Communications with Shareholders
The success of our “Buy, Improve, Sell” strategy relies on maintaining strong investor support, which Melrose achieves by providing a consistent and transparent flow of information and management insight to shareholders and to the wider investment community.
Melrose takes an honest, transparent and open approach to investor relations and communications. We recognise that analysts require robust information in order to best inform investors, and investors themselves benefit from disclosure in line with regulatory requirements, as well as enhanced disclosure on material topics to the Company, to inform their independent investment decisions. As a result, we have attracted long-term support from key shareholders since our establishment in 2003.
In addition to our annual programme of key information publications and engagement initiatives including the annual general meeting, extraordinary general meetings on specific material items, publication of full and half year results, and publication of our Annual Report, the Board and the Melrose senior management team meet and communicate with shareholders on a frequent and proactive basis throughout the year. These efforts include investor roadshows at least once a year, trading updates, capital markets presentation days as appropriate to provide key 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 during key points in their improvement cycle, and, where requested, open agenda meetings for key shareholders attended by the Chairman. In particular, the Board hosted a capital markets day for institutional investors and financial analysts in 2021, which included presentations from the CEOs of GKN Automotive and GKN Powder Metallurgy, containing updates on key financial information. In light of the travel restrictions in 2021, we continued to keep shareholders informed as to the Group’s performance during the year primarily through virtual events alongside bespoke interactions between investors, analysts and members of management. We expect a return to face-to-face interactions in 2022 as restrictions ease.
The Group Company Secretariat was also available to engage with and facilitate discussions with the responsible stewardship and sustainability representatives of key investors, including direct discussions with members of the Board. During 2021, these wider interactive engagement processes were undertaken in relation to a number of specific topics, including the renewal of the Company’s long-term incentive arrangements, diversity and sustainability.
The views of key analysts and shareholders are reported to the Board to ensure that all members of the Board develop an understanding of the views and any concerns of key shareholders. The Chairman and other Non-executive Directors are also available to meet institutional shareholders, where requested.