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)
CI expects revenue to reach Bt6bn in three years. It reported revenue growth of 15% to Bt2.7bn in 2015 supported by backlog of Bt3-4bn. It plans a deal with a China partner to set up a 5-star hotel. It plans to set up a Bt1.5bn REIT for Sripanwa Hotel in 2H16. (Thun Hoon, 1/3/16)
Comment: It’s a fairly straight forward story here for CI, they have the assets on hand to switch into the REIT, they’ve already done one (property fund) for Sri Panwa’s first phase of assets and it’s a basic continuation, doesn’t hurt that they have done a sharebuyback over the past 21-18 months either.
EA sets target revenue growth og 30% from Bt9.2 in 2015 supported by booking profit from a 90MW solar farm in Pitsanulok and COD of a wind power plant around midyear. It reported profit growth of more than 67% or Bt2.7bn in 2015. (Kao Hoon, 1/3/16)
EARTH will pay a dividend of Bt0.10/share, XD on March 14. It reported profit in 2015 of Bt1.03bn. Management target revenue growth of at least 10% supported by coal sales of more than 11mn tons. (Kao Hoon, 1/3/16)
ERW expects earnings in 1Q16 will be good supported by high season and occupancy rate up to 85%. It expects revenue growth of more than 15% in 2016. It has budgeted Bt1.7bn to open seven new hotels in Thailand and the Philippines. (Thun Hoon, 1/3/16)
Comment: We do wonder, in the future will ERW follow the footsteps of all the other major asset owners and decide to shift from being asset based to doing more management contracts