and the mission of NIRI for over twenty years. The 2012 conference will be held from June 3rd through 6th in Seattle, WA. PR Newswire and Vintage Filings representatives will be available to meet with attendees at booth # 115.

Capital Market Visibility 365 

A strategic and calendared marketing plan, Capital Market Visibility 365 is comprised of twelve integrated shareholder communication elements that simultaneously and directly engage Main Street, Wall Street and the financial media.  Initially released in Fall 2011, PR Newswire has further enhanced the distribution strength of this innovative 12-month communications program, including the newly announced integrating the de facto leader in financial-based social media, StockTwits.

John Viglotti, VP of Investor Relations Services at PR Newswire, discusses the program on a series of short videos.

In addition shareholder communications elements, to help clients excel at professional investor relations, a six month Educational Scholarship with the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) is included.

Re-balancing IR with SEC compliance

“Investor relations officers are under constant pressure to cut expenses, but it is my opinion that many of the ‘savings ideas’ sold  into investor relations departments’ negatively affect what a company continually needs most – proactive exposure to find new investors,” said Bradley H. Smith, Director of Marketing at PR Newswire. “Investor acquisition to advance shareholder value is the essential growth area for a public company.”

NIRI conference attendees have a 1 in 100 chance to win!

“Our client discussions around re-balancing IR are actually conversations about IR marketing,” continued Smith. “Simply, if you have ten dollars in your budget and need to grow your business, where do you spend those dollars? You spend the dollars on the #1 growth goal of finding new customers. You reduce or at least don’t over-spend on services that don’t advance growth.”

In IR vernacular, the elements companies need to re-balancing include escalating IR website hosting fees, web disclosure vs. web exposure as well as XBRL and SEC compliance costs. Looking at the total spend that affects IR, SEC regulations have burdened public companies to spend a disproportionate amount on compliance.

Smith is a proponent of reevaluating compliance spending and re-balancing the saved dollars into growth opportunities. PR Newswire acquired their own XBRL and SEC filing division in 2007 and the combined organization, PR Newswire – Vintage Filings is now the #1 XBRL and SEC filing newswire.

“Absolutely, public companies must be compliant but it’s important to consider that over-spending on compliance services, like XBRL, will not make you more compliant. However, investing more into exposure and targeting will help you engage more investors,” finished Smith.

Visit PR Newswire – Vintage Filings’ IR and compliance blog at http://irblog.prnewswire.com

PR Newswire and representatives from StockTwits will be presenting Capital Markets Visibility 365 at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) 2012 Annual Conference, June 3 – 6 in Seattle, WA.

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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 57 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. 

About Vintage Filings

PR Newswire’s Vintage Filings division is a full-service financial filing and printing firm and a leading partner for all your XBRL filing needs. With more than 4,500 public company clients, Vintage is one of the fastest growing compliance firms nationwide. Vintage partners with its clients to provide the knowledge and service necessary to meet the SEC’s ever-changing filing regulations. Vintage Filings provides high-quality, cost-effective compliance filings and production services, including EDGAR Filings, typesetting, XBRL tagging, section 16 filings, investment management services, drafting sessions, virtual data rooms (VDR) and more.

Contact
Bradley H. Smith
Director of Marketing
PR Newswire
+1 201-942-7157
Bradley.smith@prnewswire.com

Insider’s Guide To NIRI 2012 Annual Conference Exhibitor Showcase Floormap: June 3-6, Seattle

Handy guide to learn more about IR websites, retail investor targeting, institutional outreach, financial media engagement, news distribution, webcasting & conference calls, annual report services, XBRL and EDGAR compliance, corporate intelligence & targeting and social media engagement & analysis.

And 15 free Kindles.

Doncha’ just love IR?

Have a great day.

Relax. You can amplify with social media until you’re ready to engage with social media.

Next week at the NIRI Annual Conference ( June 3-6, Seattle ), we’ll be having one-on-one strategic discussions with clients and prospects around our 2012 mission of helping companies re-balance their investor relations… aligning their IR “tactical” spending with the core strategy of acquiring new investors and consistently engaging current shareholders.

Part of that re-balance is furthering our position on social media. Our new partnership with StockTwits that we announced today is one aspect of that – identifying a viable audience of retail and self-directed investors, monitoring and listening to them and… when the time is right… engaging them.

Regardless if you’re ready to truly engage, our Capital Markets Visibility 365 will help you amplify your messaging to a VERY targeted group of real-time financial ears. You’ll have the power of social media working automatically for you.

Quoting the founder and CEO of StockTwits (and renowned stock market pundit) Howard Lindzon on social media and investor relations:

“The shift WILL happen and it’s my job to make sure we are all here standing and working and benefiting the most when it does. Today, PR Newswire is making things better for our community and for public companies to share real time financial results/filings and corporate communications.”

