Star Conference London 2009

42 Star companies present their half results to the international financial community in London

Oct 07 2009 - 11:34

Companies belonging to Borsa Italiana’s STAR segment meet international investors at the ninth edition of the “STAR Conference London 2009”.

On Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 October, 42 small&mid cap companies belonging to the Main Market’s segment dedicated to best investment practice, will present their first half year results to the international financial community in one to one meetings at the London Stock Exchange.

The companies present at the conference are:

- Wednesday 7 October

Astaldi, Biesse, Bolzoni, Buongiorno, Cairo Communication, Cementir, Cobra, Dada, Dea Capital, Dmail Group, Elica, Gruppo Mutuionline, Interpump Group, Isagro, Juventus Football Club, La Doria, Mondo Tv, Rdb, Replay, Servizi Italia, Uni Land, Zignago Vetro

- Thursday 8 October

Actelios, Amplifon, D’Amico, Datalogic, Dmt, Emak, Eurotech, Fidia, Fiera Milano, Granitifiandre, Ima, It Way, Kerself, Marr, Nice, Prima Industrie, Reno de Medici, Sabaf, Sogefi, Vittoria Assicurazioni.

On October 6, 11 companies listed on the Main Market, formerly on Expandi, also had the opportunity to meet investors at London Stock Exchange’s headquarters.

75 investors, on behalf of 55 international investment houses, will take part in the event, with over 320 meetings arranged during the two days.

360 the total number of meetings arranged, if we consider also the ones of Tuesday 6th.

The STAR segment has been characterized, since its inception in April 2001, by its openness to international firms. This has been possible thanks to STAR’s listing requirements (and 36% of STAR companies have a greater number of independent directors than required by Borsa Italiana Rules) and initiatives promoted by Borsa Italiana. The first STAR Conference was organized in London in September 2001: it was the first of a series of meetings which, during the past 9 years, have taken place in the most important financial centres in the world with the cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Among the benefits of this intense activity is the strong presence of international shareholders: 68% of institutional investors present in STAR companies’ capital is made of international investors.

Star companies are 74, representing 22% of the total listed companies, with an average daily turnover of 39 million euro and 15,000 contracts: these figures show an increase of 253% for turnover and 139% for trades compared to December 2008.

Since the beginning of the year the FTSE STAR index has outperformed the main Italian market indices.  The FTSE STAR has risen 32.66%, compared to a 20.64% growth in the FTSE Italia All Share and  a 20.62% rise in the FTSE MIB (figures at September 30, 2009). During the same period, STAR’s market capitalization has grown 37.8% (16.4 bln euro) while the market capitalization of other listed SMEs has gained 31%.

For further information, please contact:

Anna Mascioni
Luca Grassis              Media Relations +39 02 72426.364


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