JAL profit down 31.9 percent

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced a net profit in the April-June period fell 31.9 percent to 18.33 billion yen (187 million dollars), after rival All Nippon Airways reported a loss due to soaring fuel costs.

JAL, which re-listed its shares in Tokyo last year after a bankruptcy restructuring high performance, reported sales totaled 294.1 billion yen, up 2.6 percent.

While the carrier did not give specific reasons for lower profits, where a sharp decline in the yen exchange rate has boosted the price of fuel is predominantly dollar-denominated purchases. Fuel is one of the biggest cost element for the aviation industry.

Four months Boeing Dreamliner in-“grounded” also hit two largest airlines in Japan, where ANA said on Tuesday that the crisis has helped drag losses of 6.6 billion yen for the three months to June.

For the fiscal year to March 2014 JAL retaining previous forecast unchanged, the net profit of 118 billion yen in total sales of 1.272 trillion yen, reported AFP.

PTPN X to Issue Bonds Rp 700 Billion, Supports Business Expansion

Expected this year, PT Nusantara Plantation X (Persero) to issue bonds worth Rp 700 billion. Proceeds from the bond issue will be used to support the company’s expansion.

Preparation of the bond issue amid accelerated. “Using fiscal year 2012 financial statements, we expect bond issuance could take place the first half of this year,” said Finance Director PTPN X Dolly P. Pulungan in Surabaya, on Tuesday (04/09/2013).

The move has also been sanctioned mentioned the Ministry of SOEs. Later, PT Bahana Securities and PT AAA Securities to be implementing the underwriters in the issuance of these bonds.

“We get ratingA + Rating Agency of PT Indonesia (Pefindo.) This illustrates a stable outlook and the company’s performance continues to increase, so we’ll coupon bonds attractive to investors,” said Dolly P Pulungan.

The bond proceeds will be used for working capital replacement refinancing of banks with interest rates that are high enough to sustain the business three sugar mills (PG) in South Sulawesi, which Takalar PG, PG Bone, and PG Caming.

Three sugar mills, said Dolly P Pulungan, now managed by PTPN X corresponding duty of the Ministry of SOEs. With the proceeds of the bonds, the company could obtain cheaper funding costs than bank credit that has been used by the three PG.

“In the future we will be racing performance by improving the farming sector (on-farm) and processing (off-farm), especially with mechanized approach for optimal results,” added Dolly P Pulungan.

Three sugar factories in South Sulawesi, continued Dolly P Pulungan, has been working on a land area of ​​11,000 hectares. In the future, will be developed into 15,000 acres along the expansion.

PTPN X will apply best agricultural practices by providing superior varieties, cultivation methods are effective, and that grade plant processing systems by optimizing engine performance.

Dolly P Pulungan added, in addition to the three PG in South Sulawesi, the bond proceeds will also be devoted to boost the performance of eleven sugar factories owned by the company’s in East Java.

“We are targeting production of 538,000 tons of sugar this year, up from last year’s 494,000 tonnes. We are the market leader in national sugar industry since 2006 and until now has not been deterred,” he said.

Currently, PTPN X has 11 sugar mills in various cities in East Java, three tobacco plantations in Jember (East Java) and Klaten (Central Java), a subsidiary of the production of plastics, a subsidiary of the field of health care services, and investments in manufacturers edamame export oriented. In addition, the company was also tasked by the Ministry of SOEs to manage three PG in South Sulawesi who previously managed another state.

In addition to proceeds from the issuance of bonds, it also set up internal cash to sustain performance improvement. “We will improve the quality of the sugar with the purchase of five tools smoothing juice worth USD 25 billion, which is used to smooth juice with the ultimate goal of improving the efficiency of purification. If the quality of the sugar increases, automatic selling price of the auction will be increased. This is consequential to increase revenue,” he explained.

In 2012, PTPN X posted a pretax profit of Rp 506 billion, an increase of 140 percent compared to the achievements of 2011 amounting to Rp 210 billion.

Sun Profit Up 68% In Six Months, Reaches Rp 265 Billion

PT Matahari Department Store Tbk (LPPF) net profit to Rp 265 billion in the semester 1-2013, grew 68.3% compared to Rp 157 billion in the same period last year. The rise in profit was in line with revenue growth of turnover alias.

The sun gross sales in Semester 1-2013 Rp 5.16 trillion, 19.4% higher than the previous year of Rp 4.32 trillion. While net income reached Rp 2.741 trillion, 23.1% higher than Rp 2,226 trillion in the past year.

According to the press release the Sun, Thursday (01/08/2013), the growth was the result of an increase in the company’s customer segments, increase in disposable income and improvements in product offerings sold.

Sun currently has 121 outlets in 58 cities in Indonesia, including 5 new stores opened in the second quarter of 2013, ie in Surabaya, Palangkaraya, Palembang, Palopo, and Cibubur.

