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Source: Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA)
HKIRA 4th IR Awards 2018 Are Now Open for Nomination

HONG KONG, Jan 29, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is pleased to announce that public nomination is now open for the HKIRA 4th IR Awards 2018 (the Awards). Held for the fourth consecutive year, the annual Awards recognise and honour investor relations excellence and best practices among Hong Kong-listed companies and IR professionals.


Further from the left - Professor Louis Cheng, Professor of Finance, School of Accounting and Finance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Ms. Anna Luk, Group Investor Relations Director of Emperor Group; Dr Eva Chan, Founding Chairman of HKIRA; and Mr Vincent Tse, Head of Investor Relations of China Resources Beer (Holdings) Company Limited.


Dr Eva Chan, Founding Chairman of HKIRA, said, "Building on the success over the past three years, we proudly present the 4th IR Awards 2018 to recognise the outstanding IR efforts of companies and individual professionals alike and to encourage best IR practices. Continuing our commitment to excellence in IR practices and setting world-class IR standards for companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, we are happy to see the Awards are attracting more listed companies and market practitioners who appreciate the strategic value of IR and are striving to implement best IR practices in Hong Kong stock markets which has ranked among the world's largest."

Dr Chan continued, "To honour excellence across a broader range of IR aspects, this year, we have expanded the Best IR Presentation Collaterals across three categories, "Best Digital IR," "Best Investor Presentation Materials" and "Best Annual Reports" to recognize expertise of candidate companies in these specific areas. As in previous years, all listed companies, service providers, as well as those in the domestic and international investment communities are invited to nominate worthy Hong Kong-listed companies and local IR professionals for their outstanding investor relations efforts. "

Last year, the Awards enjoyed widespread support from the investment community with 165 listed companies participating. In addition, over 640 eligible voters cast a total of more than 8,400 votes for 54 listed companies winning awards in different categories. The volume of polling testifies to the wide recognition of the IR Awards and appreciation of their role among listed companies and within the investment community. Among the winners, Tencent Holdings Limited (stock code: 700), Tongda Group Holdings Limited (stock code: 698) and Canvest Environmental Protection Group Company Limited (stock code: 1381) were awarded the Overall Best IR Company by company size - Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap - respectively.

In another highlight at today's HKIRA IR Awards media event, China Resources Beer (Holdings) Company Limited (CR Beer; stock code: 291) and Emperor Watch & Jewellery Limited (Emperor W&J; stock code: 887), both winners of HKIRA Awards for three consecutive years, shared their insights on investor relations.

"We are honored to be recognised by the HKIRA IR Awards three years in a row for our IR efforts," said Mr Vincent Tse, Head of Investor Relations of China Resources Beer (Holdings) Company Limited. "This success would not be possible without the support of our Board and senior management. They have always realised the importance of IR, which has spurred the IR team to aim to achieve more for CR Beer. Looking forward, we hope to maintain constructive dialogues with investors."

"IR work for small caps is never easy, and it is encouraging that our work on Emperor Watch & Jewellery had been recognised by the HKIRA IR Awards in the past three years," Ms. Anna Luk, Group Investor Relations Director of Emperor Group. "We strive to build investor confidence in the company's vision to deliver shareholder value. Being voted by the investment community and awarded as Best IR Company and Best IRO is certainly a sign that we are on the right track."

Ms Catherine Chan, Head of Investor Relations and Global Communications of Tencent Holdings Limited, also shared her insights earlier. "We communicate proactively to the capital market through thick and thin, and aim to build a long-lasting relationship with analysts and investors based on trust. We felt encouraged by the recognition we earned in 2017, and will continue to uphold high standards in IR and corporate governance practices."

Once again, the HKIRA 4th IR Awards 2018 are honoured to have Professor Louis Cheng, Professor of Finance, School of Accounting and Finance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as the Chairman of the Judging Panel. During the past years serving as a judge, Professor Cheng has conducted research based on the past award results, with the findings also revealed at today's media event.

