3rd April 2018
Smurfit Kappa ranked at top of the All-Europe Executive Team - receives award for Best CEO and Best IR Professional in the sector
Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products, with operations in Europe and the Americas, has been named as an Honoured Company in the European Paper & Packaging Sector by Institutional Investor (“II”) Magazine, for the third consecutive year.
II Magazine, one of the world’s foremost financial publications for over five decades, issues an annual ranking of Europe’s leading Executive Teams based on the views of investment professionals. The award categories include: ‘Best CEO’, ‘Best CFO’, ‘Best IR Professional’ and ‘Best IR Company’.
Smurfit Kappa 2018 Rankings
The Smurfit Kappa executive team ranked highly in all award categories. The Group’s CEO Tony Smurfit was ranked as number 1 in the ‘Best CEO’ category. The Group’s Head of Investor Relations, Garrett Quinn, was ranked as number 1 in the ‘Best IR Professional’ category and the Group was ranked number 1 in the ‘Best IR Company’ category. The Group also ranked highly in the categories of ‘Best CFO’ and ‘Best Website’.
Tony Smurfit, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO commented: “We are delighted to once again be the most honoured company in our sector and to be named to the All-Europe Executive Team for 2018 by Institutional Investor Magazine. These accolades reflect the dedication and commitment of our wider team and our belief in consistently delivering to plan.”
About II Magazine’s Annual Survey
II Magazine asks portfolio managers and sell-side analysts to name the best CEO’s, CFO’s and Investor Relations professionals at the European companies they cover. Voters rank the top-four companies that they believe demonstrate excellence in each of seven IR performance attributes. Their votes are then weighted by the rank they have assigned each company and aggregated to produce buy-side, sell-side and combined buy- and sell-side rankings for each sector. The 2018 rankings are based on the votes of 1,496 buy-side analysts and portfolio managers at 693 firms and 940 sell-side analysts at 123 firms.
IR Performance Attributes:
Accessibility of Senior Executives
Most constructive conference calls
Well informed IR team
Quality of corporate documents and investor kit materials
Quick and thorough responses and requests
Timely and appropriate level of financial disclosure
Highest quality meetings through road shows/conferences