Changi airport: $12b profits by 2030?

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How much profits does Changi airport generate?

I refer to the article “Parliament: Changi Airport to put part of profits into government funds to support expansion, deal with crises” (Straits Times, Mar 19).

It states that “Changi Airport will soon have to park part of its annual profits into two separate funds, as part of the Government’s plans to ensure that there are enough resources to deal with aviation crises and support expansion plans.

Separately, Changi Airport will also have to make annual contributions to the Changi Airport Development Fund (CADF), which was set up in 2015 to support airport expansion projects.

So far, the Government has injected about $4 billion into the kitty.”

I found it rather odd that there was no mention of the profits of Changi Airport Group (CAG).

According to CAG’s annual report for FY2016/2017 – its profit (total comprehensive income) after tax was $719 million for FY2016/2017.

Its combined Share capital and reserves ($3.4 billion) and Retained profits ($3.7 billion) was about $7 billion.

As to “T5 is slated to open around 2030” – if its annual profits ($719 million) and dividends paid ($274 million to its parent company (Temasek)?) continue into the future – it may total up to about $8.6 billion ($719 x 12 years) by 2030, when terminal 5 is completed.

If we add this figure ($8.6 billion) to the current retained profits of $3.7 billion – we get $12.3 billion.

By the way – how much dividends have been paid to its parent company in the past – billions?

In this connection, I understand that Changi airport was transferred to Temasek at a very low price of just $3.3 billion, for the ‘World’s Most Awarded Airport’ which then had total assets of $7.2 billion.

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.