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  • Stocks & Rupiah Update Indonesia: Jakarta Composite Index Rebounds

    After having plummeted about 7 percent over the course of seven trading days, Indonesia’s benchmark Jakarta Composite Index rebounded directly after opening on Monday (04/05). At 10:41 am local Jakarta time, the index had surged 1.30 percent to 5,152.95 points. As Indonesian stocks are generally ‘oversold’ they have become attractive to investors. Moreover, most US and European stock indices ended higher at the end of last week hence providing more fuel for Indonesian stocks to rebound today.

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  • Daily Market Roundup: Corporate & Financial News Indonesian Markets

    What is the most important corporate news from Indonesia on Monday 11 August 2014? Here we present the daily market roundup. This includes following companies: Unilever Indonesia, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, Krakatau Steel, Bumi Resources, Humpuss Intermoda Transportasi, MNC Sky Vision, Kalbe Farma, Logindo Samudramakmur, Multi Bintang Beer, Sebuku Iron Lateritic Ores, the Sarulla Operation Limited consortium, Mandiri Tunas Finance, Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII), and the Kuala Namu-Tebing Tinggi Toll Road.

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  • Indonesia's Rupiah Exchange Rate and Stock Index Rise Sharply on Monday

    Both the rupiah exchange rate and the Jakarta Composite Index strengthened significantly on Monday's trading day (13/01) after the government introduced a milder version of its mineral ore export ban on Sunday (12/01). Full implementation of the ban would have burdened the country's already wide current account deficit. The ban immediately pushed up the nickel and copper prices today. The central bank's Jakarta Interbank Spot Dollar Rate (JISDOR) rose 1.75 percent to IDR 12,047 per US dollar on Monday (13/01).

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  • Indonesian Rupiah Exchange Rate Today: Extending Depreciating Trend

    On Tuesday (26/11), Bank Indonesia's mid rate depreciated 0.37 percent to IDR 11,765 per US dollar, which is the lowest level the currency has touched since March 2009. Main reason for today's decline is the government's US dollar-denominated bond auction yesterday (25/11) that fell USD $450 million short of its target. The bond issuance was negatively impacted by investors' concern about the looming scaling back of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program as US economic data improve.

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  • Unilever Indonesia Announces Final Dividend for 2012 Financial Year

    Unilever Indonesia, a major consumer goods producer of Indonesia, plans to distribute IDR 2.54 trillion (USD $260.11 million) in final dividend to its shareholders. The dividend, which is equivalent to IDR 334 per share, will be paid out on 13 July 2013. Together with the company's interim dividend, which was paid out on 20 December 2012, Unilever Indonesia uses its full net income of 2012 (IDR 4.83 trillion) to please the shareholders. Unilever Indonesia Holding BV has an 85 percent stake in the company.

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  • Largest Indonesian Companies in Terms of Market Capitalization

    Largest Indonesian Companies in Terms of Market Capitalization

    In recent years, Astra International, one of Indonesia's largest diversified conglomerates, dominated the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) in terms of market capitalization. However, it increasingly felt the competition of HM Sampoerna, Indonesia's largest tobacco company. Over the last five years, HM Sampoerna's market capitalization grew by a staggering 746.2 percent. It is also interesting to note that a  handful of Indonesian companies account for over one-third of market capitalization of Indonesia's stock exchange.

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Latest Columns UNVR

  • Shareholders Unilever Indonesia Approve Spreads Assets Sale to KKR & Co

    Shareholders Unilever Indonesia Approve Spreads Assets Sale to KKR & Co

    In an extraordinary general meeting on Thursday (21/06), shareholders of Unilever Indonesia - which is among the biggest companies listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalization - approved to sell the company's food spreads business to a subsidiary of KKR & Co, the New York-based global investment company that is engaged in a wide variety of sectors including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit, and hedge funds.

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  • Indonesian Stocks Down, Bank Indonesia Active to Defend Rupiah

    Indonesian Stocks Down, Bank Indonesia Active to Defend Rupiah

    Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index fell 1.24 percent to 6,229.63 points on Tuesday (24/04). The performance of Indonesian stocks were in line with the general trend in Southeast Asia. Due to rising US treasury yields (touching nearly 3 percent, its highest level since January 2014) investors withdraw their funds from riskier assets in emerging markets. Concerns over US inflation and the fiscal deficit are behind the rising US treasury yield.

