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MAI-listed companies continue to recover in H2/2020

Currently, there are 177 listed companies on mai (as of March 9, 2021). mai Index closed at 398.55 points with market capitalization of THB 283.54 billion and average daily trading value worth THB 2.78 billion.

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BANGKOK, March 12, 2021 – Companies listed on Market for Alternative Investment
(mai) reported combined sales of THB 166.88 billion (approx. USD 5.42 billion)
in 2020, down 7.2 percent from a year earlier.

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Their core operating profit rose 8.3 percent to THB 6.44 billion in 2020, while aggregate net profit declined
63.0 percent to THB 3.37 billion due to COVID-19 pandemic impact. However, the recovery gathered steam in H2/2020.

  • – Operating profit up 8.3 pct to THB 6.44 billion
  • – Total sales down 7.2 pct to THB 166.88 billion
  • – Earnings of mai-listed firms continued to rebound in Q4/2020

mai President Prapan Charoenprawatt said that 169 mai-listed companies,
representing 95 percent of the total 177 firms (excluding those in the
non-compliance group or NC, those using different accounting period, and those
not submitting the report in time), submitted the 2020 financial reports, ended
December 31, 2020. A total of 114 companies, accounting for 67 percent of those
submitted the yearly earnings, showed net profits.

mai-listed companies’ combined sales decreased to THB 166.88 billion, or 7.2
percent from the previous year. However, the improved cost control contributed
to a 7.4 percent drop in cost to THB 130.01 billion, triggering gross profit
margin to edge higher to 22.1 percent from 21.9 percent. Core operating profit
rose 8.3 percent to THB 6.44 billion, resulting in net profit margin increase to
3.9 percent from 3.3 percent. Combined net profits declined 63.0 percent to THB
3.37 billion due to a one-off gain from investment disposal of THB3.38 billion
in 2019 recorded by a firm listed on Resources industry group. If excluding the
firm’s one-time gain, the combined net profits would fall at a slower pace of
26.8 percent (not 63.0 percent) and the net profit margin would decrease to a
mere 2.0 percent (not 4.8 percent).

“The COVID-19 outbreak affected mai-listed companies across sectors, causing
aggregate sales plunge. However, sign of recovery was detected in the second
half of 2020 following the ease of COVID-19 containment measures. In addition,
listed companies were resilient and efficient in taking actions on cost control
and expense management. As a result, their profitability was improved at a
certain level. Industry groups with higher profitability comprised Industrials,
Resources, Consumer Products, Agro & Food Industry, and Technology,” said
Prapan.

Earnings of mai-listed firms continued to rebound in Q4/2020. Combined sales
surged 10.5 percent to THB 45.25 billion. Core operating profits jumped 28.5
percent to THB 2.15 billion, while net profits declined 19.2 percent to THB 1.27
billion.

Regarding financial positions of mai-listed companies, the combined assets
increased 4.6 percent to THB 281.62 billion from the end of 2019. Funding
structure remained strong with debt-to-equity ratio inching up to 1.10 times
from 1.03 times at end-2019.

Currently, there are 177 listed companies on mai (as of March 9, 2021). mai
Index closed at 398.55 points with market capitalization of THB 283.54 billion
and average daily trading value worth THB 2.78 billion.

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Thailand’s Stock Exchange (SET) market report for February 2021

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SET 16/2021
March 8, 2021
SET market report for February 2021

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BANGKOK, March 8, 2021 – The global stock exchanges in February 2021 faced
volatility from bond yield spike that hit the 12-month high, reflecting an
anxiety in revising inflation forecast that could cause major central banks in
many countries to temper monetary policy easing sooner than previously expected.
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Index fared well on the heels of the
global economic rebound and optimism on recovery in service and tourism sectors
following the domestic vaccination rollout.

SET Senior Executive Vice President Soraphol Tulayasathien said the SET Index
gained 2.0 percent from the previous month to 1,496.78 points at end-February,
buoyed by a pickup in the world economy coupled with optimism after Thailand
begun importing vaccine. The Market for Alternative Investment (mai) Index
logged its closing high during the month-end in two years of 379.07, or a 6.4
percent increase from a month ago in February. Comparing with year-end
performance, Agro & Food Industry, Financials, Industrials and Services industry
groups outperformed SET Index.

