Partnership will facilitate access to new pools of international capital for Australasian companies and allow international companies to access the fast-growing Asia-Pacific investor base

Melbourne, London, 29 April 2019Edison Group, the investment research, investor relations and consulting firm and Market Eye, Australia’s leading specialist investor relations advisory firm, are delighted to announce a partnership that will enable listed companies to far more efficiently and effectively target pools of capital from their combined extensive global network of institutional investors, family offices and high net worth investors. The partnership has been developed in response to:

1) growing requirements for large Australian listed companies to maintain access to investors across the globe, which has been sharply restricted by the merger of the Australian equities index into the MSCI AC Asia Pacific Index. Australian listed companies are now competing for investor attention with equities across all of Asia’s stock markets

2) increasing globalisation of capital markets, which has seen the rapid increase of investment funds and family offices with global mandates based in the Asia-Pacific region (including Australia). Many thousands of companies listed on European and US exchanges now have a plethora of potential equity investors located in the Asia-Pacific region that will only consider an investment if they have directly met with management of potential investee companies

3) MiFID 2 has hampered investment banks’ ability to introduce companies to new investors globally and support them to grow their shareholder base. As a result, listed companies are facing the growing challenge of operating and communicating with both existing and new investors with far reduced support.

Fraser Thorne, CEO at Edison Group said: “Accessing the right investors has become a growing challenge for companies seeking to expand their shareholder base. Gone are the days of expecting an investment bank to structure, facilitate and collect feedback on an international roadshow. Today, listed companies face managing and expanding their international register with little support from the banking fraternity whose access has been markedly reduced as a result of structural and regulatory changes. We are delighted to be partnering with Market Eye to offer a fully comprehensive seamless global investor roadshow service, which ranges from identifying suitable targets, to detailed investor feedback and recommendations on how to convert interest into shareholdings.”

Ronn Bechler, Managing Director at Market Eye said: “We are really pleased to be partnering with Edison, given the strong cultural fit of our organisations and the highly complementary nature of our services, geographic footprints and market relationships. We will capitalise on our combined expertise and investor networks to support listed companies access global pools of capital and evolve their shareholder base over the short, medium and long-term. Both Market Eye’s and Edison’s independence encourages a more collaborative approach with clients and enables us to provide unconflicted recommendations on targeting the right investors to support our clients’ growth strategies.”

Working together, Edison and Market Eye have unparalleled global investor relationships, expertise, knowledge and resources to address these issues for listed companies, and help them co-ordinate well-structured and targeted IR programmes across equity markets, including Australasia, Asia, Europe and the US.

Over the past 12 months, Market Eye and Edison have organised over 4,000 one-on-one investor meetings in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Europe and the US. They have been involved in planning every aspect of their clients’ market engagement processes, including investor targeting, setting and managing roadshows, obtaining market feedback and providing recommendations on how to convert investor interest into shareholdings.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Edison
Richard Morgan Evans, Tania Wild, Matthew West
E: edison@sapiencecomms.co.uk
P: +44 20 3195 3240

Market Eye
Tristan Everett
E: tristan.everett@marketeye.com.au
P: +61-403 789 096

 

About Edison

Edison is an investment research and advisory company, with offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pac. The heart of Edison is its world renowned equity research platform and deep multi-sector expertise. At Edison Investment Research, the research is widely read by international investors, advisors and stakeholders. Edison Advisors leverages its core research platform to provide differentiated services including investor relations and strategic consulting.

For more information: www.edisongroup.com

Edison is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

About Market Eye

Market Eye is Australia’s leading investor relations advisory firm. Our team of professionals based in Melbourne and Sydney are focused on providing equity capital markets advice and targeted communications strategies. Market Eye is the only specialist investor relations advisory firm in Australia whose entire senior team of 7 investor relations professionals (supported by over 20 tertiary qualified capital markets and media professionals) has many decades of direct experience in equity capital markets.

Market Eye’s offering includes strategic and tactical investor relations advisory services, strategic media advice and market intelligence tools. For more information: www.marketeye.com.au