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Mike Southwood

16 Chater Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Member since June 18, 2013


  • The_southwood_group_177_ The Southwood Group is monitoring Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., as Japanese manufacturing goliath unveils plans to improve supply line quality. Mitsubishi’s Aircraft manufacturing division has announced plans to open a quality assurance centre in Europe to improve supply chain interface from its many suppliers involved in its passenger jet project. The quality assurance centre will be only the second such venture for Mitsubishi outside of Japan. The company will follow on from the successful implementation of this type of centre, which they opened in the American state of Illinois in June. “It seems for a lot of people outside of Japan that they only associate Mitsubishi with cars and trucks. The reality is that the Japanese company is far more like G.E Westinghouse than a traditional American style automaker. They are involved in just about every facet of manufacturing and industry. Although this is their first passenger jet Mitsubishi’s aircraft division is one of the company’s oldest and most successful units,” said Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions James Morgan at The Southwood Group. The moves are designed to bolster supply of critical components for the company’s first ever commercial jet, an airframe designed to be utilized on smaller regional routes and when completed is expected to compete for orders with older more recognized firms in the aviation business such as Bombardier, Fokker and EBDA. The Mitsubishi aircraft has already seen orde...
  • The Southwood Group Keeping the Lights On In Asia

    Community, Communication Design

    The_southwood_group_177_ The Southwood Group is seeing an increase of interest in General Electric Company, after the successful purchase of a stake in Chinese power equipment manufacturer China XD Electric Company is finalised. In what has taken 15 months to come to fruition, it was announced today that G.E has been successful in acquiring a 15% stake in Chinese power equipment company China XD. The deal comes as both companies expect to see a massive increase in the demand for equipment to meet the power infrastructure needs within China as the power grid continues to grow at an unmatched rate. “2013 has so far been a very good year for shareholders in both companies we have seen excellent returns on investment as both companies have displayed good solid performance throughout the year. As much as this is a acquisition by G.E. the partnership that will be involved is a sound decision for both parties, G.E. brings a lot of experience to the table and China XD is well placed to supply their own domestic market as it goes through rapid expansion,” said Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions James Morgan at The Southwood Group. The stake hold of 15% in China XD cost General Electric Company $552.2 million. The newly formed joint venture will enable the amalgamation to take advantage of the country’s growing energy market by supplying key-grid automation equipment for the growing infrastructure. The joint venture is expected to see G.E. expand sales of power transmission components and ...
  • The_southwood_group_177_ The Southwood Group is updating clients on Soho China as Beijing’s biggest CBD Developer’s first half profits double. The largest of Beijing’s developers Soho China Ltd has seen their latest change in strategic business model richly rewarded with a near doubling in profits for the first half of the year, over the same period last year. The company under CEO Zhang Xin modified their approach from what many describe as a ‘buy and sell’ strategy to a more long term oriented ‘buy and hold’ philosophy, the core changes have crucially affected the way Soho’s bottom line is attained. By maintaining control over attractive CBD properties for longer periods the company has seen rising income from dependable property rental as opposed to the often more profitable, but more erratic sales earnings that Soho has relied on in the past. First half profits for the Chinese developer rose to 537 million Yuan , up from 233 million Yuan a year earlier accompanied by a doubling of revenues to 2.5 billion Yuan. “Any changing of a company’s fundamental business approach carries risk and this will of course scare a number of investors. With a positive outcome like Soho’s the rewards are great for those that could see the big picture and a willing to add some risk to their portfolio’s. After a slight slowing in the rental property market first quarter we are now seeing a rebound which Soho is well poised to capitalize on,” said Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions James Morgan at T...
  • The Southwood Group are advising clients on A.P Moeller-Maersk A/S as the world’s largest shipping line announces rising earnings forecasts for the year. The largest shipping line in the world Maersk has seen a dramatic rise in share value following from the release of better than expected earnings reports. The line, which had previously reported that they expected earnings to be closely matched to those of 2012, was compelled to raise their figures after what has been a very successful year so far for the company. “The Copenhagen based Maersk reported a net income of $439 million for the three months to June with this figure dramatically eclipsing figures for the same period last year of $227 million. The line has achieved these results despite an overall fall in shipping volume globally, with gains attributed to lower fuel costs and company restructuring. Maersk has made all the right moves over the last twelve months implementing their new strategy that has enabled the company to reap the rewards. The new strategy entailed the replacement of slow ships that cost more to run and suffered expensive repairs, a bold undertaking for the company stretching capital holdings, the transition was aided by cheaper fuel costs enabling the company to offset the costs, bold strategies often beget bold gains as is the case here,” said Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions James Morgan at The Southwood Group. The shipping giant whose main route is Asia to Europe has ma...
  • The Southwood Group believes the share price of Cathay Pacific Airways may see a steady rise over the next year with investment over the last eighteen months coming to fruition. Cathay Pacific is the international flag carrier of Hong Kong with their main hub situated in Hong Kong International Airport, operating both scheduled passenger and cargo services to 172 destinations in 39 countries worldwide. The flight groups fleet of wide-body aircraft consists of Airbus A330, Airbus A340 and both Boeing 747s and 777s. Air Hong Kong and Dragon air are wholly owned subsidiaries of Cathay Pacific with Dragon air operating in 36 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, as a group they carry almost 30 million passengers and almost 2 million tons of cargo and mail. Cathay Pacific is a long-standing airline, incorporated in the mid-forties, currently supporting a fleet of 134 planes with revenue in excess of HK$99 billion almost US$13 billion. Profits in 2012 were not as high as the previous years due to its continual investment in to the expanding fleet. Cathay Pacific’s recent investments have given way to the introduction of 92 new aircraft of which delivery has commenced and will be completed by 2020 and last year saw the completion of their own cargo terminal at Hong Kong International airport. The Southwood Group believes that the recent injection of capital and the airline’s new projects approaching completion the investment will make its way on to the balance sheet in the ...
  • The Southwood Group Credit Agricole SA

