SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Noble Group’s (NOBG.SI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) vow to be more open after a blogger attacked its accounting is a testament to the growing clout of independent researchers, who have shaken up Asian corporate practices in a way investors and brokerage analysts never could.
Researchers and short-sellers, who bet on stock prices falling, highlight potentially controversial governance and rely on securities traders and media to spread the word for maximum impact. The approach makes up for the lack of an activist investor culture in Asia, where firms’ primary shareholders are often so big that smaller voices go unheard.
SINGAPORE, March 5 (Reuters) – Commodity trading house Noble
Group Ltd has defended its decision to book an
impairment charge on the day it reported earnings, and said it
would detailing its recently criticised accounting methods in a
bid to reassure markets.
The Singapore-listed group, one of Asia’s biggest commodity
traders, has seen $1 billion wiped off its market value since
Iceberg Research last month said Noble’s accounting methods
inflated the value of its assets – a claim Noble rejected and
blamed on a disgruntled former junior employee.
SINGAPORE, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX)
may have just begun its search for a new CEO but
investors and brokers already know what change they want to see:
the bourse stripped of its regulatory powers and a rebuilding of
its stock market business.
Unlike other major financial markets, Singapore does not
have a dedicated securities watchdog. Instead SGX is the
front-line regulator and is in turn regulated by the central
bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
SINGAPORE, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Noble Group Ltd
shares slumped on Friday after the Asian commodities trader
swung to an unexpected quarterly loss due to asset write-downs,
and as investors fretted over a research report questioning its
Noble’s shares dropped as much as 7 percent, taking the
total decline to 19 percent in a rout that has wiped about $1.1
billion from its market value since Feb. 13 on concerns about
how the company is valuing its assets in the face of declining
SINGAPORE, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Asian commodities trader Noble
Group Ltd reported its first quarterly loss in three
years and took impairment charges of over $400 million, days
after it was hit by allegations of aggressive accounting from an
obscure research firm.
The Singapore-listed company said it had swung to a
fourth-quarter net loss of $240 million compared to a profit of
$117 million a year ago. The loss, which analysts said was
unexpected, was the first since the quarter ended September
2011, Reuters data shows.
SINGAPORE, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX)
said on Tuesday that Magnus Bocker will step down as
chief executive on June 30 at the end of his contract.
Singapore is Asia’s leading venue for foreign exchange and
has seen strong growth in derivatives trading, but the average
daily value of shares traded on its exchange has dropped below
that of Thailand and trails far behind Hong Kong and Tokyo.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Budget airline Citilink, owned by PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (GIAA.JK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), is set to turn profitable this year, partly boosted by the government’s crackdown on cheap fares, its chief executive said.
Albert Burhan, who was appointed as Citilink’s CEO this month, said the airline is looking to report its first annual profit in 2015 after it started operations in late 2011.
SINGAPORE, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Singapore’s DBS Group Holdings
saw its China bad debt provisions quadruple in the
latest quarter but the bank played down the risks for its loan
book, saying much of jump was due to one soured loan to a copper
DBS said it was not worried about its China portfolio as
most of its loans were trade finance loans to banks, but Chief
Executive Piyush Gupta warned the country’s anti-corruption
drive as well as debt woes in certain corporate sectors may lead
to some unexpected surprises.
JAKARTA/SINGAPORE, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Budget airline AirAsia
Bhd resumed online promotions and advertising this
week, a month after a plane operated by its Indonesia affiliate
crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board.
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes had imposed a moratorium on
advertising after the Dec. 28 crash of the Indonesia AirAsia
plane, which Indonesian investigators said on Thursday was being
controlled by the co-pilot when it fell into the sea.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore Exchange Ltd’s (SGXL.SI: Quote, Profile, Research) chief executive said on Wednesday he is looking to emulate the much-heralded Stock Connect link between Hong Kong and Shanghai by formally linking together Southeast Asian bourses.
With a plan already in the works to form a stock trading link with Taiwan later this year, Magnus Bocker told Reuters that establishing direct connections between exchanges has replaced mergers and acquisitions as the industry’s main growth strategy, particularly in Asia.