Comment: It does finally look like they are going to do something with their stake in Makro
EPCO expects 2016 net profit growth to be higher than 50% as it plans to invest in power plants at home and overseas to bring capacity to 200MW. It plans to list its subsidiary (Eastern Power Group) this year. It targets capacity of 500MW within 2018. Its shareholders approved issuing a Bt2bn debenture. (Thun Hoon, 04/05/16)
HMPRO reported 1Q16 revenue of Bt14.61bn, up 11.57%YoY with Bt866.18mn net profit, up 18.06%YoY. This brought by SSS growth and new stores for both HMPRO and Mega Home. (Thun Hoon, 04/05/16)
Comment: What consumer debt issue??
ITD signed a contract with the Department of Rural Road to proceed with the construction of the rail overbridge along the Rural Road No. Sor Kor 2032 at Baan Khoke Kham, Amphur Muang, Samut Sakorn Province on Apr 27, valued at Bt405.59mn. (Khao Hoon, 04/05/16)
Diversified property holdings key to success for UV
Univentures Plc (UV) was founded in 1980 as a manufacturer and distributor of zinc oxide and listed on the SET in 1988. Over the years it has evolved and today it is a holding company specialising mainly in property and related businesses. Director Worawat Srisa-an discusses the company’s strategy and outlook.
Please explain UV’s holding structure.
UV is a holding company that invests through subsidiaries or joint-venture companies. The business groups are 90% in real estate, including residential and commercial and property services, and other businesses such as zinc oxide, parking systems and energy saving. Our aim is to balance and diversify our portfolio; we hold 100% of Grand Unity Development which focuses on high-rise real estate, and 39.28% in Golden Land Plc which focuses on low-rise projects. We also own, directly or indirectly, the Sathorn Square and Park Ventures commercial office assets.
Please explain the business strategies of each of UV’s real estate segments.
With Grand Unity we focus on real market demand with our three main offerings priced from 50,000 to 90,000 baht per square metre and target customers typically aged 25-35 years old. It has Condo U developments, typically eight-storey buildings located just off main roads; U Delight high-rise developments in more prime locations, near existing and future mass-transit developments; and U Delight Residences in premium locations such as on Rama III overlooking the Chao Phraya River.
For these three offerings we aim to create value in terms of functionality of the site, rooms and layout, ensuring efficient design for a community of like-minded residents. We are the only developer that does not require air-conditioning in lobbies because we maximise the airflow within the compound, allowing us to invest in other value-added amenities such as fitness rooms, libraries and common space, offering residents lower common fees.
When we first acquired Golden Land, its product offerings were purely low- to mid-market single detached houses and townhouses. In 2014, Golden Land acquired Krungthep Land (KLand) to expand its low-rise offerings to the premium segment. The price range is now between 2 million and 25 million baht depending on the project and the unit. Typically these projects are farther from the city centre as they require more land; however they are near main throughways and expressways.
The commercial assets, Sathorn Square and FYI Center, are both owned by Golden Land while Park Ventures Ecoplex is directly owned by UV. We focus on premium locations, with Park Ventures earning the highest rent per square metre in Bangkok, and the only office building to have received the LEED Platinum award.
ADVANC asking for injunction from the Central Administrative Court to allow its customers to continue using 900MHz if JAS does not make its license fee payment. Its 2G-900 service will cut off at midnight tonight, the NBTC said. (Khao Hoon, 15/03/16)
Comment: And the drama continues….we are all rather curious as to how 1q looks for these telco’s
BKD’s capital increase shares of 146mn will trade today. Institutional investors are interested in its shares because of its strong financial position with Bt1bn cash on hand. It plans to take part in Bt3bn in bids, with bid winners expected to be announced in mid-2016. It expects this to bump up 2016 revenue growth by 20%. (Khao Hoon, 15/03/16)
GOLD plans to expand its business to condominiums. It expects 1H16 sales to reach Bt7bn (30% growth) compared to 1H15’s Bt5.4bn, thanks to high demand generated by tax incentives. It is confident 2016 revenue will hit Bt10bn as targeted. (Thun Hoon, 15/03/16)
Comment: I do wonder if this competes against UV’s condo business via Grand Unity
IEC’s board has approved increasing capital by 73,639mn shares, to be offered as a PP of 32,960 mn shares with 40,679mn shares for the exercise of its warrants. Its board also approved investing in new plants. (Khao Hoon, 15/03/16)
Comment: So which new shareholder is going to punt IEC?
KTB expects 2016 revenue to grow 15-20% as targeted by focusing on money market and capital market clients. It will be an underwriter for Bt30bn in debentures in 1H16. It expects 2016 debentures will reach Bt80bn. (Khao Hoon, 15/03/16)
Comment: That is quite the aggressive target for a bank, unless they feel that they can really grow their non-interest income business – perhaps from the government projects, then I don’t see this possibly happening..
ADVANC reports more than 500,000 of its 2G clients have upgraded to 3G. It aims at getting more than 10mn 4G users from 4.4mn now. It has budgeted of Bt40bn to expand its business in 2016. (Kao Hoon, 29/2/16)
Comment: The number we read this morning from the news was 5 mn users already.
BBL announces a full-year dividend of Bt6.50/share. (Thun Hoon, 29/2/16)
BEAUTY reported net profit in 2015 of Bt402.5mn, up 33.65% supported by total revenue growth of 29.36% to Bt1.79mn from expanding its branches. It will pay a dividend in 2H16 of Bt0.83/share, XD on April 28. (Kao Hoon, 29/2/16)
Comment: And they keep growing!
BEM reported 2015 net profit of Bt2.65bn supported by higher toll and fare revenue. It had total revenue of Bt13.1bn with total assets of Bt78bn. It will pay a dividend of Bt0.07/share. (Thun Hoon, 29/2/16)
Comment: At what point will BEM do what BTS did and spin off the assets to an infrastructure REIT?
ASIMAR to show strong 3Q15 after booking two big projects. More potential growth stories include: ship maintenance backlog, Bt600mn tugboat project (to open for bidding in Oct 2015) by the Port Authority of Thailand, multi-million baht projects for the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning and potential offshore projects for PTT. (Thun Hoon, 26/10/15)
BIG’s shareholders approved par reduction to wipe out accumulated losses worth Bt150mn, clearing the path for dividend payout in the future, and restructuring its business for more flexibility and growth. The company maintains its 2015 growth target at 10% with margin above 20%. (Than Settakij, 16/10/15)
Comment: We still have our doubts on this businesses ability to compete versus smart phones.
MRTA board chooses BMCL for the Blue Line extension. The decision will be submitted to the Ministry of Transport for approval before starting the PPP process. (Khao Hoon, 26/10/15)
Comment: No surprise here.
DEMCO backlog increases to Bt8.8bn after securing 12 more power plant projects from Toyo Engineering worth more than Bt2bn. The construction of the first facility will begin in November 2015. (Khao Hoon, 26/10/2015)
Comment: And they will continue to win backlogs as this part of their forte, but the kicker still comes from WEH