    Communication, Industrial Design

    The Southwood Group comments on investment opportunities in Credit Agricole SA as Europe’s third largest bank earnings statements beat all estimates. After releasing earnings statements this week that showed net income rising to 696 million Euros from a paltry 56 million Euros for the same time last year, Credit Agricole SA finds itself at the center of market attention. The bank, Europe’s third largest has undergone expansive restructuring of both assets and core business in what many have described as a “valiant” climb back from the worldwide economic down turn of 2008. “The dramatic change in fortune for the bank can be attributed to a range of diverse actions, although key among these was the decision to sell troubled Athens based lending unit Emporiki. By selling Emporiki, the bank signalled to the markets that it was willing to make hard decisions in order to improve margins and allow it to increase capital lending, a move heavily encouraged by France’s President Francois Hollande,” said Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions James Morgan at The Southwood Group. An added benefit of Credit Agricole’s restructuring has seen the bank express confidence in its ability to cut costs by 650 million Euros by 2016, this it intends to bring about by making further core changes in its real estate, I.T and procurement divisions. As details of the banks earning and future plans were released the markets reacted positively pushing the bank’s share value higher by 2.5...
  • The Southwood Group is advising clients on the increasing benefits of investing in Pfizer as restructure plans emerge. In a year that has seen the Pharmaceutical sector involved in some of the largest and most expensive mergers and acquisitions to date. One drug company, the industry giant Pfizer Inc has taken the opposite path and been rewarded handsomely for its bold approach. As other conglomerates seek to consolidate as many holdings as possible under one marquee, Pfizer continues to divest and restructure into units that are more profitable. “Pfizer Inc has confirmed industry speculation that it will in essence split into two distinct companies, one will remain focused on their profitable secure generic drug manufacturing business, while the other will concentrate on the more costly patented drug market. The undertaking will be conducted in the same approach they have followed on numerous occasions in conjunction with project specific mergers and partnerships, it is expected that the final restructuring will be in place by 2017,” said Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions James Morgan at the Southwood Group. “Pfizer’s strategic plan allows the company to minimize any risk to their core revenue streams and share costs with partners in the more lucrative research fields, most companies would try to accomplish this, but they need to be very large to be able to do so. Luckily they don’t come much larger than Pfizer,” added Strategic Analyst at the Southwo...
  • The Southwood Group PetroChina Pumping its Growth

