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SPH, SGX and FTSE launch new FTSE ST China Top Index

Singapore, 7 July 2008 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Singapore Exchange (SGX) and FTSE Group (FTSE) are pleased to announce the launch today of a new index within the FTSE ST Index series.

The FTSE ST China Top Index is a tradable index that currently tracks the 20 largest China stocks listed on SGX. To be eligible for inclusion in the new index, companies must have either at least 30% ownership by the Chinese government, companies or nationals; or derive at least 50% of revenues from China.

The inclusion of the new revenue criterion allows companies that were previously not eligible for the existing FTSE ST China Index to be included in the new FTSE ST China Top Index. Such companies include Ferrochina, Hsu Fu Chi International and Yanlord Land Group.

“The FTSE ST China Top Index is created in response to demand from institutional investors and fund managers in China and around the world for an index that will give them instant exposure to a smaller, readily tradable basket of highly liquid Singapore-listed China stocks. This is part of our commitment to making the FTSE ST Index series a comprehensive barometer of the Singapore securities market,” said Mr Ignatius Low, Money Editor of The Straits Times newspaper under SPH.

Both the FTSE ST China Index and the FTSE ST China Top Index will offer opportunities for the creation of and investment into China index-linked products, including exchange traded funds (ETFs), structured products and other derivatives. The FTSE ST China Index, with its larger basket of 50 component stocks, will continue to act as a general market barometer of the state of China companies listed here.

Companies in both indices are selected based on their market capitalisation levels as of 20 June 2008. They are subject to the same index calculation methodology, free float weighting and liquidity screening criteria as the revamped Straits Times Index (STI) and other FTSE ST indices which were launched on 10 January 2008.

The full list of the new index’s constituents is at Annex 1.


 

The FTSE ST China Top Index will be added to the real-time, intra-day values of the STI and other FTSE ST indices displayed at the following websites:

SPH http://btstocks.asiaone.com/keyIndices.html
SGX http://www.sgx.com
NextView http://www.investasiaonline.com
ShareInvestor http://www.shareinvestor.com and http://www.listedcompany.com

FTSE will also display the end-of-day index values on its website at http://www.ftse.com/st

The FTSE ST China Top Index will also be covered by Xinhua Finance Limited, China´s premier financial information and media service provider, with whom SGX is working to profile the component stocks of the FTSE ST China Index. Xinhua Finance will report regularly on the China companies listed on SGX that make up both China-themed indices through the “FTSE ST China Index Stock Alerts” e-mail service. Subscribers will be able to receive the latest news and exclusive C-level interviews on their desktop computers or mobile devices. Details of this free news service are available on SGX´s website at http://www.sgx.com/ftsestchina
 

Jointly issued by:

Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E

Singapore Exchange Limited
Co. Regn. No: 199904940D

FTSE International Limited
Co. Regn. No: 03108236
 

Media contacts:

SPH
Chin Soo Fang
Corporate Communications
DID: +65 6319 1216
Email: soofang@sph.com.sg

SGX
Lim Seng Jin
Corporate Communications
Tel: +65 6236 8385
Email: sengjin.lim@sgx.com

FTSE
Meredith Blakemore
Tel: +852 2230 5800
Email: Meredith.Blakemore@ftse.com
 

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 81 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 110 million pageviews with 7 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 per cent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.
 

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.
 

About Singapore Exchange Limited

Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) was inaugurated on 1 December 1999, following the merger of two established and well-respected financial institutions - the Stock Exchange of Singapore (SES) and the Singapore International Monetary Exchange (SIMEX). SGX is Asia-Pacific’s first demutualised and integrated securities and derivatives exchange and is listed on its own bourse. The exchange’s stock is a component of benchmark indices such as the MSCI Singapore’s Free Index and the Straits Times Index (STI).

SGX aims to offer a highly trusted, comprehensive and efficient securities and derivatives marketplace for raising capital, risk transfer, trading, clearing and settlement. SGX facilitates the trading and clearing of commodity futures such as crude palm oil and rubber and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives such as forward freight agreements and oil swaps. Through strategic alliances and partnerships with other exchanges around the world, SGX is firmly positioned as an Asian Gateway.

For more information, please visit SGX website: www.sgx.com
 

About FTSE Group

FTSE Group is a world-leader in the creation and management of indexes. With offices in Beijing, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Madrid, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo, FTSE Group services clients in 77 countries worldwide. It calculates and manages the FTSE Global Equity Index Series, which includes world-recognized indexes ranging from the FTSE All-World Index, the FTSE4Good series and the FTSEurofirst Index series, as well as domestic indexes such as the prestigious FTSE 100. The company has collaborative arrangements with the Athens, AMEX, Cyprus, Euronext, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, NASDAQ, Thailand and Taiwan exchanges, as well as Nomura Securities and Xinhua Finance of China. FTSE also has a collaborative agreement with Dow Jones Indexes to develop a single sector classification system for global investors.

FTSE indexes are used extensively by investors world-wide for investment analysis, performance measurement, asset allocation, portfolio hedging and for creating a wide range of index tracking funds. Independent committees of senior fund managers, derivatives experts, actuaries and other experienced practitioners review all changes to the indexes to ensure that they are made objectively and without bias. Real-time FTSE indexes are calculated on systems managed by Reuters. Prices and FX rates used are supplied by Reuters.