Singapore, Apr 13, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - The 3rd global edition of World Data & Analytics Show, with a special focus on the ASEAN market, is all set to take place virtually on 19 April 2022. The event will gather top experts from ASEAN region where they will shed insights on analytics to improve an organization's operational performance, boost consumer engagement, and simplify supply chains.
Notable speakers include Celine Le Cotonnec, Vincent Toh, Hartnell Ndungi, Juan Intan Kanggrawan, Benedict Benoit, Bhaskar Vetrimani, Dr. Shidan C Murphy, Sam Majid, Bhaskar Vetrimani, Meenakshi Nissim Ghoge, Balaji Jayaraman, Martijn Wieriks, Ram Kumar & more. These experts will present eye-opening keynotes, government and enterprise use-case presentations, exciting product showcases, take part in panel discussions and tech talks to discuss the latest challenges and explore data-powered solutions.
Businesses in the ASEAN region are embracing data analytics to help them grow post-Covid-19. The diversified economic environment of the region adds further difficulties to decision-making. Data analytics has been shown to be an efficient method for identifying the aspects that produce value for regional businesses. This digital revolution aids in the improvement of efficiency and business operations.
ASEAN companies are facing unique challenges in optimizing their business processes while balancing privacy and compliance. However, the use of data analytics allows companies to foresee trends, improve operations, and streamline operations. By increasing efficiency and productivity, data analytics can help ASEAN companies become more competitive globally.
"According to our research, more than 90 percent of APAC business executives believe that data analytics is important for their organizations to remain performant, but less than 19 percent of enterprises across the region have achieved maturity in analytics. At Alteryx, we are committed to empowering everyone and anyone to make data-driven decision and advancing organizations' capability in analytics. Join us at our session in this year's World Data and Analytics Show 2022, to uncover how your organization can transform from being data-rich to data-driven," stated Suganthi Shivkumar, VP of Asia, Alteryx.
"Dataiku will show you how extraordinary AI for everyday purpose is brought to life in this edition of the World Data and Analytics Show 2022. As a lead sponsor, we await the opportunity to connect with attendees and discuss how to realize their AI strategy at scale and speed; no matter the stage of AI or analytics maturity. Meet us at our booth to find out more on how Data Science meets Everyday Use!," said Jiunn Hao; Director, APAC Partnerships, Dataiku.
Among the early adopters of future tech, groundbreaking experts taking the center stage include: - Celine Le Cotonnec, Chief Data Innovation Officer, Bank of Singapore - Vincent Toh, Snr Manager, Sales Engineering, Alteryx ASIA, Singapore - Benedict Benoit, Area Vice President, Collibra, Australia - Bhaskar Vetrimani, Head of Sales & Business Development, APAC, Lingaro - Hartnell Ndungi, Chief Data Officer, Absa Bank Kenya PLC, Kenya - Grant Case; Director of Sales Engineering, Dataiku, Australia - Juan Intan Kanggrawan, Head of Data Analytics and Digital Products, Jakarta Smart City, Indonesia - Ankit Singi, Data Science Implementation Manager, Dataiku, Singapore - Sam Majid, CTIO, MCMC Malaysia - Benedict Benoit, Area Vice President, APAC, Collibra, Australia - Srinivasan Sankar, Enterprise Data and Analytics Leader, The Hanover Insurance Group, United States - Igor Rotin, Chief Data Scientist, Liebherr Aerospace and Transportation, Germany - Meenakshi Nissim Ghoge, Director - Data & Analytics, Mondelēz International, Singapore - Katrina Briedis, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, APAC Denodo - Balaji Jayaraman, Senior Vice President- Head of Data and Analytics (APAC), Citi Bank, Singapore - Martijn Wieriks, Chief Data Officer, JULO, Indonesia - Dr. Shidan C Murphy, Director of Data Analytics, Altair, APAC - Bhaskar Vetrimani, Head, Sales and Business Development, Lingaro APAC - Ram Kumar, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Cigna, Singapore; to name a few.
"Businesses are facing increasing expectation to utilize data analytics to drive decision-making, improve service levels and generate new revenue streams. However, ASEAN businesses need to overcome limitations in data (data literacy and digital literacy), policy and capability to fully utilize the potential of data analytics," stated Mithun Shetty, CEO, Trescon.
The event will be hosted on the virtual events platform Vmeets to help participants network and conduct business in an interactive and immersive virtual environment. Participants can also engage with the speakers during Q&A sessions and network with solution providers/sponsors at their virtual exhibition booths, private consultation rooms and meeting tables.
World Data & Analytics Show - ASEAN is officially sponsored by: - Headline Sponsor - Alteryx - Lead Sponsor - Dataiku | TechData - Platinum Sponsor - Collibra - Gold Sponsors - Denodo & Lingaro - Silver Sponsors - Altair & Cloudera - Bronze Sponsor - Snowflake & EnterpriseDB
About World Data & Analytics Show
World Data & Analytics Show is a thought leadership-driven, business-focused, global series of events that takes place in strategic locations across the world.
As part of the world tour, this ASEAN edition is virtually gathering pre-qualified C-Suite IT Leaders, Business Analysts, Data Analytics Heads, Heads of Business Intelligence, Industry Practitioners, IT Decision Makers and Experts in Data & Analytics among others from cross industry verticals across ASEAN region.
The show would feature exciting keynotes, government and enterprise use-case presentations, product showcases, panel discussions and tech talks to discuss the latest challenges and explore the latest applications in data powered solutions.
