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FDC 2020 profit drops 29% to P8.5 billion

Iris Gonzales (The Philippine Star) - April 13, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC), the listed conglomerate of the Gotianun family, reported a 29 percent drop in its 2020 net income to P8.5 billion.

FDC president and CEO Josephine Gotianun-Yap said the company was not spared from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in mixed results for the different subsidiaries.

“Amidst the difficult business environment in 2020, we are pleased that we were able to strike a balance in our overall performance. Some businesses took a harder hit, but other businesses continued to deliver solid performances,” she said.

Among the different business segments, banking arm EastWest Bank led the 2020 numbers, with a net income contribution to the group of P6.4 billion, equivalent to 46 percent of FDC’s bottom line.

Real estate and hospitality segments delivered a combined P5.3 billion or 38 percent of the total, while the power subsidiary contributed P1.9 billion in net income or 14 percent of the total.

The balance of two percent came from other businesses.

Gotianun-Yap said COVID-19 disrupted the company’s 2020 growth plan.

“Coming from a landmark year in 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic brought an unexpected pause to our 2020 plans,” she said.

FDC shifted gears in its business operations and quickly adjusted and innovated to adapt to the circumstances.

“The results underscore our belief that the company stands on solid foundations and strong business fundamentals and that we can weather the challenges posed by this crisis,” said Gotianun-Yap.

Revenues and other income retreated by 15 percent as the growth posted by the banking business was offset by the contraction of the property business.

Hotel operations under Filinvest Hospitality Corp. (FHC) were the most affected by the pandemic.

Hotel operations posted a revenue decline of 63 percent to P1.2 billion  as occupancy rates dropped across the properties, leading to a net loss of P731 million.

FDC said five out of its six hotels and resorts remained in operation throughout 2020, but on a very limited basis due to the travel and mobility restrictions. Premier resort Crimson Boracay temporarily ceased operations while the entire island of Boracay was on lockdown.

“The easing of domestic tourism outside of Metro Manila has been helping lift turnover at Crimson Boracay and Crimson Mactan,” FDC said.

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