SINGAPORE, Apr 21, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - As the single largest shareholder of Kitchen Culture Holdings Ltd. ("Kitchen Culture") with a 21.19% stake, OOWAY Group Ltd. ("OOWAY Group" or the "Group") shares the frustration of many shareholders who raised concerns over matters of internal controls and governance ahead of Kitchen Culture's recent Annual General Meeting held on 18 March 2022.
We are deeply disappointed by the findings of Baker Tilly Consulting (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.'s ("BTC") latest report which confirm our worst fears regarding the shocking matters of concern which were first revealed in June 2021 after Kitchen Culture's Audit Committee engaged BTC to review its internal controls.
In August 2020, Kitchen Culture entered into a sale and purchase agreement and a shareholder's agreement with OOWAY Group to acquire a 30% equity stake in OOWAY Technology Pte. Ltd. ("OOWAY Technology") at a purchase consideration of S$23.92 million (the "Purchase Consideration") to be satisfied by way of the allotment and issue of 90,000,000 new ordinary shares in the capital of Kitchen Culture at an issue price of S$0.2658 per ordinary share ("Acquisition").
Mr Liu Yanlong, representative for OOWAY Group, said, "We welcomed Kitchen Culture as a strategic investor in OOWAY Technology given the mutual benefits of the acquisition, which was in line with Kitchen Culture's diversification strategy and OOWAY Group's expansion in the ASEAN region. OOWAY Group provided an opportunity for Kitchen Culture to leverage our network and capabilities, as well as to participate in the significant growth potential of Big Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence."
Kitchen Culture's diversification strategy was crucial as it had long suffered from recurring losses and negative operating cash flow from its core business as a kitchen solutions provider for 8 years and was in a dire state at the time of the acquisition.
The combination of the newly raised funds and OOWAY Technology's gilt-edge technical capabilities would have provided new engines for growth and hastened the return to profitability for Kitchen Culture.
Prospective investors present at OOWAY Group-led investment roadshows, eventually took up equity in Kitchen Culture, with the expectation of the game-changing business diversification through the acquisition of OOWAY Technology. Unfortunately, the raised capital has not materialised into any effort in business transformation.
Instead, we are deeply disappointed with the findings of the BTC report, which revealed that the gaps in Kitchen Culture's financial operating procedures led to:
- Risk of misuse of Kitchen Culture's funds - Risk of unauthorised use of proceeds obtained from the S$19.23 million of funds raised - Risk of diversion of raised funds to purposes outside business diversification purposes - Risk of questionable debt repayments to third parties - Lack of independence and checks and balances in approving and processing payments - Lack of accountability and traceability over entertainment expenses - Lack of documentation for personnel hiring and pay increments - Inappropriate operating structure involving multiple family members as management staff
These risks which were unknown to us prior to the acquisition have had a major impact on our growth plans as ongoing audits, investigations and lawsuits require significant time and resources, a challenging situation further compounded by the historical losses. Furthermore, Kitchen Culture has suffered reputational damage as a result of these issues.
Kitchen Culture's last traded price of S$0.08 per share marks an unrealised loss of close to 70% or S$16.72 million for the OOWAY Group following the completion of the acquisition. On the other hand, OOWAY Technology's value has remained stable during this period, which is also Kitchen Culture's key asset. As OOWAY Technology continues its development and making encouraging progress to grow its business, the long-term value of Kitchen Culture's stake in OOWAY Technology remains fundamentally intact.
Mr Liu added, "As a shareholder of Kitchen Culture, we have sustained significant losses, but we remain committed to growing our business together with Kitchen Culture and intend to provide the funding support needed in the near term to allay going concern issues."
The latest BTC report has identified S$7.22 million as "unmatched". This is a staggering sum and OOWAY Group hopes that the Management of Kitchen Culture investigates further to get to the bottom of this issue, so that any and all discrepancies will be ultimately accounted for to shareholders.
The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) has recently requested for copies of the BTC reports for further review and investigation. We call on the new Board of Kitchen Culture to continue its relentless efforts to strengthen internal controls and implement BTC's recommendations without delay and to cooperate with the CAD to leave no stone unturned in fully resolving all outstanding issues, so we can lead the company in business transformation again.
Our confidence in Kitchen Culture's new Board to safeguard the interests of shareholders remains strong, but it must work hard to rebuild long-term value for Kitchen Culture and its shareholders.
 "Unmatched" refers to situations with any of the following criteria: - Expenses cannot be traced to the bank statements - Details of expenses cannot be traced to the underlying supporting documents - Description of the expenses on the supporting document is not in line with the categories of utilisation as stated in Kitchen Culture's schedules  These risks and gaps reflect the summary of findings listed in Kitchen Culture's response to SGX queries on 12 July 2021  Rounded up to two decimal points
About OOWAY Technology Pte. Ltd.
