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In the context of constantly evolving requirements of disclosure, transparency and corporate governance, we aim to provide investors with an accurate, coherent and balanced account of the Groupís performance. To do this, multiple communication platforms are utilised including group briefings to analysts, investors and the media, one-on-one meetings with shareholders and potential investors, investor roadshows and our investor relations website. In addition, company visits and facility tours are organised to help investors gain better insight into the Groupís operations.


Senior management and the investor relations team continued to actively maintain open communication channels with the financial community. During the year, we held over 180 one-on-one and group meetings with shareholders, analysts and potential investors. These included non-deal marketing roadshows in major financial centres. In Asia, we covered Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong; in North America, Toronto, Boston and New York; and in Europe, London. We also participated in five investor conferences during the year: the Credit Suisse Asian Investor Conference in March in Hong Kong, the CLSA Corporate Access Forum in May, the Nomura Asia Equity Forum in July and CIMB-GK Singapore Day in August in Singapore, as well as the UBS Best of Asia Conference in June in the USA. In May, we organised a presentation to analysts and fund managers with a special focus on Sembcorpís water business. The presentation by senior management was held in Singapore and was attended by both sell-side and buy-side participants.

During the year, Sembcorp Industries was awarded runner-up for the Most Transparent Company award in the conglomerates / multi-industry category at the Investorís Choice Awards presented by the Securities Investors Association (Singapore).


Global equities ended 2008 sharply lower due to the fallout from the credit crisis, the global economic slowdown and extreme stock market volatility. Against this background, Sembcorp Industriesí shares saw a share price reduction of 60% and a total shareholder return of -57% in 2008.

During the year, the companyís share price averaged S$3.88, registered a low of S$1.83 on October 24 and a high of S$5.76 on January 2. Daily turnover averaged 4.3 million shares in 2008.


In 2008, other than our major shareholder Temasek Holdings, which held 49.5% of our shares as at the end of 2008, institutional shareholders as a group continued to dominate Sembcorpís shareholder base. Institutional shareholders accounted for 34.6% of our issued share capital or 69% of free float. Retail shareholders, including shareholders holding less than 100,000 shares and Others, held the remaining 15.9% of issued share capital or 31% of free float. In terms of geographical breakdown, excluding the stake held by Temasek Holdings, Singapore shareholders accounted for the largest number of shares held with 11% of issued share capital. This was followed by shareholders from the USA who held 10% of issued share capital. Shareholders from the UK and Hong Kong accounted for 6% of issued share capital each.

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