Have a great day.

PR Newswire Amplifies Social Media Engagement for Investor Relations with StockTwits Integration

Companies align strengths within PR Newswire’s “Capital Market Visibility 365” program to deliver a consistent presence to social media-based investors and shareholders 

NEW YORK // PR Newswire’s  exclusive 12-month visibility program, “Capital Markets Visibility 365”,  which simultaneously reaches institutional investors, retail investors, financial news media and influential stock portals, is now integrated with StockTwit’s Enterprise service for Investor Relations, adding an unmatched network of social media-based investors into the program, as well as proprietary insight and analysis regarding social media conversations about a company’s stock.

A full year subscription to the StockTwits IR service will be incorporated into the Capital Markets Visibility 365 program alongside current partners BetterInvesting.org and RetailInvestorConferences.com.   

“As a generalization, investor relations departments have been cautious in regard to social media,” said Howard Lindzon, CEO and co-founder, StockTwits. “Integration within PR Newswire’s products and portals is true validation of social media’s expanding acceptance as a shareholder communications tool. We’re very proud we were selected by PR Newswire to help clients’ amplify their IR messages using this important new channel. This is a clear indication why PR Newswire is a leading and progressive organization for investor relations services,” finished Lindzon.

In addition to StockTwit’s IR service for social monitoring and investor communications, Capital Markets Visibility 365’s 12-month strategy includes:

  • Distribution of 24 news releases throughout PR Newswire news channels
  • Direct distribution to industry-specific buy-side and sell-side analysts
  • Direct distribution to industry-specific financial media and influential blogs
  • Targeted distribution to retail investors
  • Quantitative targeting to “the most likely to buy” portfolio managers
  • Two semi-annual presentations at RetailInvestorConferences.com or one presentation and a complete IR website
  • Complete 12-month marketing campaign to BetterInvesting’s member base of sophisticated retail investors
  • Six month NIRI educational scholarship for IR best practices and peer-to-peer networking

“Capital Markets Visibility 365 simplifies how an IR department communicates with its key constituents: the financial media, buy-side & sell-side analysts and individual investors,” said Liam Power, senior vice president, Compliance and IR Solutions, “Embedding StockTwits IR into the program enriches Capital Markets Visibility 365 with a layer of investment-based social media engagement and analysis that is second to none. StockTwits IR is the perfect complement to the other eleven components.”

PR Newswire and representatives from StockTwits will be presenting Capital Markets Visibility 365 at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) 2012 Annual Conference, June 3 – 6 in Seattle, WA.

Capital Markets Visibility 365 is available now. To request more information, please click here 

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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 57 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.

Visit PR Newswire – Vintage Filings’ IR and compliance blog at http://irblog.prnewswire.com

About Vintage Filings

PR Newswire’s Vintage Filings division is a full-service financial filing and printing firm and a leading partner for all your XBRL filing needs. With more than 4,500 public company clients, Vintage is one of the fastest growing compliance firms nationwide. Vintage partners with its clients to provide the knowledge and service necessary to meet the SEC’s ever-changing filing regulations. Vintage Filings provides high-quality, cost-effective compliance filings and production services, including EDGAR Filings, typesetting, XBRL tagging, section 16 filings, investment management services, drafting sessions, virtual data rooms (VDR) and more.

About StockTwits 

StockTwits is the leading communications platform for the financial community, and the creator of the $(TICKER) tag for identifying and following investing ideas and information across the web. StockTwits provides a specialized environment created specifically for investors, institutions, and market analysts where they can contribute, find and follow ideas about stocks, markets, trends, and more. In addition, StockTwits’ integration with leading social networks and financial sites, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo Finance!, CNN Money and Reuters, allows users to reach the broadest audience of viewers.

Contact
Bradley H. Smith
Director of Marketing
PR Newswire
+1 201-942-7157
Bradley.smith@prnewswire.com

Public companies present at RetailInvestorConferences.com for 1.) content creation and 2.) meet investors

Today’s news release truly is a reason for us to celebrate with BetterInvesting at the NIRI Annual Conference (June 3-6, Seattle). Hosting 20 live investor days… one each month… is quite an undertaking. Kudos to our webcasting and event production team.

Why has RetailInvestorConferences.com been successful? Simply, for the two reason stated in the headline.

1.)  Content creation: RetailInvestorConferences.com is a live event – and that is a very key aspect. The real-time Q&A between the presenting CEOs and the virtual investor audience can be very active, often more than I have heard on earnings calls.

But beyond “show day,” post-live event, the presentation is online for 90 days – which is generating three to four time MORE traffic. The internet (and investors) thrives on content. Generally speaking, IR is not a “content creation” role like PR or marketing, so ANY opportunity you can to make new, valuable content is a good idea.

