Taxi Express Raup Rp 60 Billion Profit, Grow 54%

Is ground transportation services brand Express, Express Transindo Main Tbk PT (TAXI) earned a net profit of Rp 60.5 billion. The amount of net income increased 54% when compared to net income in the same period in 2012 amounting to Rp 39 billion. This achievement exceeded the company’s target of Rp 59 billion.

The rise in net profit driven by the acquisition of the company’s total revenue per June 30, 2013 which reached Rp 331.3 billion, an increase of 40% when compared to the same period of the previous year of Rp 237 billion.

“The Company’s financial performance this semester boast, revenue growth and significant earnings thanks to the success and efficiency of the Company’s expansion strategy, in addition to our success was due to maintaining the quality of service,” said Chief Financial Officer Taxi Express David Santoso in a press release, in Jakarta, Friday (2 / 8/2013).

He said the biggest contribution is still dominated by regular taxi which reached 84%. The rest of the Business Value Added Business Transportation Limousine dominated by vehicles that are in Bali, Lombok, Bandung and Jakarta.

Express regular cab fleet itself which operates to this day more than 8,800 units, which is targeted to reach 10 035 units by year-end.

“This year we expect to be able to add to our regular fleet of 2,000 units,” added David.

For this year, he said, the company aims to add 5 new pool in the area Jadetabek.

According to him, from the target, the Company has been getting 3 new locations for the pool. The Company is currently looking for a location for a second pool. Indeed most current pool still in Jadetabek. In addition to the Jadetabek, Express Group also has a pool in the other areas, namely in Bali, Lombok, Medan, Surabaya and Semarang.

Meanwhile, with regard to the new tariff set Express Group, David explained that it does not affect the Company’s financial.

This is because the Express Group implemented a partnership scheme with the driver, so that the new tariff solely to adjust the driver’s income and maintain the welfare of each individual driver’s partner.

While the driver of the Company’s partners deposit value remained elevated and did not participate. “We will continue to focus on improving service to our customers. We are confident in the consistency of the Company’s future financial performance has continued to increase, especially taxi business in Indonesia is very potential, “he explained.

Holcim Profit Down 7 Percent

Cement plant Holcim Indonesia posted a profit of Rp 467 billion during the first half of 2013. This figure is down 7 percent compared to net income in the same period a year earlier.
In a financial statement released, the cement factory managed to collect revenue to Rp 4.482 trillion. The achievement is obtained from the optimization of product mix and distribution to meet the challenges of increased market supply of capacity and imports increase. The revenue is actually higher than last year which was only Rp 4.191 trillion.
However, because of higher distribution costs make profits become depressed. Additionally, the increased cost of sales and administrative as well as financial costs, have an impact on short-term profits.
Nevertheless, President Director, Eamon Ginley convey, the general performance of Holcim are on the rise. It can be seen from the increase in gross profit of 33 percent to 35 percent. Holcim also has distributed interim dividend of Rp 37 per share to be paid, 15% greater than the interim dividend last year.
“With this dividend, for sure Holcim continues to provide benefits to its shareholders, and to continue to implement strategies based on adding value to customers, and maximize the efficiency of capacity,” Ginley said in a release received Suara Merdeka.
Holcim Indonesia is currently working in the middle market of excess supply conditions. However, he expects this condition is temporary.
Cement demand continued to grow consistently in the medium and long term, because the Indonesian economy continues to grow. This is supported by the existence of government and private sector investment in infrastructure and housing needs is also continuing. Therefore, the development of new plant proyen Holcim in Tuban, East Java, will provide benefits to the company.
“The cost of distribution to major markets in East Java to be more efficient, and will ensure smooth supply and better service for customers,” adds Ginley.
1 Tuban cement plant will produce 1.7 million tons of cement per year and will start in accordance with the planned schedule. Cement mill will begin operations on in August this year.