The Company has made voluntary bank debt in March 2013 amounting to Rp 700 billion, and pay back bank debts voluntarily today at Rp 400 billion, bringing the total debt down from Rp 2.369 trillion at the end of June 2013 to Rp 1,969 trillion.

This reason Yusuf Mansur Hotel Business Joint Venture Acquisition

JAKARTA, – Ustaz Yusuf Mansur turns out to have its own reasons for making the business of the Joint Venture Enterprises congregation funds. Even the joint funds can be used to acquire the hotel and turn it into a hotel for pilgrims and Umrah.

Chairman of the Joint Venture business owned Enterprises Yusuf Mansur, Arief Mufti, said the reason for this famous preachers make the business because he believes that Indonesia is very rich. Even according to analyst projections, Indonesia is believed to be a superpower.

“But we was funny. Ustaz Yusuf Mansur right Betawi, he kept thinking of Indonesia’s property behind. He considers that the Indonesian people not to miss business. Treasures Do not let it circulate in certain sectors (foreign owned),” Aries said at the conference FSA press office, Jakarta, Monday (29/07/2013).

Aries regard, the joint business is a fund of the people, by the people and for the people. Therefore, these funds can be rotated to generate profitable business. However, Aries is still reluctant to comment on the value of the proceeds from a joint business venture, especially funds that can be used to acquire Paragon Hotel Soekarno Hatta airport in Tangerang district and is now converted into a hotel Siti.

“The issue of funding, there will be an official release. We did not make a statement about it. Data will be verified again, they are consolidated, so that there is no mistake,” said Vice Chairman of the Expert Council of Islamic Economic Society (MES) is.

Currently, the FSA suggested that Yusuf Mansur public companies to make business overshadow the Joint Effort. Because, so far, the business people do not obey the rules of the stock market, let alone the promised gains of up to 8 percent.

Astra International Records Profit Rp 8, 8 Trillion

PT Astra International Tbk (ASII) posted a net profit of Rp 8, 8 trillion in the first semester of 2013, down nine percent compared to the same period in 2012 Rp9, 7 trillion.
“The performance of the company and its subsidiaries in the first semester of 2013 mennjukan a slight decrease from the first half of 2012,” said President Director ASII, Prijono Sugiarto in a press release here on Tuesday.
He added that Astra’s net income during the first six months of 2013 also decreased by two per cent to Rp94, 3 trillion, compared to the same period in 2012 amounted to Rp95, 9 trillion,

“Although the outlook remains positive domestic demand, increased competition in the automobile market, rising labor costs and declining commodity prices expected to affect the performance of the business in the second half of this year,” he said.
He argues Astra Group activities remain focused on six core business lines, namely the automotive division, financial services, heavy equipment and mining, agribusiness, infrastructure and logistics, and information technology.
Mentioned, several divisions which decreased net income in the first semester of 2013 the automotive division fell by 10 percent to Rp 4, 4 trillion. Net income and mining equipment division fell 24 percent to R1, 4 billion.
Then, the net profit agribusiness division decreased by 25 percent to Rp571 billion. And the net profit and logistics infrastructure division fell by 29 percent to Rp223 billion.
Meanwhile, the division has increased, the financial services division’s net profit rose 19 per cent to Rp2, 1 billion. And, net income and information technology division of Rp55 billion, up two percent compared to the first half of 2012.

Earn Income AXA Mandiri Rp 1 Trillion in 2012, Up 20%

PT AXA Mandiri Financial Services (AXA Mandiri) net profit in 2012 reached Rp 1 trillion, an increase of 20% compared to net income in 2011.

In addition, the company recorded total premiums amounted to Rp 5.67 trillion during 2012, an increase of 17% compared to premium income in the same period in 2011.

In 2012, AXA Mandiri has recorded an increase in funds under management by 30% from the previous year to Rp 13.8 trillion. The increase in total assets triggered AXA Mandiri increase by 24% with the acquisition of 2012 reached Rp 14.3 trillion

AXA Mandiri President Director Jon Sandham in the exposure of the company’s performance in Jakarta today explains, AXA Mandiri profit growth is influenced by the level of customer persistency which further premium payments increased 59% over the previous year.

In addition to the investment performance recorded significant growth with the growth of investment was 64% compared to the previous year.

“AXA Mandiri’s performance during 2012 has shown significant positive growth and of course this is thanks to the solid cooperation between the two shareholders, namely Bank Mandiri as the largest bank in Indonesia with a wide network and a global AXA experienced in managing life insurance,” says Jon in a written statement on Tuesday (4/30/2013)

Growth in net income and assets further strengthens the company’s financial health conditions AXA Mandiri, visible from the capital adequacy ratio has considered aspects of risk (risk based capital / RBC) which reached 368% for the conventional portfolio and achieve 81% to fund tabarru ‘of sharia portfolio.

