Communications with Shareholders
Shareholder support is integral to the successful execution of our “Buy, Improve, Sell” strategy. Melrose has attracted long-term support from its key shareholders since its establishment in 2003, none of which is taken for granted. Given that we often need to move quickly to secure the opportunities that we feel will be (and have been) critical to Melrose’s success, we rely on the in-depth understanding amongst our investors of our business model and strategy, which feeds into other aspects of our governance structure, such as executive remuneration.
The success of our “Buy, Improve, Sell” model and our commitment to investing in our businesses to improve their sustainability performance relies on maintaining strong shareholder support from our key stakeholders, including our investors. Melrose provides a consistent and transparent flow of information and management insight to shareholders and the wider investment community, and we take an honest, transparent and open approach to investor relations and communications. We recognise that shareholders, as well as other stakeholders such as corporate governance agencies and independent reporting bodies, require robust information and guidance to best inform their decision-making. We deliver this through enhanced disclosure on topics that are material to the Company including sustainability, supported by active and transparent engagement, to enable our stakeholders to accurately review and assess our performance in line with best practice.
In addition to our annual programme of key information publications and engagement initiatives including the annual general meeting, general meetings on specific material items, publication of full and half year results, regular trading statements, and the Annual Report, the Board and the Melrose senior management team meet and communicate with shareholders on a frequent and proactive basis throughout the year, including at specific capital markets days on the different businesses we own.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic constrained our face-to-face activities in 2020 (and continues to do so), we continued to engage with our investors by providing trading updates, published more frequently during 2020 to ensure that investors are appropriately informed as to the Group’s performance, and virtual capital markets presentation days to provide shareholders, analysts, and their representatives with direct access to the Directors and the opportunity to engage directly with the executive management teams of our largest businesses. Further information is available on our Investors page.
The views of key analysts and shareholders continue to be reported to the Board directly by individual Directors or via the Company’s brokers. This helps to ensure that all members of the Board develop an understanding of the views and any concerns of shareholders. The Chairman and non-executive Directors are also available to meet institutional shareholders, where requested.