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Six strategies for more effective earnings disclosures

As the first-quarter earnings season gets underway, now is a great time to assess whether your company is communicating as effectively as it can with its earnings disclosures. Here are a few ideas to consider:

1) Provide supplemental financial information

Are you spending hours on follow-up calls with analysts who are all asking for the same data points needed for their models? If so, you may want to provide additional financial data within your earnings release or as a supplemental disclosure on your website. For example, LinkedIn posts a document called Selected Company Metrics and Financials along with its earnings release. This could help you not only improve the quality of your callback discussions, but also mitigate the disclosure risk during these…

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Proxy letter to shareholders – form or substance?

Many companies include a letter to shareholders with their proxy materials. But if yours amounts to little more than a form letter or an afterthought, you may be missing an opportunity for your shareholders to hear directly from your management team and/or the board.

A recent webinar hosted by Georgeson and Latham & Watkins, “2014 Proxy Season: What you should know as you draft your proxy statement and prepare for your annual meeting,” highlighted a few letters that show how some companies are leveraging this communications opportunity very effectively. Specifically, thinking of the letter to shareholders in the context of overall good governance practices opens up additional content and messaging avenues to help ensure shareholders understand your corporate story.…

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Investors are using digital and social media. Are you?

Here’s a surprising truth: investors and analysts are starting to pay greater attention to websites and social media for information. In fact, the recently released study from The Brunswick Group on the use of digital and social media by the investment community reinforces what we’ve been hearing anecdotally. Although, as the study confirms, the investment community still prefers to go directly to the company for information, digital and social media are growing in importance.

Consider these data points from The Brunswick Group’s 2014 study:

  • 59 percent of investors read blogs for work, 26 percent use social networks for work and 30 percent use micro-blogging services for work
  • 1 in 7 investors made an investment decision based on a mosaic constructed around a…
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Does your proxy quench investors’ thirst?

Although there has been a recent trend toward using more plain English in proxy statements, most of these widely read and important documents are still not easy to understand. Some companies have come up with innovative ways to improve the readability of their proxy statements and to create a very effective vehicle for communicating their key messages to investors and the public.  

A recent webinar hosted by Georgeson and Latham & Watkins, “2014 Proxy Season: What you should know as you draft your proxy statement and prepare for your annual meeting,” mentioned several companies that have been using the proxy effectively to reinforce investor messages. As many companies are now preparing for the 2014 proxy season, I decided to dig in and see which companies have…

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12 Things Every Public Company Should Know About Activist Shareholders and News Media

Activist shareholders are everywhere these days. Or so it seems.

No week passes without news of a fresh attack or a continued assault on a public company from which an activist shareholder believes it can extract more shareholder value.

There is a reason for all this coverage – it is driven by the activist shareholders themselves.

Activists are among the most masterly users of media that I have ever witnessed. These guys are good.

Where will activists strike next? If you’re a public company, you might be wondering if it is you.

So here are some insights – from having served in the activist wars – that might be helpful in preparing now to mitigate the possibility of an attack or respond to an actual attack.

  1. Activist shareholders employ sophisticated and…
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