Need help with Investor Relations? Read our latest eBook. Download Now

Westicke Partners IPO Advisory
Strategic Investor Relations
Independent Capital Markets Advice

Mobile Navigation

Westwicke Blog

The Westwicke Blog is designed to deliver information and insights into the ever-changing world of investor relations and the capital markets, with a specific focus on the healthcare industry.

Best Practices for Earnings Call Preparation

Posted on January 30th, 2013. Posted by

Best Practices for Earnings Call Preparation

While every quarter is different, the “playbook” for preparing senior management for a successful earnings conference call is largely the same. Specifically, the best prepared CEOs and CFOs follow a set of key strategic and tactical steps designed to bring them through a review of all of the essential elements pertinent to the investment community’s analysis of quarterly earnings. In short, CEOs and CFOs that have allocated adequate time to understanding the results, in the context of both internal and external expectations, and are capable of addressing all possible topics with ease and transparency will succeed. Drafting the conference call script is just one piece of this important process. Below, we walk you through these best practices of an effective earnings call.

1. Establish a timeline of deliverables at the outset so all participants know what is expected of them and when.

  • Map out the mission-critical items, such as preparing the earnings press release and all the necessary financial tables and disclosures; the requisite SEC filings; the drafting of the conference call scripts and any supporting documents (e.g., slides); the creation of a Q&A document; and the dry-run.
  • Include administrative tasks such as arranging for the call itself, creating the queue order in which analysts will ask questions on the call, obtaining the proper pre-clearance of the press release with the Nasdaq or NYSE and so forth.
  • Be mindful of potential bottlenecks such as audit committee approval and legal review.

Continue Reading

READ OUR INSIDER’S GUIDE TO INVESTOR RELATIONS

Click here to download our latest eBook, Westwicke Partners Insider’s Guide to Investor Relations, for our team’s insights on all things IR-related.

LEARN MORE

Our Locations