SIX Swiss Exchange welcomes a new research partner to its Stage Program

Zurich - 30 June 2017

Baader Helvea is joining Vontobel and Zürcher Kantonalbank as the third research partner in the Stage Program, launched in September 2016. To date, eight companies have enjoyed the benefits of the program, which is designed to raise the visibility of listed companies in the market and with key stakeholders.

Baader Helvea, Vontobel and Zürcher Kantonalbank prepare research reports for offer small and medium-sized companies the possibility of receiving additional research coverage. This research coverage is offered as an add-on to the basic package, under which the listed company enjoys a regularly updated fact sheet provided by Morningstar, as well as training organized by SIX Swiss Exchange, and specific, target-group-relevant information and events.

Andrea von Bartenwerffer, Head Account Management Issuer Relations at SIX Swiss Exchange: "We are delighted to welcome another renowned research partner in the shape of Baader Helvea. The program has attracted a lot of interest from capital market participants since its launch. Eight companies are now reaping the benefits of the Stage program." Stefan Weber, CEO Newron Pharmaceuticals S.p.A, which participates in the program: "We welcome this initiative from SIX Swiss Exchange, which, in collaboration with its partners, is determined to counteract the decreasing research coverage of SMEs in recent years."

SIX Swiss Exchange is one of the leading exchanges in Europe. It connects companies from around the world with international investors and trading participants. It creates particularly market-oriented framework conditions for listing and trading in its highly liquid segments. SIX Swiss Exchange multiplies the locational advantages of the Swiss financial marketplace with first-rate services and is an ideal listing location. It distributes its own range of indices, including Switzerland’s most important blue-chip index SMI®. With the world’s most advanced trading technology X-stream INET it offers excellent trading conditions.

SIX operates the infrastructure underpinning the Swiss financial sector and offers a comprehensive range of services around the world in the fields of securities trading and settlement, financial information and payment transactions. The company is owned by its users (approximately 130 banks of various orientation and size). Its workforce of over 4,000 employees and presence in 25 countries throughout the world generated operating income of CHF 1.8 billion and a Group net profit of CHF 221.1 million in 2016.

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