New research has revealed that 75 per cent of analysts want
in-house IR directors to publish more information in their annual
The survey of 154 equity analysts and 57 FTSE 350 IR directors is
published next week by research firm Brand Finance.
The results confirm a division between analysts seeking greater
disclosure of information and IR directors who want to provide the
minimum amount of commercially sensitive information.
One analyst said: ’Despite analysts’ wishes for fuller disclosure on
brands and marketing, most European companies are reluctant to release
any additional details.’
Brand Finance managing director David Haigh said it would be wrong for
IR directors to publish everything, but added: ’Companies could publish
more information that could be of help to the investor without
He said: ’US annual reports include more trend data, more explanation
and more analytical and financial data, which has still led to a buoyant
capital market and more aggressively expanding companies.’