Key highlights for February
-SET Index ended 1,496.78 points in February or a 2.0 percent gain from the
month before, outpacing other regional peers and MSCI ASEAN Index with a 1.6
percent rise.
-mai Index closed at 379.07 points, a 6.4 percent increase from the preceding
month (the highest level at month-end close in two years.
-In February, several industry groups increased from the previous month. Agro &
Food Industry, Financials, Industrials and Services outpaced SET Index.
-The average daily trading value of SET and mai soared 43.2 percent year-on-year
to THB 94.32 billion (approx. USD 3.08 billion). The trading value of THB
126.92 billion on February 25, 2021 was the sixth highest level since SET
started trading.
-Retail investors continued to dominate trading, accounting for 47.3 percent of
total trading, and they were net buyers for another month at THB 30.28 billion
in February. Brokers bought a net THB 2.44 billion, while foreign investors were
the net sellers for the second consecutive month with a net THB 18.61 billion.
Local institutional investors sold a net THB 14.11 billion. To sum up, during
the first two months of this year, foreign investors were net sellers of a total
of THB 29.28 billion.
-In February, IPO activities continued with two new listings on SET and one
listing on mai. Particularly, the IPO value in the first two months of this year
outpaced ASEAN peers, mainly from the listing of PTT Oil and Retail Business
pcl (OR).
-SET’s forward P/E ratio was 19.3 times at end-February, while historical P/E
ratio was 26.8 times, higher than the average of the Asian peers at 15.1 times
and 25.3 times, respectively.
-Dividend yield ratio of SET was 2.57 percent at end-February, above Asian stock
markets’ average ratio of 2.28 percent.

Derivatives market
– In February, the average derivatives trading volume recorded at 435,761
contracts per day, a 24.0 percent drop from end-January due to the decrease of
trading activities in Single Stock Futures and SET50 Index Futures. However, it
was partially offset by the rise of trading volume in Gold Futures & Silver
Futures and Agricultural Futures (entirely from Japanese Rubber Futures: JRF).

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Thailand’s Stock Exchange (SET)-listed companies’ 2020 earnings drop due to COVID-19, falling oil price

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SET News 17/2021
March 12, 2021

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SET-listed companies’ 2020 earnings drop due to COVID-19, falling oil price with
positive sign of recovery in H2

– Yearly sales fell 14.4 pct to THB 10.68 trillion, hit by COVID-19 pandemic
& sharp decline in oil price.
– Operating profit of Agribusiness, Food & Beverage, Personal Products &
Pharmaceuticals, and packaging sectors increased.
– Q4 sales, core operating profit and net profit of SET-listed firms rose
Q-o-Q.

BANGKOK, March 12, 2021 – Companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Thailand
(SET) reported a 53 percent year-on-year drop of net profit in 2020, hit by
COVID-19 and sharp oil price decline. However, the companies have continued to
revive following the economic recovery, starting from Q2/2020 while the
pandemic containment measures have increasingly been relaxed.

SET Senior Executive Vice President Manpong Senanarong said that 718 SET- and
mai-listed companies, accounting for 96.2 percent of the total 746 companies
(excluding property funds, infrastructure funds, and non-compliance or NC),
submitted their financial reports, ended December 31, 2020. Among those firms,
509 companies or 70.9 percent posted net profits.

In 2020, SET-listed companies’ earnings were down year-on-year, marking combined
sales of THB 10.68 trillion (approx.. USD 34.66 billion), core operating
profits of THB 736.61 billion and net profits of THB 420.84 billion. Worst
performer in terms of sales was Energy & Utilities sector. Net profits of
companies in Transportation & Logistics sector recorded the most decline, hugely
impacted by large corporations’ losses. On the other hand, operating profit of
the following sectors: Agribusiness, Food & Beverage, Personal Products &
Pharmaceuticals and Packaging, notched higher.