2.) Meet investors: this goes without saying. It is Job #1 for all our clients. It is why we built RetailInvestorConferences.com.

It’s also the conversation we’re having with clients at NIRI Annual Conference.  Re-balancing IR to make sure the spend consistently aligns with that #1 goal.  

Have a great day.

PR Newswire and BetterInvesting Celebrate 20th RetailInvestorConferences.com Event at National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) 2012 Annual Conference

 Founders to demonstrate monthly investor conference and virtual “CEO investor road show” to hundreds of investor relations officers

 NEW YORK //  PR Newswire today announced that they, along with RetailInvestorConferences.com co-founder BetterInvesting, will be celebrating the 20th edition of the Virtual Retail Investor Conference at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) 2012 Annual Conference to be held June 3 -6 in Seattle, WA.

Recognizing the need for consistent and engaging communications between publically traded companies and retail investors, the world’s leading media organizations partnered with the world’s leading association of individual investors to create RetailInvestorConferences.com.  Each Virtual Retail Investor Conference includes sessions on investment education topics as well as live corporate investor relations presentations.

VIDEO ABOVE: Our graphical environment is interactive, engaging and has ample parking.

“Retail investors’ ownership of stock is decisively vital for many companies that have little or no Wall Street interest or institutional activity, yet need to develop new liquidity and raise capital,” said John Viglotti, VP of Investor Relations Services at PR Newswire.  “Small and micro-cap companies, in particular, need more accessible, timely and affordable opportunities to transparently tell their story to a potential audience that can buy their stock.”

Thousands of investors. Zero travel.

Like a physical investor conference, RetailInvestorConferences.com’s virtual events encompass all of the areas that one may find at a physical event, including:

  • Auditorium – View live and scheduled presentations and Q&A interactions with speakers and participants
  • Exhibit Hall – interactive CHAT with senior executives and management, watch pre-recorded materials, download annual reports, investor kits, surveys and other information about new products and services
  • Lounge – Social network with others to build new relationships with like-minded investors

”Corporate presenters and conference attendees alike find RetailInvestorConferences.com events informative and worthwhile to attend”, said Derwin Wallace, Director Corporate Relations at BetterInvesting.  “Many of our members are interested in hearing directly from the senior executive leaders of the companies they are considering for stock purchase.”

To date, there have been more than 150 presentations at RetailInvestorConferences.com from companies ranging from Mega-cap NYSE listed companies canvassing retail investor base to complement their institutional presence to international companies looking to engage with USA-based investors  to OTC Markets companies looking for a self-directed  loyal ownership base.

These monthly conferences are now an integral element within PR Newswire’s “Capital Markets Visibility 365” program, a strategic and calendared marketing plan comprised of twelve integrated shareholder communication elements that simultaneously and directly engage Main Street, Wall Street and the financial media. 

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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 57 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.

Visit PR Newswire – Vintage Filings’ IR and compliance blog at http://irblog.prnewswire.com

About BetterInvesting 

Since 1951, BetterInvesting (www.betterinvesting.org), the brand identity of the National Association of Investors Corporation, has helped over 5 million people become better, more informed investors. BetterInvesting, based in Madison Heights, Mich., helps its members build wealth through local, regional and national learning events as well as through Web-based tools, software, member publications and online resources. As the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to investment education, it provides investing knowledge and practical investing experience through local investment clubs, local volunteer chapters, online courses and an active online community. BetterInvesting and its subsidiary, ICLUBcentral, currently serve over 120,000 investors.

About MUNCmedia 

MUNCmedia (MUNCmedia.com) is the first Information Media Network and world leader in web-based Retail Investor Targeting solutions. We provide online corporate communications, research and media solution to companies worldwide. From targeting press releases one-to-one to individual investors to corporate video PR content, MUNCmedia helps companies deliver targeted and scalable messages to the precise audience in real-time. Hundreds of companies, IR and PR agencies, stock exchanges and integrated newswires rely on MUNCmedia services to deliver news messages to the retail financial community every day with measurable results. MUNCmedia was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in New York, NY with regional offices in Bellevue, WA and Boston. We currently service over 300 direct public company issuers and 40 IR agency partners.

Media Contact
Bradley H. Smith
Director of Marketing, IR and Compliance Services
PR Newswire
+1.201.947.7157

bradley.smith@prnewswire.com

Last Week’s IPOs & Transactions

Last Week’s IPOs & Transactions

There were 54 transactions filed with the SEC last week.

Congratulations to all of our clients that filed last week, including Voyager Oil & Gas (NYSE) and American Realty Capital Properties, Inc, (NASDAQ). We appreciate that they selected to work with us for this important step in their company’s growth.

