SOURCE: IR magazine

IR Magazine

March 25, 2010 13:32 ET

Celebration of a Lifetime at the IR Magazine US Awards 2010

Life Time Fitness Wins Most Prizes for Top Investor Relations

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 25, 2010) - Life Time Fitness took home the most awards for investor relations excellence at this year's IR Magazine US Awards 2010, picking up four trophies including the grand prix for best overall investor relations by a small-cap company and best investor relations officer at a small-cap company. Covance won three prizes, including the grand prix for best overall investor relations by a mid-cap company. The award for lifetime achievement in investor relations went to joint winners, Kay Breakstone and Carol Ruth, for their outstanding commitment to excellence in IR.

The winners were announced at a gala event last evening at Cipriani Wall Street. A full list of this year's award winners and a list of the sector leaders are available below, or on our website at www.irmagazineus.com.

An independent survey of investors elected the best performers in categories such as best crisis communications, best IR by a chairman or CEO and best IR by a continental European company in the US market. Research firm Erdos & Morgan used databases from Thomson Reuters and Ipreo to invite the full universe of US investment professionals to participate in an online survey between December 2009 and January 2010. For best retail investor communications, Barron's Online subscribers and BetterInvesting members completed a separate online survey. In total, 2,313 investment professionals and 1,866 retail investors voted. The complete results of the survey are now available in IR magazine's Investor Perception Study, US 2010.

The event was hosted in association with Barron's and was co-sponsored by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, BNY Mellon Depositary Receipts, BNY Mellon Shareowner Services, Business Wire, Chorus Call, Deutsche Bank ADR Group, Financial Times, GE, Georgeson, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, International Print Group, Ipreo, Kreab Gavin Anderson, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, MacKenzie Partners, Marketwire, NASDAQ OMX, the National Investor Relations Institute, NYSE Euronext, PR Newswire, and Wells Fargo Shareowner Services(SM).

The IR magazine investor perception studies together make up the world's largest survey of this kind, each year canvassing over 5,000 analysts and investors around the world and identifying award winners in seven different countries or regions. For more information on these studies, please contact Katy Littlewood at the number at the bottom of this release.

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Full list of winners

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - small cap
Life Time Fitness

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - mid-cap
Covance

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - large cap
Express Scripts

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - mega-cap
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Best investor relations officer - small cap
Ken Cooper - Life Time Fitness

Best investor relations officer - mid-cap
Paul Surdez - Covance

Best investor relations officer - large cap
David Myers - Express Scripts

Best investor relations officer - mega-cap
Lee McEntire & Kevin Stitt - Bank of America

Best retail investor communications
GE

Best annual report - small to large cap
Southwest Airlines

Best crisis communications - small to large cap
Life Time Fitness

Best investor relations by a chairman or CEO - small to large cap
Glen Senk - Urban Outfitters

Best corporate governance
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Best investor relations website
Chesapeake Energy

Most progress in investor relations
AmTrust Financial Services

Best use of conferencing
Gen-Probe

Best corporate advertising
Verizon Communications

Best M&A investor relations
Merck and Schering-Plough

Best IR by a continental European company in the US market
ABB

Best IR by an Asia-Pacific company in the US market
Infosys Technologies

Lifetime achievement in investor relations
Kay Breakstone (joint winner)
Carol Ruth (joint winner)


Sector leaders

Consumer discretionary
Life Time Fitness

Consumer staples
Kellogg Company

Diversified
GE

Energy
Chesapeake Energy

Financials
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Healthcare
Covance

Industrials
FedEx

Materials
Ecolab

Technology
Cisco

Telecommunication services
AT&T

Utilities
Northeast Utilities

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