IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards & Conference
Greater China 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Conrad, Hong Kong

About the event

For over 25 years, IR Magazine have honored excellence in investor relations around the world. This year, we were pleased to be back at the Conrad in Hong Kong to continue recognising and helping further IR best practice. The 2017 Greater China awards & conference attracted over 170 senior IR professionals. This internationally renowned event looked at the very best the IR community has to offer.

OUR CONFERENCE: The event kicked off with a conference where IROs from small, mid and large cap companies came together to discuss key issues relating to investor relations, corporate governance, shareholder needs and the role of senior management in IR.

OUR AWARDS: The conference was followed by our prestigious awards ceremony. In 2017, for the very first time, we presented two types of awards categories – researched and self-nomination – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across Greater China.

For our researched categories, companies did not submit nominations. Instead, across Greater China, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and gave their opinions on which companies do the best IR in the region. In our self-nomination categories, companies had the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. More information on the categories and how winners were chosen can be found below.

The conference

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  • 08:00 AM
    Breakfast and registration

  • 08:45 AM
    Welcome from IR Magazine

    Laurie Havelock, editor, IR Magazine

  • 09:00 AM
    The future of IR: Managing the investor relations of tomorrow in an ever changing climate of investor sentiments

    Simon Weston, senior fund manager, AXA Investment Managers

  • 09:15 AM
    Preparing for shareholder activism: Trends in activist targets

    • IR’s role in dealing with activism: What to do and what not to
    • How to tackle an activist attack and set up relevant preventative measures
    • Getting management, the board and the IR team prepared
    • Working with activists as friends, not enemies, to win the PR war

    Crystal Chan, partner and general manager, Instinctif Partners
    David Chase Lopes, managing director, DF King

  • 09:45 AM
    Crisis management: Communicating effectively during uncertainty

    • IR’s role in a crisis: Working with external agencies, what to do and what not to
    • Monitoring the market and keeping senior management updated
    • When to make market announcements? What are investors and analysts looking for?
    • Minimizing short-term impact and lowering risk of long-term damage
    • Making social media work for you – taking the good with the bad

    Cara O’Brien, senior managing director, FTI Consulting
    David Wu, head of investor relations, Fosun International

  • 10:15 AM
    Coffee break

  • 10:45 AM
    Investor Intelligence: Q&A with the investors, panel with the buy side and sell side

    • Optimizing engagement with hedge funds and working better with investors in China
    • How the changing dynamics of paid research and corporate access will pan out
    • What the buy-side likes (and what it doesn’t) What do investors from different regions expect?
    • Investor and analyst days’ dos & don’ts: Making the most of sell-side relationships for NDRs
    • Analyst coverage: using brokers to successfully target appropriate investors

    Ambrose Lee, chief strategy officer and head of capital markets, VPower
    Leah Liu, director of IR, Xtep International
    Frantz Moudoute, ‎portfolio manager, ‎Matchpoint Investment Management
    William Tsang, head of research, Chartwell Capital

  • 11:45 AM
    Nominee chat: What makes for good IR?

    • How can IROs do more with limited budgets and resources?
    • Increasing liquidity and broadening investor base: Effective targeting methodologies
    • Personal tips on managing NDRs and expectations of retail investors
    • Convincing management to invest time, money and resources on investor road shows and meetings
    • Staying ‘on-demand’ on social media: Handling round-the-clock requests on WeChat, WhatsApp
    • How can small and mid-caps effectively apply IR principles from the IR teams at large cap companies?
    • Pushing IR excellence: Recruiting right, boosting your own personal IR brand, making a difference

    Hannah Park, consultant, Taylor Bennett
    Vincent Tse, GM for strategic planning and IR department, China Resources Beer
    Suki Wong, head of investor relations, Anta Sports

  • 12:30 PM
    ESG reporting best practices: Meeting investor expectations and requirements