Trescon is a global business events and consulting firm that provides a wide range of business services to a diversified client base that includes corporations, governments, and individuals. Trescon specializes in producing highly focused B2B events that connect businesses with opportunities through conferences, road shows, expos, demand generation, investor connect and consulting services.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comThe 3rd global edition of World Data & Analytics Show, with a special focus on the ASEAN market, is all set to take place virtually on 19 April 2022.
Detroit, Michigan, Apr 12, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Heartland has revolutionized plot mapping technology to drive efficiency for farming operations across the world. Their ReMap technology (www.heartland.io/remap-farming-plot-map-online/) will reduce the time, money, energy, and carbon footprint required to farm.
The traveling salesman is a famous mathematical problem that focuses on finding the fastest route between multiple locations. This is a universal problem that can help optimize logistics networks across land, air, and sea. Solving this problem opens the door for Heartland to run mathematical calculations that have never been possible.
With a mathematically perfect plot map, farmers can ensure a reduction in fuel consumption, maintenance costs, and the time necessary to complete their planting, harvesting, and scouting. ReMap is a technology solution to a problem that farmers have faced for more than 12,000 years.
Heartland recently received a $360,000 USDA grant for soil health, carbon sequestration, and regenerative agriculture. This kickstarted a desire for Heartland to drive efficiency across the greater agriculture industry.
Heartland is sitting at the intersection of regenerative farming and sustainable manufacturing. ReMap technology will become a foundational tool to help Heartland drive the adoption of green chemistry across industries.
"Heartland's team is exploring the different applications of this computing technology to drive new material innovations." Says Heartland CEO, Jesse Henry. "This technology allows us to create never-before-seen solutions in agriculture, manufacturing, chemistry, and advanced materials."
Today, Heartland engineers hemp fibers as additives for plastics. The company is working with America's largest manufacturers and suppliers to integrate high-performance carbon-negative plastic additives into everyday products. The commercialization of Heartland's biomaterials will allow companies to predictably reduce their carbon footprint without compromising strength, weight, or price.
Heartland's vision is to become earth's most sustainable company. Their desire to create efficiency in hemp fiber and the greater agriculture industry has gone far beyond carbon sequestration. Heartland is developing the technology and insurance products to ensure that hemp can be efficiently grown, processed, and utilized.
Creating standards in agriculture technology, insurance, and finance will help to unlock the global distribution of commodity hemp materials. ReMap is a first-of-its-kind agriculture technology that solves an optimization problem from 1930.
"There are mathematical problems that scientists and engineers don't even bother trying to solve because they are too complex and require too much computation." Says Tim Almond of Heartland, "This will allow them to solve those problems with ease."
Large companies are spending billions on new innovations, but they are limited by the amount of time and computing power it takes to run calculations and simulations. The math behind Heartland's plot mapping technology can help those companies solve these same problems in seconds.
Today, Heartland's hemp additives are driving sustainable material innovation for many of America's largest manufacturers and suppliers. Heartland's technology breakthrough helps them develop a platform that solves some of the most impactful problems for the biggest companies.
Heartland is a material innovation company that engineers hemp fibers as additives for plastics. Heartland's additives help manufacturers exceed their sustainability mandates without compromising cost and performance. As an industrial hemp material processor, they work with farmers, manufacturers, and their suppliers to commoditize high-performance carbon-negative additives that can be used across various raw material supply chains. Heartland's products help companies manufacture using stronger, lighter, cheaper, and more sustainable materials. For more information, visit https://www.heartland.io.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comHeartland has revolutionized plot mapping technology to drive efficiency for farming operations across the world.
MADRID, SPAIN, Apr 7, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Elk Finance which is a decentralized network for cross-chain liquidity has announced the launch of its ElkNet v2 upgrade. ElkNet v2 is the first fully functional version of the ElkNet protocol, with security and efficiency as its highlighting upgrades.
For more details, please visit Introducing: ElkNet v2 (Overview, Token Migration & Governance) | by Elk.Finance | Elk Finance | Mar, 2022 | Medium https://bit.ly/3ujn9D9
The upcoming ElkNet v2 upgrade will be secured by design with various security checks and transfer limits in place. It will work on a cross-chain triangle model where security, speed, and cost will be balanced within the network to enhance user experience.
Cross-chain messaging is one of the highlighting features of ElkNet v2 which will allow outside developers to deploy cross-chain smart contracts and web3 applications.
ElkNet v2 is a ground-breaking cross-chain architecture based on a system of token "reservoirs" that are installed on each chain supported by ElkNet.
ElkNet Reservoirs will improve transparency, minimize custodial risk, and reduce smart contract vulnerabilities all at the same time.
Another interesting part of the ElkNet v2 upgrade is the deployment of a new ELK token contract which is a pre-requisite to installing the ElkNet Reservoirs. In order to take advantage of the new features and network operations, users must upgrade to ElkNet v2 from the Elk dApp.
As part of the ElkNet v2 upgrade, the first official governance vote will also be initiated. A significantly revised ELK tokenomics framework will be presented to users for approval.
The first vote will be placed during the token upgrade and the token update will be followed by a poll about each of the new token contracts, with the results being published on the blockchain.
Detailed information about the ElkNet v2 upgrade is available in the above-mentioned medium article.
Elk Finance is going to launch its ElkNet v2 upgrade on April 9th, 2022, with upgrades including an ELK token upgrade, first governance vote, ElkNet Reservoir System, and many other updates.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comElk Finance which is a decentralized network for cross-chain liquidity has announced the launch of its ElkNet v2 upgrade. ElkNet v2 is the first fully functional version of the ElkNet protocol, with security and efficiency as its highlighting upgrades.
