The scores are in and the best performing CFOs in the ASX200 in the first half of 2021 have been determined by 88 of Australia’s leading super funds, investment managers and broking houses. In the ASX100, company CEOs and CFOs are very much the dynamic duo with the CFO league table similar to that of the CEO, but with carsales.com and Bluescope Steel figuring in MarketMeter’s financially-focused Top 10.
ASX 100 – TOP 10 CFOs
|3||FPH||FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE CORPORATION LIMITED|
|6||ALL||ARISTOCRAT LEISURE LIMITED|
|7||MQG||MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED|
|10||BSL||BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED|
At the smaller end of the ASX 200, the CEO and CFO are seemingly more separate with just a 50% overlap between the CEO and CFO league table for companies in the ASX101-200. Finance bosses that have separately distinguished themselves in this sub-index include those from Graincorp, Perseus Mining, Steadfast Group, Bravura Solutions and IPH Limited.
ASX 101-200 – TOP 10 CFOs
|2||DHG||DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED|
|5||PRU||PERSEUS MINING LIMITED|
|7||SDF||STEADFAST GROUP LIMITED|
|8||BVS||BRAVURA SOLUTIONS LIMITED|
Now the companies whose finances are managed by these top CFOs don’t necessarily correlate with the companies that delivered the best total shareholder return for the first half of 2021, so just how were these scores and rankings determined? MarketMeter’s interactive market insights platform captures quantitative and qualitative data from domestic and offshore institutional investors via its stock scoring site. Portfolio managers and investment analysts score companies out of 10 across Management, Strategy, Financial, ESG and Shareholder Engagement categories and have the option to provide qualitative feedback to the companies they are rating.
When it comes to scoring a company on the effectiveness of its CFO, investors are asked to consider the credibility, integrity, and ability of the CFO in managing the finances of the company including the performance of the CFO in capital management initiatives.
Approximately 75,000 data points were captured on MarketMeter’s platform in the first half of 2021. The quality and depth of the data pool is underpinned by MarketMeter’s partnerships with Australia’s leading super funds whose investment managers provide stock scores as part of their responsible investment reporting processes. Corporate subscribers also contribute to the data sample with their key shareholders providing performance feedback to board and management teams. For the investors doing the scoring, MarketMeter’s interactive analytics platform is a barometer for relative peer group sentiment – a stock screening tool not available elsewhere.
In addition to being used by Australia’s super fund industry, MarketMeter’s data is used by the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA) to determine its annual Investor Relations Best Practice Awards. The league tables for the investor relations industry are published on the AIRA website.
MarketMeter is the interactive market insights platform that measures and benchmarks investor perceptions of Australian and New Zealand listed companies. It is a powerful performance and risk management tool for boards, management and investor relations teams. Corporate subscribers have the power to interrogate this data for meaningful and actionable insights. https://www.marketmeter.com.au/contact-us.html
MarketMeter’s purpose is to provide listed companies with aggregated, anonymised investment market views in order to highlight areas of risk and promote corporate best practice. MarketMeter shares anonymised data with the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA) to determine its annual IR Best Practice Awards, as well as with APRA-regulated super funds for their internal valuation frameworks and The Behavioural Insights Team to explore ESG themes.
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