    • Integrating ESG into established IR practice effectively – coping with the surge in investors’ interest
    • Building confidence and knowledge in the area to respond effectively to ESG-related questions
    • Applying standard IR disciplines to sustainability and corporate governance issues
    • Exploring cost-effective ways of communication including hosting an annual webcast around sustainability

    Angus Guthrie, director of investor relations, CLP Holdings
    Edward Soon, head of corporate sales, APAC, Ipreo
    Mark Watson, head of sustainable development, John Swire & Sons

  • 13:00 PM
    Awards presentation ceremony and networking luncheon

  • 14:30 PM
    Event concludes

Speakers


The Awards
researched categories

Winners announced!

We are delighted to announce the 2017 Greater China award winners. Click on the tabs below to view the short list and winner for our researched categories. Don't forget to scroll down to view the nominees and winners for our self-nomination categories.

To download the entire list of winners click here.

Best overall investor relations

Best overall investor relations


Nominees

  • 2nd place: AIA Group

  • WINNER: China Resources Beer

  • China Telecom

  • China Unicom (Hong Kong)

  • Far East Consortium International

  • 3rd place: Kerry Logistics Network

  • Pacific Basin Shipping

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)


Nominees

  • 2nd place: Paul Lloyd, AIA Group

  • Sophie Chen, Cathay Financial Holding

  • WINNER: Vincent Tse, China Resources Beer

  • 3rd place: Lisa Lai, China Telecom

  • Jacky Yung, China Unicom (Hong Kong)

  • Peter Caveny, Galaxy Entertainment Group

  • Catherine Chan & team, Tencent Holdings

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small to mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Suki Wong, Anta Sports Products

  • Grace Lee, China Everbright International

  • WINNER: Venus Zhao, Far East Consortium International

  • 3rd place: Cheryl Yeung, Kerry Logistics Network

  • 2nd place: Emily Lau, Pacific Basin Shipping

  • Tiffany Cheung, Sa Sa International

  • Ambrose Lee, VPower Group

Best IR by a senior management team

Best IR by a senior management team


Nominees

  • 2nd place: AIA Group

  • WINNER: China Resources Beer

  • China Unicom (Hong Kong)

  • Kerry Logistics Network

  • VPower Group

Best corporate governance

Best corporate governance


Nominees

  • WINNER: AIA Group

  • 3rd place: China Telecom

  • Kerry Logistics Network

  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

  • 2nd place: Tencent Holdings

Most progress in IR

Most progress in IR


Nominees

  • Joint 3rd: Cathay Financial Holding

  • China Mobile

  • JOINT WINNER: China Unicom (Hong Kong)

  • CTBC Financial Holding Co

  • Hon Hai Precision Industry Co

  • JOINT WINNER: Kerry Logistics Network

  • Joint 3rd: Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China

Best in country - China

Best in country - China


Nominees

  • AAC Technologies

  • Alibaba Group Holding

  • Anta Sports Products

  • WINNER: China Telecom

  • 3rd place: Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China

  • 2nd place: Tencent Holdings

Best in country - Hong Kong

Best in country - Hong Kong


Nominees

  • 2nd place: AIA Group

  • China Mobile

  • WINNER: China Resources Beer

  • China Unicom (Hong Kong)

  • Far East Consortium International

  • 3rd place: Kerry Logistics Network

  • Pacific Basin Shipping

  • VPower Group

Best in country - Taiwan

Best in country - Taiwan


Nominees

  • WINNER: Cathay Financial Holding

  • 3rd place: CTBC Financial Holding Co

  • Delta Electronics

  • Fubon Financial

  • 2nd place: Kerry TJ Logistics Co

  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Best in sector - consumer discretionary

