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Today's Headlines Transportation

  • Update: Blue Bird Group's IPO Expected in Fourth Quarter 2013

    Indonesia's biggest taxi operator, the Blue Bird Group, is planning to conduct an initial public offering (IPO) in the fourth quarter of this year. The company expects to reap between USD $600 and $800 by selling 20 to 40 percent of the company's stock equity. If the company will indeed manage to meet this target, then the IPO of Blue Bird will be the largest since the publicly listing of Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur, which raised USD $696 million in October 2010. It has been reported that Credit Suisse, Rothschild and UBS will act as underwriters.

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  • Indonesia's Mining Sector Attracts most Investments despite Weak Export

    Indonesia's mining sector is still the biggest beneficiary of both domestic and foreign direct investments. Investments in Indonesia's mining sector rose 23.8 percent in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. This may be somewhat surprising as global economic turmoil in recent years has resulted in falling commodity prices and weak mining exports. Investments are the most important pillar of economic growth in Indonesia after the country's vibrant consumer industry.

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  • Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN), Indonesia's Leading Gas Company

    Perusahaan Gas Negara PGAS Company Profile Indonesia Investments

    Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) is a government controlled gas firm that forms Indonesia's largest natural gas transportation and distribution company. It operates a distribution network that extends for 3,865 kilometers and a transmission pipeline network that measures 2,047 kilometers. PGN plays an important role in Indonesia's electricity production as it sells about 40 percent of its total sales volume to the country's power generation industry. It also forms one of the largest Indonesian companies in terms of market capitalization.

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  • Cipaganti Citra Graha Conducts IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange

    Cipaganti Citra Graha, an Indonesian transportation company, will offer 40 percent of its stock equity to the public through an initial public offering (IPO). The company releases 2 billion shares with a nominal value of IDR 100 per share. These 2 billion shares consist of 1.75 billion new shares as well as 250 million shares that are owned by its holding company Cipaganti Global Corporindo. The company, which will be listed on 9 July 2013, will reserve 40 million shares for the employee stock allocation (ESA).

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  • Construction of Jakarta's MRT Projected to Start in October 2013

    In order to tackle Jakarta's grave traffic problem, brought on by a lack of quantity and quality of infrastructure and public transportation in combination with millions of daily travelers, governor Joko Widodo has given great priority to the development of the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT). Similar to the Sunda Strait Bridge, Jakarta's MRT project has been a topic of heated discussion and study for decades. However, pressure from Jakarta's governor Joko Widodo (who is better known as Jokowi) put an end to the lingering delay.

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  • Citilink Indonesia Continues Rapid Expansion in Low Cost Aviation Sector

    Citilink Indonesia, the low budget carrier of national airline Garuda Indonesia, expects to transport around 7.8 million air passengers in 2013. This constitutes a sharp rise compared to last year's result of 3.8 million passengers. The airline, which handles 140 flights per day to 22 Indonesian cities, expects the increase to be in line with the growth of its armada to 29 aircrafts in 2013 (including 22 new Airbus A320 planes). These types of aircrafts are designed to serve short or middle-long distance flights.

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  • Indonesia's GDP Slows Down to 6.02 Percent in Quarter 1 - 2013

    Today, Statistics Indonesia released Indonesia's economic growth figure for the first quarter of 2013. Compared to Q1-2012, Indonesia's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 6.02 percent. This growth was supported by almost every sector except for Mining and Extracting, which fell 0.43 percent (YoY), indicating that natural resources are still not back on track. The largest contributor to Indonesia's Q1-2013 growth is Transportation and Communication, which grew 9.98 percent.

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  • Investment in Manufacturing Sector Reduces Dependence on Natural Resources

    Foreign investment in Indonesia 2013

    In the first quarter of 2013, Indonesia's manufacturing sector has received increasingly more investments compared to the same period last year. Investors directed IDR 53.26 trillion (USD $5.5 billion) towards Indonesia's manufacturing sector out a total of IDR 93 trillion (USD $9.6 billion) investment in Q1-2013. Compared to Q1-2012, investment in the manufacturing sector grew 84 percent. It is a positive development as it reduces Indonesia's dependence on natural resources, produces added-value products, and provides employment opportunities.

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  • Express Transindo Utama Takes Over Ekspres Mulia Kencana for US $6.87 million

    Express Transindo Utama (Express), the Indonesian taxi operator that is controlled by Peter Sondakh's Rajawali Corpora, has acquired an entire stake in Jakarta-based taxi operator Ekspres Mulia Kencana for IDR 67 billion (USD $6.87 million). This take over - which had been announced last year - will add 2,000 licensed taxi units to the company's current total taxi fleet size of about 8,000 taxis (which are primarily in operation in the Greater Jakarta area).

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  • Blue Bird Group Is Preparing for an IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange

    In Indonesian media it was reported today that the Blue Bird Group, Indonesia's largest taxi services group, picked Credit Suisse AG and UBS AG as underwriters for its initial public offering (IPO), which is assumed to take place in the second or third quarter of this year (initially the IPO was planned for the first half of 2013). Through this IPO, in which 20 to 40 percent of its equity will be sold to the public, the taxi company targets to collect about US $250 million.

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Latest Columns Transportation

  • Tackling Logistics Costs: Indonesia to Cut Toll Road Ticket Prices?

    Tackling Logistics Costs: Indonesia to Cut Toll Road Ticket Prices?

