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MSWG Weekly Newsletter 17 March 2017 | MSWG Malaysia

MSWG Weekly Newsletter 17 March 2017

Friday, 17 March, 2017

17 March 2017

VOICE OF MSWG

A FRESH DAWN IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGULATION

The Malaysian capital market received a huge boost this week when the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), a grouping of global securities regulators that oversee markets worth over $140 trillion, launched its first-ever presence outside of its headquarters in Madrid, Spain, when it opened its Asia-Pacific hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hub, located at the Securities Commission Malaysia signals the growing importance of Asia-Pacific in the global economy and the role Malaysia will play in helping to develop the region’s emerging capital markets and regulatory capabilities.

ASEAN CG SCORECARD IS FURTHER IMPROVED

The recent meeting of the Asean Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) saw fresh revisions to the Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard to better reflect increased investor expectations and fresh developments in business and corporate governance practices.

Changes include additional weightage for certain assessment questions, particularly those on the Role of Stakeholders, and an overall streamlining to place greater emphasis on practising corporate governance.

Another key change includes the introduction of an independent validation in addition to the existing peer-review process.

We are optimistic that these enhancements will further strengthen the quality of assessment and expand the insights into the CG practices of companies across participating countries commencing from its introduction in the second half of this year.

We hope companies will take cognisant of the recommended CG disclosures and practices in the scorecard.

 

KEY ISSUES RAISED ON L&G/MAYLAND ASSET INJECTION AT MSWG's INVESTOR EDUCATION PROGRAMME

We recently conducted a forum for shareholders of Land & General (L&G) as part of our Investor Education Programme, where various key issues were raised and discussed pertaining to L&G’s proposal to acquire five property firms from its major shareholder, Malaysia Land Properties Sdn Bhd (Mayland), for RM344 million cash.

Issues of valuation, financing methodology and recoverability were among the points raised and discussed.

The success of this forum has spurred us to conduct more such events in the future on issues that affect the interest of minority shareholders. We hope more shareholders and investors will participate in our future forums.

Despite the concerns raised by shareholders at our forum and the EGM of L&G, the resolutions were carried with almost 30% voted against as shown below:

Resolution

Voted in favour

Voted Against

Result

No. of Shares

%

No. of Shares

%

Ordinary Resolution 1

Proposed Acquisitions and Option

 

157,156,241

71.4899

62,673,700

28.5101

Carried

Ordinary Resolution 2

Proposed Rights Issue

155,735,641

70.8437

64,094,300

29.1563

Carried

Ordinary Resolution 3

Proposed Exemption

155,810,641

70.8778

64,019,300

29.1222

Carried

 

DIRECTORS’ FEES AND REMUNERATION

Section 230 (1) of the Companies Act 2016 which came into force on 31 January 2017 requires “fees” and “benefits” payable to directors of a listed company to be approved by shareholders at a general meeting.

In line with this requirement, we hope companies will now table not only the directors’ fees but also benefits payable to their non-executive directors. Companies should also take note of the requirement to seek shareholders’ approval for fees and benefits payable to the non-executive directors at the subsidiary companies as defined under Section 4 of the Companies Act 2016.

 

INVESTORS PROGRAMME ON “A NEW ERA OF AUDITOR REPORTING: INSIGHTS FOR INVESTORS”

We are pleased to announce that the investors programme on “A New Era of Auditor Reporting: Insights For Investors” jointly organised by MIA and MSWG and supported by Bursa Malaysia, which was earlier cancelled will now be held on Friday, 31 March 2017 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Conference Room, Ground Floor, Bursa Malaysia. Please click here for full information on the programme.   

We strongly encourage investors, especially retail investors to attend this event to gain an insight of the new audit reporting standards.

For registration, please contact Mr. Vinodth Ram via telephone 03-2070 9090 or email at vinodth.ram@mswg.org.my.

 


 

THE MSWG TEAM

MSWG’S WATCHLIST

Upcoming AGM/EGM:

Date & Time

Company

Venue

21.03.17 (Tue)

11.00am

 LPI Capital Berhad (AGM)

Shangri-La Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL

23.03.17 (Thur)

10.00am

Sapura Kencana Petroleum Berhad (EGM)

Sapura@Mines, No. 7, Jalan Tasik, The Mines Resort City

Note: *  The questions to be raised at the LPI’s AGM can be accessed in our website http://www.mswg.org.my/ .


 

LOCAL NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS

SC anticipates raising RM105b from capital market this year

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/03/219019/sc-anticipates-raising-rm105b-capital-market-year

How auditors get a good night’s sleep

http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/03/11/how-auditors-get-a-good-nights-sleep/

Reject takeover offer, Rex Industry shareholders told

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2191313

Insider trading form bulk of SC probe

http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/03/09/insider-trading-form-bulk-of-sc-probe/

Small, mid-cap listed firms research scheme by Q2, says SC

http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/03/09/small--mid-cap-listed-firms-research-scheme-by-q2-says-sc/

Bursa Malaysia Introduces MD&A Guide

GLOBAL NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS

China economy shows signs of improvement

http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/03/13/china-economy-shows-signs-of-improvement/

US weekly jobless claims rise, layoffs fall in February

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/us-weekly-jobless-claims-rise-layoffs-fall-in-february

Markets cheer softer US Federal Reserve tone

http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/03/17/markets-cheer-softer-us-federal-reserve-tone/

Oil drops to lowest since Opec deal, American crude below US$50

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/oil-drops-to-lowest-since-opec-deal-american-crude-below-us50

ECB keeps policy, guidance unchanged as expected

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/ecb-keeps-policy-guidance-unchanged-as-expected

Malaysian ex-DBS trader convicted in Singapore’s first spoofing case

 

MSWG Analysts

Lya Rahman, General Manager, lyarahman@mswg.org.my
Rebecca Yap, Head, Corporate Monitoring rebecca.yap@mswg.org.my
Quah Ban Aik, Head, Corporate Monitoring banaik.quah@mswg.org.my
Norhisam Sidek, Manager, Corporate Monitoring norhisam@mswg.org.my
Wong Kin Wing, Manager, Corporate Monitoring, kinwing@mswg.org.my
Hoo Ley Beng, Manager, Corporate Monitoring linnert.hoo@mswg.org.my 
Nor Khalidah Khalil, Analyst, Corporate Monitoring khalidah@mswg.org.my
Vinodth Ramasamy, Analyst, Corporate Monitoring vinodth.ram@mswg.org.my

Muhammad Faris bin Mohamed Yusof, Analyst, Corporate Monitoring farisyusof@mswg.org.my


DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS

•           With regard to the companies mentioned, MSWG holds a minimum number of shares in all these companies covered in this newsletter.


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