Season 1, Episode 25: Louise Wrathall, Executive Director, Corporate Development at Central Asia Metals
How to overcome challenges with IR Best Practices
Our guest on this week’s episode of the IR Update is Louise Wrathall from Central Asia Metals. As UK listed company, Louise finds the market favorable to mining companies. As an overall challenge for the sector, she mentions balancing capital return with growth and long-term return on investment. Another challenge mentioned is the need to increase communication to explain the role of mining as a raw material for other clean energy businesses, which would impact the valuation of mining companies and attract more ESG-focused funds.
Adding more transparency and being proactive in communicating any issues is Louise’s advice for dealing with problems that may happen with the company and being available and reassuring people. As for ESG, rules and how it affects your company. The company has been reporting ESG for years to comply with the major shareholder’s demands, and she feels that reporting on those initiatives helps the company improve its practices overall.
There has been a big focus on attracting more retail investors in the UK, and Louise provides great tips on how to do so, by attending specific conferences and roadshows for this audience. And she finishes the episode by talking about strategies for each group of investors, from institutional to ESG-Focused funds.