AirAsia mulls Thai hub – AirAsia, the continent’s largest no-frills airline group, is keen to boost its position in Thailand with the relocation of its regional nerve centre from Indonesia to here. In a discussion with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday, AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said the group would also like to build its own airports in Thai provinces such as Surat Thani. Furthermore, AirAsia is interested in a partnership with flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) to create a business synergy without equity partnership or competition, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak. AirAsia wants to strengthen its presence in Thailand, which it perceives as a gateway to Asean with significant growth potential in aviation businesses, said Mr Somkid. (Bangkok Post, 30/4/16)
Comment: It would obviously be a huge positive for AirAsia if they can pull it off here in Thailand, but would the government be willing to throw away a monopoly?
AGE expects revenue of Bt300mn from the service business. It expects to increase export portion to 30%. It is confident that 2016 revenue will grow 10% supported by coal business recovery and it has backlog of Bt200mn. (Thun Hoon, 3/5/16)
Comment: I’ve heard about a supposed recovery in coal since…2011?
Central, partner buy Big C VN for 920m euros – CENTRAL GROUP in partnership with Nguyen Kim Group yesterday announced the acquisition of Big C Vietnam from France’s Casino Group for 920 million euros (Bt36.6 billion). Central said the acquisition represented the strength of its will to keep expanding its business in Asia. “Central Group and Nguyen Kim Group have officially acquired Big C Vietnam, which has been operated for more than 18 years,” said Tos Chirathivat, CEO of Central Group. He said Big C Vietnam had 43 stores nationwide, comprising 33 hypermarkets and 10 convenience stores, and 30 shopping malls. “Total revenue in 2015 was approximately 586 million euros.” (The Nation, 30/4/16)
AGE expects to become a holding company engaged in the property business. It expects a return of at least 15%. It plans to export coal to Vietnam, which will increase revenue by 5-10%. It expects 4Q15 earnings to be good. It plans to implement cost control to increase profit. (Thun Hoon, 18/01/16)
Comment: A holding company engaged in property? Wait a minute, they are a coal company! Well better to switch now before its too late i suppose.
BBL revises up GDP growth to 3.5-4% from 3-3.5% driven by stimulus measures. It targets loans growth of 3.5%. (Thun Hoon, 18/01/16)
Comment: Don’t banks traditionally grow at 2x GDP?
BKD got a Bt300mn project, decorating Lotte and Marriot hotels. It plans to take part in Bt2bn bids. It targets 2016 revenue and net profit growth of 20%. (Khao Hoon, 18/01/16)
CSP targets steel sales of 150,000 tons driven by economic recovery. It expects to show net profit in 1Q16 after focusing on valued added products. (Khao Hoon, 18/01/16)
AGE plans to expand to Vietnam and Cambodia where demand is high. It expects 2016 revenue to grow 10-20% from this year’s Bt4bn. It plans to expand its seaport, which is expected to increase its capacity by 30%. (Thun Hoon, 16/12/15)
Comment: The coal industry isn’t going anywhere and AGE is suffering with it
APCO plans to expand its market at home and overseas and will launch a new product, “Refreshing Spray”. It expects 4Q15 sales to increase by 50%. It expects to recognize revenue from abroad within 2016. (Khao Hoon, 16/12/15)
Comment: Effectively a listed MLM firm. If you believe that there are enough silly consumers out there to overpay for POS products then you can go ahead and believe in APCO
CEN expects to show net profit next year from net loss this year backed by its subsidiary and whole year of revenue from its power plant. It plans to expand abroad and acquire more power plants. (Thun Hoon, 16/12/15)
CI expects 2016 revenue growth of 100% backed by transfers, rental revenue, and selling Bt1.2bn assets to REITs. It expects 2015 revenue to be higher than Bt2bn. (Khao Hoon, 16/12/15)
Comment: This will mainly be from the REIT, the issue with a property company this size is that earnings will be lumpy, great for a year or 2 and rubbish for the next few years and CI is no different.