    The Indonesian government is studying the possibility of cutting toll road prices for specific trucks, hence companies engaged in transportation logistics would be the key beneficiaries. The study comes after stakeholders have complained about the expensive prices that are charged by toll road operators (most of which are state-controlled companies). Indonesian President Joko Widodo said a price cut of up to 30 percent is possible. A cheaper price would improve the competitiveness in the logistics sector.

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  • Ship Registration Procedure Reregulated by Ministry of Transportation

    Ship Registration Procedure Reregulated by Ministry of Transportation

    Recently, the Ministry of Transportation issued regulation no. PM 13 of 2017 regarding Ship Registration and Nationality (New Regulation). The New Regulation aims to increase investments in the Indonesian shipping sector. The New Regulation covers a wide scope, and therefore this column will focus on the ship registration of ownership procedures.

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  • The Impact of Low Oil Prices on Listed Companies in Indonesia

    The Impact of Low Oil Prices on Listed Companies in Indonesia

    Overall, low crude oil prices are problematic for stock markets as low prices indicate the world economy is not expanding on full throttle. This curbs investors' risk appetite. Particularly those companies that are active in the oil industry (or in related industries) will likely face declining share prices. However, there are also positive effects of low oil prices. For example consumers' purchasing power should improve because prices at the gas pump are lower, while some companies can curb operational costs. Hence, consumer and transportation stocks should actually benefit from low oil prices.

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  • Regulating the Ride-Hailing Apps Revolution in Indonesia

    Regulating the Ride-Hailing Apps Revolution in Indonesia

    On Saturday, 01 April, 2017, the new regulations for ride-hailing apps in Indonesia came into effect, designed to protect consumers of these apps and support traditional transportation services such as taxi operators, minivans, buses and motorcycle taxis. The regulations include maximum and minimum tariffs for four-wheeled-vehicle rides that are booked through the online app, as well as a limit on the number of vehicles available. However, authorities will give time to these ride-hailing apps to adjust to the new regulations due to the "magnitude of the technical rules".

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  • The Life of an Expat in Jakarta: App-Based Transport Services

    The Life of an Expat in Jakarta: App-Based Transport Services

    Foreigners who live in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta are well aware of the horrible traffic situation. The lack of sufficient infrastructure development in combination with high car sales in recent years as well as the ever-growing population of Jakarta have resulted in complete standstills in many parts of the city, particularly on weekdays. To cover a relatively small distance in a car or taxi it can take hours, a loss of valuable time. Fortunately, there is a solution to these traffic jams.

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  • App-Based Transportation: Grab Sees Strong Growth in Indonesia

    App-Based Transportation: Grab Sees Strong Growth in Indonesia

    Grab, the Malaysia-founded online application used for transportation services, has experienced remarkable growth in Indonesia during the first half of 2016. GrabCar and GrabBike have grown some 250 percent despite a 50 percent cut in its fare subsidy in this period. More than 25 percent of active Grab users in Indonesia use Grab services more than once a month. This success is due to the government's decision to legalize mobile application-based transportation services (under specific conditions) and the re-branding of Grab (formerly it was known as GrabTaxi).

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  • Indonesian Companies in Focus: Construction Firm Adhi Karya

    Indonesian Companies in Focus: Construction Firm Adhi Karya

    State-controlled construction company Adhi Karya's corporate earnings should rise in the years ahead on the back of the light rail transit (LRT) project that is expected to provide IDR 33 trillion (approx. USD $2.5 billion) worth of contracts for the construction company. Adhi Karya was appointed to construct the Greater Jakarta part of the LRT that will connect Jakarta with the satellite cities around the capital city. According to Trimegah Securities, this project will bring plenty of long-term profit for Adhi Karya.

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  • Infrastructure Indonesia: Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Palembang

    Infrastructure Indonesia: Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Palembang

    Two state-controlled companies (both listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange) are expected to feel the positive impact of the light rail transit (LRT) in Palembang (South Sumatra), a transportation project currently under construction. These two companies are construction firm Waskita Karya and cement producer Semen Baturaja. These two companies are heavily involved in the LRT project that is estimated to cost around USD $520 million. This LRT track is supportive infrastructure for the 2018 Asian Games, to be held in South Sumatra in August 2018.

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  • Construction of Indonesia's Jakarta-Bandung Railway Should Start Soon

    Construction of Indonesia's Jakarta-Bandung Railway Should Start Soon

    After experiencing a two-month delay due to permitting and concession trouble, the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung fast train should be able to commence soon. Indonesian Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan confirmed on Wednesday (16/03) that his ministry agreed to grant a 50-year concession period to the Chinese-Indonesian consortium named Kereta Cepat Indonesia Cina (KCIC). The granting of this concession means that KCIC should be able to secure the necessary construction and business permits soon. The USD $5.1 billion Jakarta-Bandung railway (in West Java) is one of the mega-infrastructure projects of Indonesia.

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  • Indonesian Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber, GrabCar & Go-Jek Apps

    Indonesian Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber, GrabCar & GoJek Apps

    Indonesian drivers of taxis, buses and bajaj (three-wheeled scooters) gathered on Monday (14/03) on several locations - in front of the State Palace, City Hall, and the Ministry of Communication and Information - in Central Jakarta to demonstrate against the presence of online transportation applications such as Uber Taxi, GrabCar and Go-Jek. Protestors claim that these mobile apps are operating illegally in the country (as these services are not regulated by law) and cause a decline in income for long-time established transportation services, including taxi services, bus services and the more traditional transportation services such as bajaj and ojek (motor taxi).

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