Astra Print Profit of Rp 4.3 trillion, Thinning 7%

PT Astra International Tbk (ASII) recorded a profit of Rp 4.3 trillion at the end of March 2013. Thinning profit 7% of the acquisition of the same period of the previous year of Rp 4.6 trillion.

The fall in profit was in line with the Astra stagnanya Astra turnover alias net income in the first quarter of 2013 amounted to Rp 46.7 trillion, edged up 1% compared to the same period in 2012 of Rp 46.4 trillion.

“Indonesia’s economic outlook remains positive, although in the short term gains Astra will be affected by rising labor costs, weakening commodity prices, competition in the automotive industry and the impact of regulations on the minimum down payment auto financing sharia,” said President Director of Astra International Prijono Sugiarto in press release, Wednesday (24/04/2013).

Astra Group activities focus on six core business lines, namely Automotive Division, Financial Services, Heavy Equipment and Mining, Agribusiness, Infrastructure and Logistics, and Information Technology with the following details.

Automotive Division’s net profit fell by 10% to Rp 2.2 trillion, consisting of Rp 1 trillion from the Company and its subsidiaries, as well as the contribution from associates and jointly controlled entities in the automotive field of Rp 1.2 trillion.

Throughout the first quarter of 2013, demand for motor vehicles remains high, mainly supported by rising incomes and borrowing rates are affordable. However, increased competition due to increased domestic production capacity and rising labor costs have led to a reduction of the net profit contribution of automotive segments. This condition is expected to continue in the second quarter.

Regulatory minimum down payment on auto financing imposed sharia financing for companies since January 1, 2013 and applies in the bank on 1 April 2013, had little impact on the performance of the first quarter. The new regulation is expected to have an impact on the motorbike sales in the first half.

Total national car sales increased 18% to 296,000 units. Astra’s car sales (Toyota, Daihatsu, Isuzu, UD Trucks and Peugeot) increased 7% to 155,000 units, with a market share of 52%. In the first quarter Astra launched three new models and five facelift models.

Astra Daihatsu Motor has completed construction of a new factory in Karawang with a total production capacity of 120,000 units per year, so overall production capacity to reach 460,000 units per year.

While the national motorcycle sales rose 2% to 2 million units. Honda motorcycle sales output of PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) rose 14% to 1.2 million units, with an increase in market share from 55% to 62%.

Throughout the first quarter of 2013, PT Astra Honda Motor launched two new models and four models facelift. PT Astra Honda Motor has increased the production capacity for sport type motorcycle from 900 units to 1,300 units per day.

PT Astra Otoparts Tbk (AOP), component manufacturing company in which 95.7% owned by the Company, recorded a net profit of Rp 267 billion, an increase of 2%, where 71% is the contribution from associates and jointly controlled entities. 11% increase in revenues eroded by rising labor costs.

Division of Financial Services net profit rose 23% to Rp 1 trillion. Total financing through Astra automotive finance business consisting of Federal International Finance (FIF), Astra Credit Companies (ACC), and Toyota Astra Financial Services (TAFS) grew 6% to Rp 13.2 trillion, including joint financing through bank financing without recourse .

Total weight of equipment financing through PT Surya Artha Nusantara Finance and PT Komatsu Astra Finance fell 40% to Rp 1.3 trillion. PT Bank Permata Tbk is 44.6% owned by the Company, posted a net profit of Rp 356 billion, an increase of 7%. Net interest income increased driven by higher loan growth by 36%, despite the increase in operating costs.

PT Asuransi Astra Buana (AAB) subsidiaries engaged in insurance business had a net profit due to higher growth in gross premium income in excess payment of reinsurance and claims costs are high.

Net income and Mining Equipment division fell 26% to Rp 0.7 trillion. PT United Tractors Tbk (UT), which is 59.5% owned by the Company, reported a 26% drop in net income to Rp 1.1 trillion, while net income decreased by 17%.

Business segment net revenue of construction machinery fell 42%, due to lower sales of Komatsu heavy equipment by 42% to 1,272 units. This happens due to decreased demand from the mining sector, especially for large units. Although when compared with the final quarter of 2012, unit sales increased by 70%.

