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September 15, 2011

Family businesses are unlikely to play a big role in driving growth in the number of high net worth individuals in Asia, according to a Hong Kong-based analyst. 

Family businesses are unlikely to play a big role in driving growth in the number of high net worth individuals in Asia, according to a Hong Kong-based analyst.

Amar Gill, head of special projects research at brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific Market, told CampdenFB that family businesses will account for only around 20% to 30% of new wealth created over the next four years.

February 4, 2011

Family-controlled Hermes will be relieved that it notched up a 25% growth in sales in 2010 as it will bolster its defence from the predatory arch rival LVMH.

Family-controlled Hermes will be relieved that it notched up a 25% growth in sales in 2010 as it will bolster its defence from the predatory arch rival LVMH.  

In a statement, the Paris-based company said that full-year sales increased to €2.4 billion from €1.9 billion the previous year. The growth was attributed to strong business in all regions, with sales in America and Europe recording growth of 25% and 16% respectively.

September 6, 2010

Pernod Ricard, the Paris-based drinks group, recorded a rise in profits in 2009/10 despite seeing a slight drop in revenues.

Pernod Ricard, the Paris-based drinks group, recorded a rise in profits in 2009/10 despite seeing a slight drop in revenues.

Reporting its full year results on 2 September, the world's second-largest spirits group by sales said net profit had risen by 1% to €951 million for the year ending 30 June, but saw revenues fall by 2% to €7 billion. Its results were helped by an overall reduction in debt and strong growth in Asian markets.

August 18, 2010

Ströer Out-of-Home Media AG, the family-controlled provider of outdoor advertising, has returned to the capital markets following the announcement of its IPO last month.

Ströer Out-of-Home Media AG, the family-controlled provider of outdoor advertising, has returned to the capital markets following the announcement of its IPO last month.
 
The Germany-based business said on Monday that it expects to raise €12.8 million from the issue of 640,000 new shares.
 

August 6, 2010

Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong Kong-based company controlled by Li Ka-shing, announced better than expected results for the first half of 2010 on the back of growth in its ports, property and retail businesses and smaller than predicted losses in its mobile phone operations.

Hutchison Whampoa, the Hong Kong-based company controlled by Li Ka-shing, announced better than expected results for the first half of 2010 on the back of growth in its ports, property and retail businesses and smaller than predicted losses in its mobile phone operations.
 
The group's profits were up 12% to HK$6.5 billion compared with the same period last year, while losses in the 3G mobile phone business showed an 82% fall, shrinking to HK$998 million, compared with HK$5.5 billion for first half of 2009.

February 3, 2010

The family-owned fast-food chain Chick-fil-A reported its 42nd consecutive year of growth when it announced its 2009 results yesterday.

The family-owned fast-food chain Chick-fil-A reported its 42nd consecutive year of growth when it announced its 2009 results yesterday.
 
The US-based company, still privately owned by the founding Cathy family, announced 2009 sales of $3.2 billion, an increase of 8.6% on 2008 results. The company's sales have grown every year since it was founded by S Truett Cathy in 1967.
 

September 1, 2008

If you studied economics in the 1960s and 1970s you might have been told the family business sector would soon die out.

If you studied economics in the 1960s and 1970s you might have been told the family business sector would soon die out. It was argued that companies with hundreds of thousands of shareholders were in better positions to raise capital through stockmarkets. The future, it was claimed, belonged to them.

March 1, 2006

Creating sustainable growth is a challenge for every family business, especially in today's highly competitive environment. The Belgian FBN chapter invited Louis Amory to expand on how modern-day business can improve its growth potential

Louis Amory  is a partner at Bain and Company, a global management consulting firm. www.bain.com

Creating sustainable growth is a challenge for every family business, especially in today's highly competitive environment. The Belgian FBN chapter invited Louis Amory to expand on how modern-day business can improve its growth potential

January 1, 2005

Private equity money has always rung alarm bells for family businesses – no one wants to relinquish power to outsiders. But outside input can have myriad benefits, including scope for expansion and independent pension arrangements, writes Bob Reynolds

Private equity money has always rung alarm bells for family businesses – no one wants to relinquish power to outsiders. But outside input can have myriad benefits, including scope for expansion and independent pension arrangements, writes Bob Reynolds

Five years ago, the typical family business private equity deal was £10 million for 30% of the enterprise. Now, it is more usual to see venture capitalists paying £100 million for 100% of the business.
 

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