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The 1999 Asiaweek 1000
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A Primer On The 1000
Making sense of all the letters and numbers, plus table notes
The 1000 Biggest Companies
Company Name
Main Business
Net Profit
2000 1999 $
% Change $
% Change Rank

A billion here, a billion there. The sums in The Asiaweek 1000 need not be so mind-boggling. Read on and figure it all out.

1 RANK How firms stack up in total sales — on this year's list and last year's, which has been adjusted for late data

2 COMPANY In The Asiaweek 1000, we focus on commercial and industrial companies. See The Asiaweek Financial 500 for banks

3 COUNTRY Where the company has its operational headquarters, since some are legally based in tax havens like Bermuda

4 MAIN BUSINESS These are the activities that generate the bulk of the company's revenues

5 SALES Total revenues for the fiscal year. Note the increase or decrease from the previous year, which is based on local-currency performance

6 NET PROFIT How much the business made after paying the bills and taxes. Divide this figure by SALES to get the profit margin. The higher this number, the better. The margins of industries differ, so compare only companies within the same industries

ASSETS, EQUITY, EMPLOYEES, MARKET CAPITALIZATION, PROFIT RATIOS are all included in the full list of 1000 companies, plus many other performance tables. All included in the November 10, 2000 issue of Asiaweek. [ Go to Customer Services]

Company rankings by sales; 1999 rank adjusted for companies with late data. Key to Notes: All data are for fiscal years that ended between July 1999 and June 2000, except for companies with an asterisk (*) in the Notes column, which denotes data from the previous accounting period. The numbers refer to the month the fiscal year ended: 1 for January; 2 February; 3 March; 4 April; 5 May; 6 June; 7 July; 8 August; 9 September; 10 October; 11 November; 12 December. The letters denote publicly listed (L), unlisted (U) and state-controlled (S) companies. Financial results incorporate those of subsidiaries. Sales also refers to turnover, gross income or revenue. Net Profit is computed after deducting tax and minority interests while excluding extraordinary items. % Change is from the previous year¹s result in local currency. Sales per $1 Assets is equivalent to sales-to-assets ratio. Equity is the sum of paid-up capital, reserves and retained earnings. Market Capitalization is the total value of all shares of listed firms as of Oct. 16. Profit as % of Sales is usually called net profit margin; Profit as % of Assets, return on assets; Profit as % of Equity, return on equity. LP denotes loss to profit (losses in 1998 and profits in 1999); PL, profit to loss; LL, loss to loss. All money values are in U.S. dollars. Currency conversion uses average 1999 rates (except for Market Cap.): for Australia, A$1.5497 per $1; China, RMB8.2783; Hong Kong, HK$7.80; India, Rs43.055; Indonesia, Rp7,855.2; Japan, ¥113.91; Malaysia, RM3.80; New Zealand, NZ$1.8886; Pakistan, Rs48.83; Philippines, 39.089 pesos; Singapore, S$1.695; South Korea, 1,188.82 won; Taiwan, NT$32.27; Thailand, 37.844 baht. NA not available. Values less than $50,000 appear as $0.0; those less than 0.05% as 0.0%. Market Capitalization from Bridge. Australian data from IBIS Business Information, Melbourne.

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