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)
AAV expects 2016 net profit to be over Bt1bn driven by 16.9mn passengers and an 82% cabin factor. It expects to get five A320 planes this year, with a goal of 70 airplanes in 2020. It expects to open new routes in CLMV, beginning with Luang Prabang. (Thun Hoon, 09/02/16)
Comment: There is no real competition for AAV, I like to now saw Emirates control’s the mid-high end customers, AAV controls budget.
ABC plans to launch ABC Residence Sukhumvit 39, valued at Bt2.5bn. The selling prices will start at Bt170,000/sqm. It expects to do presales in March. (Khao Hoon, 09/02/16)
Comment: Will this condo be launched w/ solar power and IT Solutions?
APCO targets 2016 sales growth of 10% to achieve revenue of Bt450mn by focusing on providing BIM products to local customers. It is looking for a partner in Singapore to build MLM in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. (Khao Hoon, 09/02/16)
Comment: I hate MLM companies, there said I it
CCN expects 2016 net profit to mark a record high backed by the setup of 4G networks. It expects this to contribute 50% of total revenue in 2016 from last year’s 5%. It expects 2016 revenue to grow 20% aided by Bt70mn backlog. It expects to get a Bt200mn mega project which is expected to be concluded by 1Q16. (Thun Hoon, 09/02/16)
GPSC plans to operate 65MW hydroelectricity in Laos with startup in 2017; construction has reached 35% completion. (Thun Hoon, 09/02/16)