Category Archives: Events

NIRI 2014: social media whitepaper (and happy faces part 1)

The National Investor Relations Institute’s 2014 Conference in Las Vegas was a big win for everyone. Sincere thanks to the NIRI organization for hosting yet another successful event. This annual event is one of the few conferences where IR practitioners and service providers meet not just to “buy and sell,” but to have real discussion about the industry and its drivers.

One of the more popular (and appreciated) conversation in our booth was regarding our very practical advice for social media. We ran out of printed copies of current whitepaper that gives guidance for risk-free and hands-free social media for IR: you can download it here.

A few IROs even referenced the social media blog article from last March. That was very complimentary.

Visiting our booth isn’t just about shareholder communications. We squeezed in a little fun too!

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IPO Process Presents Emerging Growth Companies (EGC) with Communications Challenges

Newly public companies can save money, improve efficiency by aligning communications tactics with investor preferences. 

NEW YORK, May 15, 2014/PR Newswire/ — Confidential IPOs offer emerging growth companies distinct advantages, including the ability to assess market interest and keep operational data secret from competitors for a couple extra months in the run up to an IPO. However, beginning the IPO process in secret can present a host of communications challenges, especially in the month preceding the IPO as company executives contend with the road show and public disclosure of the offering, while also putting post-IPO communications into place.

“At the core, micro-cap companies have the same strategic and tactical challenges going public that large and mega-caps deal with,” said Liam Power, President of Vintage Filings, a division of PR Newswire. “However, micro-caps face these challenges with little or no in-house investor relations nor regulatory compliance expertise. That’s what EGCs ask us for and what we’ll be presenting at the B. Riley Investor Conference.”

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To help emerging growth companies assess communications tactics, Vintage Filings and PR Newswire published the Shareholder Confidence 365 Survey, the only national-wide study that gives micro and small-cap companies insight on what type of communications individual investors look for when researching stock opportunities.

DOWNLOAD STUDY HERE: http://promotions.prnewswire.com/IR_consume_content_2013.html

Attendees at the 15th Annual B. Riley Investor Conference can learn more about optimal communications practices in today’s environment and can discuss options in person with Vintage Filings’ staff, who will be on-site in the exhibition.

The B. Riley 15th Annual Investor Conference held May 19-21, 2014 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California.  The three-day, invitation-only conference features an expanded and compelling lineup of companies selected by the B. RILEY Research Department.

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About Vintage Filings

Vintage Filings, a PR Newswire division, is a full-service financial filing and printing firm and a leading partner for SEC transactions including IPO drafting sessions and other high-quality, cost-effective services, including EDGAR Filings, typesetting, XBRL tagging, section 16 filings, drafting sessions and virtual data rooms. www.vfilings.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.

 Media Contact:

Bradley H. Smith
Director of Marketing, IR and Compliance Services
PR Newswire & Vintage Filings
+1 201.947.7157 bradley.smith@prnewswire.com

 

More proof XBRL is a universal language

Beyond the Senate’s recent bipartisan passing of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) of 2014, Vintage Filings’ SVP Liam Power and VP Trevor Loe are living proof that XBRL is THE global language for financial reporting.

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Vintage Filings met and presented to a captive audience of Chinese-based US-issuers in Beijing this week.

These ethically minded Chinese companies are working very hard to counter balance the tainted brush from the “mini-crisis” we experienced a couple years ago from the herd of Chinese reverse shells.

The audience was very interested in the advances we have made with our XBRL solutions. A more interesting observation was their companies’ reporting teams passion for XBRL  – the CEOs and CFOs instantly grasped the importance of a “common language” needed for both regulatory oversight and investor transparency.

This drive for a global financial language demonstrated by these Chinese corporations is an ironic juxtaposition to the backward movement being lobbied here in the US. Read this Fortune magazine article for a concise overview.

Have a great day.

IPOs (and wanna-bes) met with Vintage Filings at NYSE event

NYSE Governance Services held a key East coast conference yesterday at their NYC HQ.

IPONYSEFrom the NYSE:

The Pre- and Post-IPO Board Forum will examine how corporate governance dictates success, providing participants an in-depth review of leading practices.

A series of panels will debate popular governance myths and realities and provide tips on building the most effective board, dealing with shareholders and institutional investors, and creating a roadmap to success in their new environment.

Obviously, we’re big into compliance and our presence brought an important “services execution” perspective to the NYSE’s attendees. In additional to understanding the strategic aspects of compliance, corporate leaders must have a tactical understanding of HOW to be compliant… beginning with the S-1.(download whitepaper here) That’s our role: pre-and post-IPO.