OOWAY Technology is a big data AI technology company which uses innovative applications to creatively design intelligent digital products and models used in multiple fields. It does so by forming a closed loop of the entire process which includes data collection, model analysis, and intelligent applications.
OOWAY's development of an advanced technology platform - DIGIT (Digital Innovation of Global Integrated Trade) propels it to leading the way in a new era of B2B trading 4.0. By integrating the vitality of global trading businesses with emerging digital technologies, OOWAY's credit 3.0 technology is combined to construct a smart platform that ensures the authenticity and credibility of global trade whilst reducing costs, increasing efficiency and facilitating trade in a more reliable fashion. OOWAY brings to users the 5S operating framework, pushing out a new form of Ultimate Trade (UT). This has enabled global trade to evolve towards a new stage of standardization and intelligence.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comAs the single largest shareholder of Kitchen Culture Holdings Ltd. ("Kitchen Culture") with a 21.19% stake, OOWAY Group Ltd. ("OOWAY Group" or the "Group") shares the frustration of many shareholders who raised concerns over matters of internal controls and governance ahead of Kitchen Culture's recent Annual General Meeting held on 18 March 2022.
Singapore, Apr 19, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - TechCreate Solutions Private Limited ("TechCreate"), a Singapore-based technology services group specialising in innovative digital payment and digitalisation solutions, and Diginius Pte. Ltd. ("Diginius"), a provider for IT security and infrastructure solutions, are pleased to announce a merger between both companies via a share swap transaction that will value the enlarged fintech enterprise, TechCreate Group, at USD$30 million, based on a valuation that was recently completed by one of the Big 4 accounting firms.
From left: Mr Lim Heng Hai, (Group CEO of TechCreate Group) and Mr Ronald Vong, (Managing Partner of TechCreate Group)
As a trusted leader in digital solutions, TechCreate has been at the forefront of technology innovation and since its establishment, it has developed its own proprietary Real-Time Payment Engine (RTE) that can further enhance the payment capabilities of financial and banking institutions. Leveraging its technological expertise, legal experience and extensive operational track record, TechCreate has successfully enabled end-to-end digital solutions (such as payment gateways, API gateways and blockchain solutions, among others) for several banking and financial institutions in Asia.
With Diginius' strengths in intelligence and security for concrete cyber resilience, it has built a growing track record with a focus on delivering technology solutions related to cyber security, hyper-converged IT infrastructure and secure application services. Diginius also works with some of the industry's indisputable experts in cyber security and secured infrastructure services, combined with market-leading technologies to provide a springboard for the next phase of digital transformation.
The current CEO of TechCreate, Mr Lim Heng Hai, will be appointed as the Group CEO of TechCreate Group, while the current CEO of Diginius, Mr Ronald Vong, will be designated as the Managing Partner of TechCreate Group.
Strategic Rationale - Powering the Future of Payments in Asia
According to a Mckinsey report issued on November 2020, Asia has outpaced all other regions in terms of payments-revenue growth over the past several years. The region is also the largest contributor to global payments revenue, generating over US$900 billion in 2019, nearly half the global total. The Asia's payments industry is expected to return to mid-to-high single-digit growth rates and, by 2022 or 2023, generating more than US$1 trillion in annual revenue.
Notably, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated Asia's payments megatrends and chief among these was the rapidly expanding number of connected and digitally active consumers, with booming e-commerce markets reinforcing the need for digital solutions. The competitive landscape was simultaneously heating up, with the entry of formidable new players--including telecommunications firms, fintechs, "big techs," and other conglomerates--spurring incumbents to step up their own innovation efforts.
Meanwhile, regulators sought to standardise infrastructure while encouraging competition, fostering the introduction of real-time payments, digital know your customer (KYC), and various local payment schemes.
With a focus on powering the future of payments in Asia, TechCreate Group aims to provide cutting-edge innovation and technology capability to enhance value creation for its customers as follows:
- Expanded business scale with integrated solutions: Having the capabilities to provide more comprehensive and integrated technology solutions related to payment and digitalisation platforms to serve new and existing customers across Asia.
- Strong potential to create new customer value propositions: Ability to broaden its reach and serve diverse customer segments with differentiated requirements and objectives, thereby creating the opportunity and potential to develop proprietary insights and innovative solutions that are aligned with the new trends of payments and digitalisation in Asia.
