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Pilot project looks to blockchain to run solar-energy roofs

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Pilot project looks to blockchain to run solar-energy roofs

Real Estate April 19, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

Listed property firm SC Asset Corporation Plc and alternative energy firm BCPG Plc have launched their “Sun Share Project” collaboration, as the two leading-edge companies look to blockchain to manage solar roof systems for household consumption and electricity transactions for the first time at “Neighbourhood Bangkadi”.

The innovative energy management is designed to ensure sustainable benefits for customers.

Nuttaphong Kunakornwong, chief executive at SC Asset Corporation Plc, said that once implemented, the project would enable residents to automatically buy and sell electricity via a blockchain platform without paying an installation fee.

The project consists of seven detached single house and townhome projects to accommodate around 1,800 SC Families. “Sun Share Project” will be piloted at some locations inside Venue Tiwanon-Rangsit and Verve Tiwanon-Rangsit, Customers will be able to use the service around the fourth quarter of 2019.

In addition, SC Asset and BCPG will further develop blockchain to link with the BaanRueJai Application to facilitate convenience for customers in the future, he said.

BCPG Plc’s president, Bandit Saphianchai, said his company will design, install and oversee the overall power-trading system, starting from the third quarter of this year. BCPG also plans to expand the capacity to meet an increasing demand for clean energy from other projects in the future.

The project will promote the so-called circular economy, because every unit of power will be used or exchanged without any surplus or spare. Electricity will not be wasted or lost, creating a network of green consumers in line with an effort to build low-cost, low-carbon energy for a sustainable future, he said.


Sansiri claims no impact from new BOT loan rule

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Sansiri claims no impact from new BOT loan rule

Breaking News April 18, 2019 17:57

By The Nation

Listed property firm Sansiri Plc is expecting to record presales up to Bt6.6 billion in the first quarter of this year and is planning to launch eight new residential projects worth Bt16.5 billion in the second quarter, the company’s COO, Uthai Uthaisangsuk, said in a press release on Thursday.

He added that five of the eight new projects launched in the second quarter of this year will be condominium projects worth Bt10.3 billion, the next two projects will be single detached houses worth Bt5.7 billion, and the last project will be townhouses worth Bt500 million.

“Although the new [Bank of Thailand] measure will reduce loan values for second and third homes effective on April 1, 2019, it did not effect our sales [since] most of our customers have real demand,” he said.

Frasers aims for 80% occupancy while continuing growth of ready-built spaces

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Frasers aims for 80% occupancy while continuing growth of ready-built spaces

Real Estate April 18, 2019 14:25

By The Nation

Confident in the rising demand for ready-built factory and warehouse spaces, Frasers Property Thailand Public Co Ltd continues to grow its ready-built business with a target to increase the occupancy rate to 80 per cent.

Formerly known as TICON, Frasers is a leading provider of integrated real-estate platforms. It continues to drive the growth of its industrial property business, particularly in the ready-built format, to cope with rising demands for industrial and logistics operations as the e-commerce sector shows vigorous growth.

Thailand’s e-commerce market value grew at around 14.04 in 2017 over 2018.

According to Sopon Racharaksa, president of Frasers Property (Thailand), “Leasehold industrial property development in Thailand continues its upward trend with favourable factors, including increased trade and domestic consumption, economic drivers surrounding the ‘Thailand 4.0’ policy, and the tremendous growth of e-commerce in Thailand.”

As a result, said Sopon, the demands for factory and warehouse spaces have increased overall, particularly the ready-build buildings designed to high international quality standards.

“The ready-built facilities meet the needs of companies and allow them to get their industrial and logistics operations up and running quickly,” said Sopon.

In terms of location, industrial properties in Samut Prakan’s Bangplee are getting more interest from customers because this zone is an ideal for last- mile delivery, noted Sopon. The result is a significantly high occupancy rate of ready-built facilities in Bangplee at about 95 per cent.

“To keep the strong growth momentum going in our ready-built industrial property business, FPT will focus on making customer- centric solutions available to our customers and continue to create valuable experiences for them with our unifying idea ‘Experience matters’,” he continued.

