ABC expects net profit to be back in the black this year. It expects to launch ABC Residence and ABC Pet World projects, valued at Bt7.5bn, in 3Q16. It plans to wipe out all retained losses this year. (Khao Hoon, 16/03/16)
Comment: I’m beginning to be very bored of the newsflow from this company….
ADVANC ‘Respite’ for AIS’s 400,000 2G users facing cut-off – The Central Administrative Court decided to allow AIS extend the signals for 2G SIM cards on the 900 MHz network until March 21. The signals were due to be switched off at midnight yesterday The court’s decision follows a request by ADVANC for an order to force the NBTC to extend the period for 2G customer retention and ensure service continuity as stipulated in rules set out by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). (Bangkok Post, 16/03/16)
Comment: Now the question is what will happen to that license if JAS doesn’t pay up?
ASK expects 2016 loan growth of 15% backed by higher truck demand for government projects and stimulus measures. It expects to benefit from AEC. It plans to expand its customer base. (Thun Hoon, 16/03/16)
Comment: While still paying a decent dividend.
BEC has high hopes of sports programmes shoring up TV ratings and advertising revenue on top of top-rated dramas this year after the news-show category experienced a slowdown due to intense competition and the impact from the departure of famous TV host Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda. (The Nation, 16/03/16)
Comment: People slightly misunderstand what is happening with BEC, everyone says that they are losing a fortune but in reality they are still the leading player in the media business, but because of increased supply in the industry their ASP’s have dropped.
BIG expects 1Q16 earnings to be good with net profit of Bt160mn (120% growth) thanks to camera sales. It expects its market share to increase to 63% this year. (Khao Hoon, 16/03/16)
Comment: Much to our surprise, the stock has been on a tear for the past few months
CNT expects 2016 net profit to grow backed by higher revenue from condominium projects. (Khao Hoon, 16/03/16)
Asset Bright is expanding its business. It is preparing to open “ABC Pet World”, the biggest pet shopping center in Thailand, hopefully in 3Q16. It sees the pet market as valuated at Bt20bn with annual growth of 10-15%. (Khao Hoon, 18/2/16)
Comment: Perhaps instead of me mocking ABC continuously I should be supportive of these entrepreneurial projects that the company is undertaking from solar, to condominiums, to hotels, to internet services and now a Pet world…
AIT reported net profit of Bt532.5mn in 2015. The decrease in net profit is due to customers delaying their investment in IT. The board has approved a dividend of Bt1.5 on 2H15. It targets revenue growth of 10% supported by ICT industry recovery. (Khao Hoon, 18/2/16)
Comment: The whole industry suffered last year, mainly b/c of the lack of action by the government.
BSM negotiating with partner to invest in a new big project. The progress in the JV with a partner in Australia will be clear in 2Q16. It expects revenue in 2016 of Bt700mn supported by exports. (Thun Hoon, 18/2/16)
Comment: I have always liked this company but never cared for its valuation…
DRT sets revenue target at Bt4.2bn or growth of 5% in 2016 supported by exports. It plans to increase revenue in CLMV+I. The company plans to sell its products to property developers in Myanmar and Cambodia. (Khao Hoon, 18/2/16)
Comment: I still have doubts on their ability to grow, a value trap potentially if one isn’t careful..
AKR expects 4Q15 earnings to be highest backed by Bt500mn in transfers which achieved 2015 target revenue. It expects 2016 revenue of Bt3.2bn (+60%) aided by government projects. It expects to get a 9MW PPA for an agricultural cooperative solar farm in December. It expects to get Bt4bn in electric transformer projects. (Thun Hoon, 08/12/15)
BIG expects 4Q15 earnings to be peak. It plans to wipe out retained losses by the end of this year and pay a dividend on 2015 performance. It expects 2016 revenue to grow 10% by focusing on printing photos from smartphones. (Khao Hoon, 08/12/15)
Comment: That is the only “news” that seems to be supporting this stock, otherwise we don’t see much of a future in this niche player.
CPALL plans to open 600 branches next year. It expects 2016 net profit of Bt15bn (+15%) from this year’s Bt13.2bn with Bt400bn in revenue. (Thun Hoon, 08/12/15)
Comment: By the looks of the stock price today funds just don’t like an executive team that front runs the market
EPCO’s board approved investment in solar power plants in Japan (five projects, total 48MW). It expects this to supply electricity by 2Q16 and contribute Bt1bn in net profit for the life of the projects. It plans to list a subsidiary soon. (Thun Hoon, 08/12/15)
MC expects 2016 revenue growth of 15% though it may achieve only 12% in this year because of the economic slowdown. Management says foreign companies are interested in becoming dealers. It plans to open new branches by the end of this year. It has budgeted Bt170mn to invest in 2016. (Thun Hoon, 08/12/15)
Comment: I still don’t care for the “Growth” story of this company, but at the right price definitely worth a look as its core business is ok.
Mid-east investor interested in BCH shares as it is a small-cap with strong fundamentals. It expects this deal to expand customers from the Middle East. (Thun Hoon, 04/09/15)
Comment: A mini BH in the making perhaps?
