SOURCE: NIRI Orange County

NIRI Orange County

June 22, 2012 16:39 ET

NIRI Orange County Announces Winners of Its 2012 Investor Relations Achievement Awards Program

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 22, 2012) -

  • Program Draws 71 Entries from 29 Southern California Companies
  • Best Overall Winners Include:
    • American States Water Company -- Printed Annual Report
    • Semtech Corporation - Printed Annual Report 10-K Wrap
    • Lowe's -- Online Annual Report
    • Leap Wireless -- IR Website
    • Molina Healthcare -- IR Presentation
    • First American Financial -- Earnings Release
    • Ingram Micro -- Shareholder Letter

The Orange County Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI OC) announced the winners of the 2012 Investor Relations Achievement Awards (IRAA). The IR Achievement Awards is an annual event that recognizes excellence in investor communications among public companies located primarily in Southern California. The competition covers a broad range of investor relations communication mediums, including online annual reports, company investor relations websites, investor presentations, earnings releases, and annual CEO/shareholder letters. This year's award winners were announced at a gala awards ceremony held on June 21, 2012 at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine, California.

"The Orange County Chapter is unique within the National Investor Relations Institute in annually recognizing excellence in investor communications. The chapter has a rigorous entry and judging process that identifies outstanding achievement in investor communications," said Tammy Perry, Senior Manager of Investor Relations for Irvine, California-based Edwards Lifesciences and Chair of the 2012 IR Achievement Awards. "Each entrant receives constructive feedback from the expert panel of judges on their entries, which is helpful to their ongoing efforts to effectively communicate with shareholders."

According to Cynthia Skoglund, Sr. Manager, Alliance Management, at Beckman Coulter and President of the NIRI OC Chapter, the organization serves as a source of education and information aimed at enhancing its members' knowledge of the capital markets, government and regulatory issues impacting business and trends in investor behavior, as well as providing them with opportunities for professional development in the field of investor relations. Its goal is to anticipate and communicate new directions in the investor relations profession to Orange County IR professionals. "The winning companies of the IRAA awards represent true excellence in their investor relations programs, with communications that clearly outline the company's business performance and its strategies combined with a simple, clear investment message," said Skoglund.

Top award winners for each entry category were as follows:

Printed Annual Report; Full Report
American States Water Company -- Best Overall (Full Report) -- GOLD AWARD
Southwest Gas -- Best Overall (Full Report) -- SILVER AWARD
Puma Biotechnology -- Achievement Award in Creative (Full Report)
Quiksilver -- People's Choice -- Best Annual Report

Printed Annual Report; 10-K Wrap
Semtech Corporation -- Best Overall (10-K Wrap) -- GOLD AWARD
Electro Rent -- Best Overall (10-K Wrap) -- SILVER AWARD
Ingram Micro -- Achievement Award in Creative (10-K Wrap)

Shareholder Letter
Ingram Micro -- Best Overall -- GOLD AWARD
BJ's Restaurant -- Best Overall -- SILVER AWARD

Online Annual Report
Lowe's -- Best Overall -- GOLD AWARD
Southwest Airlines -- Best Overall -- SILVER AWARD
Leap Wireless -- Achievement Award in Creative

IR Website
Leap Wireless -- Best Overall -- GOLD AWARD
Edwards Lifesciences -- Best Overall -- SILVER AWARD
First American Financial -- Achievement Award in Design
Life Technologies -- Achievement Award in Disclosure

Investor Presentation
Molina Healthcare -- Best Overall -- GOLD AWARD
First American Financial -- Best Overall -- SILVER AWARD
ISTA Pharmaceuticals -- Achievement Award in Creative
Broadcom -- Achievement Award in Disclosure

Earnings Release
First American Financial -- Best Overall -- GOLD AWARD
Edwards Lifesciences -- Best Overall -- SILVER AWARD
Molina Healthcare -- Achievement Award in Disclosure

The response to the new program was encouraging with a strong turnout of 71 award category entries submitted by 29 different companies. The Chapter and the IR Achievement Awards Committee thanks and recognizes the panel of judges, as well as this year's sponsors for their generosity and support, all of which are listed below:

Panel of Judges

  • Abernathy MacGregor Group
  • Group22
  • MDA
  • Morningstar
  • PINT
  • Private Retail Investors
  • ROTH Capital Partners
  • Stoyan Design
  • Wordanista
  • zu    
Emerald Sponsor:   Pencilbox
Sapphire Sponsor:   SNL
Sapphire Sponsor:   Computershare/Georgeson
Chapter Silver Sponsor:   IPREO
Chapter Silver Sponsor:   Broadridge
Chapter Silver Sponsor:   Thomson Reuters
Centerpiece Sponsor:   Wells Fargo
Supporting Sponsor:   Business Wire
In-Kind Sponsor:   Marketwire

About NIRI Orange County
Founded in 1969, NIRI is a professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants whose strategic management responsibilities integrate finance, communication, marketing and securities law compliance to enable the most effective two-way communication between a company and the financial community and other constituencies. This communication ultimately contributes to a company's securities achieving fair valuation. NIRI has over 3,500 members representing more than 2,000 public companies in 32 chapters around the country. For more information, visit The Orange County Chapter of NIRI (NIRI OC) was established in 1990. The NIRI OC chapter holds regular and special meetings and networking events throughout the year, featuring programs on topics of professional interest to investor relations practitioners such as capital markets, social media, economic discussions and other IR-related topics.

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