Pamapersada PT Nusantara (PAMA), a subsidiary of UT in the field of coal mining contractor posted a net income increase of 19%, in line with the increase in coal production by 12% to 24 million tons and increase soil removal work (overburden removal) by 3% to 199 million bcm. Good performance was driven by increased mining capacity and good weather conditions.

UT subsidiaries in mining reported net income decreased by 36%, which is caused by the decrease in coal sales by 23% to 1.2 million tons. Decline in coal prices and rising fuel prices have a negative impact on gross profit margin.
Agribusiness Division’s net profit decreased by 6% to Rp 0.3 trillion. PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk (AALI), which is 79.7% owned by the Company, reported net income of Rp 356 billion.

Palm oil production increased 22% to 352,000 tonnes, which resulted in increased revenue by 6% to Rp 2.7 trillion, although compared to the first quarter of 2012 the average CPO price decreased 16% to Rp 6.464/kg. Overall net income decreased, due to the high cost of production and operational costs.

Net income Infrastructure and Logistics Division declined by 19% to Rp 124 billion. PT Marga Mandala Sakti (MMS), which operates the toll road operator pathway Tangerang – Merak along 72.5 km, which is 79.3% owned by the Company, noted an increase in the volume of vehicle traffic by 10% to 10 million vehicles.

PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (PALYJA), a leading provider of clean water in the area west of Jakarta, reported a decline in water sales volume by 3% to 37 million m3. PT Serasi Autoraya (SERA), recorded an increase in revenue, mainly supported by the increasing number of vehicles on lease contracts TRAC vehicle rental business by 6% by the number of vehicles of more than 31,000 units. The high cost of depreciation and operating costs lead to lower net income compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Net income and Information Technology Division of Rp 20 billion, down 22% compared to the first quarter of 2012. PT Astra Graphia Tbk (AG), a company engaged in the field of information technology and the sole agent of Fuji Xerox in Indonesia, which is 76.9% owned by the Company, recorded a net profit of Rp 26 billion.

Adobe’s acquisition of Neolane Rp 5.8 Trillion

Adobe Systems announced the company’s acquisition of Neolane marketing company. The transaction value of U.S. $ 600 million (about USD 5.8 trillion). The marketing company itself only has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $ 60 million (approximately USD 580 billion).
“It would make a better leader on Adobe’s digital marketing services and strengthen the Adobe Marketing Cloud,” said Brad Rencher, Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing.
Established in 2001, Neolane is headquartered in Paris, France, and serves a number of large clients such as Accor Hotels, Alcatel-Lucent, IKEA, Samsung, Sony, and Dior.
Neolane is the sixth product from Adobe Marketing Cloud service, which includes Analytics, Target, Social, Experience Manager, and Media Optimizer.
Neolane This acquisition will improve the management of electronic mail services and a large amount of real-time recommendations.

Analysis of stock market investors fear

JAKARTA – Capital market analysts, Pardomuan Sihombing said that the decision of the judges of Corruption (Corruption) in a case of IM2, causing fears of capital market investors. Because the regulations are not clear can ensnare anyone who is doing business in Indonesia.

“It could happen (investors will fear) that the decision was negative, meaning that is associated with the regulation of the telecommunications industry,” said Pardomuan Sihombing, told reporters on Friday (19/7).

It is said, that investors will invest into doubt whether the investment fund to be back or not, when the company suddenly entangled case. Doubt it, he added, is very clearly threatens the entire industry.

“Investors need legal certainty, because that’s what makes the industry rules become clear, so as to ensure the development of the telecommunications industry,” he said.

Pardomuan added that the symptoms have not been perceived concerns, the article of the legal process is not over. However, if there is already a binding verdict and declared IM2 guilty, then the impact will be felt.

“We all expect the final result will be better,” said Pardomuan.

