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Eyewear manufacturing industry, a study of present operational scenario and future potential

The global eyewear market, which is primarily driven by demographics, lifestyle and the ageing population, stood at USD 102.7 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 141 billion by 2020. Spectacles hold a major share in the eyewear market with over 55% of the total volumes. However, the market for contact lenses and sunglasses is expected to grow substantially at a CAGR of 12% and 9%...

Potash market facing a glut

Potash is one of the three main nutrients in the global fertiliser industry and 90% of the produced potash is consumed as a fertiliser in agricultural crops such as wheat, rice, corn, oilseed and sugar. The global demand for potash has been increasing owing to a rise in demand from China, India and Latin American nations since they lack indigenous production. But, this increase has led to a...

Household electric appliance manufacturing, the key players and their vigour to balance costs and returns

The household electric appliance is one of the most important consumer-centric household industry. The rise in the per capita and personal disposable income has led to an increase in the consumption of household appliances and this is forecasted to reach around USD 345 billion by 2020. The revenue generation in the industry from developed economies has, however, seen a dip in the past years...

PGM mining, the impact on operation amidst long-standing labour issues in South Africa

The last few years were not very good for most precious and base metals since prices fell due to weak demand. Additionally, there was an excess supply of most metals globally. Among the precious metals space, platinum too recorded a decline with its prices dipping from the highs of $1700 in 2010 to the lows of $1000 during 2016. A decline in end product price dragged the margins of major...

Healthcare REIT sector: key developments in context of the US

Healthcare REITs are real estate investment trusts which own healthcare-related properties, majorly Senior Housing Communities (SHC), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), Medical Office Buildings (MOB) and Hospitals, etc. They earn rental revenue from leasing these properties to health care and related organisations. The healthcare REIT like any other REIT earn a tax-free income, in return, they...

What lies in the future for Ingenico and Verifone with the rise of regional POS manufacturers and mobile wallets?

The market for payment processing terminals manufacturing and payment processing has been globally duopolistic until recently. This was dominated by the two companies established in 1980’s, Verifone, based out of the US and Ingenico, based out of France. Traditionally, the industry was marked by entry barriers in the form of a high initial capital requirement, a higher research and development...

The US auto finance industry, understanding the reasons behind the dominance of captive OEM financiers

The growth in the auto finance market is dependent on auto sales supported by strong economic fundamentals such as rising incomes, well-structured labour market, favourable tax rates, low-interest rates, low fuel prices and investments in automotive factories and their capacity expansion. The auto sales in the US recorded a volume sales of more than 17 million units in 2015 and reached 17.91...

Asset light model in the restaurant industry, a comparative analysis of the impact and the performance of fast food and casual dining restaurants

The asset light model is a business strategy, where an organisation focus on growth with relatively low capital investment. This results in capital efficiency by focusing capital on core assets and result in the best return for investors. This is achieved through a reduction in spending on owning a network, infrastructure and manpower by outsourcing, licensing or asset sharing, etc. While an...

Downfall of Hanjin Shipping

The industry is marred by a slow growth in the world trade and overcapacity In the pre-recession period (i.e. before 2008-09), the world trade was booming and freight rates were peaking. But in late 2008 to 2010, the container trade declined under the reeling impact of global recession. There was a slow recovery in the container trade, which mainly comprised electronics, packed food...

Recovery still far away in the global graphite electrode manufacturing industry

The graphite electrodes find application mainly in the steel manufacturing through Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route. EAF steel is mainly produced in EAFs by melting steel scrap through the generation of heat with the help of electricity. Graphite electrode act as an electrical conductor in the furnace owing to its high electrical and thermal conductivity and higher-temperature strength,...

Battle of the Low-Cost Carriers

The aviation industry has witnessed a mammoth growth in the last decade. IATA or the International Air Transport Association reported that revenues in the sector increased to $746 billion (2014) from $369 billion (2004). A significant portion of this growth can be attributed to the low-cost carrier segment, which is said to account for about 25% of the market share. LCCs or the “no-frills...

Ore export ban by the Philippines, is it economically beneficial?

Indonesia’s ban on unprocessed mineral export in 2012 turned out to be a boon for the Philippines as it swiftly replaced Indonesia as the top supplier of some of the raw mineral ores to China, specifically the nickel ore. China’s nickel ore import from the Philippines increased by 22% to ~36mn tonnes in 2014. However, soon (in Jul 2014) Philippine’s government realised that despite being the...

Global casino industry, performance over the years and recent trend analysis

The casino industry generates income from people who engage in gambling. It is due to the social and economic stigma attached to gambling in a casino that this is generally regarded as a negative activity in many countries and hence considered illegal to operate in certain geographies. Owing to these reasons, the casinos are mostly concentrated in and around tourist destinations and are...

