One of Melbourne’s first start-up technology companies, we were founded in the city’s suburbs in 1978. 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 AUD $36 million, 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 75 million customer records with 14,000 staff across all major financial markets.
Computershare remains a unique Australian success story. We built on our share registry business by successfully expanding into employee equity plans, stakeholder communications, corporate governance, fund services, class action administration, deposit protection and most recently, mortgage servicing.
Over the years, we’ve expanded globally by acquiring other successful companies and growing our local footprint organically.