SOURCE: Cross Border Group

March 14, 2007 11:08 ET

IR Magazine US Awards 2007

IR Magazine Releases Short-Listed Nominees for Annual Investor Relations Awards

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 14, 2007 -- IR magazine announces the nominees for its upcoming annual investor relations awards, to be held on March 29 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square in New York City. CNBC anchors Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla will host the black-tie event.

Companies listed and domiciled in the US have been short-listed in 25 categories by 2,952 sell-side analysts, buy-side analysts, portfolio managers and retail investors in the largest survey of its kind in North America. Individuals voted for the best companies in categories such as best crisis communications, best annual report, best corporate governance and best investor relations by a chairman or CEO (see below for a full list of nominees).

The IR Magazine US Awards is in its twelfth year and attracts close to 1,000 investor relations professionals, CEOs, CFOs and service providers annually.

Research was based on a large and comprehensive sample provided by our research partners Thomson Financial, iDeal, Barron's and BetterInvesting. The buy side is represented by 6,506 institutions in the sample provided by Thomson Financial and iDeal; 459 investment banks represent the sell side. When combined with the retail sample from Barron's Online, invitations to participate in this survey were sent to 35,337 individuals involved with investment decisions. BetterInvesting separately sent 40,000 e-mail invitations to its members asking them to participate in this survey as well as posting a link on its web site to the survey.

The awards are sponsored by Barron's, BetterInvesting, Business Wire, Deutsche Bank, Edelman, GE, Georgeson, Innisfree, Institutional Investor, InterCall, Ipreo, JP Morgan, MacKenzie, Market Wire, Mellon, Merrill Corporation, Nasdaq, NYSE Group, PR Newswire, Precision IR, Shareholder.com, SNL IR Solutions, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Thomson, VDM Specialists and Verizon.

For more information about the IR Magazine US Awards on March 29 at the Marriott Marquis in New York, go to www.irmagazineus.com or contact Alexandra Saland at +1 212 430 6861.

Note to editors:

1. Cross Border Ltd (formerly Cross-Border Publishing) was founded in the UK in 1993 and is the publisher in New York and London of IR magazine, the only global publication focused on the interface between companies and their investors. IR magazine hosts annual awards ceremonies in the US, the UK, continental Europe, India, Canada, the Nordic region, Asia, Brazil and Ireland with a combined annual attendance of around 8,000 investor relations professionals. Cross Border also publishes Corporate Secretary in North America and CorpComms in the UK. www.thecrossbordergroup.com

2. The IR Magazine US Awards are the latest in the ongoing annual series of surveys and awards conducted around the world by Cross Border. Winners of the investor relations awards are selected through independent surveys of investment professionals and retail investors. These investor perception studies together make up the world's largest survey of its kind, canvassing over 8,000 portfolio managers, buy-side and sell-side analysts and retail investors in more than 14 countries or regions. Survey respondents nominate companies in specific categories as well as offer their opinions on specific IR-related topics and trends.

IR Magazine US Awards 2007 Nominee list
Short-listed companies in alpha order

Best annual report - large to mega-cap
 Aflac
 Berkshire Hathaway
 GE

Best annual report - mid to large cap
 Darden Restaurants
 Expeditors International of Washington
 L-3 Communications
 Limited Brands
 Whole Foods Market

Best annual report - small to mid-cap
 Baldor Electric Company
 Copart
 Fastenal
 RPM International

Best communications with the retail market
 Aflac
 Berkshire Hathaway
 GE
 Microsoft

Best corporate advertising
 Aflac
 Allstate
 GE
 United Technologies

Best corporate governance
 Cisco Systems
 GE
 Microsoft
 PepsiCo
 Procter & Gamble

Best crisis communications - large to mega-cap
 Boeing
 DuPont
 Merck & Co
 Pfizer

Best disclosure policy
 Cisco Systems
 TD Ameritrade
 The Hartford Financial Services Group
 Time Warner

Best investor relations by a chairman or CEO
 Cisco Systems
 PepsiCo
 Procter & Gamble

Best investor relations by a European company in the US market
 Nokia
 Novartis
 Roche
 SAP

Best investor relations by an Asia-Pacific company in the US market
 Honda Motor Co
 Infosys Technologies
 Nidec
 Sony
 StarHub
 Toyota Motor

Best investor relations for an IPO
 Chipotle Mexican Grill
 J Crew Group
 Western Union

Best investor relations officer - large to mega-cap
 Cisco Systems
 Coach
 Yum! Brands

Best investor relations officer - mid to large cap
 Cincinnati Financial Corporation
 E*TRADE Financial
 Humana
 Intuit
 Limited Brands
 Southwestern Energy Company

Best investor relations officer - small to mid-cap
 Applebee's International
 Citrix Systems
 Harsco Corporation
 Lyondell Chemical

Best investor relations web site - mid to large cap
 General Motors
 Goodrich
 Limited Brands
 Southwestern Energy Company

Best M&A investor relations
 Abbott/Kos Pharmaceuticals
 Hewlett-Packard/Mercury Interactive

Best senior management communications
 Cisco Systems
 Intuit
 Lam Research
 Varian Semiconductor Equipment

Best use of conferencing - small to large cap
 Celanese
 Humana
 Lyondell Chemical
 NCI Building Systems
 Zions Bancorporation

Best use of technology
 Cisco Systems
 GE
 Microsoft

Most improved investor relations
 Circuit City Stores
 DuPont
 GE
 Genworth Financial
 Oracle Corporation

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - mega-cap
 AT&T
 Cisco Systems
 GE
 Microsoft Corporation
 Walt Disney Co

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - large cap
 Coach
 The Hartford Financial Services Group
 Praxair
 Yum! Brands

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - mid-cap
 Harsco Corporation
 Limited Brands
 Lyondell Chemical

Grand prix for best overall investor relations - small cap
 Applebee's International
 Celanese
 Kyphon
 The South Financial Group

Contact Information

  • Press contact:
    Claire Hunte
    Communications director
    Cross Border Ltd
    +44 20 7251 7520
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