HONG KONG, Mar 31, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Redsun Properties Group Limited ("Redsun Properties", or the "Group", stock code: 1996), a leading comprehensive property developer in Mainland China, announced today its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021. The Group achieved stable growth in revenue and profits remained sustainable. It continues to achieve the green tier in the "Three Red Lines" assessment.
2021 Annual Results Highlights:
-- Contracted sales reached RMB87.22 billion. Contracted average selling price increased from RMB14,622 per sq.m. in 2020 to RMB16,887 per sq.m. in 2021, representing a year-on-year increase of 15.5% -- Revenue amounted to RMB26.67 billion, representing an increase of 32.3% as compared with 2020. Revenue from commercial operations and hotel operations increased by 15.3% to RMB625.7 million -- Gross profit and gross profit margin were RMB5.08 billion and 19.1% respectively -- Net profit amounted to RMB1.87 billion, representing an increase of 0.6% as compared with 2020 -- As at 31 December 2021, the "Three Red Lines" indications of the Group were in green lights, with gearing ratio (excluding contract liabilities) of 68.1%, net gearing ratio of 57.0%, cash to short-term debt ratio of 1.41 times. The Group had cash and bank balances on hand of approximately RMB16.04 billion
Steady Sales with optimized structure Contracted sales maintained steady growth and the sales structure continued to be optimized. During the year, the Group achieved contracted sales of RMB87.22 billion, representing a slight increase over that of the previous year. The average contracted sales unit price was approximately RMB16,887 per sq.m, representing a year-on-year increase of 15.5%. The sales of the first-tier and new first-tier cities accounted for more than 40% of the overall sales. The Yangtze River Delta and Jiangsu maintained a leading position. The average price in the Great Bay Area and Chengdu Chongqing metropolitan area increased significantly, and the efficiency and quality of its return on investment emerged from the industry.
During the year, sales revenue recognized by the Group was RMB26.67 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 32.3% compared with that of 2020, which realized a steady growth. The gross profit was RMB5.08 billion, with a year-on-year increase of 12.7%, where the gross profit margin amounted to 19.1%. The net profit was RMB1.87 billion, and the core net profit was up 3.5% to RMB1.47 billion; the net profit margin was 7.0%, which remained at the industry average level.
Proven efficacy in commercial/residential linkage, steadily consolidating nationwide layout With the dual-driven synergic development in property management and commercial real estate in 2021, the Group continued to enhance its commercial and industrial competitiveness. Property sales increased by 32.8% to approximately RMB26.04 billion as compared to the same period last year, accounting for 97.6% of the total recognized revenue. Commercial operations increased by 15.5% to approximately RMB583.5 million as compared to the same period last year. Hotel operations increased by 12.0% to approximately RMB42.1 million as compared to the same period last year.
During the year, the commercial benchmark position of Nanjing Hong Yang Plaza has been continuously consolidated, and the diversified land acquisition mode of commercial and residential linkage has been further consolidated. Some new high-quality commercial and residential plots in the center of Weifang, Shandong Province have been obtained, and the Weifang Project has already been launched. In terms of expansion, light and heavy assets have advanced in line in a stable fashion. At the same time, the Group fully exploited advantages of resources from other excellent commercial projects to create Redsun's representative and benchmark properties.
The Group will continue to implement the investment strategy of "penetrating the Greater Jiangsu Region, strengthening foothold in major metropolitan areas and expanding into core cities". Through the synergic development in property development and commercial real estate, the Group realized quality layout and diversified its land reserves. In respect of regional layout, the Group strengthened its foothold in the leading cities within developed metropolitan areas in China. In respect of investment structure, the layout focus was located in first-tier and premium second-tier cities. As of the end of 2021, the Group had a total land reserve of 18.78 million sq.m.. The core is to penetrate the Greater Jiangsu Region. For three consecutive years, its land reserve in Jiangsu has been maintained at more than 50% of the overall land reserve, and its land reserve in the Yangtze River Delta has been maintained at more than 67% of the overall land reserve. With extensive and diversified channels, sufficient and reasonable land banks, premium and healthy structure, and active and effective strategies, a solid foundation was laid for the Group to sustain steady and quality development in the future.
Integrated operation with upgraded products Creating a cross cycle resource and capital operation and scheduling ability, the Group strengthened its foothold in the cities to achieve a leading initial sell-through rate of projects, thereby facilitating the formation of advantage in sales scale in regional sectors; improved its service quality by creating the competitive "six-integration" system. The New Hongqiao Purchase Alliance led by the Group constantly realized cost optimization through scale effect; the level of delivery was improved through strict product control, and thus its customer satisfaction and industry ranking reached a record high, and the total annual delivery and delivery rate maintained a high-level of steady growth. The Group upgraded the product system of Redsun Community 2.0, created the "Redsun System" IP and built green and healthy houses.
Maintain sound financial position The Group continued to achieve the green tier in the "Three Red Lines" assessment, which consistently met the regulatory requirements. With steady increase in the scale of assets, its debt structure was continuously optimized. As at 31 December 2021, gearing ratio (excluding contract liabilities) was 68.1%, net gearing ratio was 57.0%, cash to short-term debt ratio was 1.41 times. Total assets were RMB132.7 billion, up 11.5% as compared to the figure of last year. The Group had cash and bank balances on hand of approximately RMB16.04 billion.
