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)
AOT expects earnings to be better than in 2015, which had a profit of Bt18.7bn, backed by weak oil price and tourist expansion. The board approved a budget of Bt27bn for Phase 3 of Don Muang airport. It will extend the lower landing fee to two years. (Thun Hoon, 24/03/16)
Comment: Boom, get ready for more mainland tourists
BIG expects 1Q16 sales growth of no less than 10% supported by the popularity of mirrorless cameras. It is confident that earnings in 2016 will hit target. It plans to open 10 new branches. (Thun Hoon, 24/03/16)
Comment: This stock has been a tear, it does seem that the younger consumers are happily buying camera in droves, is this taking demand away from smartphones?
BIGC budgeted Bt16bn to build strength and open new branches nationwide. It will change strategy and have seasonal campaigns to boost sales. (Thun Hoon, 24/03/16)
BJC prepares to tender for 341.99mn shares or 41.45% of BIGC at Bt250.26/share, in total worth Bt86bn. (Kao Hoon, 24/03/16)
Comment: A deal without any excitement on its last day
On its first day of trade GTB price closed up 57.39% at Bt1.81, above IPO price. Its CEO said that 2016 net profit will surpass last year’s Bt69mn, supported by Its backlog of more than Bt400mn. (Kao Hoon, 24/03/16)
ITD got two new jobs in total worth Bt294mn. It has backlog of Bt259bn in the first two months. It plans to sign for a new job worth Bt23.9bn. (Kao Hoon, 24/03/16)
LPN expects transfers in 1Q16 to reach Bt4bn or 100% growth supported by the completion of five projects valued at Bt10.2bn. It has backlog of Bt4-5bn to support demand before the property stimulus ends. (Kao Hoon, 24/03/16)
Comment: Every property developer should be off to a cracking start this year, the question is only will it be sustainable.
MAJOR expects 1Q16 revenue to grow more than 10% supported by more revenue from foreign movies. It plans to increase the number of screens to 1,000. It expects to increase revenue from foreign movies in neighboring countries to 10%. (Thun Hoon, 24/03/16)
Comment: Batman vs Superman!
ROJNA targets to sell 400-500 rai of land in this year on the back of planned additional investment by Japanese and Chinese clients. It expects no help from BOI approvals because of the economic slowdown. It expects its 110MW cogeneration power plant to supply electricity from mid-2017. (Khao Hoon, 24/03/16)
Comment: Perhaps one of the CHEAPEST companies out there but….is it a value trap given how laid back management are?
SENA targets 2016 revenue of Bt3.5bn. It plans to invest in 100MW solar power plants by 2018. It plans to list SENA Solar Energy soon. (Thun Hoon, 24/03/16)
Comment: Again something that the market should already know by now, but is it priced in? Do people believe in the management’s capability to expand this heavily into solar?
SOLAR expects to show s net profit in 1Q16 with revenue of Bt400mn. It expects 2016 net profit to return to the black with revenue not less than Bt3bn backed by 400MW solar cells capacity. It expects higher revenue aided by government projects. (Khao Hoon, 24/03/16)
SUPER expects to benefit from extension period for supplying electricity. It expects to supply 400MW electricity by April 30. It expects to begin to supply electricity at the end of March. (Khao Hoon, 24/03/16)
THANA expects backlog of Bt100mn in 1Q16. It is confident 2016 revenue will reach Bt1bn (20% growth). It plans to launch three low-rise projects valued at Bt1.4bn. (Khao Hoon, 24/03/16)
TBBI will trade today. It expects a good response from investors because of its strength and productivity technology. It plans to expand integrated packaging at home and abroad. It plans to double revenue within five years. It expects to become a global leader in packaging. (Thun Hoon, 24/03/16)
TSR plans to open two branches, Buriram and Mukdahan. It plans to move its branches at Phitsanulok and Hatyai. It expects 2016 revenue and net profit to mark a record high this year. (Khao Hoon, 24/03/16)
Comment: I’m starting to see their advertisement’s for their “Safe” brand on buses.
TTW plans to invest in a 40,000 cubic meter tap water plant in Myanmar in 2H16. It expects domestic tap water demand to grow 5-10%. It expects enough supply to meet demand. (Khao Hoon, 24/03/16)
MSCI GLOBAL SMALL CAP INDEXES
- TCC Group signs Bt123 bn deal for Big C stake — Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, one of top Thai richest, has stepped into the Thai retail market through the acquisition of Big C Supercentre. France’s retailer, Casino Group, has announced the signing of a contract to sell its stake in Big C Supercentre for 3.1 billion euro (approximately Bt123 billion) to Charoen’s TCC Group. Big C operates a large network of more than 700 stores, including 125 hypermarkets, with a turnover of 3.4 billion euro in 2015. The transaction values Big C at Bt252.88 per share, a 28 per cent premium to the share price on January 14, 20161. (The Nation, 7/2/16)
- Thai-Chinese railway plan facing more financial woes — THE CONTROVERSIAL Thai-Chinese medium-speed railway project requiring an estimated investment of over Bt500 billion is facing increased uncertainties after the Thai government insisted that China should take more financial responsibility for the 800km-plus rail route from Bangkok to Nong Khai province in the Northeast. (The Nation, 6/2/16)
- Contracts signed to extend Bangkok-Chon Buri motorway — The Highways Department has signed contracts to extend the Bangkok-Chon Buri motorway to reach the Map Ta Phut industrial estates of Rayong within four years. Department representatives signed five of 13 contracts for the 31.2-kilometre-long extension project for Highway No.7 on Monday. (Bangkok Post, 8/2/16)
- Consumers’ bad loans still rising — Non-performing loans (NPLs) in the credit-card and personal loan segments continued to climb in last year’s fourth quarter amid the tepid economic recovery, according to Bank of Thailand data. (Bangkok Post, 11/2/16)