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    This Thai Billionaire Just Saw Half of His Fortune Wiped Out

    By Anuchit Nguyen
    and Lee J Miller
    April 4, 2018, 10:26 AM GMT+7

    Energy Absolute Pcl’s Chief Executive Officer Somphote Ahunai has seen almost half of his fortune erased after shares of the renewable energy company he founded turned into the industry’s worst performer the past month.

    Somphote, whose family owns about 40 percent of the Bangkok-based company, saw his fortune slump to as low as $1.6 billion as the bio-fuel and solar-power producer slid 46 percent in a month, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index. That was the biggest drop among the 456 energy companies with market values exceeding $1 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    Somphote wasn’t available for comment Tuesday, according to an assistant. Omsin Siri, the company’s vice president for investor relations, said that some investors may be concerned about the possibility that Thailand’s government won’t increase electricity purchases from renewable energy from current levels.



    "Energy Absolute faces a major headwind with a possible delay in the government’s new renewable energy bidding,” said Jitra Amornthum, head of research at Finansia Syrus Securities Pcl. “The new battery plant will take time to contribute to earnings and will need substantial financing,” she said by phone, referring to a plan to develop an energy-storage plant.

    Thailand’s government doesn’t plan to increase electricity generation purchases from renewable sources through 2023 as it has enough reserve power, the Bangkok Post reported March 28, citing Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan.

    The recent share decline more than wiped out a rally that started with a one-day surge of 19.3 percent on Jan. 11 after Thanachart Securities Co. analysts more than doubled their share-price target. The brokerage said in a report at the time that Energy Absolute was positioned as Southeast Asia’s energy storage and renewable energy industry leader.

    Energy Absolute plunged 13 percent to 34 baht Tuesday, down from 69 baht as recently as Feb. 12. It reached a record 69.5 baht on Jan. 22. The stock was unchanged as of 10:23 a.m. Wednesday.
    — With assistance by Blake Schmidt

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    Down to his last billion eh, and his stock not diluted just fluctuations

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    Somphote, whose family owns about 40 percent of the Bangkok-based company, saw his fortune slump to as low as $1.6 billion as the bio-fuel and solar-power producer slid 46 percent in a month, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index.
    He was "only" worth 330 million dollars five years ago so he's still doing alright. https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...f-thailand-gdp

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson View Post
    Energy Absolute plunged 13 percent to 34 baht Tuesday, down from 69 baht as recently as Feb. 12. It reached a record 69.5 baht on Jan. 22. The stock was unchanged as of 10:23 a.m. Wednesday.

    Seems it's not all doom and gloom. A correction, perhaps.




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    He needs a new "fixer".

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    he could connect some bitcoin miners to his solar panels

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    It's not a done deal until he sells.
    Sounds like he may be smarter than to sell at this one year low.
    Even though it appears to be higher than the highs for the previous 4 years.

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    I wonder if David48 still has his shares or if he sold them when they peaked at 69 baht.

    http://teakdoor.com/thailand-and-asi...ml#post3458211 (Thepsathit Wind Farm told to stop operations by court)

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