By The Nation
AOT had informed the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) that it was taking the following steps to help King Power Duty Free and King Power Suvarnabhumi:
• Holding off the renovation of duty free areas until March 31, 2022;
• Changing the minimum guaranteed payment method to base it on the number of passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is far lower than the number estimated by the duty-free giant when it bid for the project.
An analyst at Kasikorn Securities said AOT was wrong in changing the minimum guaranteed payment without discussing it with shareholders first, because now it stands to lose Bt133.8 billion, which will bring its 2022 net profits down by 5.3 per cent.
“AOT should come up with better ways to ease King Power’s pressure from the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.