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SET News 17/2013
March 6, 2013
Sales, earnings of Thai companies hit record-high in 2012
- 2012 net profits at all-time high, up 15.67 pct y-o-y
- Sales up 13.98 pct y-o-y to reach over THB 10 trillion for the first time
- PTT, PTTEP, SCB, KBANK and ADVANC are top five best profit-makers
- Upbeat profit growth pushes SET Index to a 19-year high
BANGKOK, March 6, 2013 – Companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) report a net profit of THB 726.82 billion (approx. USD 24.23 billion) in January-December, 2012, up 15.67 percent from a year earlier, boosting attractiveness of the Thai stock market and pushing the SET index to its highest in 19 years.
The aggregate earnings were compiled from 469 listed firms, or 96.90 percent of the 484 companies listed on the SET (excluding those in the non-compliance and non-performing group), in the whole calendar year of 2012. Of the reporting firms, 396 companies, or 84.43 percent of the total, made net profits.
Total sales of the 469 companies rose 13.98 percent to THB 10.37 trillion (USD 346 billion), the first time ever that annual sales reached above THB 10 trillion. The top five firms, in descending order of absolute amounts of profits, were PTT pcl (PTT), PTT Exploration and Production pcl (PTTEP), Siam Commercial Bank pcl (SCB), Kasikornbank pcl (KBANK), and Advanced Info Service pcl (ADVANC).
However, gross profit margins dropped slightly to 17.98 percent from 18.59 percent in 2011, while net profit margins increased to 7.01 percent, from 6.91 percent. Debt to equity ratio (excluding those in the financials industry) remained low at 1.23 times.
"Overall sales of SET-listed companies continued growing in every quarter, making 2012 sales reach a historic high, due mainly to the country’s strong consumption and investment. Prices and sale volumes of oil, gas, and petrochemicals companies also rose strongly, causing sales of these energy firms to increase significantly. However, the slight drop of gross profit margins was due to the impact of the flood crisis in 2011 hitting profits in the first quarter of 2012, but they recovered from the second quarter onwards, helped by higher demands of products and services. Meanwhile, accelerating production could meet rising consumption and investment, and then lower production cost per unit,” said SET Executive Vice President Chanitr Charnchainarong.
“Since the third quarter of last year, net profit margins have recovered from the last year’s flooding hitting commodities prices and affecting net profits in the first half of 2012. The revived earnings were also helped by the corporate tax benefits and gains from foreign exchange due to a stronger baht,” Chanitr added.
By industry group, the top three best performers with highest net profit in 2012 were Resources, Financials and Property and Construction, in descending order. By sector, Energy & Utilities, Banking, and Information & Communication Technology were the top three best profit makers in terms of absolute amounts, with a combined THB 441.42 billion net profit, accounting for 60.73% of total net profit of reporting listed firms.
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