Deutsche Börse Opens Entry and General Standard Conference
Largest small and mid-cap conference in Frankfurt for fifth time
Deutsche Börse will be opening the Entry and General Standard Conference in Frankfurt on Monday. The capital market conference provides a platform for around 60 companies, predominantly SMEs, to exchange opinions and enter into dialog with investors and analysts. In all, some 600 people are expected to attend. Now in its fifth year, the event has established itself as Germany’s largest and most successful small and mid-cap conference.
Companies will present the figures from their annual financial statements and their business models at investor and analyst conferences. Workshops will cover a wide range of issues of particular importance for listed SMEs in the current climate.
“Especially at times such as these, companies should take the capital market as an opportunity to optimize financing and thus to exploit the strategic scope for investments for renewal and expansion. The response to this conference shows that in spite of the crisis, there are enough innovative SMEs in Germany that have active contact with investors and actively manage their presence on the capital market. The majority of them come from the forward-looking sectors such as alternative energy sources, financial services and software,” said Rainer Riess, Managing Director of Xetra Market Development at Deutsche Börse.
As a segment of the EU-regulated market, the General Standard is used predominantly by companies targeting domestic private and institutional investors. There are 321 companies currently listed on the General Standard.
The Entry Standard Research Guide 2009 will also be introduced, presenting the latest analysis of all Entry Standard companies. Growth was recorded in the Entry Standard last year in spite of the extremely difficult conditions. Only one company was delisted in 2008, while six companies moved up to the regulated market, i.e. the General or Prime Standard. The number of companies in the Entry Standard confirms its concept of offering small and medium-sized companies straightforward cost-efficient access to the European capital market. There are currently 114 companies listed on the Entry Standard.
The Entry and General Standard Conference will be held from 4-6 May 2009 in Frankfurt. The complete conference program is available on the Deutsche Börse website at www.deutsche-boerse.com/listing.
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