Commenting on the merger, Mr Lim Heng Hai, Group CEO of TechCreate Group, said, "This is a transformational transaction for both companies, creating an enlarged company with end-to-end digital payment offerings in high-growth verticals as economies in Asia accelerate their digitisation roadmap.
With our combined capabilities, it amplifies our mission be a leading innovative, customer-centric and eco-friendly technology solution provider in Asia."
Mr Ronald Vong, Managing Partner of TechCreate Group, added, "We are confident that the strengths of the combined company will enable meaningful growth to stakeholders, delivering new value and insights to better serve our markets and customers.
At the same time, it can accelerate our growth and more effectively capitalise on our pipeline and broader market opportunities within the banking and financial industries in Asia."
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Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comTechCreate Solutions Private Limited and Diginius Pte. Ltd. are pleased to announce a merger between both companies via a share swap transaction that will value the enlarged fintech enterprise, TechCreate Group, at USD$30 million.
SINGAPORE, Apr 15, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Society Pass Inc (SoPa) (NASDAQ: SOPA), a leading Southeast Asian loyalty and ecommerce ecosystem, today announced the completion of restructuring Leflair's Vietnam operations with the spin-off of Leflair Group (LFGroup). Along with this restructuring, SoPa has appointed Loic Gautier as Chief Executive Officer of the new Leflair Group. Ngo Thi Cham, Vietnam Country Head of SoPa and current Managing Director of Leflair, will become Leflair Group's Chief Operating Officer and work alongside Loic in driving the business towards its next stage of growth.
As a result of this corporate restructuring, the Leflair Group is set to become Southeast Asia's next lifestyle retail super distributor nexus, evolving from a single discounted platform to a lifestyle retail ecosystem, providing shoppers with an integrated and unique shopping experience from online to offline. The Leflair Group will continue to pursue acquisition of companies in the e-commerce, lifestyle retail and online advertising verticals.
Ray Liang, CFO of SoPa Group, commented, "After the IPO of SoPa last year, we have been working on a new strategy for Leflair, in order to maximize its potential as a destination for lifestyle shopping in Southeast Asia. To facilitate this, we are happy to welcome back Loic Gautier as Group CEO, joining our executive team and becoming the driving force of Leflair Group in the future. At SoPa, hiring key talent is among our top priorities, and we always welcome Leflair's old talents to return, and work with the team to carry Leflair to new heights. Having Loic return as the CEO of Leflair Group ensures continuous and sustainable growth for Leflair in the years to come. The new recruitment also enables us to carry out larger plans for Leflair, evolving from a single online platform to become a true ecosystem for lifestyle shopping."
Since its IPO on the Nasdaq last year, SoPa has focused on M&A activities to expand the ecosystem with other online platforms across 6 verticals: lifestyle, F&B, travel, digital media, and B2B software and loyalty technology in the top three V.I.P countries of Southeast Asia - Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines. Through these business lines, SoPa improves the interconnectedness and support within its ecosystem, fulfilling its mission to connect millions of registered consumers with thousands of registered merchants across Southeast Asia.
With this appointment, Loic will be responsible for managing Leflair Group's growth and expansion strategy, introducing the Leflair platform to other Southeast Asian countries, as well as managing future acquisitions to expand group activity into other smaller segments within the lifestyle retail industry.
As CEO of the new Leflair Group, Loic said, "It's an honor to receive SoPa's trust. With this spin-off, Leflair now has a new medium to maximize its full growth potential. By pivoting from a single platform to an integrated lifestyle retail ecosystem, we seek to connect all players within the lifestyle retail value chain, from brand distributors, to offline stores, ecommerce platforms and delivery companies. The new vision makes Leflair a pioneer in redefining the lifestyle and ecommerce retail market across Southeast Asia."
According to Loic, Leflair Group is working on ambitious plans for the period ahead, aiming for extensive funding rounds and a roadmap to IPO in the near future. To learn more, please visit websites www.thesocietypass.com and www.leflair.com.
About Society Pass
Society Pass is a leading loyalty and data marketing ecosystem that operates multiple e-commerce and lifestyle platforms across its key markets. Its business model focuses on collecting user data through the expected circulation of its universal loyalty points. It seamlessly connects consumers and merchants across multiple product and service categories fostering organic loyalty. Since its inception, SoPa has amassed over 1.6 million registered consumers and over 5,500 registered merchants/brands on its platform. It has invested 2+ years building proprietary IT architecture with cutting edge components to effectively scale and support its Platform's consumers, merchants, and acquisitions.