Benchmarking rental yields-residential property developers

Rental yields are a function of gross rent charged and property prices, while the former is directly dependent on the income level of a country or a region, the latter is influenced by a variety of factors including public policy, demand-supply gap and speculative appreciation. Thus, this results in varied rental yields. Although high rental yields augur well for the real estate sector and...

Benchmarking commercial real estate, regional mall developers

Rental yield is one of the most important criteria for determining the success of a regional mall developer’s portfolio. A strong portfolio is one which continuously generates high rental income with consistent demand for space in a locality or region. Moreover, other factors such as occupancy rate, market value of the portfolio, types of tenants, lease expiration profile, tenant cost of...

Will ad revenue be enough to sustain online content companies?

Online content companies have mostly transformed the way people surf the internet, may it be Google for the search engine optimization (SEO), Facebook for networking, Alibaba for e-commerce or Netflix for entertainment. These corporations have collectively and consistently inculcated the convenience factor in the minds of their consumers, who would hardly compromise on surfing the internet...

Economic viability of solar energy

The global consumption of electricity is expected to grow 48% by 2040, as per the EIA. In order to meet this demand and simultaneously address the global challenges of clean energy, climate change and sustainable growth, there is an urgent need for economically effective renewable energy technologies. The cost-competitiveness of renewable power has increased and this was witnessed through...

Global jewellery retail industry and the growth of jewellery retail chains

  The annual global jewellery retail sales have grown at a CAGR of around 5% from USD 146 billion in 2005, this is expected to reach USD 250 billion in 2017. The top 5 regions for the jewellery retail sales are the US, China, India, Middle-East and Japan, together these account for 64% of the global jewellery retail sales. The jewellery retail industry is highly fragmented with...

US Fed delivers a hiked rate of 25 BPS, meets the expectations

The US Fed did it again! The Fed during its two-day monetary policy meeting, which ended on the 14 th  of December, 2016 raised the interest rates by 25 BPS in the range of 0.50%-0.75%, this was in line with the broader expectations of the markets, economists and analysts across the globe. Notably, this was the second-rate hike by the Fed in past decade following a similar increase in...

Impact of crude oil prices on cruise line operators’ performance

The cruise line industry grew globally at a CAGR of 8% during 2009-15 and raked over USD 39.0 bn of revenue in 2015 (Source: Statistica). The industry derives over 75% of the revenue from the sale of tickets to passengers, while other sources of revenue include onboard services like a casino, equipment rental, and retail concessions. Onboarding expenses (food, concessions, etc.) are a...

Retail real estate in the United States, an outlook on the shopping malls

Rise of e-commerce and closure of retail chains in the United States Future outlook of shopping malls in the nation   There is speculation that the retail real estate...

Brewing industry in Canada, craft beer leading the race

Origin of the beer industry in Canada Changing drinking pattern of consumers and emergence of craft microbreweries Key growth drivers for the beer industry Industry’s growth...

Asia the emerging saviour for glass packaging

Summary The glass packaging industry has undergone a complete transformation in the past decade. The changes were marked by low demand growth due to the replacement of glass as a medium, the...

Blockchain, an emerging concept, a disruptive technology (Part 1)

What is blockchain? How is blockchain revolutionary? Cryptocurrency, the new money ICOs, the new way of raising money Summary Blockchain is a software architecture...

Islamic vs. conventional banks in the GCC

Islamic banking has gained a lot of significance in the past decade owing to its immense growth potential. This banking model is expected to fuel dampened growth in conventional banks. Islamic...

An analysis of Malaysian rubber glove industry

How big is the international rubber gloves market? Reasons behind the healthy and steady growth Malaysia’s role in the industry Why are companies struggling for stable...

Blockchain, an emerging concept, a disruptive technology (Part 2)

Few of the major use cases of blockchain Responses of sovereign governments to blockchain and cryptocurrencies The future of blockchain   Blockchain changing the way...

Tire manufacturing industry, analysing the cost and margin trends

The global market for tire manufacturing stands at $180 billion. Michelin anticipates the long-term demand to rise at the rate of 5 to 10% a year in developing markets and 1 to 2% a year in mature...

Can lithium-ion anode demand for needle coke reduce availability for electrode players?

What is needle coke? Uses of needle coke Lithium-ion battery manufacturers demand needle coke   Needle coke? Needle coke is a specialised form of petroleum coke...

Construction sector in Indonesia, an island of opportunities

Population growth and rising per capita income driving infrastructure and construction The lack of infrastructure in the nation Opportunities for housing construction sector ...