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Communication with Shareholders
The Company affirms its commitment to maintaining a high degree of corporate transparency, communicating regularly with its shareholders and ensuring in appropriate circumstances, the investment community at large being provided with ready, equal and timely access to balanced and understandable information about the Company (including its financial performance, strategic goals and plans, material developments, governance, risk profile and other material information), in order to enable the shareholders to exercise their rights in an informed manner.

Communication Strategies

Principles
The Board is dedicated to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the shareholders of the Company and the investment community. Information is communicated to the shareholders and the investment community mainly through the Company’s financial reports (interim and annual reports), annual general meetings and regular meetings with research analysts and fund managers, as well as by making available all the disclosures submitted to the Stock Exchange and its corporate communications and other corporate publications on the Company’s website. The Company continuously enhances its website in order to improve communication with shareholders. Investor/analyst briefings and one-on-one meetings, investor conferences, site visits and results briefings are conducted on a regular basis in order to facilitate effective communication between the Company, shareholders and the investment community. The Board strives to ensure effective and timely dissemination of information to shareholders and the investment community at all times and reviews regularly the above arrangements to ensure its effectiveness.
 
Shareholders’ Meetings
The Board strives to maintain a continuing open dialogue with the shareholders of the Company. Shareholders are encouraged to participate in general meetings or to appoint proxies to attend and vote at meetings for and on their behalf if they are unable to attend the meetings. The process of the Company’s general meeting is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis, and, if necessary, changes will be made to ensure that shareholders’ needs are best served.

The Company uses annual general meeting as one of the principal channels for communicating with its shareholders. The Company ensures that shareholders’ views are communicated to the Board. At the annual general meeting, each substantially separate issue has been considered by a separate resolution, including the election of individual Directors. The Chairman of the Board, chairmen of the respective board committees and the external auditor usually attend annual general meetings to inter-face with and answer questions from shareholders.

The Company’s notice to shareholders for the 2017 AGM was sent to shareholders more than 20 clear business days prior to the meeting. The chairman of the meeting exercised his power under the Company’s Articles of Association to put each proposed resolution to vote by way of a poll. The Company adopted poll voting for all resolutions put to vote at the meeting. The procedures for voting by poll at the 2017 AGM were contained in the circular of the Company to its shareholders, which was dispatched together with the 2017 annual report, and were further explained at the 2017 AGM prior to the polls being taken. Simultaneous translation from English to Cantonese was available at the 2017 AGM.
 
Enquiries
Shareholders can direct their questions about their shareholdings to the Company’s Share Registrars. To the extent the requisite information of the Company is publicly available, shareholders and the investment community may at any time make a request for such information. Designated contacts, email addresses and enquiry lines of the Company have been provided in the “Corporate Information” section of the Annual Report to enable the shareholders and the investment community to make any enquiry in respect of the Company.
 
Shareholders’ Privacy
The Company recognizes the importance of shareholders’ privacy and will not disclose shareholders’ information without their consent, unless required by law to do so.

Corporate Communications
Corporate communications issued by the Company have been provided to the shareholders in both English and Chinese versions to facilitate their understanding. Shareholders have the right to choose the language (either English or Chinese, or both) or means of receipt of the corporate communications (in hard copy or through electronic means). They are encouraged to provide, amongst other things, their email addresses to the Company in order to facilitate timely, effective and environmental friendly communication.

Shareholders' Rights

Pursuant to Section 566 of the Companies Ordinance, Directors are required to call a general meeting if the Company has received requests to do so from shareholders representing at least 5% of the total voting rights of all the shareholders having a right to vote at the general meetings. The request must state the general nature of the business to be dealt with at the meeting and may include the text of a resolution that may properly be moved and is intended to be moved at the meeting. Such request must be authenticated by the shareholders making it and may either be deposited at the registered office of the Company at 12th Floor, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong for the attention of the Company Secretary or sent to the Company’s email address at investorrelations@sino.com.

In relation to an annual general meeting which the Company is required to hold, Sections 615 and 616 of the Companies Ordinance provide that the Company must give notice of a resolution if it has received request to do so from shareholders representing at least 2.5% of the total voting rights of all shareholders of the Company having a right to vote on the resolution at the annual general meeting, or at least 50 shareholders having a right to vote on the resolution at the annual general meeting. Such request must be authenticated by the shareholders making it and may either be deposited at the registered office of the Company or sent to the Company’s email address, both of which are mentioned above.

Shareholders who wish to propose a person (other than a retiring Director) for election as director (“Candidate”) at a general meeting of the Company, should (a) deposit a written notice of such proposal at the registered office of the Company for the attention of the Company Secretary, signed by the shareholders who should be qualified to attend and vote at the general meeting; (b) provide biographical details of the Candidate as set out in Rule 13.51(2)(a) to (x) of the Listing Rules; and (c) provide a written consent signed by the Candidate indicating his/her willingness to be elected. The period for lodgment of such a written notice shall be at least 7 days commencing no earlier than the day after the dispatch of the notice of the meeting appointed for such meeting and such election and ending not later than 7 days prior to the meeting.

The Company has been practising the above shareholders’ communication policy to handle enquiries put to the Board and will review them on a regular basis to ensure their effectiveness. Specific enquiries and suggestions by shareholders can be sent in writing to the Board or the Company Secretary at our registered office address or by email to the Company.