SingTel and StarHub lead short lists for IR Magazine Awards ‒ South East Asia 2013

Nov 05, 2013
<p>Singaporean companies dominate nominations for top regional IR honors</p>
  • SingTel and StarHub each short-listed in seven award categories
  • CapitaLand makes short list spot in six categories
  • Five nominations apiece for Ascendas REIT and DBS Group
  • Three companies from the Philippines – Ayala Land, Metro Pacific Investments and PLDT – short-listed in four categories
  • Winners to be announced on December 10 in awards ceremony in Singapore

Telecoms companies Singtel and StarHub lead the short lists for the IR Magazine Awards – South East Asia 2013 with seven nominations each. This annual event ‒ now in its ninth year ‒ honors the leading exponents of investor relations in the region and takes place this year at the M Hotel in Singapore on Tuesday, December 10. For full short lists, please see below.

Singapore telecommunications rivals SingTel and StarHub share the top honors in terms of numbers of appearances on this year’s South East Asia short lists. Both companies have secured seven nominations, the same number they were both short-listed for in 2012.

SingTel has enjoyed the greater success in recent years, winning the grand prix for best overall IR at last year’s awards and securing top spot in the South East Asia Top 25 ranking. StarHub still finished fourth in 2012, however, with the firm’s Jeannie Ong winning an individual award for best IRO.

This year, fellow Singaporean company and real estate specialist CapitaLand is close behind the telecoms rivals, with a presence on six short lists, but down two nominations on last year, when it finished third in the regional rankings.

Along with DBS Group – itself listed in five award categories – CapitaLand will challenge StarHub and SingTel for the South East Asia large-cap grand prix for best overall investor relations on December 10.

Ascendas REIT, meanwhile, matches DBS Group’s haul of five nominations – a considerable achievement given that it wasn’t short-listed for a single award last year.

Last year just six non-Singaporean companies appeared on the South East Asia short lists, excluding the best in country award categories; this year, they number 17, including several companies from Thailand and the Philippines.

Three companies from the latter have each been short-listed four times in 2013: PLDT – which finished 16th in the South East Asia rankings in 2012 – Ayala Land and Metro Pacific Investments.

All three companies have improved on last year’s showing, with PLDT doubling its two nominations, and Metro Pacific Investments and Ayala Land featuring for the first time ever on the South East Asia short lists.

Ascendas REIT is also on the short list for the grand prix for best overall IR by a small or mid-cap company, along with PLDT, Ayala Land and Thai company Thaioil Group.

None of these appeared on any short lists for the 2012 awards. Thaioil Group, currently ranked 39th in the South East Asia standings, is up for three awards in total.

Other firms demonstrating a notable improvement in the number of short lists on which they appear include Thailand’s Kasikornbank, which appears on three short lists this year compared with just one last year.

The IR Magazine Awards – South East Asia 2013 are decided solely by an independent survey of investors and analysts, all of who are located in the region.

Just like in IR Magazine’s other awards in Europe and the Americas, investors and analysts are asked to vote for their favorite company in each award category. This year, 370 respondents took part in the survey. The four or five companies with the most votes in each category make the short list and the company with the most votes wins the award.

Votes for the awards also determine the IR Magazine South East Asia Top 25, the rankings of the best IR companies in the region. The votes in each award category are added together and the company with the most votes is declared the number one ranked company in the area.

The latest rankings will be revealed in the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study ‒ Asia 2013/2014, which will be published soon after the IR Magazine Awards & Conference – South East Asia 2013 on December 10 in Singapore.

About IR Magazine

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, IR Magazine is the only global publication that focuses on the interface between companies and their investors.

IR Magazine helps investor relations professionals achieve more in their IR programs, benchmark their efforts and connect to the global IR community. IR Magazine also hosts events such as awards, think tanks and conferences around the world. For more information, please visit

About the IR Magazine Awards & Conference – South East Asia

Now in its ninth year, the IR Magazine Awards & Conference – South East Asia is one of the most anticipated events of the year for the IR industry in Asia. IROs from Singapore, Indonesia and other countries in the region get the unique opportunity to gather and discuss pressing issues, learn from each other’s best practices and celebrate their achievements at the awards ceremony.

