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Apr 06, 2016

Asia Top 50: No 8 Metro Pacific Investments

Philippine investment and management firm climbed into the top 10 of the Asia Top 50 in 2015

Albert Pulido, IRO at Metro Pacific Investments, can be proud: this year his company is up from 22nd in the Asia Top 50 in 2014 to eighth; it wins the award for best overall IR by a mid-cap company for the second year in a row; and Pulido himself, having been ranked fourth in the category for best investor relations officer last year, wins that award in 2015.

Metro Pacific is a Philippines-based, publicly listed investment and management firm that has shares traded both in the Philippines and in the US in the form of a Level 1 ADR program. Deutsche Bank is its appointed depositary bank.

Pulido has been with the company for six years; before that, from 2003, he was with Lehman Brothers. Now on the corporate side of the fence, he has led the drive at Metro Pacific to increase its equity coverage and has seen it grow from just three analysts to 16.

He works with management to fine-tune the tactical implementation of the company’s strategy, he says, based on feedback and suggestions received from investors and analysts. Judging by this year’s research, those investors and analysts are pretty satisfied.

Pulido says his key goal is ‘to get the share price closer to what we believe our NAV is.’ The company’s use of technology, corporate governance, reporting and disclosure are all praised in the research, as is Pulido himself, of whom one sell-sider says: ‘Albert Pulido is responsive and provides good meetings and access.’

This profile first appeared in the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – Asia 2015/2016, which is available to professional subscribers of IR Magazine

Janet Dignan

Janet Dignan is a graduate of Otago University in New Zealand, where she read philosophy. From 1979 to1982 she was head of information at Linklaters, with responsibility for internal and external information resources for its offices in London, Hong...
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