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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.

Why Private Companies Need to Meet with Sell-Side Analysts

Posted on April 10th, 2014. Posted by

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Private companies often tell us about the considerable time and effort they spend meeting with investment bankers and sharing insights on their business, out of hope that these bankers will take an interest in underwriting their IPO. Yet when we ask which sell-side research analysts they’ve met, we are typically met with a blank stare.

Many executives don’t understand the importance and value of meeting with sell-side analysts while still a private company. In fact, most management teams don’t realize that research analysts actually want to meet management teams of private companies. For sell-side analysts, meeting with private companies enables them to build an early relationship with promising companies and gain valuable insights on the industry and products.

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Why Do Some Analysts Go Rogue?

Posted on March 14th, 2014. Posted by

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Senior management teams are very thoughtful about the financial guidance they provide the Street. Internal and external factors are considered and result in ranges that reflect the management team’s best estimates at the time they are provided. Given the amount of brainpower that goes into crafting the guidance, management teams often become frustrated when their analysts go “rogue” by publishing estimates outside of the guidance range. As a former analyst, I can tell you this happens for a variety of reasons.

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Make Your Non-Deal Road Shows More Efficient and Effective

Posted on March 5th, 2014. Posted by

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This time of year, Wall Street is abuzz with opportunities to meet, greet, and hear firsthand from you and your management team about what’s happening with your company. There are requests to “go on the road” with virtually every sell-side firm, whether an analyst from the firm covers your company or not. There are also countless investor conferences, bus trips, and industry events — all of which you will be asked to participate in.

The buy side values access to the C-suite probably more than anything else. In fact, many of the major investment firms base the commission they pay brokers on how many management teams they provide access to each quarter. A great deal of money is tied up in these events, so they are important.

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Top 10 Benefits of Non-Deal Road Shows

Posted on February 19th, 2014. Posted by

Top 10 Benefits of Non-Deal Road Shows

Right after you report earnings is the ideal time to get out on the road and tell your story to the Street. Sell-side analysts are incentivized to market with management teams, so they are always willing to sponsor a non-deal road show (NDRS). It’s critical, however, to pinpoint the right city and sponsoring analyst to make the most of the trip.

Non-deal road shows involve planning and work but can deliver meaningful results. Below are what we consider the top 10 benefits.

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Fine-Tune Your Investor Deck for Success, Part II

Posted on February 12th, 2014. Posted by

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It is fair for any executive to believe that his or her business’s strategy and ability to execute are what will ultimately dictate its fate with investors, not how those strategies and results are communicated. In principle, that may be true, and we can probably all pick out a few cases to prove that point. However, in practice, we believe it cannot be overstated how much a company or management’s credibility can be at stake based on the approach taken with investor relations and communications – especially the investor presentation.

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Fine-Tune Your Investor Deck for Success, Part I

Posted on February 5th, 2014. Posted by

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Whether for a one-on-one at a conference or an IPO road show, your corporate presentation remains a critical piece of your investor relations strategy. A PowerPoint file may seem trivial compared to the entirety of your enterprise, but the investor presentation remains one of the most tangible and effective tools for building (and losing) investor trust and engagement.

With nearly 200 years of Wall Street experience combined, we have seen a wide variety of healthcare company presentations. While many successfully focus investors on key value drivers, just as many run into pitfalls that can betray the company’s intended message. Could your presentation be starting your investor interactions on the wrong foot?

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The Best IR Blog Posts of 2013

Posted on January 29th, 2014. Posted by

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2013 was an incredible year for the United States initial public offering (IPO) market — the best since 2000. Of the 222 companies that went public, a record 55 companies (or 24.7 percent) were from healthcare, which experienced more IPOs than any other sector. Will healthcare break the 55 IPOs record in 2014? Time will tell.

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How to Create a Solid Investor Relations Plan in 2014

Posted on January 15th, 2014. Posted by

2014 Investor Relations Plan

How can you align your investor relations (IR) efforts with your overall corporate strategy and messaging? How do you balance IR activities with other demands on your time as a management team? Here are several tips from the Westwicke team to help ensure that the strategic investor relations plan you create at the beginning of the year delivers the desired results.

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Top 10 Things You Must Accomplish in the Year Before the IPO

Posted on December 18th, 2013. Posted by

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Preparing for an initial public offering can be a daunting task. Once the process kicks off, the wheels spin faster and faster, with deadlines and opinions flying around from everyone involved. What can ease the burden and streamline the process?

Collectively, our team has helped hundreds of companies prepare for their IPOs, and seen the best and worst of what can happen during the process. We consider the year before the transaction critical and recommend these 10 must-do steps.

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Planning, Preparing and Positioning for Successful Investor Meetings

Posted on December 13th, 2013. Posted by

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Investor meetings are essential for managing and expanding your shareholder base. They provide investors with clarity on a company’s story and can allow you to gauge potential investor concerns, but most importantly, they provide management the opportunity to control the story being told to investors.

The buy side often views a meeting with management as a critical component in their due diligence process. Even in the wake of increased scrutiny from SEC regulators regarding Reg FD, these meetings give the buy side more insight into a company story, recent developments, and potential headwinds.

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