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ANTA Sports and ANTA Brand Win Three International Awards
Asia’s Best Managed Company (Consumer Sector) 2017 by FinanceAsia, One of The World’s Top 50 Most Valuable Apparel Brands 2017 by Brand Finance, and One of the Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands2017 by BrandZ
(Hong Kong, 3 April 2017) ANTA Sports Products Limited (“ANTA Sports” or “the Company”, stock code: 2020), a leading sportswear company in China, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Asia’s Best Managed Company (Consumer Sector) by FinanceAsia for the second consecutive year for its excellent management. In addition, ANTA’s brand (“ANTA”) was named in The World's Top 50 Most Valuable Apparel Brands 2017 list compiled by Brand Finance and was listed as one of the Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands 2017 by BrandZ as a result of its outstanding brand equity.
This year marks the second consecutive year that ANTA Sports has won Asia’s Best Managed Company (Consumer Sector) award 2017 by FinanceAsia alongside a number of Asia’s top enterprises. Now in its 17th year, Asia’s Best Companies 2017 polled 180 portfolio managers and buy-side analysts globally, which reflects the wide-ranging recognition ANTA Sports has received for its management capabilities as a result of winning this award.
Furthermore, ANTA Sports wasthe only Chinese sportswear brand to be named one of The World’s Top 50 Most Valuable Apparel Brands 2017 by Brand Finance, ranking 35th on the list. ANTA also made its debut on Brand Finance’s Most Valuable Chinese Brands 2017 list, ranking 89th, a testament to the 74% increase in its brand value during 2016 to RMB13.59 billion and to the jump in its brand rating from “AA” to “AA+”. This was the result of ANTA’s notable improvement across different areas, including public awareness of its brand, sustainability and profitability, making it one of the most valuable sportswear brands on the list. Brand Finance is one of the world’s top five brand value assessment institutions whose annual “Global/China 500” ranking covers thousands of brands and categories worldwide.
ANTA also ranked 69th in BrandZ’s Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands 2017, a reputable annual guide published by Millward Brown, the British multinational market research firm that specializes in media and brand equity research. The latest ranking recognizes the strong increase in ANTA’s brand value. According to the report of BrandZ’s Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands 2017, having only been founded in 1994, today ANTA has the largest retail network of sportswear stores across China. ANTA has expanded its business into clothing for children and its product sales are benefiting from an increasing interest in both health and fitness across the country, fueled by increasing affluence and the rise of e-commerce. ANTA applies the latest in sports science and innovation to create high-performance sports apparel, and operates the only nationally certified sports science laboratory in the industry.
Mr. Ding Shizhong, Chairman and CEO of ANTA Sports, commented, “ANTA Sports is delighted to receive these three international awards. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to all the investors and analysts who strongly believe in our business. This recognition is the result of our successful ‘Single-focus, Multi-brand, Omni-channel’ strategy. With the ‘ANTA Way’ and our unique business model, we hope to continue to enhance the differentiation of our products and brand, optimize our retail channel management practices, and ensure cost efficiency and responsiveness to our supply chain so as to reinforce our own core strengths. We will continue to work hard to maintain our growth momentum and leading position in China, building the foundations to become a world-class sportswear company.”