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Q.01When was BTS Group Holdings founded?

BTS Group Holdings was initially founded on March 26, 1968 under the name Tanayong Co., Ltd. as a property development business.

To Read more about our history, please visit "Our History"

Q.02When did the company acquire Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company (BTSC)?

The company acquired ordinary shares of Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company (BTSC) and its subsidiaries on May 4, 2010. This acquisition was considered to be a business combination under common control. The share holding percentage of the Company in BTSC is 93.5% (as at September 30, 2010).

For the BTS Group's company structure, please visit Our Corporate Structure page Our Corporate Structure page

Q.03What is the current ownership structure of the BTS Group?

Please visit Shareholder Structure page for more information

Q.04What are The BTS Group's core businesses?

The BTS Group's business can be classified into four main categories which are:-

  • Mass Transit business; BTSC is the sole concessionaire to the original network of Bangkok's BTS SkyTrain and has also been appointed to operate and maintain extension lines, as well as the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Bangkok.
  • Media business; The Group is the largest out-of-home media company in Thailand through VGI Global Media Co.,Ltd. It manages advertising space both on the BTS SkyTrain network as well as through a nationwide network of modern-trade retailers and commercial venues.
  • Property business; The Group focuses on property development along the existing and future mass transit lines. The primary focus is the development of condominiums under the Abstracts brand.
  • Services business; The service business provides strategic support to the three primary business sectors.

For more information about our core businesses, please visit Our Business page

Q.05What are the key growth factors of the BTS SkyTrain business?

The Thai Government is prioritizing the expansion of Bangkok's mass transit network. In February 2010, the Bangkok Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning's approved the development of 495 km of rail mass transit extensions for Bangkok Metropolitan and surrounding areas in the next 20 years. The BTS Group is in a prime position to compete to participate in the development and / or operation of the extended network. Further, the expanding network will serve the continuous increase in the number of passengers on the original network. BTS Group continues to invest in additional rolling stock and improvements in the signaling system in order to accommodate anticipated growth in ridership.

In addition to the expansion of the mass transit network, the BTS Group anticipates organic growth through ongoing trends such as population growth and urbanisation, development of properties alongside the BTS Skytrain route, and migration from overly congested road-based transit to rail-based transit on account of the improved punctuality, reliability and safety records.

Q.06 What is the capacity for BTS SkyTrain system?

The BTS SkyTrain system is designed to handle a maximum of 50,000 passengers per hour per direction. This is achieved when the 6-car trains (the maximum that the platforms are built to accommodate) run at a headway of approximately 2 minutes. Current peak hour capacity (as of 30 October 2010) as measured by 'peak loading' is approximately 19,000 passengers [per hour per direction] for both morning and evening peak hours on the Sukhumvit Line. The peak loading capacity for BTS SkyTrain - Silom Line is approximately 11,000 passengers for both morning and evening peak hours. BTS Group continues to invest in additional rolling stock and improvements in the signaling system in order to accommodate anticipated growth in ridership.

Q.07How many passengers travel along on the BTS SkyTrain each month?

The historical ridership of BTS SkyTrain can be found in the BTS Ridership page.

Q.08What are the key growth factors of our media business?

Our media business has two major sectors. The first sector is management of advertisement space on the BTS SkyTrain network. This sector benefits directly from the growth in BTS ridership, the increase in the number of trains, as well as an expanding of number of stations under operation and management agreement of the BTS SkyTrain. The second sector is management of advertisement space in modern trade stores and office buildings. In this sector, we benefit from the aggressive expansion plans of modern trade retailers in Thailand. For more information about our media business, please visit the Media business section.

Q.09What is the main strategy property development business?

The BTS group's strategy in the property development business is to develop along existing and future mass transit routes. The Group is in a prime position to capitalise on the synergies with the mass transit business such as its unique ability to offer 10-year unlimited free travel to purchasers of its Abstracts condominium units. For more information about our property section, please visit the Property business section

Q.10What is the main strategy of services business?

Our services business division is designed to provide strategic support for the Group's core business operation. For example, Bangkok Smartcard System Company Limited (BSS) is developing a common ticket system for the mass transit system in Bangkok. This is intended to speed up ridership flow through the ticket barrier as well as enhance customer's satisfaction. Further, Hip Hing Construction (Thailand) is a construction management joint venture that was established with Hip Hing (Hong Kong) in order to bring construction expertise to the Group's projects. For more information about our services section, please visit the Services business section

Q.11What is the BTS Group fiscal year, and the corresponding earning release date?

The BTS Group's fiscal year runs from 1st April - 31st March. Our earnings release date for
1Q (1st April - 30th June) is within August, for 2Q (1st July - 30th September) is within November,
for 3Q (1st October - 31st December) is within February, and for 4Q (1st January - 31st March) is within May. For historical earnings data, please visit our "Financial Statement" page.

Q.12What is the BTS Group's dividend policy?

The Company has a policy of paying dividend at the rate of no less than 50% of net profit after tax in accordance with the Company's financial statements (on a standalone basis). The Company shall pay dividend in the following fiscal year taking into consideration the cash flow from the operation of the business. The annual dividend payment announcement must be approved at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. As for the interim dividend payment, the Company's Board of Directors may deem it appropriate to pay interim dividend if the Company has sufficient profits and working capital for business operation after the interim dividend payment. The Board of Directors has the responsibility to inform shareholders of the payment in the subsequent shareholders meeting.

For more information about our dividend policy, please visit Dividends page.

Q.13Who is the BTS Group's registrar?

Our registrar is Thailand Securities Depository Co., Ltd. (TSD). They keep records of our company's register of shareholders including name, address, and number of shares held.

You can find the contact information of TSD in Contact Our Registrar page

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