SoPa provides merchants with SoPa.asia, an online commerce platform for users; #HOTTAB Biz, an order management app for business partners on SoPa.asia; and #HOTTAB POS, a specialized POS technology solution and comprehensive system for payment, loyal customer management, user's profile analytics, and financial support packages for small and medium-sized enterprises. These tools attract and retain customers with personalized interaction based on analytics and high profit margins. SoPa operates Leflair.com, Vietnam's leading lifestyle e-commerce platform, Pushkart.ph, a popular grocery delivery company in Philippines, and Handycart.vn, a leading online restaurant delivery service in Vietnam. Please visit http://thesocietypass.com.
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Leflair is Vietnam's leading lifestyle e-commerce platform for Fashion, Beauty and Home Furnishing products. Launched in December 2015, Leflair was selling more than 2,500 brands via its flash-sales model. SoPa acquired Leflair's assets in February 2021, relaunching the platform in September 2021, and spinning-off the Leflair Group in April 2022. For more information, please visit https://leflair.com.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comSociety Pass Inc (Nasdaq: SOPA) today announced the completion of restructuring of Leflair Vietnam's operations into a separate entity - Leflair Inc ("Leflair Group"). Along with this corporate restructuring, SoPa appointed Loic Gautier to become the new Group Chief Executive Officer of Leflair Group.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, Apr 7, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX)(OTCQB:SXOOF)(FSE:85G1) is pleased to release the additional partial results of its 2021 drilling campaign on its 100% own Manicouagan Project.
Table 1 - Assay results for a 2-meter section of 2021-Hole 18
Table 2 - Representative samples collected from the 1,070kg bulk sample
Map 1 - Location of hole 21-18 in relation to 2021 bulk sampling and two historical holes nearby
Table 3 - Results for the eight samples submitted for secondary assay
The drill cores sampled return results up to 0.84 g/t of rhodium, 1.3 g/t ruthenium, 0.16 g/t osmium and 0.3 g/t iridium over 0.5 meters.
Eight separate samples were selected for re-assay for all Platinum Group Elements (PGE) from hole 21-18. The additional average results over the 2-meter zone previously released on March 25, 2022 (from 47.5 meters to 49.5 meters) include 0.55 g/t rhodium, 1.087 g/t ruthenium, 0.214 g/t iridium and 0.11 g/t osmium. The Company believes these are significant credits to the reported 2-meter section intersected in hole 2021-18. These results coincide with the random samples collected from the bulk sampling and attests to the vertical extent of nickel-copper-cobalt and PGE's present in this system. Therefore, the Company intends to accelerate its metallurgical sampling program to determine the viability of economically separating and recovering the various suites of minerals identified in the Manicouagan massive sulfide discovery.
The samples were shipped from Val D'or ALS Laboratories to Bureau Veritas for a complete suite of assays. The eight samples were selected from the better values reported previously from ALS and reported in the Company's last press release on March 24, 2022 (Discovery of High-Grade Nickel & Palladium Corridor Confirmed). Therefore, the samples are not sequential throughout the previous reference to 6.5 meters but are sequential through the 2-meter section previously announced. The Best 2-meter results for platinum and palladium are reported in a side-by-side comparison in Table 1, along with additional results for iridium, osmium, rhodium and ruthenium.
Comparatively, assay results for platinum and palladium were similar in nature. Several of the higher-grade samples for platinum and palladium showed decreases from the previous 2-meter results reported in the last press release. This reduced the platinum values by 8% and the palladium values by 18%, as shown in Table 1 above. These variations may be attributable to either or both of the different processes used to establish the assay values and/or the inconsistencies of mineral content in the sample. In fact, the highest iron content (massive sulfides +25% to >50%) is present within this 2-meter zone and may have contributed to any processing issues present.
Table 2 is a reminder of the representative samples collected from the 1,070 kg bulk sample. These values confirm the association and relative consistencies of PGE minerals at surface and at depth.
The Company has a large quantity of samples in the process of being assayed by its independent labs. St-Georges' contracted geologists are still hard at work processing the last batch of core that came out of the Manicouagan Project's camp earlier this month. Assays results will be disclosed as they become available.
Because of the high-grade assays returned and the identification of a mineralized trend or corridor, the Company expanded its claim position in the area to maintain its competitive advantage. This year, the Company expects to conduct a cursory exploration program on the new land acquisition with some geophysics, geologic mapping, and geochemical sampling of surface outcrops.
"We believe we are refining our knowledge of structure and mineralization at our Manicouagan project. Previously overlooked and, in some cases, unknown mineralization and trace element geochemistry provide additional targets that both extend the known areas and provide additional targets that remain untested. This particularly involves the distribution of PGEs. Hole 21-18 provided a 2-meter-thick zone that, when you add all of the metals together, gives us 7% nickel equivalent. Historic holes intersected narrow zones (0.22m) that had a combined value of over 12.5% nickel equivalent at today's quoted prices.
"Palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, and platinum are significantly enriched in areas where higher-grade nickel-cobalt-copper sulfides exist. Historically, these minerals were overlooked or, at best, cursorily sampled for all PGEs. Even so, the results from historic drilling include values to 1.73 g/t rhodium and 2.7 g/t ruthenium. More importantly, for our future exploration programs, we find that the various PGEs do not go hand-in-hand but can exist separately and more widely spread from the highest concentrations of base metals. This means higher grades of rhodium and other PGEs may exist within the 16 historic holes that encountered 0.7-to-7-meter widths of high-grade nickel-copper-cobalt within the Bob and Bob East zones. This is also true for elsewhere on this large property position.
"We hope to benefit from this knowledge, especially in the case of the platinum-palladium-rhodium (PGE) mineralization which appears to have been under-explored in this region. St-Georges hopes to take this knowledge to the next level by also utilizing the new pathfinder elements developed during the 2021 drill program," commented Herb Duerr, CEO & President of St Georges Eco-Mining.
About Rhodium Metal
Rhodium is one of the rarest and most valuable precious metals in the world, currently valued at US$19,000 per ounce or $610 per gram. It is only found in platinum or nickel ores that tend to run with the other members of the platinum group metals. Currently, South Africa produces roughly 80% of the global supply, while Russia and North America account for the bulk of the remaining 20%.
The global market for rhodium is around 1.2 million ounces and with supply running a multi-year deficit, the value of the metal has grown steadily since 2017. The reason for this being that rhodium is only produced as a co- or by-product with average grades of up to .5 g/t. In fact, many producers of rhodium today are operating at much lower grades, making St-Georges' discovery very significant in terms of grades being reported.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS "Herb Duerr" HERB DUERR President & CEO
About St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp.
St-Georges develops new technologies to solve some of the most common environmental problems in the mining sector, including maximizing metal recovery and full circle EV battery recycling. The Company explores for nickel & PGEs on the Julie Nickel Project and the Manicougan Palladium Project on Quebec's North Shore and has multiple exploration projects in Iceland, including the Thor Gold Project. Headquartered in Montreal, St-Georges' stock is listed on the CSE under the symbol SX and trades on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 85G1 and on the OTCQB Venture Market for early stage and developing U.S. and international companies. Companies are current in their reporting and undergo an annual verification and management certification process. Investors can find Real-Time quotes and market information for the company on www.otcmarkets.com.
The Canadian Securities Exchange(CSE) has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of the contents of this release.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comSt-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX)(OTCQB:SXOOF)(FSE:85G1) is pleased to release the additional partial results of its 2021 drilling campaign on its 100% own Manicouagan Project.
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Singapore, Apr 5, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - 2022 continues to be a challenging year for APAC's HR leaders as companies return to the workplace, refresh talent strategies, and reimagine the future workforce to optimise business impact. HR Tech Festival 2022, organized by HRM Asia, returns May 10-13 to celebrate its 21st anniversary in a hybrid event format with a week-long of activities and programmes curated for the region's HR community, global influencers, and industry experts to learn, collaborate, and inspire.
With the theme of Return. Refresh. Reimagine, HR Tech Festival Asia 2022 will be presented in a hybrid format that is designed to provide an immersive and customisable event experience for attendees' needs and preferences. The 4-day event will bring together 4,000 attendees, 200 global and regional speakers and 30 international innovative brands.
Joanna Bush, Managing Director, HRM Asia, says, "HR Tech Festival Asia is celebrating 21 years as Asia's leading HR tech event, and we are looking forward to bringing Asia's HR community back together in 2022. HR Tech Festival Asia 2022, which will return both in-person and online, will present a week-long offering of exciting programmes and activities that will allow you to personalise your own unique festival experience."
"With 2022 shaping up to be a complex but interesting year for HR, we invite you to join the biggest gathering of the region's HR community, global influencers, and industry experts to learn, collaborate, and inspire, as we continue to shape the world of work together."
It's time for a reunion like no other at the first in-person HR event in Singapore
On 10 May, step out from the virtual to real life to re-establish your connections with the HR community in-person at HR Tech Festival Live, a one-day in-person event under the week-long HR Tech Festival Asia 2022.
Kicking off the highly anticipated in-person event at Suntec Exhibition & Convention Centre is Mr Zaqy Mohamed, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Defence, Singapore, who is the Guest of Honour with his opening remarks at 10am (SGT).
