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(Extracted from Annual Report 2023)

Communication with Shareholders and Investors

The Board and senior management recognise their responsibility to represent the interests of all shareholders and to maximise shareholder value. Communication with shareholders and accountability to shareholders is a high priority of the Company.

The Company has a Shareholders’ Communication Policy which is available on the Company’s website. The Shareholders’ Communication Policy aims to ensure that shareholders and the investment community are provided with appropriate and timely access to material information about the Company. It sets out the Company’s framework for promoting effective communication with its shareholders so as to enable them to exercise their rights as shareholders in an informed manner, and to allow the investment community to engage actively with the Company.

The methods used to communicate with shareholders include the following:

  • the Chief Executive and Finance Director make themselves available for meetings with major shareholders, investors and analysts over two-month periods immediately after the announcement of the interim and annual results and at certain other times during the year. In addition, they attended regular meetings with analysts and investors in Hong Kong, analyst briefings, investor group briefings, overseas roadshows and investor conferences during the year
  • through the Company’s website. This includes electronic copies of financial reports, webcasts of analyst presentations given at the time of the interim and annual results announcements, slides of presentations given at investor conferences, latest news, public announcements and general information about the Group’s businesses
  • through publication of interim and annual reports
  • through the annual general meeting as discussed below and other general meetings that may be convened

Shareholders may send their enquiries and concerns to the Board by post or email at The relevant contact details are set out in the Financial Calendar and Information for Investors section of this annual report. The Company’s Shareholders’ Communication Policy also sets out channels for shareholders to communicate their views on various matters.

The Audit Committee reviews the implementation and effectiveness of the Shareholders’ Communication Policy annually. Having considered the multiple channels of communication in place as described above, it is satisfied that the Shareholders’ Communication Policy has been properly implemented and is effective.

The Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting is an important forum to engage with shareholders. The most recent annual general meeting was held on 9th May 2023. The meeting was open to shareholders. The Directors who attended the meeting are shown in the table on page 96.

At the annual general meeting, separate resolutions were proposed for each issue and were voted on by poll. The procedures for conducting a poll were explained at the meeting prior to the polls being taken. The agenda items were:

  • receiving the report of the Directors and the audited financial statements for the year ended 31st December 2022
  • electing/re-electing Directors
  • re-appointing the auditors and authorising the Directors to set their remuneration
  • a general mandate authorising the Directors to make on-market share buy-backs
  • a general mandate authorising the Directors to allot and issue shares up to 20% of the number of shares then in issue, provided that the aggregate number of the shares so allotted wholly for cash would not exceed 5% of the number of the shares then in issue

Minutes of the meeting together with voting results are available on the Company's website.

Dividend Policy

The Company has a policy on the payment of dividends, which is set out in the section of this annual report headed Directors’ Report.

Shareholder Engagement

Pursuant to Article 95 of the Company’s Articles of Association, if a shareholder wishes to propose a person other than a retiring Director for election as a Director at a general meeting, he or she should deposit a written notice of nomination at the registered office of the Company within the 7-day period commencing on and including the day after the despatch of the notice of the meeting. The procedures for nominating candidates to stand for election as Directors at general meetings are set out in the Corporate Governance section of the Company’s website.

If they wish to propose a resolution relating to other matters to be considered at a general meeting, shareholders are requested to follow the requirements and procedures set out in the Corporate Governance section of the Company’s website.

Shareholder(s) representing at least 5% of the total voting rights of all members may request the Board to convene a general meeting. The objects of the meeting must be stated in the related requisition deposited at the Company’s registered office. Detailed requirements and procedures are set out in the Corporate Governance section of the Company’s website.

Other Information for Shareholders

Key shareholder dates for 2024 are set out in the section of this annual report headed Financial Calendar and Information for Investors and in the Financial Calendar on the Company's website.

No amendment has been made to the Company’s Articles of Association during the year.

From information publicly available to the Company and within the knowledge of its Directors, at least 10.28% (being the minimum public float percentage which the Company is required to maintain) of the Company’s total number of issued shares are held by the public. Details of substantial shareholders’ and other interests are included in the section of this annual report headed Directors’ Report.