As information, on Monday (8/7) Corruption Court sentenced former Director of IM2, Indar Atmanto to 4 years imprisonment with a fine of Rp200 million with subsidiary imprisonment of 3 months. Judge fines also punish IM2 pay Rp1, 3 trillion. Judges-network cooperation Indosat IM2 there are elements of corruption.

This ruling a major impact, as almost all sectors of the telecommunications businesses registered as a public company is also running a similar business model. Including PT Indosat Tbk, PT Telkomsel, PT XL Axiata Tbk, PT Smartfren Telecom, PT Bakrie Telecom Tbk and other telecommunications operators.

In fact, the communication sector alone contributes to Rp11, 8 trillion in revenues and in 2012. This figure is the biggest revenue for Indonesia in addition to the energy and mineral resources.

Responding to the verdict, Indonesian Infocom Society (Mastel) and the Indonesian Telecommunications Regulatory Body (BRTI) have reported the presiding judge to the Judicial Commission.

Mastel judge there are allegations of violations of the code of conduct by the presiding judge in the case. “There are some points that filed a complaint to the Judicial Commission, namely that the judges in check and try not professional in understanding the case filed,” said Mastel Chairman, Setyanto P. Santosa.

Setyanto judging, the judges are not being fair in making its decision. According to him, the judges only listen to experts from the Public Prosecutor (PP). and ignore the official opinion of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology as the regulator Telekomunikasi Indonesia.

Dividend Coverage Telkom Rp 7.1 Trillion to Shareholders

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) will distribute a cash dividend of 55% of net income in 2012. The dividend equivalent to Rp 7.1 trillion, or a minimum of USD 369.1 per share.

In late 2012, the state-owned company posted a net profit of Rp 12.9 trillion or 17.2% when compared with net income in 2011 reached Rp 11 trillion.

Managing Director of Telkom, said Arief Yahya, profit growth was driven by the performance of the company’s subsidiary, Telkomsel, which performs continuous plume.

“Entities subsidiary, Telkomsel is still a major contributor to the company’s business,” Arief said the AGM in 2013, at the Ritz Carlton Pacific Place, Sudirman CBD, Jakarta, Friday (04/19/2013).

“In addition, a special cash dividend of 10% of net income of Rp 1.3 trillion, or at least Rp 67.1 per share,” he said.

The company also set aside retained earnings amounting to Rp 4.5 trillion, which would be used to finance the company’s business development.

In this meeting also approved the addition of members of the Board of Commissioners, by lifting the Commissioner Gatot Trihargo TLKM coded it.

Down, Astra gets profit of Rp 8.8 Trillion

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – PT Astra International Tbk and its subsidiaries had net profit of Rp 8.8 trillion during the first half of 2013. Net income was down 9 percent from the acquisition of the first half of 2012 which reached Rp 9.7 trillion. Earnings per share fell 9 percent to Rp 218 per saham.PT Astra International and its subsidiary, Tuesday (07/30/2013), announced a slight decrease in performance during the first half of 2013 compared to first half of 2012.
Through the release mentioned that the Astra’s net income during the first six months of 2013 amounted to Rp 94.3 trillion. Net revenue was down 2 percent compared to the same period of 2012 which reached Rp 95.9 trillion.
According to the President Director of PT Astra International Prijono Sugiarto, there are several factors that predicted to affect business performance in the second half of 2013.
Factor in question is increased competition in the automobile market, rising labor costs, and declining commodity prices. As for his own prospects for domestic demand continued to grow.
There are six core business lines are the focus of Astra Group, the automotive division, financial services, heavy equipment and mining, agribusiness, infrastructure and logistics, and information technology.
Two division increased net income, namely financial services division rose 19 percent to Rp 2.1 trillion and information technology division rose 2 percent to Rp 55 billion.
Net income and mining equipment division fell 24 percent to Rp 1.4 trillion. Agribusiness division net income fell 25 percent to Rp 571 billion.
Meanwhile, the automotive division’s net profit fell 10 percent to Rp 4.4 trillion. Demand for motor vehicles during the first 6 months of 2013 remained high.
Based on data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive, car sales in Indonesia in the period January to June 2013 reached 601 952 units. The sales figures increased compared to the same period in 2012 to reach 535 261 units.
Increased income and affordability levels still remain high interest rates support demand for motor vehicles. Automotive segment net profit decline due to increased competition due to an increase in domestic production capacity and high labor cost.
Of total national car sales of around 602,000 units, Astra’s car sales rose 6 percent to 321 000 units. Market share declined from 56 percent to 53 percent.
Astra Toyota Agya and Astra Daihatsu Ayla?-Products of energy-efficient cars and affordable (low cost green car / LCGC)-Astra Group is expected to begin to be distributed in August 2013 with a production capacity of 10,000 units per month.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) asked the government to revise the regulations concerning the total cars energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
“It should be given incentives are public transport, not private vehicles,” said board member daily YLKI, Sincere Abadi.
According YLKI, policy-efficient cars can be accepted if the transport system in the large cities is adequate and integrated. Regulation efficient cars is currently not on time because it is still poor public transport infrastructure in Indonesia.