These figures far exceed the minimum requirements required by the regulator that is 120% for the conventional portfolio and 15% for the portfolio of Shariah. Even compliance adequacy ratio of 30% for new Shariah portfolio required at the end of 2014.

“The figure shows that AXA Mandiri is able to provide protection and client obligations on the requirements set by the regulators,” said Chief Financial Officer of AXA Mandiri Iwan Pasila.

Business growth throughout 2012, the company claims to be the market leader in Indonesia bancassurance. AAJI report on the third quarter of 2012 showed AXA Mandiri is located at the top of the bancassurance market share of 34.1% by Weight New Business Premium.

AXA Mandiri will continue to enhance the company’s growth and its commitment to utilize its financial strength in order to improve service to customers and support sales reps.

“This includes providing services proactively reach customers as services that directly serve the customer makes a claim on health care for example through our Care Corner in RSPP,” said Jon.

Financial Industry harmed? Reported to FSA

JAKARTA– Customers can complain to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) if aggrieved by the financial industry. In addition, the FSA will also provide facilities to the settlement of a dispute with a customer related financial services company.

The field of Education and the Commissioner of Consumer Protection Kusumaningtuti Soetiono FSA said the facility’s completion of customer complaints made ​​to the complaint which indicate disputes in the financial services sector.

“But there are conditions that must be met if the customers want to complain about cases of negligence related to the financial services industry, both banks, non-banks, insurance and capital markets to us,” said Kusumaningtuti during a press conference in his office, Jakarta, Tuesday (30/7 / 2013).

Terms include a maximum nominal value of Rp 500 million loss for customers in banking, capital markets, pension funds, life insurance, financing, mortgage companies or guarantees.

Meanwhile, general insurance, could face losses reported to the FSA maximum of Rp 750 million.

To that end, the aggrieved customer can submit a written application along with supporting documents related to the complaint. On the other hand, financial services businesses has also made efforts to resolve the complaint.

“However, customers are not able to accept the settlement or have passed the deadline as stipulated in the rules of the FSA,” he added.

Kusumaningtuti adds, filed this complaint is not a dispute that is being or has been decided by the courts or other mediating institutions.

In addition, the complaint merely civil, have never facilitated FSA and the complaint does not exceed 60 working days from the date of settlement of complaints result businesses of financial services to consumers.

Home Finance of America – Now Offering Lowest Mortgage Payments

Home Finance of America , one of the nation’s leading online mortgage banks, is proud to announce that they are offering a mortgage rate of 3.125% (APR 3.295%) for a mortgage fully amortizing in 30 years. The interest rate on this special loan program is fixed at 3.125% (APR 3.295%) for the first 5 years after settlement and is known throughout the mortgage industry as a 5/1 ARM. A 5/1 ARM fully amortizes in 30 years so like traditional a 30 year fixed rate mortgage so the resulting monthly payment is low. A 5/1 ARM has an initial fixed interest rate for the first 5 and may adjust once each year for the remaining 25 years of the loan. The initial fixed interest rates for adjustable rate mortgages are significantly lower than those offered for 30 year fixed rate mortgages.

While Home Finance of America is currently offers the mortgage industry’s lowest 30 year fixed rate mortgage at 4.125% (APR 4.293%) a financially savvy borrower will in most cases find the 5/1 ARM is a better product. On a $200,000 5/1 ARM at Home Finance of America’s current rate of 3.125% (APR 3.295%) a borrower would save $112.55 each month in a 5/1 ARM as compared to the 30 year fixed at 4.125% (APR 4.293%). This saves the borrower $1,350.60 each year and $6,753.00 during the first 5 years of the loan when the interest rate is guaranteed not to change.

The perceived risk of an “adjustable” rate mortgage is much greater than the actual reality. The average life of an American mortgage is surprisingly only 6.5 years; subjecting the average 5/1 ARM to only 1.5 years of higher payment risk and only two rate adjustments. Moreover, the Fed is committed to keeping the short term interest rates that affect the indexes determining adjustable mortgage rates low indefinitely. There’s a good chance that in 5 years a borrower will see their adjustable rate drop or remain the same. The savings almost always outweigh the risks.

About Home Finance of America:

Home Finance of America is a direct mortgage lender and will lock-in low mortgage rates for borrowers at the time of the application. Home Finance of America currently holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau. The privately held corporation has specialized in originating low rate residential loans to qualified borrowers since 1993. They are a national leader in online mortgage lending. Loan originators are available seven days a week by calling 1-800-358-5626.

