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Friday, 18 May 2018, 14:00 HKT/SGT

Source: VGI Global Media PCL
2017/18: A transformational year and the most lucrative year yet for VGI Group
- Record revenue up 29% to 3,936 million
- Adjusted Net profit increase 28% to 964 million
- Regional expansion by MACO
- New ecosystem is established through 5,901 million investment in Kerry Express

BANGKOK, May 18, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The past fiscal year was one of the most lucrative years for VGI. We achieved a record revenue of THB 3,936 million - a significant growth of 29%, and the highest in the company's history. Our EBITDA expanded by 25% to THB 1,691 million, while our adjusted net profit rose considerably by 28% to THB 964 million.

All of our business segments have contributed to this success. The diversification of our product mix; the extended digital portfolio of Master Ad Plc (MACO) - our main outdoor media service provider - and the synergies between VGI and Rabbit Group - our lifestyle solutions company - are among the key factors.

"Our strategy is clear, VGI branched out beyond being an Out-of-Home ("OOH") media provider to the online world, where we have successfully integrated our world-class offline and online platforms to create an Offline-to-Online ("O2O") advertising service, thereby solidifying our role as the market leader in the country. In fact, this strategy has proven to be a major factor driving our strong performance, helping to generate additional income of THB 336 million. This year, we also commenced our collaboration with AIS, the leading telecommunications operator; hence we can expect to see more positive results in the year to come," said Nelson Leung, Deputy CEO of VGI.

On 17 May 2018, VGI's Board of Directors approved the cash dividend payment from the operating results of the second half of 2017/18 at THB 0.054 per share (subject to the resolution of 2018 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, which will be held on 5 July 2018). In addition, the Board approved an intention to sell VGI Malaysia to Master Ad Plc, VGI's subsidiary. VGI Malaysia is our overseas platform with a diversified OOH business portfolio covering transit media in Malaysia and Indonesia, airports, cinemas, buses as well as modern trade. "We want to place a stronger focus on building the most robust Offline-to-Online ecosystem in Thailand and have seized this great opportunity to sell our international business to MACO, who will be our arm's-length for regional expansion," said Leung.

The Board has also approved an intention to acquire Kerry Express Co., Ltd ("Kerry"), Thailand's leading parcel delivery company. Kerry Express expanded its business alongside the e-commerce and social media booms in recent years. Today, Kerry Express delivers more than 750,000 parcels per day via its 600 distribution centres, 12,000 vehicles and 2,000 service points. Kerry Express is also an active partner of Rabbit LinePay, it pioneered LinePay-on-delivery ("LOD") service since July 2017. Now Kerry Express is one of Rabbit LinePay's largest merchants. In the 2017 financial year, it made a total revenue of over THB 6,578 million obtaining a net profit of THB 733 million, an increase by 105% and 138% from 2016, respectively.

"With the acceleration of Internet access and the increasing popularity of smartphones, the advertising landscape is rapidly changing. Digital and online marketing is now the "go-to" choice for advertisers. Therefore, advertising is no longer just about creating awareness, but engaging consumers with brands. The logistics capabilities enhanced through our partnership with Kerry Express will enable us to effectively deliver our services to respond to this fast-growing trend. We are confident this new business approach will contribute to our future success, as reflected in our new vision "Pioneering Solutions for Tomorrow" to be unveiled on May 23," said Leung.

About VGI Global Media Plc (Stock Code VGI.BKK)

Established in 1998, VGI has been committed to be Thailand's most customer-oriented media company. This rich heritage defines who we are and what we do today. VGI was the No. 1 out-of-home media platform having its media in Transit, Office, Outdoor, Aviation and Activation with over THB 6,800mn inventory million on hand. Now, VGI is the unique market leader in Thailand providing fully integrated Offline-to-Online (O2O) solutions for the clients. Leveraging on its exclusive access to Rabbit data, which serves as a bridging point throughout the customer journey, enabling VGI to offer a 360-degree advertising solution for our clients, helping them reach their target audience at every stage of the purchasing process and engage more effectively with their customers; thereby providing a better overall customer experience. VGI is a member of BTS Group Holdings Plc., Thailand's leading provider of mass transit solutions.

May 18, 2018 14:00 HKT/SGT
Topic: Earnings
Sectors: Daily Finance, Broadcast
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