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Posts written in February 2019

Kraft Heinz Company: What has caused this food giant’s share price to nosedive?


Kraft Heinz Company is a global food producing giant capable of strengthening its position as the fifth largest food producer in the world, but an overvalued 2015 merger has harmed the immediate outlook for the company. Charges as a result of the goodwill and intangible assets in its latest results capped off a terrible 2018 for the company, in which attributed to a common shareholder loss of $12.6bn and diluted loss per share of $10.34 – representing a huge write-down in a sector that seldom sees figures of that magnitude… Read more

Toshiba operational profit downgrade: Japanese company now more dependent on turnaround plan succeeding


The announcement of a five-year turnaround plan towards the end of 2018 was met cheerily by stock markets; even though several profit-making businesses had been sold, expectations were the company would begin to recover after being flushed with funds from the NAND sale. Yet now the company has reported results that are well down on original expectations, casting doubt over how soon the company can return to being a safe bet for investors. The stated ambition is to reach profit margins of at least 10% when the five-year plan concludes… Read more

African ports are driving economic growth: Expanding the port network will bring big benefits


According to SAP, 90% of imports and exports to and from Africa are transported by sea, and with the global middle-class population predicted to balloon to five billion people in just over a decade, expectations are African ports will take on greater economic significance. Problems, therefore, must be solved. Durban in South Africa is one of the more egregious examples of ports failing: the port is highly expensive and suffers from crippling congestion in the surrounding areas, causing it to only operate at 75% of the efficiency expected of an… Read more

Airbnb: Uncertain future of short-term rental platforms


Airbnb’s rapid expansion and takeover of the world’s home-sharing community is subsequently changing the landscape of travel accommodation. However, it is becoming clear the formerly touted benefits of posting vacation rentals on short-term rental websites are becoming more of a hassle for property owners. Several cities around the world have expressed concerns that platforms such as Airbnb stand as unfair competitors to hotels and can turn some neighborhoods into sterile, tourist-only zones. This resulted in the introduction of stricter regulations concerning short-term rentals France is Airbnb’s second-largest market after the… Read more

Huawei exerting soft power: International relations strained as Chinese giant seeks overseas expansion


Many governments fear, to varying degrees, the signing of contracts with Huawei will grant intimate access to the government of China – certainly that is the line being pushed by the US government. The New Zealand government gained international attention towards the end of 2018 after the Communications Security Bureau successfully banned mobile phone company Spark from using Huawei equipment in the planned 5G network upgrade. An abrupt cancelling of official Chinese representation at the launch of the much vaunted Year of Chinese Tourism campaign was a rare public statement… Read more

Future of Ford in Europe and China seems uncertain after reported losses


Ford has reported a 50% decline on revenues since last year in China and Europe, facing with job cuts. Investors’ behavior had a big impact on Ford’s losses due to the company’s struggle to restructure their core business and persuade the investors that they are willing to do so, making them to lose their trust in the company. Ford aims a £14bn ($18.2bn) cuts focused outside of North America region, in order to revive flagging international businesses. Bridgend and Dagenham sites in UK will face significantly more dramatic cuts than… Read more