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  • In Times of Elections Consumer Goods Companies Are Great Stock Picks

    In Times of Elections Consumer Goods Companies Are Great Stock Picks

    Consumer goods companies listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange are expected to experience two good years in 2018 and 2019 due to the presence of the "political years" (regional elections in 2018 followed by legislative and presidential elections in 2019). Traditionally, consumption rises amid these "parties of democracy" and therefore those consumer goods companies with strong brands are expected to see rising sales in this period.

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  • Unilever Indonesia to Invest $500 Million in Production Expansion

    Unilever Indonesia to Invest $500 Million in Production Expansion

    Unilever Indonesia, one of the largest consumer goods producers in Indonesia, will continue to focus on the strengthening of its production lines. The company plans to invest up to USD $500 million over the next five years. Sancoyo Antarikso, ‎External Relations Director & Corporate Secretary at Unilever Indonesia, said the funds will be used to expand production capacity of the company's nine factories across Indonesia.

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  • Consumer Goods Companies in Focus: Unilever Indonesia

    Consumer Goods Companies in Focus: Unilever Indonesia

    The full-year 2016 corporate earnings of Unilever Indonesia, one of the largest consumer goods producers in Indonesia (if not the largest), were in line with analysts' estimates, supported by higher sales - both in terms of volume and prices. Unilever Indonesia's sales rose 11.4 percent year-on-year (y/y) to IDR 40.05 trillion (approx. USD $3.0 billion), while net profit rose 9.2 percent (y/y) to IDR 6.39 trillion (approx. USD $480 million) in 2016.

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  • Unilever Indonesia to Rebound along with the Overall Economy?

    Unilever Indonesia to Rebound along with the Overall Economy?

    In 2015 Unilever Indonesia's net profit declined 1.2 percent (y/y) to IDR 5.85 trillion (approx. USD $443 million) due to weakened purchasing power of Indonesian consumers amid the economic slowdown. Last year Indonesia's GDP growth touched the six-year low of 4.79 percent (y/y). This year, however, economic growth is estimated to accelerate beyond the 5.0 percent (y/y) mark. Unilever Indonesia is a leading consumer goods producer in Indonesia that is mainly focused on home & personal care products as well as foods & refreshment products. How about its performance in 2016?

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  • Earnings Unilever Indonesia Expected to Improve in 2016

    Earnings Unilever Indonesia Expected to Improve in 2016

    Consumer goods producer Unilever Indonesia, one of Indonesia's leading consumer goods firms, is expected to show better corporate earnings in 2016 compared to the preceding years on improving purchasing power of Indonesia's population. The company's net profit is estimated to grow by 15 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the coming two years, while its EBIT margin is expected to remain above 23 percent as higher costs of raw materials are compensated by higher selling prices.

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  • Currency Update: Why Indonesia’s Rupiah Touches a 17-Year Low

    Currency Update: Why Indonesia’s Rupiah Touches a 17-Year Low

    The Indonesian rupiah touched a 17-year low as the currency continued to depreciate amid persistent bullish US dollar momentum. The rupiah weakened to IDR 13,539 per US dollar according to the Bloomberg Dollar Index on Friday (31/07). The US Commerce Department announced on Thursday (30/07) that US gross domestic product (GDP) expanded at 2.3 percent (year-on-year) in the second quarter of 2015, giving rise to heightened expectation that the US Federal Reserve will raise its key interest rate soon.

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  • Indonesian Rupiah and Stocks Update: Profit Taking Causes Falling Index

    The benchmark stock index of Indonesia (Jakarta Composite Index, abbreviated IHSG) declined 0.92 percent to 5,136.86 points on the last trading day of the week. Seven of the ten sectorial indices fell, led by the finance sector (-1.66 percent), followed by consumer goods (-1.50 percent) and manufacturing (-1.34 percent). The main reason for this poor performance is that investors are again looking at the true fundamentals of the Indonesian economy instead of optimism about Joko Widodo becoming Indonesia’s seventh president.

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  • Unilever Burdened by Expensive Euro and Growth Slowdown in Asia

    Unilever Burdened by Expensive Euro and Growth Slowdown in Asia

    British–Dutch multinational consumer goods company Unilever has to cope with slowing worldwide sales in the second quarter of 2014. Besides the negative impact of the strong euro (causing unfavorable exchange rates), underlying sales (which exclude exchange rate effects) of the company have slowed to 3.8 percent in the second quarter. In the first half of 2014, Unilever recorded a 5.5 percent (year-on-year) decline of revenue to €24.1 billion. However, net profit rose 12 percent to €3 billion, partly on gains derived from the sale of business units.

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