“The aviation market continues to be strong. Global revenue passenger kilometres grew by 5.9% through February year-to-date, with solid growth in domestic and international markets. Air freight volumes also had a strong start to 2018, growing at 7.7% through February” Jamie Miller, CFO, GE
CEO’s and business leaders' comments can provide valuable insights and provide a greater understanding of the current investment environment and key trends that may be emerging. Below are 22 quotes from the week which in our view detail some of the most important and prominent industry trends and economic factors impacting their businesses.
“We are seeing significant demand from our customers for Connected Aircraft offerings” Darius Adamczyk, CEO, Honeywell
“The total value of all interest-only loans suggests that about $120 billion of interest-only loans are scheduled to roll over to principal & interest loans each year over the next three years. This annual figure is equivalent to around 7% of the stock of housing credit outstanding” Christopher Kent, Deputy Governor, RBA
Vitamins & Supplements
“The Australian vitamin market is broadly flat” Richard Henfrey, CEO, Blackmores
“The majority of our markets are quite strong, our franchises are robust, and we see a lot of opportunity for growth” John Flannery, CEO, GE
“Our end markets are strong. We are experiencing robust commercial activity” Darius Adamczyk, CEO, Honeywell
“We expect sound underlying fundamentals for the Australasian aftermarket, including relatively low gas prices, an upward trend in miles driven, and an overall healthy Australian economy, which will drive continued solid results for our Australasian Automotive business” Paul D. Donahue, CEO, Genuine Parts Company
Toll Road Usage
“Weighted average toll revenue and traffic for the March 2018 quarter increased by 5.4% and 3.4% respectively on the prior corresponding period (pcp), reflecting increased aggregate traffic levels” Macquarie Atlas Roads Market Announcement
“The rebound in steel demand post Chinese New Year was slower than expected. A seasonal lift for the remainder of this quarter is expected to be supportive of steel markets and is key to the ongoing strength in iron ore demand” FMG Quarterly Activities Report
Oil & Gas
“ The absence of the normal seasonal stock builds in the first quarter clearly demonstrates that supply and demand is now in balance, which combined with increased geopolitical risk is what has driven oil prices up by more than 10% over the past month” Paal Kibsgaard, CEO, Schlumberger
“The oil and gas sector continues to be a pleasant surprise. The rise in oil prices has encouraged drilling and production companies to bring rigs back online, and this adds to the broader industrial demand for our equipment” Matthew Flannery, CFO, United Rentals
“In the international markets, tendering activity remains high and continues to be very competitive, and with a clear move towards performance-based contracts from many of our customers” Paal Kibsgaard, CEO, Schlumberger
“The growth in exploration mining expenditure has been across the board and is not being artificially inflated by significant exploration expenditure at the higher end of the market” Report by BDO
“There is no certainty and no security going forward for the Victorian timber industry, it's not just for the mills — it's for the harvesters, the haulers, for a lot of those towns, these towns rely on timber production” Brian Donchi, Fenning Timbers
“Very clearly, we are trying to communicate that we see strong demand across all regions and most of our end-markets increasing from our fourth quarter outlook. And so, driving the first quarter race is an increase in our sales volume expectations, which implies we see continued good growth for the balance of the year” Jay Brown, CEO, Crown Castle
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