“By offering products, services and solutions that meet the evolving needs of today’s customers – along with our high quality, internationally recognised standards of industrial property development -– we are confident that our goal for 2019 fiscal year, an overall occupancy rate of ready-built factories and warehouses at 80 per cent, will be achievable.”

Added Harry Yan Khek Wee, senior vice president for investment property, “Our ready-built industrial property business remains focused on quality.” An internationally high standards of factory and warehouse spaces are readily available in more than 50 strategic locations nationwide, he said.

The firm also keeps a watchful eye on business development opportunities to integrate innovations and modern technologies in order to help boost customers’ operational efficiency and business growth, said Harry.

To achieve that across their ready-built offerings, Frasers are committed to creating value from their existing assets through the implementation of asset enhancement initiatives to fulfil the different needs of our customers, he added.

“That is why FPT is entrusted by leading companies and has many prospective customers in the pipeline. We are confident that our ready-built industrial property business will continue to grow as targeted.”

Krungthai organizes special event to celebrate The Royal Coronation Ceremony

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Krungthai organizes special event to celebrate The Royal Coronation Ceremony

Breaking News April 19, 2019 12:59

By The Nation

Ekniti Nitithanprapas, chairman of the Board of Director of Krungthai Bank led executives and employees to attend an elaborate event to celebrate the Royal Coronation Ceremony to be held next month, according to its press release.

This special ceremony involved singing the royal anthem and Thai verses as well as signing a blessing book to pay respect and show loyalty to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on this auspicious ceremony at Krungthai Bank Headquarter.

KBank’s first-quarter profit down Bt722m year on year

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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KBank’s first-quarter profit down Bt722m year on year

Corporate April 19, 2019 11:31

By The Nation

Kasikornbank (KBank) has reported net profit of Bt10.04 billion for the first quarter of the 2019.

KBank president Predee Daochai said that though domestic economic activities continued to grow during the first quarter, the overall economic recovery remained weak due to slowing exports and tourism.

Due to these challenges, businesses had to contend with new modes of competition, regulatory changes and technological changes which have affected consumer behaviour, he said.

KBank and its subsidiaries reported net profit of Bt 10.04 bIllion for the first quarter, down Bt722 million or 6.70 per cent year on year.

Net interest income (NII) increased by Bt1.5 billion or 6.57 per cent mainly due to interest income from loans to customers and investments. Net interest margin (NIM)  stood at 3.32 per cent, while non-interest income decreased by Bt2.87 billion or 19 per cent mainly due to fees waived for money transfers through digital channel and decrease in net premiums earned. The cost-to-income ratio in this quarter stood at 42.70 per cent.

KBank and its subsidiaries reported operating profit before impairment loss on loans and debt securities and income tax expense of Bt 21.48 billion, an increase from the preceding quarter of Bt2.94 bIllion or 15.89 per cent because other operating expenses seasonally decreased by Bt3.46 billion or 17.81 per cent due to marketing expenses.

NII decreased by Bt219 million or 0.86 per cent and non-interest income decreased by Bt304 million or 2.43 per cent due mostly to a decrease in net premiums earned, while revenue from money market and capital market products increased.

Moreover, KBank has set aside lower allowance for impairment loss on loans by Bt928 million or 10.91 per cent. For this quarter, net profit stood at Bt10.04 billion, an increase of Bt3.01 billion over the previous quarter.

As of March 31, KBank and its subsidiaries’ total assets were Bt3.15 trillion, a decrease of Bt4.45 billion or 0.14 per cent over the end of 2018. The majority came from a decrease in interbank and money markets item while investments increased.

NPL coverage ratio as of March 31 stood at 158.78 per cent, while at the end of 2018 this stood at 160.60 per cent.

SCB results show big improvement QoQ

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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SCB results show big improvement QoQ

Breaking News April 19, 2019 10:54

By The Nation

Siam Commercial Bank and its subsidiaries reported (unreviewed) consolidated net profit of Bt9.2 billion for the first quarter of 2019.

Net profit was down 19 per cent year on year (YoY), mainly from a one-time increase in personnel-related expenses (severance pay) necessitated by the amended labour law. However, the quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) change showed a 29-per-cent increase in profit driven by improvements in some key areas.

