Byron Roth

Byron Roth

Newport Beach-based Roth Capital Partners canceled the face-to-face version of its 32nd annual investor conference set to start Sunday due to the coronavirus outbreak and will hold “virtual 1-on-1 meetings” in its place, the firm said.

“We evaluated a variety of options that would mitigate the risk of spreading the virus by unknown carriers,” Roth Capital said in a statement, but “without proper diagnostic tests and considering the number of people that attend our flagship event, the risk that a few asymptomatic carriers could cause disruption, and potential need for self-isolation by some attendees led us to this decision.”

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Instead, “a digital platform [will] facilitate the virtual 1-on-1 meetings between investors and management teams.”

The conference had been scheduled for March 15-17 at Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.