NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ICR, one of the largest independent financial communications firms in North America, today announced that it will host its annual ICR XChange Restaurant Panel on the final day of the 15th Annual ICR XChange at 11:45 am ET on January 17, 2013 at The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, Fl.
The Restaurant Panel will serve as a forum to discuss current trends affecting all segments of this dynamic industry and will feature sell-side research analysts from among the sponsoring investment banking firms of the ICR XChange. Topics to be discussed will include brand positioning, trends in customer traffic, menu innovation and pricing, the impact of commodity inflation and the cost implications of healthcare reform.
“The goal of the ICR XChange is to facilitate a unique collaboration and discussion between the senior management teams of public and private companies and capital markets professionals,” said Tom Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, ICR. “The annual Restaurant Panel provides a platform for leading sell-side research analysts to openly discuss hot topics within the industry, examine where trends are headed, determine how companies can best tackle upcoming issues, and course, make their case for their top stock pick for the new year. We are excited to offer this informative session and look forward to another successful year.”
ICR expects to have approximately 40 publicly-traded and privately-held restaurant and related food and beverage companies presenting and attending the 15th Annual ICR XChange over the three day period (January 15-17, 2013), as well as approximately 20 sell-side research analysts that cover the restaurant industry in attendance.
In January 2012, at the 14th Annual ICR XChange, participating sell-side research analysts on the Restaurant Panel weighed in with their best stock pick for 2012. Those picks will be re-visited at this year’s event and participating sell-side research analysts will look ahead to 2013 and name their best stock pick for the coming year.
The best stock picks of 2012 as selected by the Restaurant Panel in January 2012 were Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBRG); Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT); Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD); Denny's Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN); Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN); Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BAGL); Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB); Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC); and Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX).
The 15th Annual ICR XChange is pleased to be sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Barclays; Canaccord Genuity; Citi; Cowen and Company; Credit Suisse; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; ITG; Janney Montgomery Scott LLC; Jefferies; J.P. Morgan; KeyBanc Capital Markets; Lazard; Nomura Securities International; Piper Jaffray & Co; Raymond James; Robert W. Baird & Co.; Stephens Inc.; Stifel Nicolaus Weisel; Wells Fargo Securities; and William Blair.
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Established in 1998, ICR is consistently ranked as one of the top independent financial communications firms in the North America, and in 2011 was ranked as the 8th largest independent communications firm overall. ICR specializes in investor relations, corporate and crisis communications and digital media, and represents more than 350 public and private companies across more than twenty different sectors. The firm maintains offices in Norwalk, Conn., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Beijing.
Learn more at www.icrinc.com.
About ICR XChange
The ICR XChange is a unique platform where public and private company management teams, institutional investors, sell-side research analysts, investment bankers, private equity professionals and select media connect with one another with the goal of understanding consumer trends and public company prospects as the year begins. The event is one of the largest investment conferences of the year, featuring presentations by more than 150 public and private companies, with attendance regularly exceeding 1,500.
For more information please visit www.icrxchange.com.