SM, BDO garner top awards from Alpha Southeast Asia magazine

(8 September 2014. Pasay City, Philippines) Philippine conglomerate SM Investments Corporation (SM) and bank subsidiary BDO Unibank, Inc. garnered major awards in the 4th Annual Southeast Asia Institutional Investor Corporate Awards by Hong Kong-based Alpha Southeast Asia magazine.

SM’s Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Jose T. Sio was cited as the Best CFO in the Philippines while SM topped the categories, Most Organised Investor Relations and Best Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility. This is the fourth year in a row that SM has been cited for Most Organised Investor Relations. SM was also named as among the companies with the Best Senior Management IR Support and Strongest Adherence to Corporate Governance. SM has been cited for Strongest Adherence to Corporate Governance for the third straight year.

Sio has won Best CFO in the Philippines for the third time in a row. He is a Director, EVP, and CFO of SM. Known for setting benchmarks in financial reporting in the Philippines, Sio is also a Director of China Banking Corporation, Belle Corporation and Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation, among other companies within the SM group.  Sio is a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University. He was formerly a senior partner at Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co.

BDO was cited for Best Bank for the fifth straight year. It was also awarded Best Trade Finance Bank and Best FX Bank for Corporates and Financial Institutions. BDO Capital & Investment Corporation was named Best Investment Bank for the eighth consecutive year while Best Private Wealth Management Bank was awarded to BDO Private Bank for the seventh consecutive year.

The poll is based on tallied votes among 477 investors, pension funds, hedge funds, equity and fixed income brokers and analysts with investment interests in the Southeast Asia region.

SM SVP for Finance Franklin C. Gomez accepts award for SM. With him is Alpha Southeast Asia magazine Publisher Siddiq Bazarwala.

Seated from left: Jerome C. Guevarra, SVP, BDO Capital & Investment Corporation; Stella L. Cabalatungan, EVP, BDO Private Bank; Josefina N. Tan, President BDO Private Bank; Luis S. Reyes Jr., BDO SVP and Head of Corporate Planning and Investor Relations; Barbara M. Billano, VP, BDO Capital; Corazon P. Guidote, SM SVP and Head of Investor Relations

Standing from left: Rafael G. Ayuste Jr., SVP, BDO Private Bank; Walter C. Wassmer, BDO SEVP and head of institutional banking; Eduardo V. Francisco, President, BDO Capital; Jaime C. Yu. BDO SEVP and Head of Branch Banking; Pedro M. Florescio III, BDO EVP and Head of Treasury; Franklin C. Gomez, SM SVP for Finance

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For further information, please contact:
Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
E-mail: cora.guidote@sminvestments.com
Tel. No. 857-0117

Monday, September 8, 2014