Alma has a deep understanding of the specific needs of the capital markets and the key commentators who ultimately influence pools of investors, be they institutional, private or retail.
Appointed ahead of the IPO, in the summer of 2007, our advisors have worked with Craneware since that time, providing advice on interaction with the capital markets and managing all aspects of the company’s analyst and financial media relations activity.
This has included managing the communications around two acquisitions; ClaimTrust, Inc. in 2011 and Kestros Limited in 2014 and the launch of a comprehensive strategy in 2015 that dramatically increases the company’s total addressable market.
Most recently, Alma supported Craneware with a $193.5 million placing and the Company’s largest acquisition to date of US-based Sentry for $400 million, providing immediate additional scale and cementing Craneware’s position in its end market.
Keith Neilson, co-founder and CEO of Craneware plc had the following to say regarding the service received from Alma partners during this time:
Working across eOne’s UK and US Capital Markets needs, media relations and analyst interaction, our advisors have supported eOne through its move from AIM to the FTSE 250, and multiple acquisitions including Alliance Films, Audio Networks and the remaining stake in Peppa Pig. Throughout this time, the team worked closely with eOne’s global teams and partners to ensure the Group’s communications were aligned.
Jackie Rubin, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Entertainment One said:
Activity included a re-introduction of the Company to press and analysts, broadening of investor support with a particular focus on reaching retail investors and wider corporate profile raising.
Within the first three weeks, Design Group was featured on BBC News and has since featured broadly across a range of news outlets. As a trusted partner to Design Group, since the initial programme, we have provided a truly full service offering, including support with internal communications, crisis planning and advised on three major acquisitions.
Since the team started working with Design Group the Company has more than doubled revenues, with its share price more than tripling. In January 2020 the Company completed a significantly oversubscribed placing to raise £120m.
Paul Fineman, CEO, IG Design Group plc said:
Appointed in January 2019, our advisers have worked with Aquis to manage its financial and corporate PR activity, undertaking a comprehensive set of activities to help raise the Company’s profile with its key audiences and deepening engagement with the retail investor community.
Activity has included developing and strengthening relationships with analysts and brokers as well as the national, financial and investment media, with Aquis regularly securing coverage in key national business pages and broadcast interviews.
Aquis Exchange acquired Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE) (formerly NEX Exchange) in the summer of 2020, which saw the business enter the primary market. Alma has been a central part of shaping AQSE’s messaging as it undergoes a transformation, ensuring the new story is delivered to press, analysts, prospective issuers and investors alike.
Alasdair Haynes, CEO of Aquis Exchange PLC said:
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