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BOL Revenue Up by 13%

Bangkok-listed business information provider, Business Online (BOL) reported 2014 revenues of US$14 million, up 13% year-on-year.  Income in the year decreased by 12%, down to US$2.4 million.  Diluted earnings per share in 2014 were Baht 0.10 (US$0.0030). More than half of BOL’s revenues were generated through its flagship online information service, amounting to US$7.0 million.  This represents a 10% decrease from ... Read More »

Nielsen Buys Digital Content Specialist Brandbank

Nielsen has announced the acquisition of Brandbank, which collects, manages and distributes FMCG product and brand image content, via digital means, for retail syndication across in-store, print promotional and e-commerce platforms. The deal includes the integration of Brandbank teams across the UK, France and seven other European nations, plus China, Thailand and Malaysia. Nielsen is also talking to Brandbank clients ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Bulgaria – the PM has resigned, leaving the banking crisis unresolved; Ecuador – a novel effort to “replace” the dollar as legal tender; Indonesia – Jokowi is the President-elect, yet challenges conjure up the prospect of weeks of uncertainty; Ukraine – PM Yatsenyuk has stepped down, making way for elections; United States – seeking to block corporate “inversions.” CHINA: Economic ... Read More »

BOL Thailand Makes Strategic Investment in Ecart Studio Co. Ltd.

Business Online Thailand has acquired a 15% equity interest in Ecart Studio, a developer of Web-based applications and enterprise location based software applications.  Price of the transaction was 52,941,176 Baht (US$ 1.64 million). Ecart Studio’s deep expertise in online mapping systems is to further BOL’s business potential in the future.  Both companies will partner in government projects. Source:  BOL Filing Read More »

Country Risk Climates:  Trends to Keep an Eye On

Ghana – the cedi has breached the 3:USD 1 “barrier”; Madagascar – the US has ended all remaining restrictions on direct aid; Niger – domestic unrest is exacerbating the threats from abroad; Venezuela – sanction threats from the US House of Representatives; Zambia – yet another record low for the kwacha. CHILE:  The Bachelet government’s ambitious tax reform bill is ... Read More »

Business Online Thailand Revenues Up 28% in Q1

Bangkok-based business information provider, Business Online (BOL), reported revenues of US$3.3 million, up 28% year-on-year.  BOL’s net income in the quarter was US$535,000, an increase of 20% compared to the same period last year. The company attributed the growth to higher revenue from some projects. Earnings per share in the period were Baht 0.02. More than half of BOL’s revenues ... Read More »

BOL Thailand 2013 Revenues Up 6.1%

Bangkok-listed business information provider, Business Online (BOL) reported revenues of US$12 million, up 6.1% year-on-year.  Net income in 2013 was US$2.8 million, representing growth of 4.1% compared with 2012. Diluted earnings per share in 2013 were Baht 0.11 (US$0.0034). Approximately 63% of BOL’s revenues were generated through its flagship online information service – amounting to US$7.8 million. This figure results ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Czech Republic – no Eurozone entry before 2020; Egypt – a new constitution; Lithuania – headed for the Eurozone in 2015; Serbia – There are likely to be early elections, probably in March; Venezuela – a new economic team and hints of FX reforms to come. ARGENTINA:  The Plata Republic is not in another full-fledged crisis yet, but the omens ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Brazil – the worst trade result since 2000; Indonesia – external improvements apt to be sustained; Sweden – lowered economic expectations and worries about a housing bubble; Sri Lanka – brushing off IMF advice. CHINA: The CB has succeeded in calming the financial markets, following a flurry of speculation that a cash crunch may be threatening banks and the economy. ... Read More »

Impact Exhibition Management Thailand Reports 30% Growth in International Events

News this week: IMPACT Exhibition Management, the management company of Bangkok’s IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center, reported an increase of 30% in international events held at the venue during this year. A total of 35 international events were held this year, with each attracting more than 1,000 participants. The largest trade show held at IMPACT this year was the food and beverage show THAIFEX, which ... Read More »

Emerging Asia: Coface Warns of Growing Risks Linked to Household Debt

The growth potential in Asia remains high, driven by the middle class Asian economies have weathered the double blow of the global crisis of 2008-2009 and that of the sovereign debt of the Eurozone, due notably to the dynamic consumption of their households.  For example, since 1995 per capita consumption has almost tripled in China and has more than doubled ... Read More »

Thailand Country Risk Climate: Flooding Continues to Worsen

Once again Thailand flooding is beginning to be a significant problem across the country.   With significant rains still to come, 32 out of 77 provinces in the country have been flooded since rains started in mid-September.  Aside from the devastating cost to human and animal life, there is a significant economic risk to be considered once again.  As in ... Read More »

BOL Thailand Reports Q2 Revenue Growth of 20%

Bangkok-based business information provider, Business Online (BOL), reported revenues for the quarter were US$3.4 million, an increase of 20% over the same period last year.  However, net profit for the period was down by 32% to US$587,000. BOL also released its results for the six months ended 30th June. Revenues in the first half were US$6.2 million, a 16% increase ... Read More »

BOL Q1 2013 Revenue Up 12%

Bangkok-based business information provider, Business Online (BOL), announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2013. Revenues were US$2.9 million, up 12% year-on-year.   BOL’s net income in the quarter was US$493,000, an increase of 6.6% compared to the same period last year.  Diluted earnings per share in the period were Baht 0.02. The majority of BOL’s revenues were ... Read More »

Business Online Thailand (BOL) Revenues Drop 7.7% in 2012

Bangkok-listed business information provider, Business Online (BOL), reported revenues of US$12 million, down 7.7% year-on-year.   Net income for the year was US$2.8 million, flat compared with 2011. Diluted earnings for the period were Baht 0.11 per share. The decrease in revenue was attributed to a drop in BOL’s “other service” segment, declining 22% to US$4.3 million.   That segment ... Read More »