Future strategy: Be customer-oriented, Strengthen foothold in premium core cities Going forward, the industry will return to the essence of residence, the market will return to the essence of supply and demand, and the property enterprises will return to the essence of operation. In terms of operation strategies, the Group will be operation- and customer-oriented, continue to strengthen its brand influence and provide products and services of premium quality. In terms of investment strategies, the Group will adhere to expanding its investment channels in a diversified manner. It will invest in the new first- and second-tier cities with strong foothold and deepening its intensive and meticulous development in premium core cities, aiming to achieve a high realization rate for project investments. The Group will also expand its accessibility to capital markets with an aim to constantly reduce its finance costs and support healthy and sustainable growth.
About Redsun Properties Group Limited ("Redsun Properties") (stock code: 1996) Redsun Properties Group Limited ("Redsun Properties" or "The Group") is a leading comprehensive developer in China, focusing on the development of residential properties and the development, operation and management of commercial and comprehensive properties. The Group has established a steady regional leading position in Jiangsu Province by taking root in Nanjing, Jiangsu and Yangtze River Delta. Since the incorporation of Nanjing Redsun in 1999, Redsun Properties has worked in the sector of property development and sales for 20 years, established the Hong Yang brand and received widespread recognition for the development capacity and industry position.
While developing residential properties, Redsun Properties also operates commercial complexes covering shopping malls, amusement parks and community centers, hotels and office buildings. Most of the commercial property buildings are adjacent to the Group's residential property projects, providing ancillary services for the residents and also increasing the value of the Group's residential property projects.
Redsun Properties is a constituent of the MSCI China Small Cap Index, Hang Seng Composite Index and Hang Seng Stock Connect Hong Kong Index.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comRedsun Properties Group Limited ("Redsun Properties", or the "Group", stock code: 1996), a leading comprehensive property developer in Mainland China, announced today its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021. The Group achieved stable growth in revenue and profits remained sustainable. It continues to achieve the green tier in the "Three Red Lines" assessment.
SHANGHAI, Mar 31, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Weimob Inc (2013.HK) released its 2021 financial report earlier this week (3-28), showing that its adjusted total revenue in 2021 reached 2.686 billion yuan, a record high, and its performance increased by 36.4% against the background of overcoming unfavorable factors such as downward pressure on the macro economy. After adjustment, the gross profit of RMB 1.517 billion increased by 51.3% year on year. Among them, the digital business sector achieved revenue of 1.967 billion yuan, an increase of 70.9% compared with 2020. Subscription solutions and merchant solutions in this sector achieved high growth of 90.9% and 47.5% respectively. The "WOS" new business operating system developed by Weimob Inc has been officially put into beta this month, and it may become a powerful engine to drive the future growth of Weimob Inc.
High-speed growth of business; SaaS revenue grows against the trend
In 2021, the persistence of the epidemic brought many challenges to consumers and To B enterprises. Weimob Inc focuses on the digital transformation and upgrading of enterprises, continuously strengthens the development of multi-product lines, further promotes the three strategies of "customization, ecology and internationalization", overcomes the adverse effects of external environment, and achieves the contrarian growth of performance. The financial report shows that the digital business income of Weimob Inc in 2021 was 1.967 billion yuan, an increase of 70.9% compared with 1.246 billion yuan in 2020. Among them, the revenue of Weimob Inc subscription solution (SaaS sector) reached 1.188 billion yuan, a substantial increase of 90.9% year-on-year. The number of paying merchants was 102,813, a year-on-year increase of 5.0%. The average income per user increased by 57.7% to 11,553 yuan.
At the same time, with the continuous promotion of TSO's full-chain marketing solution, the business solutions in the digital business sector of Weimob Inc have achieved good results. The financial report shows that in 2021, the business solution revenue was 779 million yuan, a year-on-year increase of 47.5%; The gross income of accurate delivery was 10.95 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 12.1%. The number of paying merchants increased by 26.7% to 57,909, and the average income per user was 13,454 yuan.
The financial report shows that the R&D expenditure of Weimob Inc in 2021 was 775 million yuan. Among them, the total investment of strategic projects such as the new business operating system WOS and the construction and operation of the middle platform reached 682 million yuan. Due to the increased investment in R&D and the merger and acquisition of Xiangxinyun and Haiding in 2021 and previous years, Weimob Inc lost 566 million yuan in adjusted net profit in 2021. However, these investments promote the cost reduction and efficiency increase of Weimob Inc. The financial report shows that the company has abundant cash flow, with cash and cash equivalents of 3.809 billion yuan, and its financial structure is healthy and sustainable.
The strategy of customization has achieved fruitful results, and internationalization has steadily advanced The financial report shows that the reason why Weimob Inc achieved high revenue growth in 2021, benefiting from the core strategy of "customization, ecology and internationalization" of the group. With the support of TSO's full-chain marketing solution and smart retail and other key businesses, Weimob Inc's customization strategy achieved fruitful results. In the smart retail sector, in 2021, Weimob Inc's smart retail revenue was 426 million yuan, 193.6% year-on-year, and its share in subscription solution revenue further increased from 20.2% in 2020 to 36%. At present, the number of smart retailers in Weimob was 6,126, the number of brand merchants was 1,003, and the average order income of brand merchants per user was 234,000 yuan.
The Weimob smart catering business also achieved a breakthrough. In 2021, Weimob Smart Catering completed the technical and operation system layout of "three stores integrated and global operation". During the reporting period, Weimob's smart catering revenue was 53.616 million yuan, up 19.6% year-on-year, accounting for 4.5% of subscription solution revenue. There were 8,406 smart catering merchants, and the average order revenue per user of catering merchants was 17,000 yuan. By the end of 2021, Weimob smart catering customers accounted for 41% of China's top 100 restaurants; The revenue from catering orders accounted for 51%.
