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The Westwicke Blog is designed to deliver information and insights into the ever-changing world of healthcare communications.

What to Do If Analyst Estimates Veer Off Track

Posted on June 13th, 2019. Posted by

When Analysts Veer Off Track

Any company that finds Wall Street analyst estimates out of line with its own financial projections faces a potentially risky perception problem. How management handles the situation can determine whether they reassure investors or lose credibility with the Street.

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Planning a Life Sciences IPO in 2020? Considerations Ahead of an Election Year

Posted on May 22nd, 2019. Posted by

Planning a Life Sciences IPO in 2020

Comprised of former buy- and sell-side professionals, Westwicke’s managing directors can attest to how notoriously difficult financial markets are to predict. One area where there is at least some degree of certainty is the heightened challenge of executing a financing in the midst of an election year, where initial public offering (IPO) activity and appetite for risk tend to diminish, particularly in a politically-charged vertical such as healthcare.

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6 Core Elements of an Effective IR Plan

Posted on May 16th, 2019. Posted by

6 Core Elements of an Effective IR Plan

The relationships you build with investors are crucial to your overall business strategy. But as you develop a strong investor relations (IR) plan, consider the following core elements that will help you build a credible reputation with the right audience. From fine-tuning your messaging to nurturing shareholder relationships to selecting the right partner, the investments you make now, will pay off over the long-term.

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The Biggest Mistakes Our Experts See Companies Make Before Going Public

Posted on April 24th, 2019. Posted by

The Biggest Mistakes Before Seeking IPO

Scan the pages of the news and you’ll likely see stories of failed IPOs. Despite fast growth, some companies that go public are plagued by poor preparation and questionable business models. But completing an initial public offering (IPO) is a significant decision for your healthcare company and will transform the way you do business. As the largest healthcare-focused investor & public relations firm in the U.S., our team has handled countless healthcare IPOs. As a result, we’ve witnessed wins and successes as well as IPO mistakes companies make in their quest to go public. If you’re running a company that’s growing fast, avoid these big mistakes as you look to go public.

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How to Raise Your Science Profile in a Crowded Investor Space

Posted on April 10th, 2019. Posted by

How to Raise Your Science Profile in a Crowded Investor Space

Drawing investor attention can pose a challenge, even for companies with groundbreaking, new science. In a space teeming with competition, it’s vital that emerging biophama companies developing innovative therapies also establish strong messaging to reach and intrigue potential investors.

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8 Best Practices of an Effective Earnings Call

Posted on March 26th, 2019. Posted by

8 Best Practices of an Effective Earnings Call

Your earnings calls are more than just numbers – they present an important opportunity to make a favorable impression and add context to your financials while establishing expectations for investors. Prepare your team and set yourself up for a successful earnings call with these eight, simple best practices.

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How (and How Often) to Conduct a Perception Study

Posted on March 15th, 2019. Posted by

How (and How Often) to Conduct a Perception Study

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
— Thomas Jefferson

Just as honesty fuels wisdom on life’s great matters, candid thoughts from outsiders can prove invaluable for corporate executives seeking to learn how key market participants view their company. A perception study can play a vital role in gathering these opinions.

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5 Ways Experience Drives Strategic IR Best Practices

Posted on February 26th, 2019. Posted by

Investor Relations

At Westwicke, an ICR Company, we know what constitutes investor relations (IR) best practices for one important reason: as former investors, bankers, analysts, and salespeople, we have the experience to understand information flow dynamics on Wall Street and the proven strategies. We have discussed specific best practices of a good IR strategy at length – sometimes in broad strokes and other times in greater detail. Every once in a while, however, it is important to pick your head up out of the trees and view the forest to get a sense of the prevailing buy-side perspective on IR and confirm that your intuition is in fact correct. I recently came across a global buy-side survey conducted by Rivel Research Group that underscores our qualitative expertise on IR strategy with quantitative measures. It is important for management teams of publicly traded companies to consider these buy-side perspectives as they approach IR.

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6 Tips for an Effective Annual Letter to Shareholders

Posted on February 7th, 2019. Posted by

Annual Letter to Shareholders

To some companies, the annual letter to shareholders is an art. Warren Buffet, for example, may write a 30-page letter that addresses a range of topics — some that have little relevance to the letter’s intended audience. However, as you prepare to release your annual letter to shareholders, the best approach for most companies is to keep it clear and concise. This letter is an important piece of communication with your investors, and it should clearly lay out your vision, goals, and milestones achieved. Here are six tips to make your letter as effective as possible.

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Your Company’s Messaging and the FDA: What You Need to Know

Posted on January 29th, 2019. Posted by

Your Company’s Messaging and the FDA: What You Need to Know

Your leadership spends a lot of time developing and writing public messages about your company’s story — whether a press release, the corporate deck, or the script of an earnings call. And while the intended audience is often the investment community, it’s important to consider what other constituencies will read these public documents. Your competitors, the media, and even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will likely read your news as well.

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Investor Relations Primer: The Basics of an Effective Plan

Learn about the essential elements in a comprehensive investor relations plan by downloading our latest eBook, Investor Relations Primer: The Basics of an Effective Plan.

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