IRPAS Newsletter: May 2014

President’s Address
Greetings, members and friends. As President of IRPAS, I am pleased to present you with our first official newsletter. In this newsletter we will update our members with the latest news and happenings within the Association and the IR industry. Do also visit our revamped website www.irpas.com regularly for more updates and information. I am delighted to be able to reach out to our fellow members through these updates and hope that you will find them useful. Have a pleasant read.

IRPAS Mission & Ongoing Efforts
In line with our mission to elevate the IR profession in Singapore, and empower members to be effective IR professionals with the power of knowledge, IRPAS has been planning and rolling out regular professional courses and networking events. These are aimed at enabling fellow IROs to acquire relevant accreditation, enhance their skills in IR and establishing strong networks within the community.

Review of Q1 2014
The first quarter of 2014 was a great start for IRPAS as we were kept busy with developments on many fronts.

In February, IRPAS was shortlisted for two awards categories at Marketing Magazine’s inaugural PR Awards 2014 on the back of the IRPAS Investor Relations Roundtable held in December 2013. While we did not win an award amidst strong competition posed by other industry giants, it is a great encouragement to us as we work towards raising IRPAS’ profile in the industry.

In March, we organised our first networking session for 2014 with Simon Weston, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Semeru CLSA Capital Partners, who provided insights into what investors really want out of IR programmes. It was an informative and eye-opening session attended by many members of the IR community.

Event image - What Shareholders Really Want A Fund Manager’s Perspective on IR

In April, we held a networking session presented by David Shriver, Managing Partner at Tulchan Communications and Pamela Kustas, Equity Analyst at Bloomberg. David and Pamela shared international perspectives on the role and importance of social media, particularly in helping listed companies provide timely online intelligence and establishing meaningful investor relationships.

Event image - Making Social Media Work for You in IR

Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR) 2014

We are pleased to inform that registration will soon open for the recently updated international syllabus of CIR, the professional IR accreditation programme jointly conducted with the UK IR Society. The exam in Singapore is scheduled to be conducted in October and more details will be coming your way soon. For more information on the syllabus, visit the IRPAS website here.

Professional Development Courses

We have partnered with SGX Academy and service provider AB Maximus to provide members with discounted professional development courses. Topics range widely from valuation methodologies to investment coaching to communications techniques, all with the aim of equipping modern IROs with the skills to excel in your complex roles. Courses start this month, so sign up now to enjoy early bird rates!

Upcoming Events

28 May 2014 – “Are you ready to face the analysts” IR Workshop by Mark Laudi. This workshop for IROs will provide advice on developing a compelling investment story, dealing with questions from investors and the media, managing difficult shareholders and speaking in public with confidence. More information can be found here.

Introduction of New IRPAS Director

I am pleased to introduce Mr Basskaran Nair as the seventh and latest addition to the IRPAS Board. Basskaran is former head of corporate communications at CapitaLand and has authored a number of books. His latest publication, “From Main Street to Cyber Street – Changes in the Practice of Communication” focuses on the role of New Media in public communications. The Board warmly welcomes Basskaran and we are confident that he will be a valuable addition to the IRPAS family.

Sponsored Articles from Partners

We are pleased to bring to you each month four specially curated articles kindly sponsored by IR Magazine (www.irmagazine.com), the leading publication for IR professionals covering all areas of investor relations from a global perspective.

  • No small victoryIR Magazine
    Candice de Monts-Petit and Laurie Havelock talk to a global selection of small-cap IROs who successfully deal with attracting sell-side coverage, targeting and retaining the right investors, and maintaining liquidity for their stock.
  • Click for support  - IR Magazine
    Savvy small-cap IR professionals can use today’s tech tools to free up time and make the most of a lean budget.
  • No small numbersIR Magazine
    Investigates the source of small-cap companies’ biggest challenges.

Spread the Joy Now!

As IRPAS was founded with IROs in mind, I would like to urge members to actively participate in all upcoming activities, and to also help spread the word about IRPAS to your peers who are not members of IRPAS yet.

FREE IR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IF YOU REFER 3 FRIENDS. We are pleased to offer members a free one-year IR Magazine standard subscription worth US$475 per annum if you successfully refer three* corporates/individuals to sign up as IRPAS members.  *Referrals need to be unique entities i.e. different organisations/individuals.

All IRPAS members also get to enjoy 47% off one-year IR Magazine standard subscription at a special discounted rate of US$250 per annum (usual price US$475). Please contact the IRPAS Secretariat to find out more.

In Conclusion

We heard your wish for access to more quality content and events, which we have been working hard to provide. We continue to welcome suggestions on what you would like IRPAS to offer. Your feedback is valuable to us as this is, after all, your association, and I sincerely hope our initiatives are beneficial to your work as an IRO.

Till next time and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,
Harold Woo
8th May 2014