Charlotte-area home prices rise 7.1% in May

Charlotte-area yearly home price gains slowed in May for the first time in 11 months – a sign that the local housing market might be cooling off.

The closely watched Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller indexes, released Tuesday, showed prices of existing Charlotte homes increased 7.1 percent from a year ago, down from April’s year-over-year increase of 7.3 percent.

On a national level, average home prices have returned to spring 2004 levels, according to Case-Shiller. Across 20 U.S. cities, May home prices rose 12.2 percent, their largest yearly increase since March 2006, but remain about 25 percent below June-July 2006 peaks.

While the data show the local and national housing sector is healthier than during the depths of the downturn, David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said U.S. home price growth isn’t expected to stay at current levels.

“I don’t think we’re going to sustain double-digit annual rates of increase over the long haul,” he said in a phone interview. “Over the next year to year and a half, the rate of increase is going to slow down for almost all the cities.”

In Charlotte, home prices have been rising as inventory shrinks and brokers report some listings resulting in competing bids. A year ago, Charlotte brokers say, competing bids would have been virtually unheard of.

Existing Charlotte-area homes are also selling faster than they were a year ago, according to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. In June, it took 93 days on average for a home to sell, a decline of 16 percent from June 2012.

Despite signs of a strengthening market, some Charlotte sellers have had to lower prices this summer after failing to attract buyers.

Such reductions are helping to keep price increases in check.

Mark DuPont, 68, listed his home in the Downs Grant neighborhood for $247,500 July 6, but has since slashed that to $237,500.

“It was way overpriced for the area,” DuPont said Tuesday. “I really thought I would get more interest than I did.”

After lowering the price and putting the home on the local multiple listing service, he’s getting more inquiries, he said. Since last week, there have been five showings but no offers, he said.

“I think it will sell,” he said.

Holly Corbit also had to lower the price of the Cameron Wood home she owns with her husband. The couple listed it June 2 at $230,000 after putting in new appliances and making other upgrades to the home, which was built in 1988.

“We thought we were competitively priced within our neighborhood,” she said.

They received no offers and, worried that there would be less interest in buying homes after the summer ends, put it on the multiple listing service and dropped the price to $215,000.

“We were concerned about bringing it down significantly,” she said. “But we said, ‘Well, we’ve got to get offers.’ ”

About four days later, a flurry came in, she said. The house is now under contract.

As to why the home didn’t sell at $230,000, she speculated that buyers are still trying to find a bargain.

“They’re just trying to chisel down as low as they can go,” she said.

Rising mortgage rates

Rising mortgage rates are also creating uncertainty about the housing market. According to Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage-finance company, the average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage in July is 4.37, up from 3.55 the same month last year.

On Monday, the National Association of Realtors’ chief economist said its index of pending sales dropped 0.4 percent in June from May. Lawrence Yun, the association’s economist, blamed higher mortgage rates and lower inventory of homes for sale.

