COVID-19: What do investors want to know?

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04/21/20

What do investors want from financial reporting given current events and the potential delays in filings and earnings releases? Hear PwC discuss the issue.

 

This podcast is the next episode in a series addressing the impact COVID-19 can have on financial reporting. Heather Horn is joined by Gregory Johnson, a PwC director leading outreach to the investor and analyst communities, who shares his insights on the information and transparency investors will be seeking.

Topics include:

  • 1:07 - Overview. Given current events, analysts and investors are looking for new information. Gregory sets the stage.
  • 3:38 - Cash. What are investors looking for most from companies’ communication? Gregory outlines investors’ focus on cash and any restrictions on access.
  • 4:57 - Liquidity. If cash is king, liquidity is a close second. Gregory discusses how the investor community is trying to understand the impact of COVID-19 on companies’ liquidity, which may be an indication on whether they can survive long term.
  • 6:26 - Reducing expenses. What are companies disclosing in terms of cost cutting? Gregory also discusses how cash needs may impact dividends and stock buyback plans.
  • 12:15 - Long-term viability. Given the high level of uncertainty for the future, we wrap up with insight on how companies have adjusted their strategy (or plan to) for longer-term success.

Also, be sure to read our In the loop publication, "You're saying it. Are investors hearing it?"

About our guest

Gregory Johnson is a director in PwC’s National office with a primary focus on investor engagement. In this role, Gregory builds relationships with investors, analysts, and governance professionals to gain insights into their views on corporate reporting, industry trends, regulatory developments, and other issues that may impact investment decisions.

About our host

Heather Horn is PwC's National office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 25 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

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Heather Horn

Heather Horn

US Strategic Thought Leader, National Professional Services Group, PwC US

David Schmid

David Schmid

International Accounting Leader, National Professional Services Group, PwC US

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