Public nomination is now open to Hong Kong listed companies. Nominated individuals and companies are required to participate in an online award survey upon confirmation of their participation. As for polling, the investment community, including buy-side and sell-side analysts and fund managers, are eligible to vote. Nominees with the highest votes (weighted) in each award category become the award winners. They then undergo a final assessment by the judging panel for the Most Progress in IR and the Overall Best IR Company Awards. For a fair and balanced evaluation, the judging panel comprises academics, representatives from professional associations, the investment community and compliance and financial reporting experts.

The HKIRA 4th IR Awards 2018 scheme has a total of 12 awards honouring best IR practices of individuals and companies. The awards winners are to be announced at a ceremony to be held in Hong Kong in May/June 2018. For more information, please visit www.hkira.com/awards.

Strategic Public Relations Group is once again proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner and sponsor for the HKIRA IR Awards. Please find key dates relating to the HKIRA IR Awards 2018 with its categories and criteria for selection listed in the Appendix.

About HKIRA
Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA) is a professional association comprising investor relations practitioners and corporate officers responsible for communication between corporate management and the investment community. HKIRA advocates the setting of international standards in IR education, advances best IR practices and meets the professional development needs of those interested in pursuing the investor relations profession.

HKIRA is dedicated to advance the practice of IR as well as the professional competency and status of its members. To date, HKIRA has over 650 members most of whom are working for companies primarily listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. HKIRA's members are from a wide spectrum of professions including IR, finance, accounting and company secretarial to corporate investment and hold positions at different corporate levels, including top executives responsible for IR and management of listed companies.

For more information about HKIRA, please visit www.hkira.com.

About the IR Awards
Inaugurated in 2015, the Investor Relations Awards (IR Awards) celebrates excellence in the local IR industry through the annual presentation of awards to the many diverse professionals that make up the dynamic IR and finance industries in Hong Kong. HKIRA aims to initiate the IR Awards as the industry benchmark for high standard of excellence in investor relations by individuals and companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

The Awards ceremony is a spectacular gathering of IR specialists and industry professionals that applauds and publicises the year's achievements in investor relations.

For details of the Awards and online nomination, please visit www.hkira.com/awards.

Media enquiries:
Strategic Public Relations Group
Cindy Lung / Jessica Siu / Adrianna Lau
Tel: +852 2864 4867 / +852 2114 2820 / +852 2114 4987
Email: [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
Website: www.sprg.asia

Hong Kong Investor Relations Association
Selina Li
Tel: +852 21171846
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.hkira.com

Appendix

Key Dates (Subject to final changes.)
Nomination period: 29 January - 3 March 2018
Online voting period: 11 March - 14 April 2018
Judging Panel Meeting: Late April 2018
Award Conference cum Presentation Luncheon: May/June 2018

Award Categories
Award Categories / Recognition / Selection Method
Best IR Company / Company's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR in Corporate Transaction / Company's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Investor Meeting / Company's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Investor Presentation Material / Company's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Annual Report / Company's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Best Digital IR / Company's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR Company for an IPO / Company's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR by Chairman/CEO / Individual's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IR by CFO / Individual's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Best IRO (Investor Relations Officer) / Individual's achievement / Open for nomination and online voting
Most Progress in IR / Demonstration of the most progress in IR in the above areas over the year of 2017 / Selected by Judging Panel
Overall Best IR Company Awards / Outstanding and all-rounded excellence in the above areas / Selected by Judging Panel

1. Companies which were listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2017 are eligible to be nominated for this award.
2. All awards will be further categorized by company market capitalization into Large Cap, Mid Cap, and Small Cap (see classification below), except Best IR Company for an IPO and Most Progress in IR Awards.

Judging Panel (Arranged in alphabetical order of last name)
Name / Title / Firms / Organisations
Professor Louis Cheng(Chairman of Judging Panel) / Professor of Finance, School of Accounting and Finance / The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mrs Amy Donati / Chief Executive Director / EDICO Financial Press Services Limited
Ms Ashley Khoo, CFA, CPA / President / The Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts
Ms Victoria Mio / Chief Investment Officer China, Co-Head Asia Pacific Equities & Fund Manager Chinese Equities / Robeco Asia Pacific
Mr Marcus Sultzer / International Managing Director / EQS Group AG
Mr Andrew Weir / Senior Regional Partner, Hong Kong / KPMG
Ms Helen Zee / General Committee Member / The Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies



Topic: Press release summary
Source: Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA)

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