Bucharest, November 16th, 2021 – The Romanian Investor Relations Association (ARIR) recognizes annually the performance of listed companies in Investor Relations (IR), in collaboration with Institutional Investor – industry leader of independent performance validation and a source of qualitative market intelligence and global benchmarking for Corporate Executive Management Teams, Investor Relations and Investment Professionals, as well as other partners. At ARIR Gala 2021 were awarded best companies, best professionals in IR and best sustainability reports.
• Best CEO – Johan Meyer, Fondul Proprietatea; Christina Verchere, OMV Petrom;
• Best CFO – Cătălin Cădaru, Fondul Proprietatea; Alina Popa, OMV Petrom; Stephane Fortin, BRD;
• Best IRO – Ioana Bîrsu, Fondul Proprietatea; Marius Dan, Fondul Proprietatea; Adriana Marin, OMV Petrom; Mihaela Nădășan, Banca Transilvania;
• Best company in Investor Relations – OMV Petrom; Romgaz; Digi Communications;
• Best company in Investor Relations – TeraPlast; BRK Financial Group; Bittnet Systems;
• Best Sustainability Report – ALRO și OMV Petrom; Banca Transilvania; Electrica
• Creating History Award – UAMT; COMELF; IMPACT Developer & Contractor;
• Best Board Design Award – Purcari Wineries;
• 8 categories were awarded this year following the direct evaluation of institutional investors, individual investors and and also by juries of experts.
• Fondul Proprietatea and OMV Petrom, as well as their representatives, received the most nominations from institutional investors worldwide, followed by Digi Communications, BRD and Romgaz.
• TeraPlast was voted Best company in IR by individual investors, followed by BRK Financial Group and Bittnet Systems.
• At the category “Best Sustainability Report”, 2 listed companies, ALRO and OMV Petrom, were on the first place, followed by the reports of Banca Transilvania and Electrica.
• 3 companies were awarded at the “Creating History Award” category, being the first companies listed on BVB: UAMT, COMELF and IMPACT Developer & Contractor.
• Purcari was awarded “Best Design Board Award” following the evaluation of a jury under the coordination of ENVISIA.
Daniela Șerban, ARIR President & Co-founder:
“In this troubled and alert present in which dialogue is often simulated and meritocracy loses ground to mediocrity, we have managed – according to our vision – to become a real tool for promoting best practices in the field of Investor Relations. We are a platform for the development of professionals, acting on five strategic lines: communication, regulation, recognition, presentation, development of the capital market. And for everything we have become, and for everything we are, we thank to all colleagues, partners and associates, to the whole team which bears the imprint of excellence.”
Johan Meyer, CEO Franklin Templeton International Services S.À R.L. Bucharest Branch:
“Congratulations to ARIR on the 3rd anniversary! As the team at Franklin Templeton celebrated this year 10 years of managing Fondul Proprietatea, we look back at our constant efforts to promote Romania, the local capital market, improvements in corporate governance as well as transparent and proactive investor relations within our portfolio companies. Today is therefore a great opportunity to appreciate and reflect how much progress we have seen from 2011 to 2021. It is however a continuous journey of improvement, and as one of the founding members of ARIR were are happy to be collaborating with the other members to strive towards an even stronger local capital market based on the principles of corporate governance and transparency, with stakeholder communication being a core component of this. We would like to thank our shareholders and prospective investors for their votes for Best CEO, CFO, and Investor Relations and would like to reaffirm our commitment to deliver strong returns going forward as well!”
