IR MAGAZINE announced the winners of this year’s Continental Europe Awards at a black-tie event in Zurich last night.
German utility E.ON AG took the grand prix for best overall investor relations in the large-cap category. In the small- or mid-cap category, Netherlands-based semiconducter systems maker ASML Holding NV was the overall winner.
The award for best investor relations officer of a large-cap company went to Oliver Schmidt of German insurance group Allianz SE (NYSE: AZ). In the small- or mid-cap category, ASML’s Franki D’Hoore and Rob van Vliet were voted the best IROs.
The large cap category covers companies included in the top 250 of the FT Global 500, published in June but based on data from March 31, 2006. The small or mid-cap category covers companies outside the top 250.
Here is the full list of awards:
Grand prix for best overall investor relations (large cap)
Grand prix for best overall investor relations (small or mid-cap)
ASML Holding NV
Best investor relations officer (large cap)
Allianz SE – Oliver Schmidt
Best investor relations officer (small or mid-cap)
ASML Holding NV– Franki D’Hoore & Rob van Vliet
Best investor relations by a CEO (large cap)
ING Group NV – Michel Tilmant
Best investor relations by a CEO (small or mid-cap)
Umicore Group (EBR:UMI) – Thomas Leysen
Most improved investor relations (large cap)
Most improved investor relations (small or mid-cap)
ASML Holding NV
Best corporate literature
Best investment community meetings
Roche Holding Ltd. (F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd)
Best use of the internet for investor relations
BASF Aktiengesellschaft (BASF AG)
Best use of virtual conferencing
Best corporate governance and disclosure policy
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
Best financial media relations
Best investor relations during a takeover or merger
E.ON AG (offer for Endesa in February 2006 – ongoing)