Attendees can then expect to be refreshed with high-energy, engaging presentations on cutting-edge ideas, and illuminating sessions on key HR topics such as:
- The Future of Human Development - Understanding ASEAN's vision and innovation for a changing world. - Humanising Transformation - Enabling sustainable growth for people and workers. - Weathering the Talent Management Storm from Inside Out - A strategic response to the changing talent landscape. - Leadership Staying Power: Preparing for the future. - Skills are the New Currency in the New World of Talent Management - How you can prepare your organisation and people for this. - Modern Work: A Fresh New Look at the Future - Providing a new perspective into the future of work.
Featured speakers at HR Tech Festival Live include:
- Stephanie Nash, Chief People Officer, Circles.Life, Co-Founder & Chief People Officer, Thrive HR Exchange - Low Peck Kem, Chief Human Resources Officer & Advisor (Workforce Development), Singapore Public Service Division - Sara Tiew, Head of Workforce Transformation and Analytics, UOB & World Economic Forum Future of Work Fellow - Grace Huang, Head of People & Organisation, Siemens - Rashmi Mishra Sharma, Head of People & Capability Building, GovTech Singapore, and Consultant at Harvard Business School - Corporate Learning - Dr Bob Aubrey, Founder & Chair of the Advisory Board, ASEAN Human Development Organisation (AHDO) - Eddie Lee, HR Technology Strategist, Future of Talent Economy (FOTE) Network
HR Tech Festival Live will also be shining a spotlight on the best of HR in Asia with the HR Fest Awards 2022, which is celebrating the outstanding achievements of the region's top HR leaders, companies, and teams from across both the private and public sectors.
23 deserving finalists are vying for the top award in five exciting categories, including Best Workplace Culture and Engagement, Employer of Choice, HR Team of the Year, Best Use of Technology, and Best HR Leader. The winners will be announced live and in-person at the award presentation on May 10 at Suntec Exhibition & Convention Centre Singapore.
Connecting virtually, reimagining the future of HR collectively
For those who wish to be part of HR Tech Festival Asia 2022 remotely, HR Tech Festival Online, taking place from May 11-13, offers the ideal virtual platform to learn from global and regional HR experts, discover innovative solutions, and build virtual connections through a series of programmes and activities over the three event days. Mr Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, will be giving the opening address at 9am (SGT) as the Guest of Honour.
Making a debut this year is the ASEAN Human Development Organisation (AHDO) Summit, which will examine how to improve human development at work. ASEAN's national HR Association, thought leaders, and the ASEAN professional community will come together virtually on May 11 to discuss, debate, and establish a balance of economic and human development to the most diverse region in the world.
Dr Bob Aubrey, Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board, AHDO, says, "COVID has been a game changer and the HR Community has shown unprecedented leadership in enabling organisational resilience that allows companies to adapt and innovate. To see where this goes next, you do not want to miss the AHDO Summit at HR Tech Festival Asia 2022, which highlights the new human development dimension in companies across the ASEAN region."
As organisations look to advance workplace gender equity, the Women in HR Technology Summit is a must-not-miss for HR leaders in Asia. Taking place virtually on May 11, the Asia-exclusive and popular half-day conference will take place alongside HR Tech Festival Online. Programme Chair Jeanne Achille, Founder and CEO of The Devon Group, will lead an esteemed line-up of female HR leaders such as Ruby Kolesky, Co-CEO and Heart of Product, Joyous and Lydia Wu, Head of Talent Analytics and Transformation, Panasonic, in offering insights into key technologies that can help drive gender equity in the workplace.
Attendees can also look forward to the HR Leaders' APAC Summit taking place virtually on May 11 and hear from luminaries such as Josh Bersin, Global Industry Analyst and CEO of the Josh Bersin Company; Mervyn Dinnen, Author and HR & Talent Acquisition Analyst; Gary Cookson, Director, EPIC HR; and Margaret Heffernan, Author and Professor of Practice, University of Bath, as they address the business challenges and critical priorities facing HR leaders today.
The prestigious and popular ASEAN Future of Work, organised in collaboration with Ministry of Manpower Singapore and the Regional Centre for the Future of Work, is also back for its third run virtually. Themed "Navigating Labour Market Recovery: A Balancing Act for Businesses, Workers and Governments", the half day conference features speakers from regional governments, unions, and the public sector, who will share insights on how they put people first in their strategies to recover from the pandemic.
Speakers such as Deanna Ong, Chief People Officer, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) and Jason Seng, Partner, People Advisory Services - Workforce Advisory, Ernst & Young Advisory will also discuss how different stakeholders can work together to balance varying needs and interests, as ASEAN adapts to post-COVID business models and ways of working.
