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How strategic IR planning pays off

We know of Canadian companies with billion-dollar market caps and no strategic investor relations plan. They’re missing out on opportunities to generate additional value
By Michael Salter
March 25th, 2011

Before the start of a new fiscal year, publicly traded companies of every size in every sector go through a familiar budget and planning cycle. Reviewing the multi-year strategic plan and annual operating plan is standard fare. What’s surprising is … Continue reading

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Best face forward

The surest way to engage shareholders? Give everyone time with the CEO. With Web video, it's possible - as long as the C-suite buys in
By Michael Salter
December 25th, 2010

 When it comes to implementing innovative communications, most investor relations officers reflect the inherent conservatism of the C-suite. Why on Earth, then, would an IRO propose that the CEO step in front of hot klieg lights, stare into a teleprompter and … Continue reading

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Debt’s day of reckoning

A mountain of corporate debt will soon require financing. There might not be enough capital to go around. Is your company covered?
By Robert Olsen
December 25th, 2010

Greed is good. That famous Gordon Gekko paraphrase from the original Wall Street now sounds as outdated as the movie itself. Yet some things never change. In the recent sequel, while the fictional 1980’s leverage buyout master says he’s figured … Continue reading

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Sway on pay?

The SEC is acting on concerns that proxy advisory firms like ISS and Glass Lewis hold to much influence in shareholder votes. Canadian issuers should pay close attention
By Ken Hugessen
December 25th, 2010

Last issue, I wrote about say-on-pay’s arrival in Canada, and how voluntary non-binding shareholder votes on executive compensation could fast become a fact of life. Approximately 40 Canadian companies have adopted say-on-pay so far and many more are expected to … Continue reading

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An end to toxic underreporting

The Canadian Securities Administrators has issued guidance on environmental disclosure. Public issuers who do a poor job can now be better held to account
By Sandra Odendahl
December 25th, 2010

Environmental matters that can impact companies’ financial performance generally fall into three categories: (i) affecting a company’s ability to operate; (ii) resulting in unplanned costs or changes to revenue; or (iii) impinging on a firm’s ability to grow. Material environmental … Continue reading

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Are you in or out?

Phase-in of new insider trading rules keying on C-suite execs and directors has begun
By Listed staff
June 25th, 2010

When does releasing less information constitute greater disclosure? When that information is in insider trading reports for Canadian listed companies. By now, every reporting issuer should be on course for full adoption of the new, streamlined insider reporting regime introduced … Continue reading

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Trust conversions

With the tax deadline looming, we asked two senior executives who led successful trust-to-corporation conversions in 2009 for their stories—and advice
By Celia Milne and Brian Banks
June 25th, 2010

People will always remember Oct. 31, 2006 as the day income trusts died. The moment our “golden age” of trusts officially comes to an end, however, is the start of next year. And by the looks of it, not everyone … Continue reading

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Recipe for success

Strong companies need strong boards more than ever. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on the way
By Poonam Puri
June 25th, 2010

Although Canada didn’t suffer financial to the same extent as the U.S. and UK, anyone involved with corporate governance knows that boards of directors of Canadian public companies are now under greater scrutiny to ensure they provide proper oversight and accountability. … Continue reading

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Why a high-yield market for smaller firms would be huge

Sidebar to High-yield debt: It's here (June 15, 2010)
By Robert Olsen
June 25th, 2010

The emergence of a Canadian high-yield debt market is great news. But where it could have the biggest impact and make the biggest difference is if it’s eventually made available to smaller mid-market companies. We have a bigger mid- market … Continue reading

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High-yield debt: It’s here

More and more companies are raising high-yield debt in Canada. Each deal’s a sign of a market taking hold
By Robert Olsen
June 25th, 2010

It’s a simple fact of business that corporations need adequate capital to fuel their growth. Yet many Canadian public companies are struggling to attract sufficient debt financing. Lack of senior debt capital is a function of the current dislocated credit … Continue reading

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We still have options

The double-deductibility of stock appreciation rights is history. Employers shouldn’t lose too much sleep
By Ken Hugessen
June 25th, 2010

The recent federal budget included a number of proposed changes to the tax code with the objective of “closing unfair tax loopholes.” A number of these changes will impact most, if not all, of the companies and their employees that … Continue reading

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