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Background

The Erawan Group Public Company Limited is a holding company that invests in the hotel business and building rental business.

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It targets various segments of customers as its hotels range from budget to luxury hotels.

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ERW has a total of 46 hotels in Thailand located in Bangkok and other popular tourist destinations and two hotels in the Philippines.

Business Description

Erawan’s major revenue contributor is its hotel segment. Partnering with major brands such as Hyatt, Marriot, and Accor, it has set up luxury hotels and resorts (Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa), midscale hotels (Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok), economy properties (Ibis) and budget hotels under its own brand (Hop Inn).

Erawan has 48 hotels including 30 Hop Inns and presence in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket and other areas.

Erawan is partnering with major brands such as #Hyatt, #Marriot, and #Accor

Its rental segment includes Erawan Bangkok, a boutique mall and lifestyle center in one of Bangkok’s busiest commercial districts; and Ploenchit Center, an office building with retail shops and restaurants.

Around two-thirds of the total operating income for 2016 came from Erawan operations in Bangkok, while the rest came mainly from Pattaya and Phuket.

ERW has two budget Hop Inn brand hotels outside of Thailand both located in the Philippines in Manila (the capital) and Makati.

Leadership

Prakit Pradipasen is the independent chairman of the board of ERW. He has held this position for 25 years and also holds the position as a Senior Executive Vice President and Advisor to the Management Board at Siam Commercial Bank. His education and qualifications include multiple director training programs in addition to his Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Prakit Pradipasen has served as independent chairman of #Erawan for 25 years

Kamonwan Wipulakorn has been working as the president of ERW since 2011 and before she has served as Chief Financial Offer and Vice President of ERW. She holds Master of Business Administration in Finance degree from Western Illinois University, US.

World Class Benchmarking

Profitable Growth has dropped to #7 from #3 in the past 12 months. ERW only ranked better than 423 out of 1,410 medium-sized Consumer Discretionary companies globally.

Profitability has slowly improved but was still below average in the past 12 months. Growth has been good but fell to #4 in the past 12 months.

Profitability at #Erawan has slowly improved but was still below average in the past 1 year

Asset utilization really poor but Profit margin has been in an improving trend since 2014.

Both Sales growth and Margin change have been slowly declining after the rebound in 2015.

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Dr. Andrew Stotz, CFA is the CEO of A. Stotz Investment Research, a company providing institutional investors with ready-to- invest portfolios in Asia that aim to beat the benchmark through superior stock selection. The company also provides buy- and sell-side clients with financial models to value any company in the world and World Class Benchmarking to determine what companies are financially world class. Previously, as Head of Research at CLSA, Andrew was voted No. 1 Analyst in Thailand in the Asiamoney Brokers Polls for 2008 and 2009. He was also voted No. 1 Analyst in Thailand in the 2009 Institutional Investor magazine All-Asia Research Team Report. Andrew earned his PhD in finance at the University of Science and Technology of China in Anhui province, with a focus on answering questions raised by fund managers and analysts during his career about picking stocks and managing portfolios. In addition, Andrew has been a lecturer in finance for 22 years at various universities in Thailand. Since 2013, he has been the president of the CFA Society of Thailand. He is also the author of How to Start Building Your Wealth Investing in the Stock Market.