Innovation and commitment to our clients are what define our service philosophy. We unlock your competitive edge by working with precision, dedication and a continued focus on finding new and better ways to meet your evolving needs.
One of Melbourne, Australia's first start-up technology companies, we were founded in the city's suburbs in 1978 and have since expanded across five continents. Our initial ambition was to provide computer services to businesses that needed to automate processes. Eventually, we progressed to providing specialist computer bureau services to Australian share registrars, something we quickly excelled at. Harnessing our entrepreneurial spirit, we continued to develop best in class technology that minimises risk, reduces cost and simplifies processes for our clients and their customers.
When we listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 1994 we had a market cap of 36 million AUD, managed around 6 million shareholder accounts and had about 50 staff. Now we're a global business with a market cap in the billions, managing over 125 million customer records with 16,000 staff across all major financial markets.
We built on our share registry business by successfully expanding into employee equity plans, stakeholder communications, corporate governance, fund services, class action administration and deposit protection. We are now a trusted partner of some of the largest public and private companies and organizations in Canada and across the globe. Many of the world's leading organizations benefit from our business solutions to help them maximize the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors, members and customers.