Our engagement with the investment community, including our shareholders, institutional and retail investors, shareholder proxy advisory agencies, equity and fixed-income analysts and credit rating agencies, is governed by our Investor Relations Policy. We are committed to maintaining regular and transparent communications with investors to ensure that disclosure of information is conducted on a clear, fair and timely basis.
UOB is covered by the research teams from more than 20 brokerage firms globally. Through regular dialogue with the investment community, our Management keeps investors abreast of UOB’s financial performance, milestones and other material developments.
We regularly review our content disclosure to provide investors with the material information needed to address their areas of concern. In 2018, investors’ concerns revolved primarily around the impact of the uncertain macroeconomic environment on UOB’s growth prospects and the progress of our digital initiatives. We improved our disclosure on the asset quality of our portfolios, the progress of our digital initiatives, including the plans for a new Digital Bank for ASEAN, and the direction of our future investments and expenditure.
In 2018, we shared with analysts and investors UOB’s corporate strategy, operational performance and business outlook through 600 meetings, including:
Quarterly results briefings, fronted by Management, with conference call facilities arranged for overseas analysts and investors. Analysts and investors in Singapore were also invited to post-results luncheons every quarter;
Investor meetings, conferences and roadshows held in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the US with both equity and fixed-income institutional investors;
Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) Corporate Connect Seminar with retail investors;
Meetings with credit rating agencies; and
Annual general meeting (AGM)3.
During the year, we also enhanced the UOB Investor Relations section on our corporate website www.UOBgroup.com
to include key disclosures in relation to our approach to sustainability and to provide more comprehensive disclosures on our benchmark issuances and dividend payouts. To improve user experience and engagement, we also added features such as interactive share price charts, historical price data and an investment calculator for our investors to determine their returns and capital gains.
General information on UOB, such as annual reports, quarterly results, recorded webcasts of results briefings, news releases and presentation slides, as well as our investor relations calendar of events, are readily available on our corporate website. All financial results, material news releases, dividends recommended or declared for payment and ad-hoc announcements are also available on SGXNet.