Enhanced visibility for PLUS companies through Edison Investment Research

London - 4 March 2010

Independent research released on top 52 companies

The PLUS stock exchange is pleased to announce the launch of the first PLUS half yearly review*, a report which for the first time provides coverage of the leading companies on the PLUS market. The research has been compiled by Edison Investment Research, Europe’s leading independent investment research company.
This first edition covers the top 52 companies on PLUS by market capitalisation, including companies such as Arsenal Holdings, the owner of Arsenal Football Club and the brewer Shepherd Neame. In addition, a number of the best performing companies in terms of share price are covered in the review, such as Dhais and Sprue Aegis, which saw share price rises of 96.67% and 75.68% respectively in 2009.

Edison’s research is read by every major institutional investor, by private client brokers and by the international investment community, and is an effective way to raise the profile and visibility of PLUS-quoted companies. The publication includes an equity market overview from Edison’s strategist, Alex Gunz. In this edition, Gunz outlines the key thematic drivers that he believes will influence the direction of equities in 2010.

This research document is just one of a number of new initiatives being undertaken by PLUS to raise the visibility and profile of its top performing companies and to showcase the investment opportunities offered on its market. Other activities planned for this year include a series of road-shows around the UK, in conjunction with leading private client broking firms. Furthermore, PLUS has partnered with MoneyAM, one of the UK’s leading online financial services providers, to broaden the reach of trading data and company news from the PLUS market.

Paul Haddock, PLUS’ Head of Capital Markets, said: “This exciting new research initiative forms a cornerstone of our ongoing commitment to raise the visibility and profile of our PLUS-quoted companies and to highlight some of their success stories. We saw good levels of corporate activity on our exchange in 2009 and some remarkable growth stories, and I would encourage more investors to explore our market.

“Inclusion in the research is free of charge and represents a real value add for these ambitious companies who for the first time will be profiled in an independent research publication. This high profile research document illustrates PLUS’s continued commitment to the needs of our companies.”

Neil Shah, Edison Director of Research, comments: “We’re very pleased to have worked with the PLUS stock exchange on bringing about this first PLUS review on PLUS-quoted companies. The review bridges a crucial gap in coverage for some of the top performing PLUS companies and provides a platform for showcasing them to the institutional investors, private client brokers and retail investment community that Edison services.”

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