This year’s event on December 10 at the M Hotel in Singapore will be hosted in association with the Investor Relations Professionals Association (IRPAS), and is co-sponsored by Barclays, Bloomberg, EQS Asia, Ipreo, IRPAS, NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions, Orient Capital and Singapore Exchange. For more information, please visit

Full short lists for the IR Magazine Awards – South East Asia 2013

Listed alphabetically by company; winners to be announced on December 10

Grand prix for best overall investor relations – large cap            
CapitaLand (Singapore)    
DBS Group (Singapore)    
SingTel (Singapore)    
StarHub (Singapore)    
Grand prix for best overall investor relations – small or mid-cap            
Ascendas REIT (Singapore)    
Ayala Land (Philippines)    
Metro Pacific Investments (Philippines)    
Thaioil Group (Thailand)    
Best investor relations by an Indonesian company            
Adaro Energy            
Astra International            
Kalbe Farma            
United Tractors            
Best investor relations by a Malaysian company            
Axiata Group            
CIMB Group            
Public Bank                
Best investor relations by a Philippine company            
Ayala Land            
Metro Pacific Investments            
Best investor relations by a Thai company            
Minor International         
PTT Exploration and Production            
Thaioil Group           
Best investor relations officer            
Ascendas REIT – Tan Shu Lin* (Singapore)
Olam International – Aditya Renjen (Singapore)        
SingTel – Sin Yang Fong (Singapore)        
StarHub – Jeannie Ong (Singapore)    
*Left Ascendas REIT in October 2013   
Best investor relations by a CEO or president             
Ascendas REIT – Tan Ser Ping (Singapore)    
Ayala Land – Antonino Aquino (Philippines)    
DBS Group – Piyush Gupta (Singapore)    
StarHub – Neil Montefiore* (Singapore)    
*Retired in February 2013. Tan Tong Hai has been appointed as his successor           
Best investor relations by a CFO            
CapitaLand – Arthur Lang (Singapore)    
Metro Pacific Investments – David Nicol (Philippines)    
SingTel     – Jeann Low (Singapore)    
StarHub – Kwek Buck Chye* (Singapore)    
*Retired in September 2013 and has been replaced by Nicholas Tan           
Best corporate literature            
DBS Group (Singapore)    
PLDT (Philippines)    
SingTel (Singapore)    
StarHub (Singapore)   
Best use of technology            
CapitaLand (Singapore)    
Kasikornbank (Thailand)    
Keppel Corporation (Singapore)    
Olam International (Singapore)   
Best investment community meetings            
CapitaLand (Singapore)    
DBS Group (Singapore)    
SingTel (Singapore)    
StarHub (Singapore)   
Best corporate governance and disclosure            
Ascendas REIT (Singapore)    
Ayala Land (Philippines)    
PLDT (Philippines)    
SingTel (Singapore)   
Best sustainability practice            
CapitaLand (Singapore)    
City Developments (Singapore)
Keppel Corporation (Singapore)   
Best investor relations for an IPO            
AirAsia X (Malaysia)    
Bloomberry Resorts (Philippines)    
IHH Healthcare (Malaysia)    
Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust (Singapore)                 

Best investor relation by an SGX Catalist company
No short list, winner to be announced on December 10           

Best in sector

Banks & financial services            
CIMB Group (Malaysia)    
DBS Group (Singapore)
Kasikornbank (Thailand)    
Singapore Exchange (Singapore)   

Consumer goods & services (including retail)            
Astra International (Indonesia)    
Genting Group (Malaysia)    
Minor International (Thailand)    
Super Group (Singapore)
Wilmar International (Singapore)

Diversified industrials (including construction, conglomerates & utilities)            
Keppel Corporation (Singapore)   
Metro Pacific Investments (Philippines)    
Olam International (Singapore)
Sembcorp Marine (Singapore)   
Adaro Energy (Indonesia)    
Banpu (Thailand)    
PTT Exploration and Production (Thailand)    
Thaioil Group (Thailand)                 

Healthcare (including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology)            

IHH Healthcare (Malaysia)    
Kalbe Farma (Indonesia)    
Raffles Medical Group (Singapore)                 

Real estate            

Ascendas REIT (Singapore)
CapitaLand (Singapore)    
CapitaMall Trust (Singapore)
Global Logistics Properties (Singapore)       

Technologies & telecoms            

Axiata Group (Malaysia)    
PLDT (Philippines)    
SingTel (Singapore)
StarHub (Singapore)            

Transport (including logistics and infrastructure)            

AirAsia (Malaysia)    
ComfortDelgro Corporation (Singapore)
Neptune Orient Lines (Singapore)
Singapore Airlines (Singapore)

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