On the back of a 3 per cent YoY loan growth, net interest income (NII) grew 6 per cent YoY but decreased slightly by 0.3 per cent QoQ to Bt24.7 billion as a result of the bank’s efforts to rebalance its loan portfolio and expand the high margin lending business.

Non-NII improved 10 per cent QoQ mainly driven by an increase in trading and forex income. Moreover, the resumption of positive net insurance premium also contributed to a strong non-NII for this quarter.

Operating expenses rose 10 per cent YoY and 11 per cent QoQ to Bt17.8 billion due to a one-time increase in personnel-related expenses of Bt1.4 billion to comply with the amended labour law. Excluding the one-time expenses, the cost-to-income ratio would be 47.5 per cent, which is lower than 47.7 per cent in the previous quarter.

In the first quarter of 2019, asset quality continued to strengthen with a decline in non-performing loans (NPLs) and further improvement in NPL ratio to 2.77 per cent from 2.85 per cent in the previous quarter.

In light of the additional provisions provided in the last quarter, the bank set aside Bt5.4 billion of provisions or 102 basis points in credit cost to ensure an adequate level of buffer against the current growth momentum. NPL coverage ratio also strengthened to 152.8 per cent compared with 146.7 per cent in the previous quarter and the bank’s capital adequacy ratio remained strong at 17.1 per cent

Arthid Nanthawithaya, chairman of the executive committee and CEO, said that despite the impact from one-time staff costs to comply with the amended labour law, the bank’s core business engines remain resilient with great potential to strengthen further as benefits from the Transformation Programme continue to be realised and more customers migrate to digital platforms. “We are currently in the phase of monetising the Transformation Programme and reaping productivity gains from digitisation, which will drive revenue enhancement from new businesses and further reduce operational expenses over time. The bank also adopts an agile culture on the four pillars of customer centricity, speed, innovation and risk culture to advance towards the goal of being the Most Admired Bank.”

Three lenders boost new loans in first three months

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Three lenders boost new  loans in first three months

Corporate April 19, 2019 01:00


TMB Bank Plc, CIMB Thai and LH Financial Group Plc have reported growth in new loans in the first quarter of this year in line with expansion in the country’s economy.

TMB Bank Plc announced yesterday that the bank expanded its deposit base by 1.8 per cent to Bt661 billion in the first quarter, compared with the year-earlier quarter, driven by the retail segment.

Loans for the three months grew by 0.2 per cent from the final quarter of last year to reach Bt687 billion, backed by mortgages.

However, the bank’s net profit fell 7.2 per cent to Bt1.57 billion for the quarter, compared with the last quarter of last year, due mainly to lower non-interest income coupled with the one-time set-up of an employee retirement benefits scheme following a revision of the Thai Labour Protection Act.

Asset quality is on track and the non-performing loans (NPL) ratio stayed at 2.81 per cent, while its coverage ratio remained at a high 145 per cent, the bank’s chief executive officer Piti Tantakasem said in a press statement yesterday.

Piti said the bank has focused on a deposit-led strategy by expanding its customer base through flagship deposit products.

“Once these are learned and understood by our customers, we then offer them other products and services including loans, bancassurance, and investments that fit and answer their financial needs,” Piti said. “At TMB, we do not only make the difference on products and services but would also like to offer more benefits to the customers under the Get More with TMB strategy.

“Under this strategy, TMB is offering more benefits in the form of accident insurance with coverage of up to 20 times a deposit, to a maximum of Bt3 million, to TMB All Free customers who have maintained a minimum balance of at least Bt5,000. As we are continuing to offer products and benefits, TMB can expand its customer base and deposit continuously.”

At CIMB Thai Bank Plc, net profit in the first quarter jumped 92.4 per cent from the year-ago quarter to Bt325 million.

The bank’s acting president and chief executive officer Omar Siddiq said in a press statement yesterday that the improvement was mainly attributed to 3.4 per cent growth in operating income and a 17.4 per cent drop in provisions, partially offset by an 8.2 per cent increase in operating expenses.

