Computershare

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Computershare Limited
TypePublic company
Traded asASXCPU
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1978
HeadquartersYarra Falls
Abbotsford, Victoria
, Australia
Owner(s)Publicly listed company
WebsiteComputershare
 
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Computershare Limited
TypePublic company
Traded asASXCPU
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1978
HeadquartersYarra Falls
Abbotsford, Victoria
, Australia
Owner(s)Publicly listed company
WebsiteComputershare

Computershare Limited, founded in 1978 in Melbourne, Australia, is a stock transfer agent business. Computershare operates in the corporate trust, stock transfer and employee share plan services.

The company currently has offices in 20 countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, the Channel Islands, South Africa, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Germany, and Denmark.

History[edit source | edit]

Computershare Limited was founded in 1978 in Melbourne, Australia and has grown largely through overseas acquisitions.

In 1997, the Australian-based Computershare expanded its registry business to include financial markets in New Zealand and the United Kingdom,[1] and acquired the Royal Bank of Scotland's registrar department. In subsequent years, it expanded its business into Ireland, South Africa, and Hong Kong. In 2004, Compushare acquired the stock transfer sectors of Harris Bank and Montreal Trust, and purchased Pepper Global (formerly Pepper Technologies AG). Since 2004, Computershare has acquired registry companies in Russia and India.[1]

In 2005, it acquired Equiserve.

In July 2007, Computershare acquired Datacare Software Group and its products GCM and Boardworks. Currently known as Computershare Governance Services and its main product GEMS.

In February 2008, Computershare announced a cash takeover offer for Australian mailhouse group QM Technologies Limited.

In September 2008, Computershare bought Lichfield based Childcare Voucher Services business called Busy Bees. The name has been re-branded to Computershare Voucher Services or CVS. Julian Foster is the current Managing Director for CVS.

In February 2010, Computershare acquired HBOS Employee Equity Solutions from Lloyds Banking Group for a sum of around £40m.

In January 2012, Computershare acquired Share Owner Services (Stock Transfer Sector) from Bank of New York Mellon(BNYM) for a sum of around $550 Million.

Services offered[edit source | edit]

Computershare primarily provides stock registration and transfer services to companies listed on stock markets, but also offers technology services for stock exchanges, investor services for shareholders and employee share plan management.

Computershare also runs The Deposit Protection Service.[citation needed]

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