Orient Capital has been at the forefront of investor relations best practice and innovation for over 25 years.
We have a deep understanding of the investor relations industry and have used this to develop products and services that add real value - harnessing technology to deliver quality information and practical analysis and engagement tools.
These products and services underpin successful investor relations programs around the world.
Orient Capital is a member of the Link Group, a leading global share registry and financial services provider.
Orient Capital opened for business
Orient Capital was founded in the 1980's by David Geddes and Fay Walker as an investor relations consultancy servicing the Australian market. Why Orient? After the Orient Line.
Commenced offshore roadshows
In 1991, as offshore interest in Australian investment opportunities grew, Orient Capital expanded its services to include end-to-end management of global roadshows for Australian listed companies.
Commenced global annual investor perception studies
In 1992, Orient Capital conducted its first global investor perception study. The "Scan" family of annual studies quickly became important tools for many Australian companies targeting global capital.
First Australian share register analysis
In 1993, Orient Capital undertook its first full analysis of a share register. Weeks of pouring over the raw custodian ownership data of a top 10 Australian company was distilled into an investor report not unlike those produced by Orient Capital today – except manually.
Legislation changes facilitated share register analysis
In 1995, Australian legislation was amended to facilitate share register analysis. Orient Capital began conducting regular share register analyses for its clients.
Rapid growth in market share
By 1997, Orient Capital was managing 60 per cent of all offshore roadshows undertaken by Australian companies.
Developed proprietary share register analysis platform
In 1998, Orient Capital developed a proprietary share register analysis platform that largely automated the information gathering and collation process. This development delivered significant cost savings to clients, as well as greatly improving turnaround times and much enhanced data integrity.
In 1999, Orient Capital launched miraqle - the world's first web-based global investor database and investor relations management tool. miraqle has helped revolutionise investor relations practices, providing clients with the ability to identify, access and communicate with investors 24/7.
Change in strategic direction and entry into New Zealand market
In 2000, Orient Capital sharpened its strategic direction - deciding to shift its focus from consulting to delivering market intelligence through technology solutions. Following this change, Orient Capital successfully expanded into the New Zealand market.
ASX Limited acquired stake in Orient Capital
In 2001, ASX Limited acquired a 50 per cent stake in Orient Capital to expand its client offering. "This move is part of our strategy to enhance the services we provide to our listed company customers and we will be combining our skills and intellectual capital to develop a range of new generation products and services to satisfy their needs".
500th share register analysis completed
After pioneering share register analysis in Australia in the 1990's, Orient Capital completed its 500th share register analysis in 2002.
Launched transaction support services & entered Singapore market
During a period of significant market M&A activity, Orient Capital recognised the growing need for clients to be able to closely monitor investor movements during corporate activity. In response, Orient Capital launched its transaction support services in 2003. At the same time, Orient Capital entered the Singapore market.
ASX Limited acquired remaining shares in Orient Capital
After witnessing Orient Capital's innovative approach to product development first hand, and the subsequent strong potential for further growth within Orient Capital's existing products, ASX Limited acquired the remaining 50 per cent of Orient Capital in 2004.
Transaction services business expanded
Following on from the successful launch of the transaction support services business in 2003, Orient Capital developed the highly sophisticated technology necessary to provide another market first - analytical support for pro-rata accelerated renounceable entitlement offers.
Acquired by the Link Group
Recognising the complementary nature of Orient Capital's products and services to its share registry business, and its ability to offer these products and services to clients across multiple markets, the Link Group acquired Orient Capital in 2006. Under the Link Group's ownership, Orient Capital was given a mandate to expand its product offering and pursue global growth opportunities.
During 2007, Orient Capital invested heavily in a complete rebuild of its core IT systems to position the company for global growth.
Opened London office
In 2008, Orient Capital opened its first offshore office in London.
Business growth accelerates
In 2009, Orient Capital opened its Hong Kong office, completed its 25,000th share register analysis and provided transaction support services for $30 billion of equity capital raised by Australian companies in the wake of the global financial crisis. It also expanded its product offering with the successful integration of the Open Briefing service into the Orient Capital family.
Service offering expands and global expansion gathers pace
In 2010, Orient Capital expanded into webcasting and opened offices in Johannesburg and Paris.
Focus on strategic partnerships delivers further growth
In 2011, Orient Capital and ASX launched a suite of online investor relations products for ASX listed companies. In the UK, Orient Capital partnered with UBS Investment Bank to provide investor relations services to its corporate broking clients.
Further European expansion
In 2012, the UK’s premier share registry, Equiniti, selected Orient Capital to provide investor relations services to its clients. Société Générale did likewise in France. Orient Capital spread its client base further into Continental Europe.