Promoting ecology, WOS New Business Operating System as a new growth engine
As one of its three core strategies, Weimob Inc's ecological strategy has also made remarkable achievements. In terms of developer ecology, in 2021, Weimob Cloud PaaS platform will continue to empower ecological partners, with over 50 new high-quality ecological partners and over 400 new cloud market applications.
In order to create a good foundation for smart business, the WOS New Business Operating System was officially put into public beta in March 2022. WOS new commercial operating system integrates SaaS business integration, ecological partnership and PaaS platform infrastructure, and realizes the comprehensive upgrade of product strength, technical strength and ecological strength, demonstrating the technical strength of Weimob Inc.
In 2022, Weimob will continue to improve WOS product strength, better serve customers through Weimob cloud empowering eco-partners, and drive the growth of product strength and commercial strength by technology, so as to realize faster product development, better product experience and service, and more ecological applications and services, so as to promote customers' purchase, increase customer renewal fees and increase ecological income. CITIC Securities holds that "WOS" is expected to become the new growth driver of SaaS with the improvement of merchant coverage and the acceleration of commercialization.
In terms of investment layout, in 2021, Weimob Inc and Yicun Capital jointly established "Weizhi Digital Industry Fund" and invested in outstanding projects such as Shuyun, Haizhi and Meichuang. In November, 2021, Weimob Inc announced the acquisition of 51.89% equity of Shanghai Xiangxinyun Network Technology Co., Ltd., and incorporated Xiangxinyun into the listed company system, thus deepening the digitalization capability of smart retail shopping guide.
Weimob Inc said that in 2022, the company will focus on seven directions: focusing on key customers and continuing to lead; Open and win-win, create ecological barriers; TOS full-link operation, helping customers smart grow; Continue to increase investment in private track and consolidate the leading position in the industry; Cloudy layout drives new growth; "7+X" to create a new growth flywheel; Cross-border development and layout of the global market. Under the background of accelerating the digitalization process of Chinese enterprises, Weimob Inc has made sufficient product reserves, technical reserves, talent reserves and capital reserves, laying a solid foundation for the development in the next five years.
Weimob Inc (2013.HK) is the leading cloud-based commerce and marketing solutions provider for SMBs. For information, visit www.weimob.com.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comWeimob Inc (2013.HK) released its 2021 financial report this week (3/28), showing that its adjusted total revenue in 2021 reached 2.686 billion yuan, a record high, and its performance increased by 36.4% against the background of overcoming unfavorable factors such as downward pressure on the macro economy.
HONG KONG, Mar 29, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Tai Hing Group Holdings Limited ("Tai Hing Group" or the "Group"; stock code: 6811), a multi-brand casual dining restaurant group with roots in Hong Kong and a network of around 220 restaurants in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan, has just announced its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021 (the "Review Year" or "FY2021").
RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS -- The Group's revenue increased by 13.4% to HK$3,173.0 million (FY2020: HK$2,797.9 million), turning around the decline last year by strengthening resilience of its businesses as well as reducing costs and increasing profits -- Gross profit and gross profit margin were HK$2,294.7 million (FY2020: HK$1,976.3 million) and 72.3% (FY2020: 70.6%), respectively -- Profit attributable to owners of the Company amounted to HK$99.7 million (FY2020: HK$119.0 million) -- The Board recommended a final dividend of HK4.95 cents per share; hence total dividend for FY2021 was HK7.45 cents per share, representing a dividend payout ratio of 75% -- "Men Wah Bing Teng" recorded a significant revenue growth of 54.2% to HK$760.5 million; "Asam Chicken Rice" also achieved an impressive revenue growth of 414.9% to HK$145.2 million -- Excluding the allowances from the Hong Kong Government's "Employment Support Scheme", other government subsidies and rent reduction, the Group's performance saw significant improvement against FY2020, showing clearly the greater resilience of the Group's business model
Amid the pandemic, the Group proactively optimised internal and restaurant management, strived to maintain stable business operations as well as reduced costs and increased profits in order to strengthen its resiliency, which consequently enabled the Group to achieve satisfactory overall results during the Review Year. The Group recorded overall revenue growth of 13.4% to HK$3,173.0 million (FY2020: HK$2,797.9 million). Gross profit and gross profit margin were HK$2,294.7 million (FY2020: HK$1,976.3 million) and 72.3% (FY2020: 70.6%), respectively. Profit attributable to owners of the Company amounted to HK$99.7 million (FY2020: HK$119.0 million). Excluding the allowances from the Hong Kong Government's "Employment Support Scheme", other government subsidies and rent reduction, the Group's performance for FY2021 saw significant improvement against FY2020. Basic earnings per share were HK9.94 cents (FY2020: HK11.89 cents).
In addition, implementing prudent financial management policies, the Group managed to maintain a healthy financial position with sufficient cash on hand and steady operating cash flow, allowing it to weather ongoing adversities as well as drive business growth. As at 31 December 2021, the Group had fully repaid all bank loans, and had cash and cash equivalents of HK$452.6 million (as at 31 December 2020: HK$562.1 million).
The Board has resolved to propose a final dividend of HK4.95 cents per ordinary share for the year ended 31 December 2021. Together with the interim dividend of HK2.50 cents already paid, the total dividend for FY2021 will be HK7.45 cents.
Business Review As at 31 December 2021, the Group had a network of 217 restaurants in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan, under casual dining brands.
"Men Wah Bing Teng" continued to be a key revenue growth driver and the second largest revenue source of the Group, recording a significant revenue growth of 54.2% to HK$760.5 million (FY2020: HK$493.2 million) during the Review Year, accounting for 24.0% (FY2020: 17.6%) of total revenue. That shows to the resilience of this brand amid the pandemic. The brand had the most restaurants added during the Review Year. The Group strategically added 7 and 13 new restaurants in Hong Kong and Mainland China respectively, bringing the total number to 58, to optimise the performance of this brand.
