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Liberum Consumer Confidence Survey weakens - an infographic

22 September 2014 | Mentions of Liberum

The latest Liberum UK Consumer Confidence Survey reveals a weakening in sentiment as expectations for an interest rate hike move closer and the outlook for house price rises softens.  

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Graphic by Liberum's Emily Leigh

The survey, carried out among 1,022 participants in July and August, also explored how British consumers feel about cuts in local authority spending  - affordable housing a preferred focus here - and monitors changes in how they expect their personal spending to change in a time of rising interest rates (a greater willingness to cut back on fags, booze and fuel).

Voters were subtantially more likely to vote for cuts to VAT - marginally ahead of spending on elderly care - than defence or high-speed rail.

The full survey is available to professional investors and media from the Liberum Media team led by Ian Whittaker. Email the team here >>

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Liberum's Whittaker, Atherton on CityAM Analyst of the Year shortlist

11 September 2014 | Mentions of Liberum

Liberum analysts Ian Whittaker and Peter Atherton have been shortlisted for the prestigious City AM Analyst of the Year Awards 2014, set to take place November 13 in London, two of five analysts on the list.

Below: Ian Whittaker, Liberum Media Analyst, left and Peter Atherton, Utilities Analyst, right.

Ian Whittaker And Peter Atherton

It is the second consecutive year that Ian, who covers media, has made the cut.

The pair are on a shortlist of analysts that CityAM said "all stand out for their impressive foresight in their respective sectors and their revered reputations in the industry." They are "truly at the top of their game," it added.

Peter (follow him on Twitter here >>) has garnered a high-profile for his no-holds-barred deep insight into the UK utilities sector, centering on UK government energy policy and the cost of its nuclear power ambitions and meeting its environmental obligations.

Click on the image below to see a short video >> of Peter discussing UK energy policy in the run up to the May 2015 general election.

Atherton Video

Ian (follow him on Twitter here >>), meanwhile, has held a positive view of FTSE100 commercial broadcaster ITV since he began his coverage of the company in 2008 with a Buy rating and a 34-pence price target. It has climbed six-fold since to 212 pence on 10/09/2014. At the time of his initiation of coverage, ITV was among the least favoured media stocks in Europe.

Liberum this year achieved its best results in its seven-year history in the 2014 Thomson Reuters Extel Survey, the annual analyst surveys which rank broker and independent research based on the responses from more than 16,000 fund managers and institutional investors.

It rose to second place in the key category: Leading Pan European brokerage firm - UK Small & Mid Caps. In 2013, Liberum ranked fifth.

The CityAM Awards website is here >>

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Archie Soames joins Liberum’s investment banking team

09 September 2014 | People

Archie Soames has joined Liberum’s investment banking team from commodities company Glencore, his second role at the staff-owned pan-European investment bank.

He spent the last 18 months with Switzerland-based Glencore’s investor relations and corporate affairs team. Prior to that he worked for three years with Liberum in an equity sales position.

Liberum celebrates its seventh birthday Wednesday and over that period it has played a role in 25 initial public offerings, most recently those of GAME Digital, Volution and P2P Global Investments. 

Some £12.6 billion has been raised by Liberum and syndicates on behalf of companies and Topps Tiles and Photo-Me International are the most recent to join its roster of corporate clients. 

Liberum began trading on September 10, 2007 and provides research, sales, trading and corporate advice to European and North American institutional investors and companies. It covers more than 380 stocks that constitute 80% of the FTSE100 and 50% of FTSE250. 

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Ahmed Farman joins Liberum to expand European utilities coverage

28 August 2014 | People

Liberum is expanding its renowned utilities research coverage into Europe with the appointment of Ahmed Farman (below) as Equities Analyst covering companies such as Germany’s RWE and E.On and France’s GDF Suez and bringing seven years’ experience in the sector.

Ahmedfarman

Prior to joining Liberum, he spent three years with Redburn Partners covering European Utilities and before this advised utilities regulators and infrastructure projects whilst working for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Oxera Consulting.

Ahmed’s work will add to Liberum’s UK utilities coverage led by Peter Atherton.

“The challenges of affordable renewals, security of supply and competitiveness make understanding the real equities story in Europe a task I relish,” Ahmed said. “Investors are increasingly asking tough questions about the landscape there and I look forward to helping illuminate the answers.”

Ahmed holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economic and Political Science.

Liberum is a pan-European investment bank founded in 2007 providing research, sales, trading and corporate advice to European and North American institutional investors and companies. We cover 388 stocks constituting 80% of the FTSE100 and 50% of FTSE250.

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Anna Hartropp joins Liberum’s Investment Banking team

22 August 2014 | People

Liberum has appointed Anna Hartropp to its investment banking team, bringing nine years of FTSE100 and FTSE250 experience from Marks & Spencer, Cookson and, most recently, global technology company Laird PLC.

“Anna’s UK corporate experience encompasses well-known industrial, retail, technology and support services companies,” said Peter Tracey, Liberum’s Head of Investment Banking. “Anna will play a key role in our expansion of expert advice and innovative solutions for corporate clients in the months and years to come.”

“Given the momentum Liberum has from recent client wins, and the recognition they are receiving in the market, this is an exciting time for me to be joining the team”, said Anna.

Liberum has been involved in 22 initial public offerings since 2010, most recently those of GAME Digital, Volution and P2P Global Investments. In the year to July 2014 it raised £1.4 billion on behalf of corporate clients and recently added Topps Tiles and Photo-Me International to its roster of clients.

Before joining Liberum, Anna was Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Laird, Investor Relations Manager at Marks & Spencer, Investor Relations Manager at Cookson and Investor Relations Consultant at Logica.

Prior to Anna’s roles in Investor Relations, she held positions in the Conservative Party advising and assisting key figures such as Lord Saatchi and Theresa May MP and within Prime Minister David Cameron’s office, when Leader of the Opposition. She was also Campaign Coordinator for Dr Liam Fox MP’s leadership campaign.

She has a BA (Hons) in Social & Cultural Studies from the University of Nottingham and holds the Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR) qualification.

Liberum is a staff-owned pan-European investment bank founded in 2007 providing research, sales, trading and corporate advice to European and North American institutional investors and companies. It has 66 corporate clients and covers 388 stocks constituting 80% of the FTSE100 and 50% of FTSE250.

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Robert Waldschmidt named as Consumer Goods Analyst

06 August 2014 | People

Liberum has named Robert Waldschmidt (below) as Consumer Goods Analyst, bringing almost 15 years of experience covering food and home and personal care companies.

Robertwaldschmidt

He joins from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he led coverage of household names such as Nestlé, Unilever, Danone, L’Oréal, Reckitt Benckiser and Beiersdorf. Prior to that, Robert worked for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch in London and William Blair and Lazard in Chicago. 

“I’m delighted to have the chance to expand Liberum’s coverage of these vital and dynamic industries,” he said.

“The world’s rapidly growing middle class, as seen predominantly in China and other emerging markets, is putting European Consumer companies at the front line of global and changing consumer habits. I believe we will see continued strong, secular growth in emerging market consumer demand for several decades to come, presenting many companies with unprecedented growth opportunities.” 

Robert, who is married with two young children, graduated from the University of Illinois with a BSc (Hons) in Finance and also holds an MBA from MIT Sloan. 

Liberum is a pan-European investment bank founded in 2007 providing research, sales, trading and corporate advice to European and North American institutional investors and companies. It covers more than 300 stocks constituting 80% of the FTSE100 and 50% of FTSE250. 

Click here >> for the latest infographic on how Liberum’s business is growing and changing.

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