    Community, Communication Design

    The Southwood Group comments on the future of PetroChina looking promising as their share price keeps moving in the right direction across all markets analysts see little or nothing to slow their steady growth. PetroChina Company Limited (PetroChina) is the biggest oil and gas producer and distributor in China today. Playing a dominant role in China wisely, focused on the future, with its sales revenue in China alone making it one of the largest Oil companies in the World. Since its foundation, PetroChina has maintained and improved its standards year by year. The oil and gas giant has committed itself to becoming a major player internationally, its competitiveness has ensured the company to become one of the major producers and distributors of petrol and petrochemical products. It is involved in a wide range of related industries including, exploration, development, production and marketing of natural gas and crude oil, refining, transportation and storage. The Southwood Groups Senior Vice President Mr. James Morgan has been following its share price for the last few years and notes, “PetroChina’s share price has seen a sharp rise in the last two weeks, studying the trends we can see double digit gains within the next few months, with trading values around $117.00 we are confident to speculate that prices will see improvements ranging between $150 - $160 position before the end of the year.” As the company moves forward, the main drive for growth for PetroChina is lik...
  • The Southwood Group have been following the growth of Indian E-retailers, Flipkart, after a $300 million investment puts them forward as serious competitors to the American household name, Amazon. Flipkart, the Bangalore based online shopping company, have secured over $300 million in investment, both through existing and new investors, leaving the company valued at over $1.5 billion. Of the received funds, a $200 million investment was injected by a group of companies that hold a stake in the Indian e-commerce venture due to Flipkart’s progress. Additional $100 million investment generated by outside speculators made this the single largest funding received for an Indian start-up company to date, giving confidence to online retailers and Indian corporations. “The newly appointed online giant has managed to move itself into all the key areas required for a successful e-commerce venture, giving itself the scope and range needed to be able to be able to compete with more well established online retailers, such as Amazon,” said Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions James Morgan at The Southwood Group. Market analysts are following the progress of the Indian online company, noting several factors that suggest that this E-commerce venture has the capabilities to overtake Amazon as the world’s largest online retailers. This current investment marks the fifth round of financial backing for the major shareholders, with them buying into the company more substanti...
  • The Southwood Group weigh the possible returns of jumping in with a last minute offer to dive in with Silver Lake should their buyout offer be rejected. The Southwood Group has, since the start of this year been closely monitoring the progress of the special committee set up by Dell Inc, the third-biggest maker of computers in the world. The purpose of the special committee set up by Dell Inc is to evaluate options for the troubled computer giant. At that time Dell’s enterprise value was just under USD $20Billion. A deal has been pending since January from the private equity firm Silver Lake, who have been leading the effort with its limited partners and have been rumoured to have been expecting to be joined by other private equity firms which is still a bargaining chip for them to reap rewards should they finalise the deal. “Lenders including Credit Suisse Group, Barclays, The Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of America Corp are expected to informally disclose the terms to a small group of potential buyers of the bridging loan according to my source who I am obliged not to name as the process is private,” said Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions James Morgan at The Southwood Group. The Southwood Group are of the impression that lenders are informally canvassing debt investors to gauge whether they can bundle up the financing necessary into manageable blocks to be offered to syndicates, once the deal is done. The technology-based buyout firms financing will ...