WHTW: Top 10

  • Prayuth to approve building and land tax in cabinet meeting tomorrow, according to a source. (Daily News, 30/5/16)
  • Government Housing Bank and Government Saving Bank to discuss with Ministry of Finance regarding loan approvals since the banks need to reject about 60% of loan applications in order to adhere to the ministry’s policy. (Thai Rath, 30/5/16)
  • BoT: Inflation rate on target – The consumer price index edged up by 0.46% in May from a year earlier after rising 0.07% in April, its first annual gain in 16 months. The core inflation rate, which excludes raw food and energy prices, was registered at 0.78% in May, unchanged from April’s figure. (Bangkok Post, 2/6/16)
  • State to allot B5bn for SEZ — The government plans to invest 5 billion baht on building a special economic zone (SEZ) in Sa Kaeo to serve small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) operators, says Industry Minister Atchaka Sibunruang. (Bangkok Post, 3/6/16)
  • Yellen: Rate hike probably appropriate in the coming months — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday an interest rate hike is “probably” appropriate in the coming months if economic data improve. “It’s appropriate, and I’ve said this in the past, I think for the Fed to gradually and cautiously increase our overnight interest rate over time and probably in the coming months, such a move would be appropriate,” she said in response to a question at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. (CNBC, 30/5/16)

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Stocks in the news (ait, bjc, chow, ck, dcorp, ea, forth, gpsc, lit, samco, sat, seafco, sgp, super, tmb) 03.06.16

AIT has backlog of Bt2.73bn, which it expects to realize in two years. It plans to bid for new jobs worth Bt18bn and expects to get at least 45-50%. It plans to expand its Data Center project with a partner with a budget of Bt800mn. It is negotiating with a partner to add new products in Cambodia and Laos. (Thun Hoon, 3/6/16)
Comment: It does look like the IT project sector his beinnng to show some life
BJC expects 2016 revenue growth of 300% supported by BIGC earnings. It expects to finish the rights offering and private placement in July-August. It plans funding of Bt80bn. (Kao Hoon, 3/6/16)
Comment: and a dilution of … ?
CHOW reported 1Q16 profit growth 381.60% supported by steel business recovery and more orders. It is building a new 12MW facility in Japan and expects to be able to record revenue from at least 80MW. It has EPC backlog of ¥12bn. (Thun Hoon, 3/6/16)
Comment: perhaps one of the few companies to have made a proper concerted effort to shift from construction to alternatives
CK expects to sign the Bt19.4bn contract to construct Sayaburi in 2Q16, lifting its backlog to Bt97bn. If BEM gets the Blue Line job, it expects to get a contract to build the rail network valued at Bt25bn. (Kao Hoon, 3/6/16)
DCORP bought 40% in a solar power plant in the Philippines from two companies. The plant has capacity of 320MW. It expects to spend no more than US$15.36mn. It expects to finish the deal in July. It expects sustainable revenue and profit growth. (Thun Hoon, 3/6/16)
Comment: #s don’t quite add up if it only costs USD 15mn to buy a stake in a powerr plant that has 320MW in capacity

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Interview: Ticon Freehold and Leasehold Real Estate Investment Trust (TREIT)

Ticon Freehold and Leasehold Real Estate Investment Trust (TREIT) listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in January 2015. Managing director Amorn Chulaluksananukul and Charasrit A Voravudhi, general manager and head of business development, discuss the fund’s strategy and outlook.


What assets are currently in TREIT?

Our investment portfolio comprises 98 units of premium warehouses and factories with total rental area of 369,705 square metres on 503 rai of land. These include 71 warehouses covering 293,805 sq m (79%), and 27 factories covering 75,900 sq m (21%). Freehold investments account for 56% and leasehold investments 44% of the portfolio. The properties are in strategic locations at 16 leading industrial estates, industrial and logistics parks in Thailand. The fund’s total asset value is 7.7 billion baht.

How will you continue to develop TREIT?

We are continuously exploring new opportunities to expand through a combination of assets purchased from Ticon Industrial Connection Plc and from other companies. What is important is that we have to ensure that the revenue structure of the prospective assets is similar to that of our existing assets which generate recurring and stable income streams. We need to understand clearly how the assets operate as well as identify key success factors of the business and cover locations that are strategically attractive to the existing and potential customer base.

We have a positive outlook for the industry, supported by the introduction of the Asean Economic Community. Thailand continues to be a key destination for international investors who aim to use the country as a distribution hub and manufacturing base, given the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry and ideal location at the centre of Asean.

As the REIT manager, we also have to ensure that TREIT is optimally managed in terms of both revenue and expenses. We need to utilise the appropriate financial instruments to enhance returns to our investors.

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