Samsung, Hyundai account for 50 pct profit of top 100 firms in S. Korea, boosting concerns over excessive dependence on a few number of companies,

Samsung, Hyundai account for 50 pct profit of top 100 firms in S. Korea 2013-05-29

SEOUL, May 29 (Xinhua) — Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor accounted for more than half of net profits generated by top 100 companies by sales in South Korea, boosting concerns over excessive dependence on a few number of companies, local media reported Wednesday. Top 100 South Korean companies listed on the main bourse posted a combined 48.73 trillion won (43 billion U.S. dollars) in net profits in 2012, according to data by the Korea Exchange cited by the local daily ChosunIlbo. Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors logged a total of 24.8 trillion won in net income last year, accounting for 51 percent of the total. The share of net profits generated by the big three companies continued to increase from 19 percent in 2007 to 35 percent in 2009, 36 percent 2011 and the record high of 51 percent 2012, according to the report. The heavy dependence on a few number of companies boosted concerns over the South Korean economy, which saw its gross domestic product (GDP) expand less than 1 percent for the past eight straight quarters. Samsung kept its record-breaking earnings trend over the past years, but it depended on smartphone for around 70 percent of its total sales. The end of smartphone boom could lead the company into trouble with generating record-breaking profits. Hyundai saw its operating profit for the first quarter decline 10.7 percent from a year earlier amid worries about the weak yen trend that was feared to hurt the company’s price competitiveness compared with Japanese rivals. The yen/dollar exchange rate rose fast since September last year, topping the 100 yen level in around four years earlier this month. More than 20 percent depreciation of the Japanese yen versus the dollar over the cited period was faster than any other descending period.

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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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