In Charlotte, monthly price gains tapped on the brakes in May, according to Case-Shiller, which does not track sales of newly built homes in its indexes.

Prices rose only 0.1 percent from the month before, after a 1 percent increase from March to April.

The same trend took place in the U.S. Across the 20 cities, May prices rose 2.4 percent from April, down from a 2.6 percent rise from March to April.

Blitzer, of Case-Shiller, said the decline was not significant.

As mortgage rates go up, he said, “that will dampen housing.”

But the housing industry won’t “fall off a cliff” as a result, he said.

“It’s likely to be much more gradual. If past patterns are any indication, a lot of people will shift from fixed-rate loans to adjustable-rate loans. I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t see it again.”

First semester of 2013, Pertamina EP Records Profit of Rp 10 Trillion

In the first half (I) 2013, PT Pertamina Exploration and Production (EP) posted a profit of Rp 10 trillion more. Targeted for this year, a subsidiary of state-owned PT Pertamina is able to reap a profit of Rp 18 trillion.
Public Relations Manager of PT Pertamina EP, Amperianto Agus told reporters in Jakarta, Saturday (3/8) night suggests, corporate profits optimistic embrace of it is based on the production performance of oil and gas corporation that produced it.
He said that the present level of oil production per day PT Pertamina EP reached 132 thousand barrels. The expected production rate constant and even increases with the exploration and discovery of new reserves by corporations. “In 2012, corporate profit reached Rp 21.5 trillion,” he said.
This year profit target of Rp 18 trillion does not mean a decrease compared to last year. Agus argues that profits surge last year in addition to the corporate consistency in producing oil and gas, as well as exchange rate differences and the rise in oil prices in the international market.
“Target profit last year (2012) amounted to Rp 17 trillion,” he added.
Most of PT Pertamina EP oil fields located in Sumatra, especially in Jambi, South Sumatra, North Sumatra, and Riau. Pertamina EP also has oil fields in West Java, Central Java and East Java.
“We’re also there is quite a large project in Central Java and East Java. BUT, it is where the gas production is later used to supply gas power plant Tambaklorok Semarang. If that was to be our gas production, is estimated to be saving USD 2 billion of fuel conversion used oil to gas power plant Tambaklorok Semarang, “he explained.
As a subsidiary of PT Pertamina engaged in the upstream oil and gas sector, according to Agus, operational and corporate performance requires the support of many parties, especially the government and society.
Oil theft cases in a massive scale in the pipeline Tempino-Plaju South Sumatra should not happen in other places. In the pipeline along the 265 kilometer (KM), he said, about 75% have been embedded in the ground at the depth of 1.5 meters to 2 meters.
“But, it remains stolen. Trick with building above the oil pipelines, oil pipelines and oil drilled and taken,” he said.

Modernland Record Profit of Rp 260 billion, Jumped 250%

Property company, PT Modernland Realty Tbk (MDLN) earned a net profit of Rp 260 billion during the year 2012, surging 250% from the previous year’s profit of Rp 74 billion. Earnings per share also increased from Rp 24.26 per share to Rp 41.57.

The increase in net income was driven by the increase in total revenue in 2012 amounted to Rp 1.06 trillion from the previous year sebesaar revenue of Rp 504 billion. This was conveyed by the company in its disclosure to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI), in Jakarta, Tuesday (03.19.13).

The amount of revenue sustained by net sales in 2012 amounted to Rp 1.01 trillion, which was also up from the previous year of Rp 468 billion.

Also supported the acquisition of the company’s revenue from the golf course and restaurant business Club House in 2012 amounted to Rp 37.76 billion. That was up from the previous year of Rp 36, 44 billion.

Of a business acquisition also sustain revenue of Rp 7.48 billion in 2012. Meanwhile, the cost of sales also increased from Rp 238 billion in 2011 to Rp 556 billion in 2012.