ICR, a leading strategic communications firm, today released the results of the inaugural ICR XChange survey revealing industry sentiment from institutional investors, private equity professionals, private and public company executives, and equity research analysts in attendance at the 17th Annual ICR XChange, the premier investment conference for consumer-oriented growth companies currently being held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. Results from the survey revealed an upbeat sentiment for 2015 with respondents reporting a generally bullish outlook for U.S. consumer spending, with expectations for a sixth consecutive year of growth despite falling oil prices, the continuing slowdown in China and ongoing Eurozone uncertainty.
More than 215 XChange attendees weighed in on questions concerning trading, consumer spending, corporate executive challenges and media influence. Principal learnings include:
“A company’s corporate valuation is increasingly influenced by factors outside of financial performance,” said Tom Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, ICR. “Less tangible elements such as consistency of information, transparency, accessibility and reputation certainly play a role in forming a complete view of the company and can be leveraged to maximize its valuation. We are pleased to share the views of XChange attendees through this survey and look forward to the conversations this data will ignite.”
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