- B90bn set aside to aid rural areas — The government is poised to earmark 90 billion baht to support local development and ease the impact of the drought and slowing economy in rural areas. (Bangkok Post, 18/3/16)
- 2-in-1 strategy in bid to ease new tax pain – Draft bills on the new personal income tax structure and on the land and buildings tax will go before cabinet for approval simultaneously, finance permanent secretary Somchai Sujjapongse says, in a move intended to ease public anxiety over the tax burden. (Bangkok Post, 14/03/16)
- Government approved investing Bt110bn in Pink and Yellow lines. This is good news for CK, SEAFCO, UNIQ, SCC, and TPIPL. (Thun Hoon, 14/03/16) Ministry readies Red Line deal – The Transport Ministry is planning to sign a contract with a private consortium for the Red Line railway connecting Bang Sue to Rangsit at a cost of 32.3 billion baht. (Bangkok Post, 14/03/16)
- U.S. Budget Deficit $192.6 Billion in February – The U.S. budget deficit was little changed in February, leaving the gap between government spending and revenue near a seven-and-a-half year low. The government ran a $193 billion deficit in February, a month in which expenditures typically exceed revenue as tax refunds are mailed. That was up only slightly from a $192 billion deficit last February, the Treasury Department said Thursday in its monthly report. (WSJ, 10/03/16)
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ADVANC is budgeting Bt40bn to expand its 4G network. It targets to cover all 77 provinces with 14,000 base stations in two months. It is confident it can secure its customer base. It expects to complete the deal with TOT by 1Q16. (Thun Hoon, 27/01/16)
Comment: And all signs are still pointing up for ADVANC despite the fact that it’s stock price is still some 30% below its peak
ANAN expects 4Q15 to grow more than 500% from 3Q15’s Bt161mn on the back of transfers for two condominiums. It expects 2016 net profit to reach Bt1.6bn driven by numerous transfers. (Thun Hoon, 27/01/16)
Comment: No surprise here…and just watch their 2016 growth
CHO received orders for five catering trucks from customer in UAE, valued at Bt40mn. Delivery is to be in mid-2016. It expects to get 15 more orders, all of which will provide 10% revenue growth this year. (Khao Hoon, 27/01/16)
DCC expects 2015 net profit of Bt1.3bn with Bt7.1bn sales. Its board has approved a dividend payment of Bt0.05/share, XD on Feb 26. (Khao Hoon, 27/01/16)
KCM is talking to a Chinese partner about importing solar cells. It expects this to generate Bt50-100mn revenue. It plans to set up a steel rolling mill in Cambodia. It expects to list its subsidiary on the Cambodian stock exchange. It expects 2015 performance to be good despite the economic slowdown. (Thun Hoon, 27/01/16)
Names today: arrow, ba, big, com7, irpc, kcm, lit, nusa, spa, synex, syntec, thcom, tog, tpipl
ARROW expects 3Q15 earnings to be good backed by expansion of industry and government investment. It expects this to raise 2015 net profit to Bt248mn (+32%). (Khao Hoon, 19/10/15)
Comment: One of the few companies that have consistently shown earnings growth this year.
BA expects 2016 revenue to grow 10-15% to a record high net profit. It plans to open two routes to Vietnam. It is talking to three prospective partners. 2015 cabin factor is 68-69% which is lower than expected, affected by the economic crisis in Europe. (Khao Hoon, 19/10/15)
Comment: BA’s value as a business is still effectively it’s control over Samui and we’re still waiting to see if they can truly become a regional airline, in addition to this they still have that huge stake in BDMS
BIG expects 2015 revenue to grow not less than 10% backed by growth in demand for mirrorless cameras. It maintains its targets of 10% revenue growth and 20% gross margin next year. It expects to pay dividend if shareholders approve a restructuring plan to reduce capital. (Thun Hoon, 19/10/15)
Comment: With mobile phones now replacing (or for a while already) replacing cameras I do doubt the long term viability of this company
COM7 expects 4Q15 earnings to mark a record high on the back of launching iPhone 6S and iPhone 6s Plus. It expects exports to increase aided by seasonality. It plans to invest in new business for risk diversification. (Thun Hoon, 19/10/15)
Comment: It does feel like this company should be an annual trade i.e. every time a new iphone comes out buy.
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)
BBL says its loans grew less than its target of 3% affected by economic slowdown. Credit card spending for the first seven months grew 13-14% from target of 10%. It added 200,000 new credit card members. (Thun Hoon, 20/08/15)
Comment: Strange to see BBL finally pushing into the consumer market with its credit cards, as if the Bangkok market was oversaturated enough as it is.
BJCHI expects 2H15 revenue to be better than 1H15 backed by transfers and Bt6bn in bids. (Khao Hoon, 20/08/15)
CSP targets 2015 revenue of Bt3.2bn. It plans to improve production efficiency. It is talking with a prospective partner to invest in the construction business. (Khao Hoon, 20/08/15)
EFORL plans to list Wuttisak to obtain funds to repay its debt of Bt3.4bn. It expects 2015 revenue of Bt4.2bn after achieving Bt2.2bn in 1H15. 1H15 net profit reached Bt153mn (+54%). (Khao Hoon, 20/08/15)
Comment: Interesting but its still trading at a rather ridiculous valuation of THB 9 bn
ILINK expects 2015 net profit of Bt300mn on the back of higher sales. It plans to bid for Bt5-6bn in projects which it hopes will raise backlog from Bt150mn. It plans to list a subsidiary on mai. (Thun Hoon, 20/08/15)
Comment: The positive news for ILINK comes from the supposed digital economy, it’s shift to the SET from the MAI and the listing of it’s subsidiary