Also, have you seen our new website yet? Lots of information on helping public companies become GREAT public companies.

Registrant Symbol Form Exchange Advisor / Law Firm
ACCELERA INNOVATIONS, INC. S-1 Law Offices of Thomas E. Puzzo, PLLC
AMERICAN REALTY CAPITAL PROPERTIES, INC. ARCP S-11 Nasdaq McDermott Will & Emery LLP
AMERICAN REALTY CAPITAL PROPERTIES, INC. ARCP S-11 Nasdaq Proskauer Rose LLP
APT SYSTEMS INC S-1 Bart and Associates LLC
BG MEDICINE, INC. BGMD S-3 Nasdaq Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
CENCOSUD S.A. F-1 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
CENCOSUD S.A. F-1 Shearman & Sterling LLP
CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORP CBK S-3 NYSE Dorsey & Whitney LLP
CORCEPT THERAPEUTICS INC CORT S-3 Nasdaq Latham & Watkins LLP
DEPOMED INC DEPO S-3 Nasdaq Baker Botts L.L.P.
DEPOMED INC DEPO S-3 Nasdaq Depomed, Inc.
DIALOGIC INC. DLGC S-3 Nasdaq Cooley LLP
ECKERD CORP S-4 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
EXELIS INC. XLS S-4 NYSE Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
FIRST CITIZENS BANC CORP /OH FCZA S-1 Nasdaq First Citizens Banc Corp.
FIRST CITIZENS BANC CORP /OH FCZA S-1 Nasdaq Illinois Stock Transfer Company
FIRST CITIZENS BANC CORP /OH FCZA S-1 Nasdaq Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
GALENA BIOPHARMA, INC. GALE S-3 Nasdaq TroyGould PC
GEOGLOBAL RESOURCES INC. GGR S-3 NYSE Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
HERITAGE OAKS BANCORP HEOP S-1 Nasdaq Stuart | Moore
INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY INC IDTI S-4 Nasdaq Baker & McKenzie LLP
INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY INC IDTI S-4 Nasdaq Latham & Watkins LLP
INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY INC IDTI S-4 Nasdaq PLX Technology, Inc.
LION CONSULTING GROUP INC. S-1 Law Offices of Thomas E. Puzzo, PLLC
LYRIS, INC. LYRI S-1 OTC Fenwick & West LLP
LYRIS, INC. LYRI S-1 OTC K&L Gates, LLP
MODERN PVC INC S-1 David Lubin & Associates, PLLC
NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK JAMAICA LTD F-1 Akerman Senterfitt LLP
NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK JAMAICA LTD F-1 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
NOSTALGIA FAMILY BRANDS, INC. S-1 Herrick, Feinstein LLP
ON ASSIGNMENT INC ASGN S-3 Nasdaq Latham & Watkins LLP
PEOPLES BANCORP INC PEBO S-3 Nasdaq Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWORK, LLC S-1 McDermott Will & Emery LLP
PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWORK, LLC S-1 Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd.
PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWORK, LLC S-1 SNR Denton US LLP
RADIATION THERAPY SERVICES, INC. S-4 Kirkland & Ellis LLP
REGENCY ENERGY PARTNERS LP RGP S-3 NYSE Latham & Watkins LLP
REPUBLIC FINANCIAL INDEMNITY GROUP, INC. 10-12G Republic Financial Indemnity Group, Inc.
S&T BANCORP INC STBA S-4 Nasdaq Arnold & Porter LLP
S&T BANCORP INC STBA S-4 Nasdaq Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC
SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC CO SDO.PR.H S-3 OTC Latham & Watkins LLP
STEREOTAXIS, INC. STXS S-1 Nasdaq Bryan Cave LLP
SYNAGEVA BIOPHARMA CORP GEVA S-3 Nasdaq Ropes & Gray LLP
TENET HEALTHCARE CORP THC S-4 OTC Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
TESORO LOGISTICS LP TLLP S-3 NYSE Latham & Watkins LLP
UNI-PIXEL UNXL S-3 Nasdaq Richardson & Patel, LLP
UROLOGIX INC ULGX S-1 Nasdaq Lindquist & Vennum, PLLP
UROLOGIX INC ULGX S-1 Nasdaq Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP
VERSANT INTERNATIONAL, INC. S-1 Manderson, Schafer & McKinlay, LLP
VIATECH CORP. S-1 David Lubin & Associates, PLLC
VOYAGER OIL & GAS, INC. VOG S-3 NYSE Mayer Brown LLP
VOYAGER OIL & GAS, INC. VOG S-3 NYSE Voyager Oil & Gas, Inc.
WESTMORELAND COAL CO WLB S-4 Nasdaq Holland & Hart LLP
XYLEM INC. XYL S-4 NYSE Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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