As of March 31, total gross loans (including loans guaranteed by other banks and loans to financial institutions) stood at Bt230.9 billion, an increase of 1.4 per cent from the end of 2018. Deposits (including bills of exchange, debentures and selected structured deposit products) stood at Bt235 billion, an increase of 0.3 per cent from the Bt234.3 billion at the end of 2018. The modified loan to deposit ratio rose to 98.3 per cent, compared to 97.2 per cent at the end of December.

The gross NPL stood at Bt10 billion, with a stable gross NPL ratio of 4.3 per cent, unchanged from December 31. “CIMB Thai continues to exercise high credit risk underwriting standards and risk management policies.

The bank also focuses on improving productivity and monitoring collection,” Siddiq said.

LH Financial Group Plc yesterday said the company and its subsidiaries’ boosted net profit by 4.6 per cent to Bt806.7 million, compared with the first quarter of 2018. Dividend income jumped 51.5 per cent and was accompanied by a 69.7 per cent drop in bad debts and doubtful accounts.

Basic earnings per share for the first quarter of 2019 were Bt0.038, an increase of Bt0.002 per share, or up to 5.6 per cent when compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Land and Houses Bank Plc increased its first-quarter net profits by 14.1 per cent from the year-earlier quarter to Bt641.6 million.

At the end of March, the value of loans extended to customers reached Bt186.45 billion, an increased of Bt4.31 billion, for a rise of 2.4 per cent from the end of 2018.

Muangthai Capital shareholders approve Bt15-bn debenture

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Muangthai Capital shareholders approve Bt15-bn debenture

Corporate April 19, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

Hire-purchase and nano-finance firm Muangthai Capital Plc’s shareholders meeting yesterday approved issuing a debenture worth Bt15 billion this year to drive its business growth by up to 35 per cent over last year, company CEO Chuchat Petampai said after the meeting.

He added that its shareholders also approved paying a Bt0.26 per share dividend to shareholders on May 15, 2019.

For 2018 year-end, the company reports total revenue of Bt10.41 billion and a net profit of Bt3.71 billion, up 39.42 per cent and 48.46 per cent respectively from the end of the year 2017.

Dusit, Al Masar agree on upgrade of Dubai Marina residences

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Dusit, Al Masar agree on upgrade of Dubai Marina residences

Corporate April 19, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

Thailand’s hotel and property development firm Dusit International has signed a franchise agreement with Al Masar Hotel Management LLC, to upgrade the former Dusit Residence Dubai Marina as it transforms into the Dusit Princess Residences Dubai Marina.

Located at the Marina, a popular tourist destination and preferred residential area just off the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone (which includes Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Knowledge Village), the 146-key property is now being refurbished and will comprise serviced apartments, holiday homes and residential units in a choice of one, two or three-bedroom configurations.

Lim Boon Kwee, chief operating officer for Dusit International, said that the comfort and convenience of the Dusit Princess brand and the property’s prime location make it an attractive proposition for anyone looking for a short- or long-term base in the city, especially with the Dubai Expo 2020 coming up.

Dusit Princess Residences Dubai will be the third Dusit-branded property in Dubai, following Dusit Thani Dubai and dusitD2 Kenz. A fourth Dusit-branded property, Dusit Princess Rijas, is slated to open in 2020.

NTL receives ‘A-’ affirmation from TRIS

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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NTL receives ‘A-’ affirmation from TRIS

Corporate April 19, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

TRIS Rating has affirmed the company rating on Ngern Tid Lor Co Ltd (NTL) and the ratings on NTL’s outstanding senior unsecured debentures at “A-” with a “stable” outlook.

At the same time, TRIS Rating assigns a “A-” rating to NTL’s proposed issue of up to Bt4.9 billion in senior unsecured debentures and the additional greenshoe portion of up to Bt3 billion. The company will use the proceeds from the proposed issues to fund its operation and refinance its existing debts.

The ratings reflect the business and financial support NTL receives from its major shareholder, Bank of Ayudhya PLC (BAY). The ratings on NTL are enhanced from the stand-alone rating based on the company’s status as an important subsidiary of BAY.

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