Innovation and technologies to support organisations to refresh and reimagine HR strategies
HR Tech Marketplace, which is taking place from May 10-13, will present the biggest showcase of HR solutions and products from global and regional solution providers under one roof. These include ADP, AMS, Ceridian, Coursera for Business, Cornerstone, Globalization Partners, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Oracle, ServiceNow, Skillsoft, SumTotal, Top Employers Institute, and Workforce Singapore (WSG).
Technologies and products on offer cover the entire spectrum of HR and attendees can choose to engage in-person or virtually with the exhibitors for a consultation on how they can support their HR transformation needs or view a product demonstration. Attendees can also glimpse into the future where innovative solutions and upcoming technology may emerge as the new norm of the future through the Start-up Hub.
HR Tech Festival Asia 2022 is proud to partner with ASEAN Human Development Organisation and its regional HR association members and organisations to curate the event to meet the needs of the HR profession and contribute to the development of the profession.
HR Tech Festival Asia 2021 will take place on 10 May 2022 at Suntec Exhibition & Convention Centre and 11-13 May 2022 virtually. For more information, visit www.hrtechfestivalasia.com.
About HRM Asia
HRM Asia is a multi-platform network helping to build and celebrate the professional HR community in Asia-Pacific. Across our dedicated print magazine, digital content, and world-class events, we provide an array of thought-leading HR discussion and information to HR professionals of all ranks in Singapore and across the region.
HRM Asia is proudly owned by LRP Publications. LRP Publications is a broad-based media company serving business and education professionals. Specialising in the fields of education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers' compensation and disability, and ergonomics, the company publishes hundreds of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos and online resources.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com2022 continues to be a challenging year for APAC's HR leaders as companies return to the workplace, refresh talent strategies, and reimagine the future workforce to optimise business impact.
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HONG KONG, Mar 31, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Redsun Properties Group Limited ("Redsun Properties", or the "Group", stock code: 1996), a leading comprehensive property developer in Mainland China, announced today its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021. The Group achieved stable growth in revenue and profits remained sustainable. It continues to achieve the green tier in the "Three Red Lines" assessment.
2021 Annual Results Highlights:
-- Contracted sales reached RMB87.22 billion. Contracted average selling price increased from RMB14,622 per sq.m. in 2020 to RMB16,887 per sq.m. in 2021, representing a year-on-year increase of 15.5% -- Revenue amounted to RMB26.67 billion, representing an increase of 32.3% as compared with 2020. Revenue from commercial operations and hotel operations increased by 15.3% to RMB625.7 million -- Gross profit and gross profit margin were RMB5.08 billion and 19.1% respectively -- Net profit amounted to RMB1.87 billion, representing an increase of 0.6% as compared with 2020 -- As at 31 December 2021, the "Three Red Lines" indications of the Group were in green lights, with gearing ratio (excluding contract liabilities) of 68.1%, net gearing ratio of 57.0%, cash to short-term debt ratio of 1.41 times. The Group had cash and bank balances on hand of approximately RMB16.04 billion
Steady Sales with optimized structure Contracted sales maintained steady growth and the sales structure continued to be optimized. During the year, the Group achieved contracted sales of RMB87.22 billion, representing a slight increase over that of the previous year. The average contracted sales unit price was approximately RMB16,887 per sq.m, representing a year-on-year increase of 15.5%. The sales of the first-tier and new first-tier cities accounted for more than 40% of the overall sales. The Yangtze River Delta and Jiangsu maintained a leading position. The average price in the Great Bay Area and Chengdu Chongqing metropolitan area increased significantly, and the efficiency and quality of its return on investment emerged from the industry.
During the year, sales revenue recognized by the Group was RMB26.67 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 32.3% compared with that of 2020, which realized a steady growth. The gross profit was RMB5.08 billion, with a year-on-year increase of 12.7%, where the gross profit margin amounted to 19.1%. The net profit was RMB1.87 billion, and the core net profit was up 3.5% to RMB1.47 billion; the net profit margin was 7.0%, which remained at the industry average level.
Proven efficacy in commercial/residential linkage, steadily consolidating nationwide layout With the dual-driven synergic development in property management and commercial real estate in 2021, the Group continued to enhance its commercial and industrial competitiveness. Property sales increased by 32.8% to approximately RMB26.04 billion as compared to the same period last year, accounting for 97.6% of the total recognized revenue. Commercial operations increased by 15.5% to approximately RMB583.5 million as compared to the same period last year. Hotel operations increased by 12.0% to approximately RMB42.1 million as compared to the same period last year.
