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SPH offers the only bilingual Investor Relations sites for listed companies in Singapore on AsiaOne.com and Zaobao.com news portals

SINGAPORE, 16 January 2005 – Singapore companies looking for a fast, hassle-free and cost-effective way to reach out to their shareholders and investors here and in the region, can now turn to the Investor Relations online sites managed by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

The English and Chinese sites on news portals AsiaOne.com and Zaobao.com – the new IR@AsiaOne.com (http://ir.asiaone.com/) in English, and IR@Zaobao.com (http://ir.zaobao.com/) in Chinese (launched in 2001), offer listed companies, both local and foreign, an integrated and cost-efficient platform to reach out to the business and financial communities in Singapore, China and the Asia-Pacific region.

AsiaOne.com and Zaobao.com attract over 300 million page views and 5 million unique visitors every month. Zaobao.com´s web traffic averages 8 million page views a day, 90% of which are from China.

Said Zaobao.com Online Editor and Head of Portal Management for SPH Internet Business, Zheng Wei: “Retail and institutional investors in Singapore, China and the region, interested in the latest online news from The Straits Times, The Business Times and Lianhe Zaobao relating to these businesses, will find on these IR sites, a dedicated news features page for each company, where the latest corporate announcements, commentaries and analyses are highlighted.”

“For companies looking for a quick and cost-efficient way to reach shareholders, opinion leaders, as well as potential and existing investors, at no extra cost in terms of site maintenance, web-hosting or technical development, these IR sites offer a hassle-free solution,” he added.

Mr Li Jian Xiong, Vice President, COSCO Corporation, is confident that the IR sites will enhance COSCO´s profile among investors.

“COSCO was one of the pioneer companies to feature our company financials on the IR website on Zaobao.com. We believe that the English IR site on AsiaOne.com will further enhance our communications strategy with existing, as well as potential investors, partners and clients, especially when the latest COSCO-related news are featured on these sites," he said.

On each IR site, online readers can also find companies´ financial and stock information, latest financial results, stock price and charts, as well as corporate information such as core businesses, company structure and main shareholders.

Another company that has taken advantage of the bilingual IR platform is Novena Holdings Ltd.

“Our Chinese language IR site is hosted on Zaobao.com. Through the Zaobao.com IR site, we are reaching out to many Chinese-speaking investors. Now we are reaching out to English-speaking investors by extending our IR presence to AsiaOne.com,” said Dr Toh Soon Huat, Acting Chairman & CEO of Novena.

Dr Toh believes with the new platform, Novena will be able to keep its investors informed about the company´s latest corporate developments, and promote corporate transparency to shareholders.

Besides four listed companies, Asiapharm Group, COSCO Corporation, OSIM International and Novena Holdings, hosting their IR sites on both AsiaOne.com and Zaobao.com, more than 30 listed companies have also hosted their Chinese Investor Relations site on IR@Zaobao.com, which was launched in 2001.

These companies include Achieva, Autron Corporation, AP Oil, CEI, Econ Healthcare, Eu Yang Sang International, Federal International, Global Active, Huan Hsin, integra2000, Inter-Roller Engineering, GES, JK Yaming, Jackspeed, King Wan, KS Tech, MEDTECS, Multi-Chem, MFS Technology, NH Ceramics, Tat Seng Packaging, Tech Group Asia, Teckwah Industrial, YHI International, and United Fiber System.


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E


For more information, please contact:

Dicky Goh
Vice President
SPH Internet Business,
DID: 65- 63198866
Mobile: 9842-8866
Email: gohmt@sph.com.sg

Sales Contact
Tammy Hong
Group Account Manager
SPH Internet Business
DID: 65-63192053
Mobile: 9683-1333
Email: tamhong@sph.com.sg

About SPH
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading news and information provider, offering quality content for print, Internet and radio. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and 63 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.78 million individuals, or 90 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers and magazines, which together enjoy some 300 million pageviews a month. SPH operates two UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English, under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media. For more information about SPH, please log on to www.sph.com.sg