During the Review Year, in terms of revenue growth, the Southeast Asian gourmet brand "Asam Chicken Rice" stood out among the different brands, with impressive growth of 414.9% year-on-year, to HK$145.2 million (FY2020: HK$28.2 million). Offering generic menu options, relatively less manpower is required to operate "Asam Chicken Rice". The Group believes the development prospect and competitiveness of the operation model are not to be underestimated. Heeding the enthusiastic market response to the brand, the Group took the opportune time to open 7 additional restaurants in core business and residential areas in Hong Kong. The Group opened the first "Asam Chicken Rice" in Mainland China in September, a move reflective its hope to build a restaurant network for the brand in the Mainland market.
The Group's flagship brand "Tai Hing" has continued to deliver strong and steady performance. During the Review Year, "Tai Hing" recorded revenue of HK$1,464.0 million (FY2020: HK$1,472.1 million), accounting for 46.1% of total revenue, and continued to be the largest revenue source of the Group. In the second half year of 2021, the Group launched marketing and promotional activities for the brand, including the new "Excellent BBQ Pork, Excellent Taste" TV commercial and the new limited-time upgraded version of BBQ pork dish called "Golden Foil BBQ Pork", which attracted consumer attention as well as enhanced the image of the brand. The marketing initiatives were highly effective at low costs.
"TeaWood" remained the Group's third largest revenue contributor, with revenue amounting to HK$364.6 million (FY2020: HK$398.2 million), accounting for 11.5% (FY2020: 14.2%) of total revenue. During the Review Year, the Group actively mounted online and offline marketing activities to boost promotion of the "Teawood" brand. To ensure the brand is in sync with market trend, the Group will design for it a new menu and adjust related marketing strategy, with the aim of presenting a brand new image of "Teawood" to customers.
During the Review Year, the first and second restaurant of the new brand "Dumpling Station" opened in Hong Kong and, in one short year, they started contributing revenue to the Group. For "Dimpot", which performance exceeded expectations, the Group will strive to realise its market potential with the aim of nurturing it into another new "star brand".
Prospects The Group, via its multi-brand business model and adopting heedful marketing strategy, is well-geared to maintain and seize opportunities to expand its market share. In Hong Kong, drawing on its outstanding experience in creating such high-return and high-growth brands as "Men Wah Bing Teng" and "Asam Chicken Rice", the Group will nurture more unique and potential-rich brands to widen its customer base. In addition, the Group will optimise its restaurant network, thereby increase market penetration. In Mainland China, to meet new consumer demands amid the pandemic, the Group will gradually improve and consolidate its restaurant network, with a focus on the Greater Bay Area. To capitalise on the booming fast food trend, the Group will strategically develop its own model of restaurant network, targeting high customer traffic locations and choosing smaller shop spaces to provide takeaway services which are in rising demand.
Well-aware of technology trends in the catering industry such as digitalisation and integrating innovative technologies into different operations, the Group will invest more resources in introducing advanced technology systems and equipment to upgrade its existing information technology systems. It will also enhance big data application, so as to identify potential business opportunities, enhance operational efficiency and efficiently control costs, all conducive to maintaining its leadership and competitiveness in the casual dining industry in the region. In particular, the Group's first integrated mobile application will be launched shortly, which will not only be a platform that provides customers with one-stop takeaway ordering service, but one that can also help foster customer loyalty to the Group and strengthen customer relations management. It can also allow the Group to swiftly deliver latest news of its different brands directly to customers, thus help build up their image.
Mr. Chan Wing On, Chairman and Executive Director of Tai Hing, said, "With prudence and a pragmatic attitude, we will continue to enhance internal operation and management, re-examine restaurant network strategy as well as stringently control costs to strengthen the Group's resilience. In addition, we will closely watch the impacts of the pandemic on the Group's operations and changes in consumers' catering patterns. That will allow us to seize opportunities to steadily consolidate and expand business, and be ready to achieve brilliant results post-pandemic."
About Tai Hing Group Holdings Limited (stock code: 6811) Tai Hing Group Holdings Limited ("Tai Hing Group") is a multi-brand casual dining restaurant group with roots in Hong Kong. In addition to its flagship "Tai Hing" brand, the Group has a growing brand portfolio comprising of self-developed brands, and acquired and licensed brands, including "TeaWood", "Trusty Congee King", "Men Wah Bing Teng", "Pho Le", "Rice Rule", "King Fong Bing Teng", "Asam Chicken Rice", "Dao Cheng", "Dimpot", "Dumpling Station", "Hing Ye Dai Pai Dong", "Lu Bistro" and "Yung Fong Cafe". Currently, it has a network of around 220 restaurants in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan.
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comTai Hing Group Holdings Limited ("Tai Hing Group" or the "Group"; stock code: 6811), a multi-brand casual dining restaurant group with roots in Hong Kong and a network of around 220 restaurants in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan, has just announced its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021 (the "Review Year" or "FY2021").
HONG KONG, Mar 29, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Jinchuan Group International Resources Co. Ltd., (the "Company" or "Jinchuan International"; together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; stock code: 2362), Jinchuan Group's flagship platform for overseas mineral resources development, has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021 (the "Year").