Best in sector - consumer discretionary


Nominees

  • WINNER: Anta Sports Products

  • 3rd place: Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group

  • Ctrip.com International

  • 2nd place: Galaxy Entertainment Group

  • Shenzhou International Group Holdings

Best in sector - consumer staples

Best in sector - consumer staples


Nominees

  • China Mengniu Dairy Co

  • WINNER: China Resources Beer

  • COFCO Meat Holdings

  • 3rd place: Health and Happiness H&H International Holdings

  • 2nd place: Tingyi Cayman Islands Holding Corp

Best in sector - energy

Best in sector - energy


Nominees

  • 3rd place: China Suntien Green Energy Corp

  • WINNER: CNOOC

  • 2nd place: Sinopec Group

  • Sinopec Oilfield Service Corp

Best in sector - financials

Best in sector - financials


Nominees

  • WINNER: AIA Group

  • 2nd place: Cathay Financial Holding

  • CTBC Financial Holding Co

  • Fubon Financial

  • 3rd place: Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China

Best in sector - healthcare

Best in sector - healthcare


Nominees

  • Beijing Tong Ren Tang Chinese Medicine Co

  • WINNER: CSPC Pharmaceutical Group

  • 2nd place: ScinoPharm Taiwan

  • 3rd place: Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group

  • Taiwan Liposome Co

Best in sector - industrials

Best in sector - industrials


Nominees

  • China Everbright International

  • WINNER: Kerry Logistics Network

  • Kerry TJ Logistics Co

  • 2nd place: Pacific Basin Shipping

  • 3rd place: VPower Group

Best in sector - information technology

Best in sector - information technology


Nominees

  • 2nd place: AAC Technologies

  • 3rd place: Alibaba Group Holding

  • Sunny Optical Technology (Group)

  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

  • WINNER: Tencent Holdings

Best in sector - materials

Best in sector - materials


Nominees

  • 2nd place: China Hongqiao Group

  • WINNER: China Steel Corporation

  • 3rd place: Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings)

Best in sector - real estate

Best in sector - real estate


Nominees

  • 2nd place: Champion REIT

  • 2nd place: China Merchants Shekou Industrial Zone Holdings Co

  • WINNER: Far East Consortium International

  • KWG Property Holding

  • Sun Hung Kai Properties

Best in sector - telecommunication services

Best in sector - telecommunication services


Nominees

  • China Communications Services Corporation

  • 3rd place: China Mobile

  • WINNER: China Telecom

  • 2nd place: China Unicom (Hong Kong)

  • Taiwan Mobile

Best in sector - utilities

Best in sector - utilities


Nominees

  • 3rd place: Beijing Enterprises Water Group

  • Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings

  • WINNER: China Gas Holdings

  • China Resources Gas

  • 2nd place: ENN Energy Holdings

Our researched awards are different from most others and from our judged awards: for our researched awards, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, via a combination of an electronic survey and one-to-one telephone interviews, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.

May – July: Online survey

IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 20 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock. These details are passed to Fox Insight, which conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. Each survey respondent is asked to nominate and rank up to five companies in a host of different research categories, from best IRO to best reporting.

September- October: Results analysis & short list announced

Analysis of the results begins once the survey stage of the research is complete. Points are allocated to each company depending on how frequently it is nominated. The companies with the highest point scores in each individual awards category make the short lists for that award. The top company will go on to win the award. Best in Country awards are determined by the highest aggregate scores across all research categories.

IR Magazine awards team receives the results and contacts all the short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short list is then published to the entire IR community a month before the event.

December: Winners announced

This year’s winners will be announced live on stage at the awards ceremony in Hong Kong, attended by the leading lights of Greater China’s investor relations.

December: Report published

Shortly afterwards, the Investor Perception Study, Asia 2017/2018 is published on our website. The study includes all the results and analysis, as well as verbatim comments from respondents and the full rankings of the leading companies.

For further information on this year’s investor perception study, please contact IR Magazine’s head of research, Janet Dignan at +44 20 7749 9100.

