Energy Utilities as Underappreciated Socially Responsible Investments


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When one thinks of socially responsible investing (SRI), utilities are not typically top-of-mind. Utilities are rarely considered as candidates for the large and rapidly growing number of SRI funds-funds which are projected to reach as much as $9 trillion in assets under management by 2015.

The fact is, utilities can indeed demonstrate sustainable performance, and with the industry expecting to need $2 trillion in capital by 2030, SRI funds represent a ripe potential source. Social responsibility also enhances a utility's brand value, regulatory relations, and securities analyst coverage-all areas that play strategic parts in gaining and maintaining a competitive advantage. On the flip side, investors are actively and constantly looking for lucrative additions to their SRI funds. There is a match here.

This unique webcast addresses both sides of the equation, giving utilities a solid strategy for building their case as sustainable investments, and investors tools to analyze it.

Target Rock Advisors LLC presents:

Energy Utilities as Underappreciated
Socially Responsible Investments

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In this unique webcast:

Utilities will learn:

Why sustainability is strategically important.
How sustainability and stock market performance are related. 
How to attract investor attention.

Investors will learn:

Which utilities are the most sustainable.
Data sources and analytical tools that can be used for performance benchmarking and investment decision-making.
New opportunities for sustainable products that could differentiate your fund from the competition.

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The session will be led by:

Richard J. Rudden
Chief Executive
Target Rock Advisors LLC

Richard has been active in the energy and utilities industry for over thirty years, serving in executive, expert advisory, technical, forensic, financial and management consulting roles.

He has been employed in senior executive and management positions at Con Edison, Stone & Webster (now Shaw) and Black & Veatch. He was also the founder and chair of R. J. Rudden Associates, Inc., an economic and strategy consulting firm, and Managing Partner at R. J. Rudden Financial, LLC, an NASD registered broker-dealer specializing in the energy and utilities sectors. R.J. Rudden was acquired by Black & Veatch in 2005.

While at Black & Veatch, Richard was a Senior Vice President and global energy sector lead for the firm's management consulting practice. He was also chair of the company's climate change and sustainability leadership group and founding editor of "Pathfinder," a magazine dedicated to global sustainability issues in the water and energy sectors.

Kyle P. Rudden
Target Rock Advisors LLC

Kyle Rudden is a co-founder of Target Rock Advisors and has fifteen years or experience in the energy industry with an emphasis on corporate finance and capital markets. His most recent related position before starting Target Rock was as President of R.J. Rudden Financial, LLC, an NASD registered broker-dealer and energy industry advisory boutique.

Before co-founding R.J. Rudden Financial Kyle spent nearly a decade at J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc. as Vice President and head of the firm's U.S. Energy and Utilities Equity Research team covering electric and natural gas utilities, pipelines, independent power, and new energy technologies. While at J.P. Morgan he was named in both Institutional Investor and the Wall Street Journal annual lists of top analysts, and participated in a number of large domestic and international equity and equity derivative underwritings, including initial public offerings, public secondary offerings, and private placements.

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Energy Central
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Energy Central
Mar 06, 2012