Highlights of 2021 Annual Results -- Revenue amounted to US$831.9 million, up by 25.2% year-on-year. Revenue from mining segment was US$620.6 million and revenue from the trading of mineral and metal products was US$211.3 million -- Gross profit increased considerably by 188% to US$251.7 million -- Profit attributable to shareholders soared by 303% to US$120.5 million -- During the Year, the Group produced 61,260 tonnes of copper and 3,379 tonnes of cobalt and sold 57,001 tonnes of copper and 2,617 tonnes of cobalt -- Cost of sales of the mining business declined 16%, attributable to the Group's stringent control of costs
During the Year, the Group recorded revenue of US$831.9 million, a year-on-year increase of 25.2%, which was attributable to the rise in the benchmark copper and cobalt prices. Total revenue from mining operations was US$620.6 million, a year-on-year increase of 24.7%. Revenue from the trading of mineral and metal products segment amounted to US$211.3 million, a year-on-year increase of 26.6%. With costs kept under control, the Group's gross profit rose considerably by 188% to US$251.7 million. Moreover, as copper and cobalt prices surged in 2021, the Group's gross profit margin grew significantly to 30% for the Year from 13% in 2020.
Profit attributable to shareholders of the Company soared by 303% year-on-year to US$120.5 million. Earnings before interest (net finance costs), income tax, depreciation and amortization and impairment loss ("EBITDA") amounted to US$311.5 million, up by approximately 121.8%. The Group maintained strict control of costs during the Year. As a result, cost of sales of the mining operations decreased by 16% to US$314.9 million.
In 2021, the Group produced 61,260 tonnes of copper and 3,379 tonnes of cobalt, and sold 57,001 tonnes of copper and 2,617 tonnes of cobalt. Sales of copper and cobalt amounted to US$514.0 million and US$106.6 million respectively. During the Year, the Group's copper production volume dropped, primarily as a result of lower ore feed grade from Ruashi Mine and Kinsenda Mine and lower copper recovery rate. Similarly, the cobalt production volume declined, mainly due to the lower grade of cobalt ore mined and lower cobalt recoveries. Nevertheless, driven by higher copper and cobalt prices, the Group recorded a significant increase in revenue, which was able to offset the impact of lower sales volume.
Continuous expansion of core businesses, progress achieved by all projects As a multinational mine developer and operator, the Group will pay close attention to local government policies and the economic environment, and continue to monitor all factors that may cause market fluctuation, so as to ensure the Group is well prepared to respond timely to any market changes.
The Group's short-term focus will be on the construction of the Musonoi copper-cobalt mine in Kolwezi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During the Year, construction of the mine was progressing as planned. The Group has also signed a facility agreement with China Development Bank in relation to the construction of the Musonoi project. At the same time, the Group will continue its exploration work in the sulphide zone below the oxide zone in Ruashi Mine, deeper region of the Musonoi Project, and conduct infill drilling at Kinsenda Mine. In addition, the Group successfully leased out the mining assets of Chibuluma under a finance lease. The Group recorded a royalty income of approximately US$2.4 million under the finance lease agreement.
Actively seized market opportunities amid rising copper and cobalt prices Copper price is susceptible to swings in global policies and economic uncertainty. LME copper price reached a historical high of US$10,720 per tonne in May 2021, and closed at US$9,692 per tonne at the end of 2021, representing a gain of 25.2% compared to 31 December 2020 and a gain of 109.9% compared to the lowest point in 2020. With copper price surging, the Group commenced the construction of Ruashi Mine's magnetic floatation plant aiming to treat low-grade oxide and sulphide materials. This allows the Group to better utilise Ruashi Mine's low grade stockpile while potentially extending Ruashi's life of mine. The new plant was successfully launched in December 2021.
With the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, social and economic activities have recovered. Copper, as a critical commodity used in construction and infrastructure, will benefit from the economic recovery. Moreover, countries around the world have initiated the strategic target of carbon neutral. Copper will be used more frequently in areas including solar, wind, power storage, new energy and distribution with the enhence of carbon neutral era, the demand for copper will further increase. Given its strong fundamentals, copper price is expected to stay strong after COVID-19 is contained.
With regard to the cobalt market, cobalt price gradually rebounded during the Year, and continues to rise in 2022. The price of cobalt reached US$38.7 per pound in mid-March 2022. Demand for cobalt is subject to the manufacturing of alloy and industrial chemical and for the manufacturing of batteries. As major auto makers were launching more electric vehicle ("EV") models in 2021, Ford estimates that 40% of motor vehicles sold will be EVs by 2030 and Bloomberg estimates that half of motor vehicles sold will be EVs by 2040. Analyst forecasts cobalt demand to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 7% to 2030.
The Group said, "We will seize the favorable opportunities to develop new energy and new materials and keep expanding the major business while considering to extend the industrial chain appropriately, and expand the Group's product scope. Meanwhile, we plan to further introduce strategic investors and optimize the shareholders structure, strengthen management, reduce costs and increase efficiency, and enhance the economic scale of existing projects. Furthermore, we will actively integrate the Group's overseas resources and expand our asset scale. We will also continue to develop new businesses, and in particular, look for opportunities in southern Africa to generate synergies, given its close proximity to the Group's existing mines. In the future, we will pursue continuous development and innovation, with the aim of becoming a world-class mineral corporation and creating greater value for our shareholders."
