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IR Magazine Asia 2007/08 Investor Perception Study; 92% of Hong Kong and Taiwan Respondents Say State of Asian IR Improving, Overwhelmingly Positive Opinion.

Hong Kong, London, Dec 10, 2007 - (ACN Newswire) - According to IR magazine's Investor Perception Study, Asia 2007/2008 (IPS), 92 percent of Hong Kong & Taiwan respondents feel the quality of investor relations in Asian markets is improving. A higher rate of disclosure and more readily available information are listed as the top contributors to this improvement.

One respondent stated that IROs in the region are 'more willing to discuss and disclose information to investors.'

There is more work to be done, however. Respondents listed communication with shareholders, increased transparency and timeliness of information among the top areas for improvement.

The IPS, now in its seventh year, is the result of an annual independent survey commissioned by IR magazine. The survey offers analysts, portfolio managers and other investors the opportunity to give their candid opinions on regional investor relations issues. The survey also asks respondents to evaluate regional companies in several IR categories including best IRO, best annual report and corporate literature, and most progress in investor relations. The responses form the basis for the IR Magazine Hong Kong and Taiwan Awards.

The IR magazine investor perception studies together make up the world's largest survey of this kind, canvassing over 5,000 analysts and investors in more than 14 countries and regions. Survey respondents nominate companies in specific categories and offer their opinions on IR-related topics and trends.

The IR Magazine Hong Kong and Taiwan Conference & Awards are in their fourth year and are the foremost IR events in the region. Attended by the top IROs, the awards cap a half-day of seminars, workshops and discussion groups on issues from crisis management to the role of IR in an IPO. This year's event will be held at the Conrad Hong Kong on December 12, 2007.

Nominees for the IR Magazine Hong Kong and Taiwan Awards 2007 are, in alphabetical order:

I. Grand prix for best overall investor relations by a Hong Kong company - large cap

Li & Fung

MTR Corporation

Sun Hung Kai Properties

II. Grand prix for best overall investor relations by a Taiwanese company - large cap

Cathay Financial Holding

Formosa Petrochemical Corp

Hon Hai Precision

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg (TSMC)

III. Grand prix for best overall investor relations by a Hong Kong company - small or mid-cap

Giordano International

IT Limited

Karrie International Holdings

Ming Fung Jewellery

Solomon Systech

IV. Grand prix for best overall investor relations by a Taiwanese company - small or mid-cap

China Metal

Kye Systems Corp

Simplo Technology

Tong Yang Industry Co

V. Best investor relations officer at a Hong Kong company

China Light & Power

MTR Corporation

Sun Hung Kai Properties

VI. Best investor relations officer at a Taiwanese company

AU Optronics

Cathay Financial Holding

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg (TSMC)

VII. Best IR by a CEO at a Hong Kong company

Esprit

Li & Fung

MTR Corporation

VIII. Best IR by a CEO at a Taiwanese company

Hon Hai Precision

Siliconware Precision Industries

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg (TSMC)

IX. Best corporate governance

China Light & Power

Hang Seng Bank

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg (TSMC)

X. Best investment meetings

Esprit

Li & Fung

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg (TSMC)

XI. Most progress in investor relations

Hon Hai Precision

Lifestyle International

XII. Best website - small or mid-cap

Giordano International

Pacific Textiles

Tong Yang Industry

XIII. Best annual report and other corporate literature - small or mid-cap

Karrie International Holdings

Smartone Telecommunications

Solomon Systech

XIV. Best IR for an IPO in the Hong Kong market - large cap

Belle International

China Communications Construction

Country Garden

ICBC

XV. Best IR for an IPO in the Hong Kong market - small or mid-cap

CITIC 1616

Sunny Optical

Walker Group

XVI. Best IR in the Hong Kong Market by a PRC company

China Mobile

ICBC

Ping An of China

For more information on the IR Magazine Hong Kong and Taiwan Conference & Awards, please visit http://www.thecrossbordergroup.com/pages/25/Awards.stm .

For more information on the Investor Perception Study, Asia 2007/2008 please contact Kate Giblin at +44 020 7251 7520 or kate.giblin@thecrossbordergroup.com .

About IR Magazine & Awards

Cross Border (formerly Cross-Border Publishing), was founded in the UK in 1993 and is the publisher in New York and London of IR magazine, the only global publication focused on the interface between companies and their investors. IR magazine hosts annual awards ceremonies in the US, the UK, continental Europe, Canada, the Nordic region, Asia, Brazil, South Africa, Ireland and Australia with a combined annual attendance of around 8,000 investor relations professionals. An IR conference will be launched in India in January 2006. Cross Border also publishes Corporate Secretary in North America and the new title CorpComms in the UK. The Cross Border contract division offers publishing and event management to the financial and corporate communications sectors in Europe and the Americas. For more information, please visit www.irawards.com and www.thecrossbordergroup.com

Source: IR Magazine & Awards

Contact:
Investor Perception Study, Asia 2007/2008,
IR Magazine China Conference & Awards,
Kate Giblin
Tel.: +44-020-7251-7520
Email: kate.giblin@thecrossbordergroup.com


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