updated 1/10/2011 12:17:59 PM ET 2011-01-10T17:17:59

WESTPORT, Conn., Jan. 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rivel Research Group today announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Hanley & Associates, designed to offer the marketplace best-in-class actionable targeting and non-deal road shows paired with the best-in-class vehicle for investor feedback.

As part of this partnership, Hanley & Associates will harness its actionable investor targeting capabilities that identify the most value-added investors interested in meeting an issuer's management team. The issuer makes all the meeting allocations based on this intelligence, and thereafter Hanley & Associates executes the road show. Following every meeting with management, Rivel Research Group will gather in-depth feedback from each institution met with, offering issuers unparalleled insight into the effectiveness of its one-on-ones.

"From our 20 years of investment community research, one thing has always stood the test of time – without a doubt, investors want to see management," said Rivel President Brian Rivel. "But the one constant question for IR departments is who do they allow to meet with management when an executive's time is already strictly limited? Hanley & Associates with its vast institutional network allows IROs to tailor their outreach to the most appropriate investors interested in the company and its potential." Hanley & Associates' network of institutional participants represent over $5.2 trillion in equity AUM, and includes over 90% of the top-25 largest actively managed accounts.

"Rivel's core competency of delivering actionable and strategic insight based on in-depth feedback from investors is incomparable and clearly a natural fit with our institutional marketing and targeting abilities," said Hanley & Associates' CEO Rick Hanley. "Perceptions are key in the investment world, and getting feedback on how management is perceived in any aspect is crucial, especially when it comes to interactions with the professionals who make the investment decisions."

Unique to the Rivel-Hanley alliance is the opportunity for IR professionals to participate in Rivel's Intelligence Council, the only program of its kind that involves the perspective of the buy-side in the discussion of what is best-in-class investor relations. By signing on with Hanley & Associates for targeting and non-deal road shows, issuers are provided with a membership to the Intelligence Council either at no cost or at significantly reduced rates, depending on the level of commitment.

About Rivel Research Group

Rivel Research Group specializes in delivering actionable insight based on in-depth measurements of the global investment community. Gathering, analyzing and interpreting investment community feedback is our only business. Rivel's highly experienced staff provides the well-informed, unbiased and strategically relevant intelligence companies need to effectively communicate with such important constituencies as sell-side analysts, buy-side analysts, portfolio managers, the financial media and other influential audiences. The comprehensive information that Rivel supplies enables companies to evaluate performance, formulate strategy and identify opportunities to achieve corporate objectives directed toward these groups. Additional information concerning Rivel is available on its website at www.rivel.com

About the Rivel Intelligence Council

Rivel's Intelligence Council is the only program of its kind that involves the perspective of the buy-side in the discussion of what is best-in-class investor relations. Most programs that exist today use peer-based information to uncover what is a "best" practice, which is more of a "common" practice rather than a "best" practice. By understanding buy-side needs, the Intelligence Council provides a better platform to connect with peers on discussion. It is no longer about what everybody else is doing, rather the question becomes, "What does the investment community expect and how does this correlate with what is currently provided?"

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About Hanley & Associates

Hanley & Associates, LLC is an institutional marketing firm that provides management access and alternative research to the buy-side. The firm's proprietary and conflict-free approach assists companies in building stronger investor relationships and raises the quality of the meetings they conduct while giving them more control and satisfying regulatory guidelines. Institutional investors value and compensate Hanley for the confidentiality of communications and the delivery of relevant information directly from issuers assisting them in their company research, and cost-effective brokering solutions enhancing their investment due diligence process. For more information, visit www.hanleyassociatesllc.com .

CONTACT: Rivel Research Group
         Barbara Sullivan, Director of Marketing
         bsullivan@rivel.com
         (203) 635-4383
         
         Hanley & Associates, LLC
         Rick Hanley, Chairman and CEO
         rhanley@hanleyassociatesllc.com
         (212) 201-1201

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