Topics included:

  • The IPO Landscape: A Global Perspective
  • Understanding and Implementing Core Regulatory & Governance Requirements
  • Myths and Realities of Shareholder Communications and Proxy Voting
  • The Board’s Role in the IPO Process
  • Governance Choices at the Foundation of High-Performing Boards
  • Best Practices for Engaging Your Shareholders
  • Board Composition
  • Ethics, Compliance, and Liability Considerations in the Public World
  • The Role of the Audit Committee Pre- and Post-IPO

Also, the NYSE distributed to all attendees our  Corporate Governance and Securities Laws handbook. Very useful. (request yours here)

PR Newswire / Vintage Filings was pleased to participate and we’re proud that our shareholder communications services are NYSE approved for their issuer and IPO program.

Have a great day.

Silicon Valley IPOs-to-be talk with our compliance experts-that-are

NYSE Governance Services held its West coast compliance readiness conference yesterday.

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From the NYSE:

Preventing fraud in compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as the importance of creating accurate financial statements and cooperating with internal audit in order to comply with the requirements of a stringent regulatory environment are just a few of the many challenges public companies need to communicate to their workforce.

Obviously, we’re big into compliance and our presence brought an important “services execution” perspective to the NYSE’s attendees. In additional to understanding the strategic aspects of compliance, corporate leaders must have a tactical understanding of HOW to be compliant… beginning with the S-1. (download whitepaper here) That’s our role: pre-and post-IPO.

Topics included:

  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Strong and Effective Compliance Program
  • Innovative Training and Communications Strategies
  • Leveraging Technology and Monitoring and Auditing
  • Emerging Compliance Risks

Also, the NYSE distributed to all attendees our  Corporate Governance and Securities Laws handbook. Very useful. (request yours here)

PR Newswire / Vintage Filings was pleased to participate and we’re proud that our shareholder communications services are NYSE approved for their issuer and IPO program.

Have a great day.

 

USA IR Awards 2014: PR Newswire congratulates clients (plus photos!)

The 19th annual USA IR Awards was last night. Sincere applause to ALL the nominated companies. We’d also like to send a little extra-special kudos to our clients that went home with an award.

  • Actavis
  • Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
  • Gigamon
  • Honeywell
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • L Brands
  • NextEra Energy
  • Tencent (China)
  • United States Steel

Here are a few snapshots, in random unlabeled order. Click on one to enlarge and download. Email Bradley.smith@prnewswire.com if you would like a high-resolution color photo.

Thank you once again to IR Magazine for creating such a great industry event! The band was excellent, BTW.

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USA IR Awards are this Thursday!

63 public companies are hoping to win at the 2014 USA IR Awards in NYC. Hosted and created by IR magazine, this annual Black Tie event highlights the success of IR as voted by investors.  We’re pleased to attend once again to celebrate our industry.

Take a look at previous years’ photos: 2012 & 2013.

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The companies up for awards in a variety of categories are:

  • 21st Century Fox
  • Actavis
  • Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
  • American Express
  • Antero Resources
  • Ares Capital
  • ASML (Netherlands)
  • Baidu (China)
  • BlackRock
  • CBS ‒ Leslie Moonves
  • Cerner ‒ Marc Naughton
  • CIT Group
  • Covidien
  • CR Bard ‒ Todd Garner
  • Danaher
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Edison International
  • Facebook
  • Foundation Medicine
  • Gigamon
  • Google
  • Herbalife
  • Hercules Offshore
  • Honeywell
  • Intel
  • Jack in the Box
  • JB Hunt Transport Services
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kansas City Southern
  • L Brands
  • MedAssets
  • MercadoLibre (Argentina)
  • Monro Muffler Brake
  • NextEra Energy
  • Novo Nordisk (Denmark)
  • NRG Yield
  • NXP Semiconductor (Netherlands)
  • Ocwen Financial Corporation
  • Omnicom Group
  • Pentair
  • Petrobras (Brazil)
  • Prudential (UK)
  • PVH Corporation
  • Quanta Services
  • Roche Holding (Switzerland)
  • Ryder System
  • Samsung (Korea)
  • Sealed Air
  • Sirona Dental Systems
  • Sprint
  • Starbucks
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (Taiwan)
  • Telecom Argentina (Argentina)
  • Televisa (Mexico)
  • Tencent (China)
  • TIM Participacões (Brazil)
  • Time Warner
  • United Parcel Service
  • Visa
  • Werner Enterprises
  • WisdomTree Investments
  • Wright Medical Group

Good luck to them all (but extra good luck to our clients) !

Have a great day.