Supply Chain Risk Effects on Shareholder Value Are High Among 2008 Investor Relations Concerns

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Investor Relations Newsletter addresses emerging supply chain risk trends and IOMA releases a related guide on ensuring business resilience.

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Companies that are able to avoid disruptions will be regarded as a superior shareholder value in 2008 --shares of resilient companies should perform better.

The latest edition of Investor Relations Newsletter, a publication discussing practical investor relations tactics and strategies to improve disclosure communications and shareholder value, identifies several issues as emerging atop next year's investor concerns.

According to leading industry expert, K. Dunlop Scott, President and COO of Columbia Partners LLC Investment Management, supply chain risk will arise as a considerable issue in 2008 as investors grasp the implications for share value.

Scott and Columbia Partners first made this connection in 2000 as they observed larger, well-managed organizations becoming increasingly dependent on smaller companies housing frailer infrastructures. In light of outsourcing as a means on economizing, these large companies also began limiting the quantity of suppliers. Consequently, these suppliers were also dependent on other small suppliers. Scott told IOMA, INVR's Publisher, "Look at a company's supply chain. For example, if a company is reliant on unreliable companies, what risk management does the company have in place?"

As Scott's and other economic studies have demonstrated, businesses must remain prepared to adapt to adverse events. Organizations that are better equipped will gain competitive business advantage while improving reputations, while ill-equipped organizations will lose market share and shareholder value.

Scott also believes that, "Companies that are able to avoid disruptions will be regarded as a superior shareholder value in 2008 --shares of resilient companies should perform better."

In response to 2008's predicted shareholder and supply chain risk management issues, IOMA Research has just released a preparedness guide. This report is written to help organizations align disaster preparation programs with today's risks and best practices. The guide includes: new approaches to risk assessment methodology; specific prevention/mitigation measures; key strategies to improve planning and processes; and case studies, lessons learned and sample planning documents.

Those interested in learning more may visit IOMA's Investor Relations website: http://www.ioma.com/issues/INVRN/ .

About IOMA
IOMA publishes Investor Relations Newsletter's solutions and best practices for IROs monthly. Each issue prescribes proactive insights on topics such as: Sarbanes-Oxley and SEC regulations on financial reporting and disclosure; C-level communications and crisis management; dealing with newly empowered activist shareholders; and IR's role in strategic planning.

For more information, contact Randy Cochran at rcochran@ioma.com.

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