SM Investments Corporation receives Platinum Award from Hong Kong-based magazine The Asset for the 7th Year

SM Investments Corporation receives Platinum Award from Hong Kong-based magazine The Asset for the 7th Year

SM SVP for Finance Franklin Gomez receives The Platinum Award for excellence in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and investor relations on behalf of the company.

 

Pasay City, Philippines, 2015-12-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) was cited anew by Hong Kong-based magazine The Asset as a winner of the Platinum Award, the highest award for excellence in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and investor relations for seven years running. SM’s Senior Vice President for Finance Franklin Gomez received the awards on behalf of the company.

SM was also awarded as the Best Investor Relations Team, a new category this year. SM is the sole Philippine company awarded this category among only seven companies in the Asian region. SM’s Investor Relations department is headed by Senior Vice President Corazon P. Guidote. She is supported by a team of IR and communications professionals whose main goal is to address the requirements of both its major and minority shareholders through direct communications, mainstream and social media communications, domestic and international IR roadshows, conferences and forums. They reach out to as many investors as possible both equity and fixed income who have interest in the Philippines given that SM is widely considered by the investment community as an ideal proxy for investing in the country.

Attesting further to SM’s adherence to global standards across the group, its major listed subsidiaries SM Prime Holdings Inc. and BDO Unibank, Inc. likewise received the Platinum Award. BDO and SM Prime have also been excellence awardees of The Asset for the past six years.

The Asset’s Corporate Awards, which focuses on Excellence in Governance, CSR and Investor Relations, uses a rigorous research process for benchmarking the region’s listed companies. The criteria used to assess the companies include a range of metrics on financial performance, which are also a proxy for gauging management acumen. The purpose of the awards is to recognize the importance of sustainable growth where companies are also evaluated according to the quality of their corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental responsibility and investor relations. A total of 56 companies were awarded on December 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

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For further information, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. (632) 857-0117
www.sminvestments.com

SOURCE: SM Investments Corporation

SM Investments Corporation cited as the Region’s Best Borrower in the Philippines based on research poll by Hong Kong magazine Finance Asia

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-11-3— /EPR Retail News/ — SM Investments Corporation (SM) was cited as the Region’s Best Borrower in the Philippines based on a research poll by Hong Kong magazine Finance Asia.

The award was presented during the 2014 FinanceAsia Fixed Income Poll Awards dinner on October 29 in Singapore.

“We are pleased to accept this award which affirms SM’s initiatives towards promoting vibrancy in the capital markets. We are grateful to our investors for their confidence and support,” Jose T. Sio, Chief Finance Officer of SM said.

Last June, SM issued a USD350 million 10-year senior unsecured bond at a fixed rate of 4.875% per annum, a landmark transaction marking the longest-dated USD bond issued by SM and the company’s fourth USD bond issuance since 2009.

SM also raised PHP15 billion in May 2014 from a public offer of peso-denominated retail bonds with maturity of seven and ten years. The SM bonds are rated PRS Aaa by Philippine Rating Services Corporation, the highest rating assigned by the credit rating firm.

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About SM Investments Corporation
SM Investments Corporation (SM) is one of the leading conglomerates in the Philippines with highly synergistic businesses in retail, banking and property development. SM has evolved into one of the highly respected companies in the country owing to its progressive approach in business and its comprehensive sustainability programs for its host communities through SM Foundation and SM Cares.

SM’s retail operations enjoy a strong brand franchise consisting of The SM Store and its food retail chains namely SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Savemore and WalterMart stores. SM’s property arm, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. is among the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia with interests in mall, residential, commercial and tourism development. SM’s interests in banking are in BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the country’s largest and in China Banking Corporation (China Bank), the fifth largest. Combined, these two banks have a network of over 1,000 branches nationwide.

All told, in just 56 years, SM has become one of the largest market capitalized companies listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange, a testament to its ability to deliver steady high earnings and asset growth, sound financial management that creates value for all its stakeholders.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. 857-0117

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Receiving the award on behalf of SM is SM Senior Vice President for Finance Franklin Gomez.

Receiving the award on behalf of SM is SM Senior Vice President for Finance Franklin Gomez.