Statement re Institutional Investor Rankings

DUBLIN--()--3rd April 2018

Smurfit Kappa Leads Institutional Investor Rankings for Third Consecutive Year

Smurfit Kappa ranked at top of the All-Europe Executive Team - receives award for Best CEO and Best IR Professional in the sector

Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products, with operations in Europe and the Americas, has been named as an Honoured Company in the European Paper & Packaging Sector by Institutional Investor (“II”) Magazine, for the third consecutive year.

II Magazine, one of the world’s foremost financial publications for over five decades, issues an annual ranking of Europe’s leading Executive Teams based on the views of investment professionals. The award categories include: ‘Best CEO’, ‘Best CFO’, ‘Best IR Professional’ and ‘Best IR Company’.

Smurfit Kappa 2018 Rankings

The Smurfit Kappa executive team ranked highly in all award categories. The Group’s CEO Tony Smurfit was ranked as number 1 in the ‘Best CEO’ category. The Group’s Head of Investor Relations, Garrett Quinn, was ranked as number 1 in the ‘Best IR Professional’ category and the Group was ranked number 1 in the ‘Best IR Company’ category. The Group also ranked highly in the categories of ‘Best CFO’ and ‘Best Website’.

Tony Smurfit, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO commented: “We are delighted to once again be the most honoured company in our sector and to be named to the All-Europe Executive Team for 2018 by Institutional Investor Magazine. These accolades reflect the dedication and commitment of our wider team and our belief in consistently delivering to plan.”

About II Magazine’s Annual Survey

II Magazine asks portfolio managers and sell-side analysts to name the best CEO’s, CFO’s and Investor Relations professionals at the European companies they cover. Voters rank the top-four companies that they believe demonstrate excellence in each of seven IR performance attributes. Their votes are then weighted by the rank they have assigned each company and aggregated to produce buy-side, sell-side and combined buy- and sell-side rankings for each sector. The 2018 rankings are based on the votes of 1,496 buy-side analysts and portfolio managers at 693 firms and 940 sell-side analysts at 123 firms.

IR Performance Attributes:

  • Accessibility of Senior Executives
  • Most constructive conference calls
  • Well informed IR team
  • Quality of corporate documents and investor kit materials
  • Quick and thorough responses and requests
  • Timely and appropriate level of financial disclosure
  • Highest quality meetings through road shows/conferences



Garrett Quinn

Smurfit Kappa Group

T: +353 1 202 7180



FTI Consulting

Melanie Farrell or Mark Kenny

T: +353 1 765 0800


About Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 46,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.6 billion in 2017. We are located in 22 countries in Europe, and 13 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America.

With our proactive team we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

Follow us on Twitter at @smurfitkappa and on LinkedIn at ‘Smurfit Kappa’.

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