 

  • Best corporate governance

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

  • Best financial reporting

    China Telecom

  • Best investor meetings

    China Telecom

  • Best use of technology

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

  • Best sustainability practice

    China Telecom

  • Most progress in IR

    China Unicom

  • Best in sector: Communications

    China Telecom

  • Best in sector: Consumers discretionary & consumer staples

    Anta Sports

  • Best in sector: Energy, industrials & materials

    Kerry Logistics

  • Best in sector: Financials

    Cathay Financial Holding

  • Best in sector: Real estate

    Far East Consortium International

  • Best in sector: Technology

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

  • BEST IR BY A SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

    Xiaochu Wang, CEO, China Unicom

  • Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

    Venus Zhao, Far East Consortium International

  • Best investor relations officer (large cap)

    Sophie Chen, Cathay Financial Holding

  • BEST OVERALL INVESTOR RELATIONS (SMALL & MID-CAP)

    Far East Consortium International

  • Best overall investor relations (large cap)

    China Telecom

The Awards
self-nomination categories

Winners announced!

We are delighted to announce the 2017 Greater China award winners. Click on the tabs below to view the short list and winner for our researched categories. Don't forget to view the nominees and winners for our researched categories.

To download the entire list of winners click here.

Best annual report

Best annual report

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Give us your vision of best practice.

Nominees

  • Anta Sports Products

  • China Communications Services Corporation

  • China Telecom

  • WINNER: CLP Holdings

  • 2nd place: Link Asset Management

  • 3rd place: Pacific Basin Shipping

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Describe how you successfully dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation.

Nominees

  • 2nd place: AAC Technologies Holdings

  • WINNER: Fosun International

  • 3rd place: Man Wah Holdings

Best ESG communications

Best ESG communications

Is your company a leader in integrated thinking? Tell us what distinguishes your communications about non-financial performance.

Nominees

  • 3rd place: Anta Sports Products

  • WINNER: CLP Holdings

  • CTBC Financial Holding Co

  • 2nd place: Delta Electronics

  • Link Asset Management

  • New World Department Store China

  • Shun Tak Holdings

Best investor event

Best investor event

Did you hold a capital markets day, site visit or other investor event that made your company stand out from the crowd?

Nominees

  • Anta Sports Products

  • 3rd place: China Communications Services Corporation

  • China Merchants Bank

  • China Telecom

  • WINNER: Kerry Logistics Network

  • 2nd place: Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China

  • Shimao Property Holdings

Best IR for an IPO

Best IR for an IPO

Best IR program in support of an IPO, both in advance of the listing and in the period immediately following it (disclosure policy, guidance approach, IR website planning, and so on).

Nominees

  • VPower Group

  • WINNER: Zhou Hei Ya International Holdings Company

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

How did your IR team go above and beyond to support a recent corporate transaction? Let us know the details.

Nominees

  • WINNER: China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings

  • 3rd place: COSCO SHIPPING Ports

  • 2nd place: Pacific Basin Shipping

Best IR website

Best IR website

Be it top-notch customer experience, engaging content or multiplatform access, explain what makes your company's IR website best in class.

Nominees

  • Anta Sports Products

  • JOINT WINNER: China Communications Services Corporation

  • China Telecom

  • Fortune REIT

  • Link Asset Management

  • JOINT WINNER: Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China

  • 3rd place: Xtep International Holdings

Best use of multimedia for IR

Best use of multimedia for IR

Describe the innovative ways you have incorporated video, audio, infographics or webcasts into your IR program.

Nominees

  • WINNER: Anta Sports Products

  • China Life Insurance Company

  • Far East Consortium International

  • 2nd place: Xtep International Holdings

Rising star

Rising star

This award is looking for individuals who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession. Please note that nominees for this award will only be considered if they have been working in the industry for less than five years.