During the year, the commercial benchmark position of Nanjing Hong Yang Plaza has been continuously consolidated, and the diversified land acquisition mode of commercial and residential linkage has been further consolidated. Some new high-quality commercial and residential plots in the center of Weifang, Shandong Province have been obtained, and the Weifang Project has already been launched. In terms of expansion, light and heavy assets have advanced in line in a stable fashion. At the same time, the Group fully exploited advantages of resources from other excellent commercial projects to create Redsun's representative and benchmark properties.
The Group will continue to implement the investment strategy of "penetrating the Greater Jiangsu Region, strengthening foothold in major metropolitan areas and expanding into core cities". Through the synergic development in property development and commercial real estate, the Group realized quality layout and diversified its land reserves. In respect of regional layout, the Group strengthened its foothold in the leading cities within developed metropolitan areas in China. In respect of investment structure, the layout focus was located in first-tier and premium second-tier cities. As of the end of 2021, the Group had a total land reserve of 18.78 million sq.m.. The core is to penetrate the Greater Jiangsu Region. For three consecutive years, its land reserve in Jiangsu has been maintained at more than 50% of the overall land reserve, and its land reserve in the Yangtze River Delta has been maintained at more than 67% of the overall land reserve. With extensive and diversified channels, sufficient and reasonable land banks, premium and healthy structure, and active and effective strategies, a solid foundation was laid for the Group to sustain steady and quality development in the future.
Integrated operation with upgraded products Creating a cross cycle resource and capital operation and scheduling ability, the Group strengthened its foothold in the cities to achieve a leading initial sell-through rate of projects, thereby facilitating the formation of advantage in sales scale in regional sectors; improved its service quality by creating the competitive "six-integration" system. The New Hongqiao Purchase Alliance led by the Group constantly realized cost optimization through scale effect; the level of delivery was improved through strict product control, and thus its customer satisfaction and industry ranking reached a record high, and the total annual delivery and delivery rate maintained a high-level of steady growth. The Group upgraded the product system of Redsun Community 2.0, created the "Redsun System" IP and built green and healthy houses.
Maintain sound financial position The Group continued to achieve the green tier in the "Three Red Lines" assessment, which consistently met the regulatory requirements. With steady increase in the scale of assets, its debt structure was continuously optimized. As at 31 December 2021, gearing ratio (excluding contract liabilities) was 68.1%, net gearing ratio was 57.0%, cash to short-term debt ratio was 1.41 times. Total assets were RMB132.7 billion, up 11.5% as compared to the figure of last year. The Group had cash and bank balances on hand of approximately RMB16.04 billion.
Future strategy: Be customer-oriented, Strengthen foothold in premium core cities Going forward, the industry will return to the essence of residence, the market will return to the essence of supply and demand, and the property enterprises will return to the essence of operation. In terms of operation strategies, the Group will be operation- and customer-oriented, continue to strengthen its brand influence and provide products and services of premium quality. In terms of investment strategies, the Group will adhere to expanding its investment channels in a diversified manner. It will invest in the new first- and second-tier cities with strong foothold and deepening its intensive and meticulous development in premium core cities, aiming to achieve a high realization rate for project investments. The Group will also expand its accessibility to capital markets with an aim to constantly reduce its finance costs and support healthy and sustainable growth.
About Redsun Properties Group Limited ("Redsun Properties") (stock code: 1996) Redsun Properties Group Limited ("Redsun Properties" or "The Group") is a leading comprehensive developer in China, focusing on the development of residential properties and the development, operation and management of commercial and comprehensive properties. The Group has established a steady regional leading position in Jiangsu Province by taking root in Nanjing, Jiangsu and Yangtze River Delta. Since the incorporation of Nanjing Redsun in 1999, Redsun Properties has worked in the sector of property development and sales for 20 years, established the Hong Yang brand and received widespread recognition for the development capacity and industry position.
While developing residential properties, Redsun Properties also operates commercial complexes covering shopping malls, amusement parks and community centers, hotels and office buildings. Most of the commercial property buildings are adjacent to the Group's residential property projects, providing ancillary services for the residents and also increasing the value of the Group's residential property projects.
Redsun Properties is a constituent of the MSCI China Small Cap Index, Hang Seng Composite Index and Hang Seng Stock Connect Hong Kong Index.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comRedsun Properties Group Limited ("Redsun Properties", or the "Group", stock code: 1996), a leading comprehensive property developer in Mainland China, announced today its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021. The Group achieved stable growth in revenue and profits remained sustainable. It continues to achieve the green tier in the "Three Red Lines" assessment.
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