Opinion on Company Issues in Asia-Pacific

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Heineken: has successfully offset declining sales volumes but must now explore new strategies

An expected drop in revenues for Heineken has been more than canceled out through cost-cutting measures and a shrewd pricing strategy. While beer volumes have suffered during the recession, this can be seen as the continuation of a more established trend. Plant closures have helped Heineken to reduce costs, but future profits will need to be driven by alternative methods.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2009
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CommentWire

Goldman Sachs: commitment to asset management does not herald wider change in sector trends

Goldman Sachs intends not just to hold on to its asset management business, but to actively grow it going forward. Its plans stand in contrast to the global trend of large universal banks exiting, dividing or reducing their asset management businesses. While the argument for retention is not without merit, there is unlikely to be any let-up in the trend away from asset managers any time soon.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Oct 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

McDonald's Australia: new range of premium burgers pose a threat to food companies

Last month, McDonald's added a new range of premium burgers to the menus of its 785 restaurants across Australia. Demand for these products doubled expectations, with McDonald's beef sales surging 20% since the late-August launch. Food companies need to react quickly if they want to retain the success they have enjoyed during the economic crisis.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2009
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CommentWire

Unilever: shrewd investment should aid recovery from Q1 profit decline

Consumer packaged goods company Unilever has announced an overall decline in sales and profits for the first three months of 2009. The firm has been hit by falling sales in developed countries, although growth has been seen in emerging markets. Many consumers have traded down as their disposable income shrinks, but investment from Unilever should ensure that it remains in a strong position.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2009
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CommentWire

Australia: falling profits at major banks reduce chance of rate cuts being passed on to consumers

Major Australian banks ANZ and NAB have issued their interim results for the six months ending in March, revealing falling profits due to the rising cost of bad debts. The six-month profit of the former sank by 43%, while the latter's experienced a drop of 9.4%. These disappointing results make it more likely that the banks will at least partly hold on to any subsequent Reserve Bank rate cut.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2009
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CommentWire

Kirin: buys stake in San Miguel Brewery

The purchase of a large stake in San Miguel Brewery will allow Kirin to expand its manufacturing capabilities in Asia and benefit from large sales in the Philippines thanks to the established market position of the target company. This deal should advance Kirin's aim to become a market leader in Asia Pacific over the coming years.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2009
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CommentWire

HSBC: rebranding its global private banking operations

HSBC has announced that it is to rebrand its global private banking operations amid concerns in the wider industry over the rebuilding of fee income and client confidence. This could be an effective approach, but only if it comes as part of a broader business transformation.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2009
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CommentWire

Bank of Queensland raises A$108m

On January 28, Bank of Queensland announced that it had managed to raise A$108m in capital. The bank secured the money by accessing a combination of benefactors comprising institutions, high net worth individuals and retail investors. The funds will push Bank of Queensland's capital ratio past 8%, and will help the bank to sustain organic growth.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Pfizer's acquisition of Wyeth brings scale but will fail to deliver sustainable sales growth

The Pfizer-Wyeth merger will create a prescription pharmaceutical company of unprecedented scale. The combined entity would have recorded total company sales in excess of $70 billion and prescription pharmaceutical sales of over $60 billion in 2008. However, the deal is not a solution to the companies' declining sales outlooks, and profit growth will only be achieved through further cost cutting.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2009
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McDonald's: capitalizing on the downturn with an even greater presence

McDonald's has announced plans to open 1,000 new restaurants in 2009, even though the recession is starting to impact on its results. The company could succeed in its gamble by encouraging more consumers to downsize to its cheaper food offering, but it must not completely forget the importance of health and premium trends.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2009

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