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

The Perfect Earnings Call: Your 5-Week Prep Plan

Posted on March 29th, 2022. Posted by

Over the last 25 years, I have listened to hundreds of earnings calls. As a sell-side analyst, they were a routine and not-much-fun part of the job. Four times a year, you lock yourself in your office and listen to call after call of management teams highlighting their achievements or trying to sugar coat the not-so-positive news.

Most of the calls were pretty standard, and came off as well thought-out and comprehensive. But every so often you would hear that call where the sell-side analysts were unforgiving in their questions and the tone was so negative you almost feel bad for the management team. In my role here at ICR Westwicke, I’ve learned what really goes on behind the scenes to make those effective earnings calls appear effortless: a lot of hard work and practice starting about a month ahead of time. Who would have ever thought?

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The 7 Key Aspects of Investor Relations

Posted on March 28th, 2022. Posted by

Creating an investor relations strategy is no small task — but it’s a critical step for any public company. To meet the expectations of investors and analysts, company leaders must develop a strategic approach for messaging, earnings calls, guidance, conferences, investor interactions and more. While that can seem overwhelming, an effective IR process actually boils down to just seven essential elements. With a plan for each of these areas, you can build a quality, long-term shareholder base and enhance equity market value. 

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6 Commonly Asked Questions (and Answers) About Quiet Periods

Posted on February 21st, 2022. Posted by

Commonly Asked Questions About Quiet Periods

Public healthcare companies often question the best course of action during quiet periods – those stretches of time during which they should limit their interaction with Wall Street due to their knowledge of material and timely information that has not yet been disclosed. Specifically, management teams struggle to figure out what the quiet period means for their investor relations (IR) efforts.

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Bringing Investor Relations and Public Relations Together

Posted on February 9th, 2022. Posted by

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If your company is publicly traded or a private company preparing for an IPO, then you likely have two separate communication tasks, one focused on reaching investors and financial analysts, the other on reaching customers and the general public – investor relations and public relations.

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10 Ways to Boost the Effectiveness of Your Biotech Investor Plan

Posted on December 21st, 2021. Posted by

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Investors know that biotech and biopharma companies in the early development stages can be risky investments. So finding the right investors that believe the rewards will outweigh the risks requires strategy.

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10 Ways to Prep for the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Posted on December 6th, 2021. Posted by

10 Ways to Prep for the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Each year, the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference provides a critical opportunity to meet with analysts, investors, and other leaders in the healthcare industry. However, making the most of the conference takes preparation.

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Tailor Your Investor Meetings to the Audience and Timeframe

Posted on November 10th, 2021. Posted by

You spend considerable time creating a professional investor presentation that tells a comprehensive story of your company. Yet aside from the analyst/investor due diligence meeting, few opportunities exist for you to deliver the entire presentation from start-to-finish. How, then, can you tailor your presentation to the time and opportunities at hand?

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4 Benefits of Conducting a Perception Audit

Posted on October 20th, 2021. Posted by

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Do you know how the investment community views your company, including your products, leadership team, business strategy, and financial performance? Asking the tough questions and opening your company up to potential negative feedback can be a scary prospect, but it’s well worth it. By conducting a perception audit — an independent investigation into investor and analyst impressions of a company — your company can realize the following benefits. 

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Planning, Preparing and Positioning for Successful Investor Meetings

Posted on October 1st, 2021. Posted by

Investor meetings are essential for managing and expanding your shareholder base. They provide investors with clarity on a company’s story and can allow you to gauge potential investor concerns, but most importantly, they provide management the opportunity to control the story being told to investors.

The buy side often views a meeting with management as a critical component in their due diligence process. Even in the wake of increased scrutiny from SEC regulators regarding Reg FD, these meetings give the buy side more insight into a company story, recent developments, and potential headwinds.

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The 10 Must-Dos for an Effective Biotech Investor Plan

Posted on September 7th, 2021. Posted by

10 Biotech Must Dos

Why would anyone invest in a biotech or biopharma company? After all, most are development-stage companies based on complicated science that consume cash voraciously, have no revenue or earnings, and need to sell a dream that could be years away from commercialization.

The risks are enormous. Yet they attract investors because the payoff can be huge. Here are the 10 must-do items that all public biotech companies should address in an effective IR program in order to attract the right investors.

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