This article appeared in the December 2009 Listed @ ASX newsletter.

ASX investor relations initiatives

ASX believes that investor relations is an important consideration for all listed companies, which is why ASX is looking into new initiatives.

Effective communication and interaction between investors and listed companies not only assists in building the profile of the company (hence improving trading liquidity, access to capital and market valuation) but it also reinforces the integrity and efficiency of Australia’s market. This is something which has been particularly important throughout the GFC and which will remain important in every market environment going forward.

In recognition of the importance of investor relations, and in addition to the range of investor forums the ASX currently host, ASX is also committed to building its retail and professional investor educational activities and expanding its investor relations services. The primary objective is to enhance the ASX offering to listed companies, in terms of products and services that support the core service of capital raising and price discovery.

Some of the broader initiatives that ASX hopes to introduce are detailed below:

ASX Investor Relations Educational Activities
ASX enjoys a close working relationship with the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA), having supported a number of AIRA investor relations courses targeted towards small to mid cap companies.

ASX plans to invest resources and work with AIRA again in 2010 to offer a number of investor relations educational activities to enhance the ASX offering to listed companies. The details of the educational courses will be announced shortly and will be designed to encourage participation by all listed companies, regardless of size, industry or sector.

ASX Investor Relations Products and Services
ASX is considering a number of additional investor relations products and services, including video and desktop packages, to enhance listed companies’ investor relations capabilities.

The aim is to deliver investor relations tools that listed companies can utilise to increase their profile in the investment community, and to identify, track, manage and communicate with their shareholders in an effective and efficient way.

Further information about these and other ASX investor relations initiatives will be made available in due course and will be formally announced to the market when appropriate.

For further information or to provide feedback, please contact:

Brooke Penfold
Manager, ECM Development
+61 2 9227 0478

Copyright 2009 ASX Limited ABN 98 008 624 691. All rights reserved 2009.

Information provided is for educational purposes and does not constitute financial product advice.  You should obtain independent advice from an Australian financial services licensee before making any financial decisions.  Although ASX Limited ABN 98 008 624 691 and its related bodies corporate (‘ASX’) has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information as at the date of publication, ASX does not give any warranty or representation as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the information.  To the extent permitted by law, ASX and its employees, officers and contractors shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising in any way (including by way of negligence) from or in connection with any information provided or omitted or from any one acting or refraining to act in reliance on this information. This document is not a substitute for the Operating Rules of the relevant ASX entity and in the case of any inconsistency, the Operating Rules prevail.