Advanced Wireless Network (AWN) paid Bt20.493 billion to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday as the first installment of the 1,800MHz license upfront fee. (Khao Hoon, 25/11/15)
Comment: And TRUE hadn’t paid their first part yet. Surprised much? Eyes are now fully focused on the remaining 900 MHz that should be up for bidding in December, we think it’s something that both DTAC and ADVANC have to win, each for their own business reasons otherwise DTAC is effectively out of the telco game and ADVANC won’t have enough spectrum. Now would JAS come to ruin the party for all the incumbents by pushing the price up just as they had done in the first round of bidding?
CSL expects 2016 revenue growth of 1-3%. It is focusing on the ICT business and is expected to have net profit of Bt300mn. (Khao Hoon, 25/11/15)
ECF expects 2016 revenue growth more than 12% and revenue in 2015 of Bt1.3bn. It also plans to use its rights to produce Disney-themed furniture to expand its market. (Khao Hoon, 25/11/15)
GLOBAL expects 2016 revenue to grow 10-15%. It plans to partner in Cambodia and use Bt2bn to expand the business in Thailand. (Thun Hoon, 25/11/15)
Comment: We have never really cared much for this company only because we were always worried about its inventory turnover and HMPRO, as a business, is by far a better choice. But if and its a big if, GLOBAL can expand further in Cambodia, Laos etc etc and have a strong foothold in both markets then I may be more interested, but still their inventory management has me scratching my head.
GUNKUL to partner with Super to build 11 solar farms for a total of 87 MW. It expects to generate electricity this month. (Thun Hoon, 25/11/15)
HEMRAJ plans to sell land in Hemraj Eastern Seaboard 2 to MG. It will sign the contract tomorrow (26/11/15). (Thun Hoon, 25/11/15)
Comment: We are just waiting for that last divvy.
The other day the cabinet came out with a ruling that:
- Approved the waiver of value added tax, specific business tax & stamp duty for transferring assets from property funds into REITs.
- Approved the waiver of income tax for unit-holders of property funds that are converted into REIT
- This should pave the way for conversion from property funds into REITs as major transaction costs have been cleared, as Thai property funds can no longer increase capital unless they convert into REITs.
- The conversion will help extend the lives of the property funds especially those with leasehold assets.
- The REITs will be able to gear up more at maximum of 60% of total asset value (REITs with investment grade rating) or 35% of total assets for those REITS without investment grade rating, vs 10% of NAV for property funds
- Yields could increase anywhere from 10-60% for each new conversion to a REIT in the market.
Who could this be good for? Well the usual suspects, CPN, WHA, HEMRAJ, TICON, and any other type company that has property assets that generate a yield, I’m still waiting for the day that hospitals here will do REITS
CHO expects to sign NGV bus contract, worth Bt1.735mn in mid-October. It expects to bid for more electric bus projects. It maintains 2015 revenue growth of 10% with Bt600bn backlog. (Khao Hoon, 28/09/15)
Comment: Again wonderfully positioned to benefit from this NGV bus , BUT post these sales earnings will decline to what they normally are.
CK says it is ready for upcoming mega projects valued at Bt200bn which is expected to be approved by the cabinet soon. It expects the M&A between BECL and BMCL to be done after the PPP Act has been approved. (Thun Hoon, 28/09/15)
Comment: Every contractor is loving these mega projects and in reality there isn’t a capacity constraint.
EGCO expects 2H5 earnings to be better than 1H15. It expects 2015 net profit to be close to 2014’s Bt7.7bn. It plans to construct more 6-7 projects, 1,700MW in capacity from the existing 3,700MW. It targets capacity of 5,000MW in 2019. (Khao Hoon, 28/06/15)
EFORL expects 2H15 to turn around on the back of large orders, decreasing cost, and extra gain from selling WCIH shares. It expects 2015 net profit of Bt255mn. (Khao Hoon, 28/09/15)
APCO expects 2H15 revenue to be better than 1H15’s Bt189mn on expanding via online and launching new products. It targets 2015 net profit of Bt118mn on the back of high margin product and cost control. (Khao Hoon, 08/09/15)
Comment: And they are somehow launching a HIV/AIDS medicine as well.
BEAUTY targets export to comprise 6% from 2% by focusing on India and the Middle East where it has a customer base. It plans to sign a contract with a distributor in Indonesia this month. It expects earnings to mark a record high this year. (Bangkokbiznews, 08/09/15)
Comment: They do have substantial amount of cash on the b/s relative to assets ~30% today.
BIG expects 2015 net profit to grow 100% from 2014’s Bt137mn on the back of higher bargaining power with suppliers. It has budgeted Bt100mn to renovate old branches and open new branches. (Thun Hoon, 08/09/15)
FSMART plans to set up new version of Boonterm top-up machine in 208 SAWAD branches aiming at 200 branches/month. It is looking for other prospective partners. It targets top-up revenue to reach Bt15bn from 60,000 existing top-up machines. Management expects revenue from advertising will grow significantly in 4Q15. (Thun Hoon, 08/09/15)
Comment: And this machine continues to grow and grow
WHA ready to cover all logistics bases
WHA began in 2003 with the vision to be a leader in built-to-suit modern warehouses and distribution centres. We saw that Thailand’s logistics cost to GDP was very high at 18% and that there was an opportunity to help the country and the industry to reduce the cost.
WHA Corporation Plc is the leader in premium built-to-suit warehouse, distribution centre and factory development in Thailand and the region. Somyos Anantaprayoon, president and chief executive, and managing director Jareeporn Anantaprayoon discuss the company’s strategy and outlook.
Please explain WHA’s history.
We began with one warehouse and today have nearly 2 million square metres of developed and available land with more than 90% utilisation. We have gained recognition from leading multinationals and large Thai conglomerates for helping to improve their logistics and operations with our total solutions.
What is WHA’s business model?
Our business model focuses on recurring income from long-term leases and service agreements of our properties. After incubating our assets for a period of time, WHA monetises them by annually selling some mature assets to our WHA Premium Growth Freehold and Leasehold Real Estate Investment Trust (WHART), our SET-listed REIT. This allows us to generate high profits for our shareholders with a limited amount of capital, low risk and still maintain ownership.
The other business model we utilise is sale and long-term leaseback, which helps our clients to minimise initial investment costs, minimises tax payments and increases asset utilisation.
MD says AMATA is preparing to set up REITs. The REITs will pool 88 industrial plants in AMATA Nakorn Chonburi and AMATA City Rayong. (Khao Hoon, 20/05/15)
Comment: The main reasons to have any shares in AMATA at this point are because of its REIT and Amata Vietnam listing.
CHO expects to win NGV bidding project worth Bt1.7bn. The auction will be held in May. It expects 2Q15 earnings to rise to Bt200mn. The company will get jobs worth Bt180mn from abroad. (Thun Hoon, 20/05/15)
Backlog Bt6.09bn after signing a contract with EGAT and EA. It expects to book more than Bt4.5bn in revenue in 2Q15-4Q15. It plans to bid for more government projects. It is confident revenue will grow to Bt6bn as targeted. (Khao Hoon, 20/05/15)
Comment: Demco’s earnings are solid for the next few years without any issue, but the key upside is the if/when WEH can be listed.
Investors from European oil company dealing to buy ESSO stock from a fund, taking 7.34% or 283.75mn shares for Bt12/share. The deal is expected to be concluded soon. The company believes business will trend up this year. (Thun Hoon, 20/05/15)
Comment: Well the replacement value of ESSO is approximately 12-14 baht/share, but I still have my doubts that ESSO will sell this company just yet, it’s been in the rumour mill for the past 6 years