Alina Popa, CFO, OMV Petrom:
“We are very honored by the multiple recognition we received from the investment community this year. 2021 has been a particularly special year for OMV Petrom with the 20-year anniversary of the company’s listing on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and its inclusion in the FTSE Russell Emerging Market indices. These milestones made us once again reflect on the transformational journey our company has undergone to become a high performing and sustainable company and, thus, a more attractive investment option for a wider investor base. The journey continues as you will see soon in our Strategy 2030. The recognition and feedback we receive from the investment community further motivate and guide us, while also means increased responsibility and determination to pursue on our path to a sustainable business performance and to continuously strive for excellence in all our endeavors. “
Marian NĂSTASE, Chairman of the Board of Directors, ALRO:
“ALRO, a company having a tradition of more than 55 years, has demonstrated the implementation of the latest trends and has managed to innovate also through its Sustainability Report: “Looking towards a green future.” The first place in the category “Best Sustainability Report” honors us and recognizes the higher level of sustainability performance reached by ALRO. Furthermore, it demonstrates the Company’s focus and engagement to contribute to the growth of the communities in which it operates, thus supporting the sustainable development of Romania in the context of reaching the European Green Deal objectives. “
Ioana Birta, CFO, TeraPlast:
“The shift in strategy of the TeraPlast Group translates into investments worth EUR 32 million this year, M&A, as well as through improvement in operational performance. The results overall show that our plans, the determination and vision from which they have started, have the sense of reality and are confirmed by our achievements. This performance supports in practice the motto of our 125th anniversary of the Group’s tradition – The evolution defines us. We continued to deliver double-digit growth, we concluded M&A transactions, and rewarding our shareholders for their trust has been a priority for us. We enjoy the support of our investors and we always keep our communication channels open; transparency is at the heart of our policies, we have an honest dialogue and are open to suggestions. It is a communication flow in both directions. “
Amani Korayeim, Director, Director EMEA – II Research, Institutional Investor:
„There is much more than financial numbers that contribute to a company’s equity story. Investor Relations, with their tools and expertise, have the ability to connect the dots and translate the complexities of a business to the market like no other corporate function – ultimately to ensure a fair stock valuation and solicit investments. Every year we see new nominee entries from Romania in Institutional Investor’s Emerging EMEA Executive Team Survey, which is an indication that Romanian Executive and IR teams are continually working to deliver against the ever increasing demands of investors and regulators. Out of the 351 nominated companies and 552 individuals in the EMEA survey, 7 companies and 10 individuals from Romania have been named and evaluated by global investment professionals for their stand out performance in at least one of the core assessment criteria. More needs to be done to become competitive in the race for capital in the region; with the support of associations like ARIR, Romanian companies will be equipped with the right tools and knowledge to engage and speak the language of the international investment community.”
Institutional Investors: 351 listed companies and 552 people were nominated by institutional investors in this year survey and 7 companies and 10 people from Romania were nominated and evaluated by global investors for their outstanding performance in at least one of the most important evaluation criteria.
Individual Investors: 560 investors expressed their opinion on the interaction with the issuers listed on BVB in the main market. They pointed out the transparency of the companies, the quality of the reports, the communication from the perspective of the availability and proactivity of the Investor Relations team.
Jury of Experts for the evaluation of Sustainability Reports: Adina Ardeleanu – Co-founder, Financial Intelligence, Adrian Codîrlașu – Vice President, CFA Romania, Cristian Petre – Portfolio Manager NN Pensii, Mihaela Stoica, ICA – Financial Services Compliance Specialist and Mugur Popescu – Investment Director, BCR Pensii.
Jury of Experts for the nomination of Best Board Design: Prof. Nada Kakabdse – Chair of the Awarding Committee, Founding Member of ENVISIA, Drd. Daniela Șerban – ARIR President, Drd. Bogdan Mihail – Board Member Envisia, Drd. Hanaan Yaseen – Board Design Lead, Adriana Lobdă – Founding Member of Envisia and Carmen Micu – CEO and Founding Member of Envisia.
ARIR Gala is organized with the support of the event partners IMPACT Developer & Contractor (leading real estate developer in Romania, ARIR associate member) and Purcari (one of the leading wine producers in CEE, ARIR associate member) and Transelectrica ( Romania’s electricity transmission and system operator that manages, operates, maintains, modernizes and develops the transmission grid, ARIR Associate member). The strategic partners are Bucharest Stock Exchange (organizes and manages the regulated markets of financial instruments, ARIR founding member), Banca Transilvania (the largest bank in South-Eastern Europe, ARIR associate member), TeraPlast (parent company of TeraPlast Group, the largest Romanian producer of construction materials, ARIR founding member), ALRO (one of the largest vertically integrated aluminium producers in Europa, by production capacity, ARIR founding member). The institutional partners are ENVISIA ( the First Business School in Romania for Board Directors, ARIR affiliate member) and Institutional Investor (industry leader of independent performance validation).
Media partners are: Radio România Actualități, Money.ro, Financial Intelligence, The Diplomat, JURIDICE.ro, PIAȚA FINANCIARĂ, The Romania Journal, clubantreprenor.ro, Economistul, Club Economic, România Durabilă.
Monitoring partners: Klarmedia, Issue Monitoring.