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Net profit of PLN “Skyrocket” 15,305 Percent

Net income of the State Electricity Company (PLN) in the first half jumped 15,305 percent in 2013 to Rp 4.77 trillion from the same period the previous year which is only Rp 31 billion.

In a financial report submitted to the Indonesia Stock Exchange on Tuesday (07/30/2013), note that the net profit of state-owned electricity skyrocketing is because the company no longer record foreign exchange translation losses. A year earlier, the company suffered losses of up to Rp 6.74 trillion, and the first half of 2013 the company recorded an exchange gain of Rp 909.45 billion.

The company recorded sales of electricity during the first 6 months of 2013 reached Rp 71.6 trillion. Number rose 15.15 percent from semestar I-2012 amounted to Rp 62.18 trillion.

Meanwhile, the amount of subsidy received from the government at the end of June reached Rp 43.8 trillion, down 8.9 trillion from Rp 48.08 trillion a year earlier. Thus, total revenue reached Rp 116.73 trillion in the first half of 2013, up 4.8 percent year on year.

On the other hand, due to rising liability company, PLN also recorded a rise in interest expense to be paid. In the first half of 2013, the cost of funds to pay the state-owned electricity reached Rp 13.74 trillion, an increase from the first half of 2012, Rp 11.46 trillion.

US home prices rise 12.2 percent, best in 6 years

U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May compared with a year ago, the biggest annual gain since March 2006. The increase shows the housing recovery is strengthening.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index released Tuesday also surged 2.4 percent in May from April. The month-over-month gain nearly matched the 2.6 percent increase in April from March – the highest on record.

The price increases were widespread. All 20 cities showed gains in May from April and compared with a year ago.

Prices in Dallas and Denver reached the highest level on records dating back to 2000. That marks the first time since the housing bust that any city has reached an all-time high.

Home values are rising as more people are bidding on a scarce supply of houses for sale. Steady price increases, along with stable job gains and historically low mortgage rates, have in turn encouraged more Americans to buy homes.

One concern is that higher mortgage rates could slow home sales. But many economists say rates remain low by historical standards and would need to rise much faster to halt the momentum.

Svenja Gudell, senior economist at Zillow, a home price data provider, said a big reason for the recent price gains is that foreclosed homes make up a smaller proportion of overall sales. Foreclosed homes are usually sold by banks at fire-sale prices.

“Typical home values have appreciated at roughly half this pace for the past several months, which is still very robust,” Gudell said.

Gudell said higher mortgage rates and a likely increase in the number of homes for sale in the coming months should slow the pace of price gains and stabilize the housing market.

The index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. It measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The May figures are the latest available. They are not adjusted for seasonal variations, so the monthly gains reflect more buying activity over the summer.

Despite the recent gains, home prices are still about 25 percent below the peaks they reached in July 2006. That’s a key reason the supply of homes for sale remains low, as many homeowners are waiting to recoup their losses before putting their houses on the market.

Dallas and Denver, the two cities that reached record highs, were not hit hard by the housing bust and therefore didn’t experience the sharp price swings like cities in Nevada, Arizona, California and Florida.

In Dallas, prices fell only 11.2 percent from their previous peak in June 2007 through February 2009. That’s far less than Las Vegas, where prices plummeted by more than half. Since bottoming out, home prices in Dallas have increased nearly 14 percent.

In Denver, prices dropped 14.3 percent from August 2006 until they also hit bottom in February 2009. Since then, they have risen 17.3 percent.

The biggest price gains are occurring in many of the states that experienced the worst housing bust.

Prices jumped 24.5 percent in San Francisco in May from a year earlier, the largest increase. Las Vegas reported the next biggest gain at 23.3 percent, followed by Phoenix at 20.6 percent. All three remain well below their peak prices.

The smallest yearly gains were in New York, at 3.3 percent, followed by Cleveland with 3.4 percent and Washington, D.C. at 6.5 percent.

Higher home prices help the economy in several ways. They encourage more sellers to put their homes on the market, boosting supply and sustaining the housing recovery. And they make homeowners feel wealthier, encouraging consumers to spend more. Banks are also more willing to provide mortgage loans when homes are appreciating in value.

Mortgage rates have surged since early May, though the increase would have had little impact on the current report. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has jumped a full percentage point since early May and reached a two-year high of 4.51 percent in late June.

Mortgage rates jumped after Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Federal Reserve could slow its bond-buying program later this year if the economy continues to improve. The Fed’s bond purchases have kept long-term interest rates low, encouraging more borrowing and spending.

In recent weeks, Bernanke and other Fed members have stressed that any change in the bond-buying program will depend on the economy’s health, not a set calendar date.

Since those comments, interest rates have declined. The average on the 30-year mortgage was 4.31 percent last week.

The Fed begins a two-day policy meeting Tuesday and could clarify its remarks further when the meeting concludes on Wednesday.

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