Nominees

  • 2nd place: Emily Ng, Anta Sports Products

  • Kenneth Ke, Independent

  • Luna Fong, Link Asset Management

  • Eva Lau, Shimao Property Holdings

  • 3rd place: Ambrose Lee, VPower Group

  • WINNER: Leah Liu, Xtep International Holdings

Candice de Monts-Petit

Deputy editor, IR Magazine

Louise Hedberg

Head of corporate governance and sustainability, East Capital

Simon Weston

Senior fund manager, AXA Investment Managers

Harold Woo

President, Investor Relations Professionals Association (Singapore)

In 2017, we have introduced categories which are open to self-nomination. These categories differ from our traditional researched categories, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial members.

The judging process is made up of two simple phases:

PHASE 1: Judges are sent all submissions after the entry deadline for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the given criteria. This will form the initial shortlists.

PHASE 2: For the second phase, judges come together to discuss and review, with renewed scrutiny, those entries that have made it through to the shortlist. This final stage will determine the winners and high commendations, where applicable, in each category.

Who attended?

Company Name Job Title Company Name Job Title
Fosun International Assistant manager, Corp Comms Viva China Holdings Investor Relations Manager
Tencent Holdings Assistant GM, IR MTR Corporation Investor Relations Manager
CALC Manager, Corp Comms Pacific Basin Investor Relations Officer
NWD Store China Assistant manager, Corp Comms Sa Sa International Holdings Investor Relations Officer
Far East Consortium Assistant Manager, PR China Suntien Green Energy Investor Relations Senior Executive
China Telecom Assistant Manager, IR China Resources Beer IR & PR Manager
China Telecom Assistant Manager, IR China Resources Beer IR & PR Manager
Fosun International Assistant President, MD & IR Dept. China Telecom IR Assistant
Fosun International Corporate Communications Director Xtep IR Director
Cosco Shipping Deputy General Manager of IR ANTA Sports IR Director
COSCO SHIPPING Ports Deputy GM,  Investor Relations CTBC Financial IR Director
China Resources Beer Deputy General Manager, IR Department Delta Electronic IR Director
AIA Company Director of Investor Relations Fubon Financial IR Director
China Telecom Director of Investor Relations Cathay IR Manager
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Director of Investor Relations KWG Property Holding IR Senior Manager
CLP Holdings Director of Investor Relations Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Manager of IR and Corp Comms
Yue Yuen Industrial Director of Investor Relations Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Manager of IR and Corp Comms
Pacific Basin Shipping General Manager – Investor Relations Galaxy Entertainment Group Research Analyst
CALC Head of Corporate Communications CapitaLand Limited Senior Advisor, Investor & Partner Relations
Zhou Hei Ya International Head of Investor Relations Link Asset Management Senior Analyst – IR
China Agri-Industries Investor Relations ANTA Sports Products Senior Investor Relations Officer
China Mobile Investor Relations Galaxy Entertainment Group Senior IR Manager
China Mobile Investor Relations Galaxy Entertainment Group Senior IR Manager
China Unicom Investor Relations Shimao Property Senior IR Manager
China Unicom Investor Relations Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Senior Officer of IR and Corp Comms
COFCO Group Investor Relations Sa Sa International Holdings VP, Corp Comms & Investor Relations
KWG Property Holding Investor Relations AAC Technologies Holdings Investor Relations Manager
Sihuan Pharmaceutical Investor Relations China Communications Services Company Secretary, Deputy CFO
China Resources Beer Investor Relations Director Zhou Hei Ya International Head of Investment and Capital Market

Venue

Venue
Conrad Hong Kong
One Pacific Place
88 Queensway
Admiralty
Hong Kong

Sponsors

Would you like to sponsor?

Our conference and awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the Greater China region. As a sponsor, you will gain extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to showcase your expertise in the area, align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region.

Sponsoring the event will provide:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the IR community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with the region’s leading conference and awards
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients
  • The chance to entertain clients at the most respected event of the year
  • Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards that best reflect your area of expertise
  • An opportunity to educate an influential and affluent audience about your products and services

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 77315 33165.

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