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  • 1. US Disclosure Trends
    New Shareholder Engagement Tools
    John Viglotti
    PR Newswire
    March 1, 2011
  • 2. US Corporate Disclosure Trends
    From Compliance to Engagement
    Use of Social Media
    for IR
  • 3. SEC Regulatory Changes
    NYSE Rule Concerning Discretionary Proxy Voting by Broker-Dealers
    The Commission voted to approve an NYSE proposal that would eliminate broker discretionary voting for all elections of directors, whether contested or not. Currently, NYSE Rule 452 and corresponding Listed Company Manual Section 401.08 permit brokers to vote on behalf of their beneficial owner customers in uncontested elections of directors if the customers have not returned voting instructions.
    SEC Approves Enhanced Disclosure About Risk, Compensation and Corporate Governance
    Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2009 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today approved rules to enhance the information provided to shareholders so they are better able to evaluate the leadership of public companies.
    SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Disclosure Related to Business or Legal Developments Regarding Climate Change
    Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to provide public companies with interpretive guidance on existing SEC disclosure requirements as they apply to business or legal developments relating to the issue of climate change.
    Say-on-Pay - Senate Panel Approves Financial Reform Bill
    March 22, 2010 By Ted Allen Risk Metrics Blog, On Monday, the Senate Banking Committee approved a comprehensive financial reform bill that includes mandates for “say on pay” votes and majority voting in board elections, as well as authorization for the SEC to adopt a proxy access rule.
    Facilitating Shareholder Director Nominations – “Proxy Access”
    January 10, 2010Proposed rule; re-opening of comment period for proposed changes to the federal proxy rules in
    “Facilitating Shareholder Director Nominations.”
    Internet Availability of Proxy Materials(as amended 3/23/2010)Under the Internet Availability of Proxy Materials rules, companies and other soliciting parties are required to make their proxy materials available on an Internet site
  • 4. New SEC Regulations
    Rule 452 change: companies will need to actively seek out retail shareholder votes
    Say on Pay: advisory vote approval of executive compensation plans
    Proxy Access: activists investors can more easily place director candidates on the ballot.
  • 5. Creating Context for Investors
  • 6. CEOs On YouTube
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  • 9. Social Media: Best Practices IR-LISTEN
    PR Newswire Social Media Metrics
  • 10. Social Media: Best Practices IR - PROMOTE
  • 11. Integrated Disclosure
    With the need for greater shareholder engagement on the rise, the trend is towards an integrated disclosure approach deploying:
    a broad push of corporate announcements
    an increased focus on the IR web site
    use of social media channels
    coupled with new formats
  • 12. Engage Investors on Your Web Site
    Seamless integration with your site design
    Customizable navigation
    Online investor tools provide for easy data analysis
    Prominent display of recent news
    Upcoming events and webcasts
    News email alerts & RSS feeds
  • 13. SlideShare, Scridb, DocStore
  • 14. Video Annual Report
  • 15. First Call Distribution
  • 16. Reaching Institutional Investors
    PR Newswire’s Capital Markets Visibility Package offers the following:
    Increase visibility with the buyside
    Delivery of corporate disclosures to buyside analysts and portfolio managers who either cover or hold your industry and peers.
    Increase the likelihood of gaining sellside analyst coverage.
    Target sell-side analysts focussing on your industry, segmented by industry and geography.
    Reach most compatible investors.
    Delivery directly to the institutional investors most compatible with your company that don’t currently own your stock.
  • 17. Most Compatible Investors
  • 18. Reaching US Individual Investors
    100 million US individual investors own equities
    The role of retail/individual investors is essential for: small-caps for liquidity mid and large caps for balance and brand
    SEC regulations have elevated the potential strength of individual investors.
    Individual investors ( who CAN invest) are hard to reach.
    Companies have lacked a legitimate channel to reach individual investors on a continuous basis
  • 19. Virtual Retail Investor Conferences
  • 20. The Partnership
    Retail Investor Conferences is an alliance between Better Investing (NAIC), PR Newswire and MUNCmedia
    Better Investing is the leading US investor education organization with 120,000 members and 7,000 investment clubs
    MUNC Media is a leader in Retail Investor targeting by matching press releases to individual investors across 200 financial portals (i.e.
  • 21. The Solution
    Each month Retail Investor showcases 10 public companies to present their growth vision in an engaging virtual conference environment.
  • 22. Client Testimonials
    “The VRIC provided a way for me to be able to reach out to individual investors in a cost efficient manner. I was able to reach a group of investors that I likely would have normally not been able to do if it were not in a virtual format.”
    Delia H. Moore | Manager Investor Relations | Aflac
    The VRIC provided a cost effective and convenient way to reach out to individual investors.
    Friederike Edelmann|Director, Investor Relations|SAP
    “Great idea and great experience. “
    Richard Franco| Chairman & CEO|
    DARA BioSciences, Inc.
  • 23. Thank You.