- SABANCI HOLDING'S CEO ZAFER KURTUL: “THE SHARE TRANSFER IN CARREFOURSA WAS COMPLETED AND THE NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM IS WORKING WITH THE GOAL OF IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE COMPANY AND INCREASING ITS PROFITABILITY”
- “ENERJISA COMPLETED THE TAKEOVER OF THE AYEDAS ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION REGION. TAKEOVER OF TOROSLAR REGION WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN THIS YEAR”
- “SABANCI GROUP COMPANIES ARE CONTINUING THEIR PROFITABLE GROWTH WITH THEIR HIGHLY QUALIFIED HUMAN RESOURCES AND STRONG CAPITAL STRUCTURES”
Sabancı Holding’s consolidated revenues in the first half of 2013 amounted to 11,349 million TL, increasing by 13% over the same period last year.
During the same period, Sabancı Holding had a consolidated operating profit of 2,843 million TL, and a net profit of 1,089 million TL, increasing by 77% and 51%, respectively over the same period of last year.
Sabancı Holding’s total assets as of June 30, 2013 increased to 185,696 million TL and its consolidated equity increased to 16,506 million TL.
Sabancı Holding’s CEO Zafer Kurtul assessed the results of the first half:
“I thank our employees, who had the greatest share in our successful results.
We are working diligently to sustain our success in the future and proceed with our investments with the expectation of continued economic and political stability in our country. As Sabancı Group, we are confident of the development potential and stable government of our country. Our primary goal in the sectors we operate in is to support the growth of our country and to help create employment. In the first half, the economic developments in Turkey were in line with our expectations. Following the statements of the Federal Reserve regarding the potential end of quantitative easing, however, the Turkish lira, along with other emerging market currencies, devalued against the US Dollar and central banks increased interest rates in order to provide stability. We expect these developments to decrease projected growth rates. With Turkey’s need for external financing, we believe that the measures to be taken by the government to minimize the impact of these developments will be important.
Since Sabancı Holding does not have a short foreign exchange position, it was unaffected by the currency rate fluctuations.”
-“AKBANK IS PROVIDING CASH AND NON-CASH LOANS IN EXCESS OF 126 BILLION TURKISH LIRAS TO TURKEY’S ECONOMY”-
“Akbank increased its market share in almost all segments of consumer loans and continued gaining market share.
In addition, Akbank continues to differentiate from its competitors with the high quality of its assets and to successfully manage its risks. Akbank has one of the lowest NPL ratios in the sector.”
-“ENERJISA WILL PROVIDE ELECTRICITY TO 19 MILLION PEOPLE IN BAŞKENT, AYEDAŞ AND TOROSLAR DISTRIBUTION REGIONS”-
“Enerjisa continues to take steps to be the leading integrated electricity business in Turkey. The takeover of AYEDAŞ electricity distribution region has been completed on July 31, 2013. The takeover of Toroslar electricity distribution region will be completed in September. With the completion of the takeovers, Enerjisa will have a 25% market share in electricity distribution and will serve 9.1 million subscribers. Our primary focus in AYEDAŞ and Toroslar regions will be to improve the operational and customer service standards to the level of the Başkent distribution region.
Enerjisa continues to increase the diversity of its generation portfolio. With our investments in renewable energy, we are contributing to the reduction of Turkey’s current account deficit. In addition to the 164 MW of renewable installed capacity that has been completed so far in 2013, a further 376 MW of hydroelectricity capacity will be completed in the remainder of the year.”
-“WE HAVE REFOCUSED OUR FOOD RETAILING PORTFOLIO”
“With the goal of focusing on mainstream food retailing, we have exited discount food retailing by selling our shares in Diasa. We have increased our stake to 50.8% in Carrefoursa, operating in the supermarket segment, in which we believe we can differentiate from the competition as Sabancı.”
“Our priority is to successfully implement the turnaround plan in Carrefoursa to achieve profitability and growth, creating value for our shareholders. The first step was taken with the appointment of a local management team with an extensive knowledge of the Turkish retail sector. With this step, we will be able to use our Turkish market and consumer experience fully for the success of Carrefoursa.
We are proceeding with organic growth in the technology superstores market in which Teknosa is the leader with new store openings. In addition, Teknosa is actively exploring acquisition opportunities. Teknosa continued to improve its profitability, increasing its revenues by 36% in the first half over the same period of last year. Teknosa opened 9 stores this year, reaching 292 stores. Share of revenues from e-commerce channels increased to 5% in the second quarter of 2013 compared to 2.2% at the end of 2012.”
-“SAVINGS RATE IN TURKEY WILL IMPROVE WITH THE PRIVATE PENSION SYSTEM”
“Private pension system is experiencing rapid growth with the government incentives. Avivasa, one of the leaders of the sector, increased the number of its new participants by 60% and its assets under management by 27% in the first half of the year over the same period of last year.
Aksigorta continued increasing its profitability by focusing on effective claims management.”
-“WE ARE SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURAL INVESTMENTS BY SUPPLYING CEMENT”
“Major infrastructural projects are generating strong demand within the regions our cement companies operate in. Akcansa is providing 1.2 million cubic meters of ready mix concrete for the European side of the third bridge in Istanbul and the highways connecting to it.
Our cement companies Akçansa and Çimsa enjoyed robust domestic demand in the first half of this year. The revenues of cement companies increased by 13% in the first half over the same period of last year, in spite of the recent weaknesses in some export markets, such as Russia.”
-“INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES ARE FOCUSING ON INCREASING OPERATIONAL PROFITABILITY“
Kurtul continued as follows: “The slowdown in growth in Asia has increased competition in our export markets. Our industrial companies are responding to this challenge with agility in decision making and execution, innovation and focusing on cost control.
Despite the slowdown in European markets, Brisa increased its net profit by 90% in the first half compared to the same period of the last year as a result of higher sales in the replacement channel and declining raw material prices. Lassa, proudly bearing the Turquality brand in world markets, has added South Korea to its export markets.
-“OUR STRONG CAPITAL STRUCTURE ACCELERATES OUR STEADY AND PROFITABLE GROWTH “
Kurtul completed his assessment: "In the current environment in which managing risks is increasingly more important, our goal is to continue our profitable growth and contribute to the Turkish economy with our low leverage, low foreign currency exposure, strong capital structure and most crucially, with our highly qualified human resources.”