About Jinchuan Group International Resources Co. Ltd (Stock Code: 2362. HK) Jinchuan International is a Hong Kong listed company under Jinchuan Group Co., Ltd for the purposes of accelerating the establishment of the mining group's multinational operational strategy and elevating Jinchuan Group's global investing, financing and operating capabilities. By virtue of Hong Kong's advantages as an international financial and trade center, and through the Company's focus on an internationalized operating strategy, the Company has established itself as the flagship platform for Jinchuan Group to develop its overseas non-ferrous metal mining business. The Company owns large-scale mines in Africa with high-quality copper and cobalt metal resources. It engages in the production and trading of basic metal resources. The Company's main mine assets include the Ruashi and Musonoi copper-cobalt mines, high-grade Kinsenda copper mine, Chibuluma South Mine, and Lubembe project. Website: http://www.jinchuan-intl.com/tc/
About Jinchuan Group Co., Ltd* ("Jinchuan Group") Jinchuan Group Co., Ltd*, founded in 1958, is a state-owned enterprise with its majority interest held by the People's Government of Gansu Province. Jinchuan Group specializes in mining, concentrating, metallurgy, chemical engineering and further downstream processing. Jinchuan Group is widely recognized as a renowned mining corporation and is the third largest nickel producer and fourth largest cobalt producer in the world as well as the fourth largest copper producer in China. Jinchuan Group ranks no. 336 in "Fortune" Global 500 in 2021. Website: http://www.jnmc.com/
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Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comJinchuan Group International Resources Co. Ltd., (the "Company" or "Jinchuan International"; together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; stock code: 2362), Jinchuan Group's flagship platform for overseas mineral resources development, has announced its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021 (the "Year").
HONG KONG, Mar 27, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Janco Holdings Limited ("Janco" or the "Group"; Stock Code: 8035), a well-established freight forwarding and logistics one-stop service provider founded and based in Hong Kong with a strategic focus on Asia, announced its 2021 unaudited* preliminary annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021. The Group reported profit attributable to shareholders of HK$17.4 million, representing a year-on-year surge of 55.4%.
The Group predominately generates revenue from freight forwarding services, logistics services and e-commerce and fulfillment services. With the growth in revenue from ocean freight forwarding and e-commerce fulfillment services, the Group's total revenue amounted to approximately HK$566 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 16.1%. Furthermore, gross profit increased by 17.8% to approximately HK$76.2 million during the year.
Due to a rebound of the shipment volume to normal after a significant drop due to COVID-19 during the previous year, revenue from the ocean freight forwarding services has increased by approximately HK$34.3 million. Revenue from e-commerce fulfillment services increased by approximately HK$77.4 million, which was mainly attributable to an increase in orders placed by both new and existing customers during this year. However, this growth was partially offset by a decline in air freight forwarding services, ancillary logistics services and e-commerce trading services.
The increase in gross profit was mainly attributable to the increase in e-commerce courier services income which outweighed the increase in e-commerce courier services costs and the decrease in warehouse direct costs which outweighed the decrease in logistics service income.
The emerging technology and innovation applications have taken the Logistics Industry to ever challenging advances. The Group has taken steps in different stages developing appropriate products and services currently and for the near future, including 8035 Tennichi Active Water for civilian hygiene and combating COVID-19, the Group invested in a proprietary conversion and packaging facilities to cater for the marketing and sales of 8035 Tennichi Active Water, which is already available in the market from spring 2022, and creating revenues to the Group. For Cold Chain Logistics which is a high-end reliable temperature and environmental controlled movement and storage for pharmaceutical, comestible, and beauty care products, the solution and demand are hugely sought after, whereas the Group has started procuring the required technology. As for Fintech Logistics, the Group has committed to establish a Logistical Funding Resources to be able to attach into new era of products, and to be prepared for big data solutions, artificial intelligence applications and blockchain composites.
While being ready for the above, the Group is investing huge effort in further developing and securing a higher market share in the e-Commerce and Fulfilment Services division, where the Group sees solid positive growth. Complementing the Logistics and Warehousing Services, the Group is always looking for investments into appropriate logistic hubs for the purpose. The Group is also constantly improving the selection of solutions, to cater for different needs, while improving efficiency and customer satisfaction ratings. Constant improvement and market attention will bring the Group to capture opportunities arising from cross border e-Commerce traffic from China and overseas; and this would be the cornerstone to build the Group being the major Logistics Services Provider in the region.
As a responsible corporate citizen, the Group have been accommodating the authority's initiatives in helping out COVID-19-stricken Hongkongers. A strong testimony to their reliability and capabilities, Janco's fulfilment team has made possible dynamic provisioning efforts and home deliveries at short notice or lead time.
Other than the above, Mr. Po Kam Hi John and Mr. Tsang Zee Ho Paul have been appointed as non-executive Directors with effect from 15 March 2022.
* Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the interruptions arising from both the quarantine and/or work from home arrangements occurred in recent months, additional time is required for the Company and the Auditor to complete their review and audit of the financial information of the Group. Following completion of the auditing process by the Auditor, the Company expects to issue further announcement(s) in relation to, among other matters, the audited consolidated financial results of the Group for the Year.
About Janco Holdings Limited (Stock code: 8035) Established in 1990, Janco Holdings Limited is a Hong Kong-based 3PL company that principally engages in freight forwarding and the provision of one-stop logistics services. The Company has become a global freight forwarder, providing innovative and technology-driven end-to-end solutions consistent with being an integrated logistics specialist. Its business covers five segments, including cross-border e-commerce logistics solutions, freight forwarding, contract logistics, pharmaceutical and healthcare, and express. In addition, the Company is able to offer a truly global logistics network to customers. For details, please visit: www.jancofreight.com
Copyright 2022 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.comJanco Holdings Limited ("Janco" or the "Group"; Stock Code: 8035), a well-established freight forwarding and logistics one-stop service provider founded and based in Hong Kong with a strategic focus on Asia, announced its 2021 unaudited* preliminary annual results for the year ended 31 December 2021.