BDMS reports that G. Wasupol Co Ltd has transferred its business to BDMS. It plans to add more three hospitals. (Khao Hoon, 04/09/15)
Comment: Issue for BDMS is that growth is going to look smaller b/c of its scale
FSMART’s management accused of corruption by former shareholder. It expects this to be in the courts this month. (Khao Hoon, 04/09/15)
Comment: Then perhaps that shareholder should sue every past government in Thailand’s history as well.
KKP expects loans growth to drop because of the sluggish economy. It expects to have to make extra provisions. It targets 2015 NPLs of 6%. It does not plan to open new branches after closing 24 branches but expects to focus on service improvement. (Thun Hoon, 04/09/15)
Joining with THCOM to provide service to drilling rigs — ADVANC is joining with THCOM to be the first operator to expand a mobile network to drilling rigs in the Gulf of Thailand, using satellite technology. (Khao Hoon, 16/2/15)
AP condo wins case. AP set to continue construction and sales activities for its Aspire Ngamwongwan condominium project after a court ruled in favor of the project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) and construction permit. The Central Administrative Court also ordered the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to pay 35,503.42 baht in compensation plus 7.5% interest per year to each of seven plaintiffs living near the construction site. (Bangkok Post, 7/2/2015)
AP plans to open new projects worth Bt30bn to boost its backlog by more than Bt10bn in order to secure revenue until 2016. The company is confident its revenue will increase by 10% this year, reflecting a recovery in property market. (Thun Hoon, 16/2/15)
AOT reported an earnings recovery with a net profit of Bt3.9bn (+3.7%) for FY1Q15 (OctoberDecember, 2014), due to a pickup in the global economy and the end of political unrest to drive passengers by 13% to 25.9mn. (Khao Hoon, 16/2/15)
Comment: Passenger growth is driven mainly by domestic travelers, the #’s for international travelers have yet to recover. The main driver of the stock price in the past 12 months have been news of a potential infrastructure fund.
APCS admits to loss for 2014. It expects recovery in 2015, but is uncertain whether it will return to profit in 2015. The company disclosed that orders from automobile sector have started picking up. Meanwhile, the company denied the rumors that it is a takeover target and has not been in talks with any party. (Khao Hoon, 16/2/15)
BBL targets doubling growth for its business in China from 10% growth last year, focusing on domestic consumption. The bank targets to increase its Chinese client base to 40% in the next three years, ready to support China’s investment expansion abroad, with Thailand as a main target. The bank is seeing a migration of Chinese investment from Vietnam to Thailand due to better logistics. (Krungthep Turakij, 16/2/15)
Comment: If you listen carefully to the CEO, he doesn’t seem to want to expand strongly in Thailand anymore, their focus does appear to be purely overseas business.
The SET has announced the semi-annual index review results for the SET50, SET100 & SETHD indices to be effective the first half of 2015 (Jan 1 – Jun 30).
SET50 Index (SET50):
- 4 ADDED: CK, HEMRAJ, KTIS & SPALI
- 4 DELETED: BLA, GLOBAL, KKP & THCOM
SET100 Index (SET100):
- 10 ADDED: ANAN, DEMCO, HANA, ICHI, KTIS, PTG, SAWAD, SF, SGP & SIM
- 10 DELETED: BLA, DCC, ESSO, MCOT, NYT, RS, SRICHA, TASCO, THRE & WHA
SET High Dividend 30 Index (SETHD):
- 2 ADDED: JAS & SGP
- 2 DELETED: KCE & RS
Ready for IPO — BRR is ready to sell 169mn shares in an IPO. It is expected to finalize the offering price on October 27, 2014. It plans to be listed on the SET on November 6. The company plans to use the proceeds to increase its cane crushing capacity and as working capital. (Kao Hoon, 21/10/14)
Comment: As mentioned before IPO’s are coming fast and furious during this 4Q, looking at BRR it appears that it’ll have the same story as every other small IPO that has come to the market.
Airline’s IPO falls short – Bangkok Airways has raised Bt1.04bn less in proceeds than planned as it opted to price its initial public offering (IPO) shares in a middle range. The airline earned Bt13bn from the sale of 520mn new shares, 7.40% short of the Bt14.04bn that was projected earlier if the ceiling price had been adopted. This resulted from its decision to price its IPO shares at Bt25, the middle of the indicative range of Bt23-27, executives of the carrier confirmed yesterday. (Bangkok Post, 21/10/14)
Comment: Demand for BA shares aren’t as high as they have indicated, if it really was 1.5x oversubscribed then the IPO would have been priced at THB 27, I doubt first day trading will be anything special.
DTAC follows special Facebook friend – Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC), the country’s second-largest cellular operator, seeks to double its mobile data users within two years thanks to a rapid transition from 3G to 4G mobile services. The company will today announce a six-month content partnership with Facebook and together launch a special “Happy Connection” package in Thailand. (Bangkok Post, 21/10/14)