SET-listed companies’ gross profit margin rose to 21.10 percent from 20.56
percent, while their core operating profits edged lower to 6.90 percent from
7.31 percent, and net profit margin slipped to 3.94 percent from 7.17 percent.
2020 growth rate (Y-o-Y) Total Excluding Energy & Utilities sector and
large firms in Transportation & Logistics sector
Sales -14.4% -6.8%
Core operating profit -19.2% -1.4%
Net profit -53.0% -33.0%

If excluding earnings of companies in Energy & Utilities sector, the decline in
2020 was in line with the pace of the country’s economic growth and the drop of
net profits was not considerably deep. In Q4/2020, sales, core operational
profits and net profits picked up from the previous quarter..

Quarterly growth rate excluding Energy & Utilities sector and large firms in
Transportation & Logistics sector
%Q-o-Q Q1/20 Q2/20 Q3/20 Q4/20
Sales -3.3 -9.7 8.5 3.7
Core operating profit 17.0 -19.4 37.9 2.8
Net Profit -24.7 -31.6 36.9 7.7

Regarding financial position at end-2020, Thai listed firms’ debt-to-equity
ratio (excluding those in Financials industry group) continued to rise to 1.58
times from 1.35 a year before.

“The virus outbreak adversely impacted consumption demand and tourism &
hospitality industries. As a result, business performance of listed companies in
most sectors decreased. However, the new normal way of life has accelerated
digitization while demand in healthcare & wellness surged, driving growth for
Food & Beverage, rubber-related Agribusiness, Packaging and digital platform
Communication Technology sectors. Moreover, the ease of pandemic control
measures in the second half of the year contributed to the improving performance
of listed companies across sectors from the bottom in Q2,” said Manpong.

Companies listed on Market for Alternative Investment (mai) posted a 7.2 percent
drop of total sales to THB 166.88 billion in 2020. Their operating core profits
increased 8.3 percent from a year earlier to THB 6.44 billion, while net
profits fell 63.0 percent to THB 3.37 billion.

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Thailand’s Stock Exchange (SET) expands alliances to upskill entrepreneurs embracing students, startups and SMEs

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SET News 19/2021

March 15, 2021

SET expands alliances to upskill entrepreneurs embracing students, startups and
SMEs

BANGKOK, March 15, 2021 – The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) is teaming up
with National Innovation Agency (NIA), Panyapiwat Institute of Management (PIM),
Thailand Management Association (TMA), and Expara Thailand to develop an
entrepreneurship curriculum by leveraging each organizations’ expertise and
experience via digital media and “entrepreneurship class” activities. The move
aims to reach all target groups of the value chain inclusive of university
students, startups, and SMEs, expecting to draw over 30,000 enthusiasts to
access to resourceful entrepreneurial knowledge in 2021.

SET Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Sustainable Market Development
Division Krisada Sektrakul said SET aims to promote sustainable business
operations in all dimensions of capital market industry specifically with
commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects. Business
competence is a key element toward sustainability. As such, SET continues to
focus on encouraging entrepreneurial knowledge, which has been part of the
fundamentals of quality growth for the economy and society, in line with our
vision ‘To Make the Capital Market Work for Everyone’.

To optimize quality contents to cater to these specific target groups, more
experts in this field are needed. SET has therefore joined hands through a
partnership with four organizations: National Innovation Agency (Public
Organization) to empower up-and-coming generation to understand more about
running startup business in the Startup Thailand League 2021 project; and
Panyapiwat Institute of Management (PIM) to nurture students’ learning & skills
on startup, innovation, and accounting knowledge for business to shape and
sharpen entrepreneurs in the digital age. The other two partners are: Expara
Thailand, a specialist in startup incubation, to host educational activities and
produce learning materials for early-stage startups; and Thailand Management
Association (TMA) to launch an online seminar about digital marketing for SMEs
to penetrate and broaden their customer base.

“Over 5 years, there have been 50,000 participants gaining knowledge and
experience from SET’s unique entrepreneurship classroom. This year, SET expects
more than 30,000 people to access extensive and practical pool of knowledge via
all online and offline learning channels. This will be instrumental in enhancing
potential of Thai businesses, creating more opportunities, and driving Thailand
towards sustainable growth,” said Krisada.

Any entrepreneur interested in acquiring entrepreneurial skills, please visit
www.set.or.th/enterprise for more details about entrepreneurship classroom. For
any corporation that prefers to engage in entrepreneurial education as a SET
partnership, please contact via email: [email protected] .

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