Country for PR: China
Contributor: PR Newswire Asia (China)
Wednesday, August 12 2020 - 00:24
Chinese property developer Country Garden moves up to the 147th position on Fortune Global 500 List 2020
FOSHAN, China, Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- The firm becomes the highest ranking property developer on the list

The 2020 edition of the Fortune Global 500 list was released on August 10, 
2020, with Chinese property developer Country Garden (stock code: 2007.HK) 
ranked 147th based on revenue of US$70.335 billion, moving up 30 places from 
last year and making it the highest ranking property developer on the list. 
This marks the fourth consecutive year that the firm has been included in the 
coveted roster. 

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The Fortune Global 500, one of the most prestigious and authoritative global 
company rankings, indicates the latest growth trends among the world's largest 
companies. In recent years, thanks to China's national prosperity and economic 
boom, the country's firms have become bigger and stronger. Chinese firms once 
again dominated the list, with 133 of them claiming a place, outnumbering their 
American counterparts. 

Five Chinese real estate firms took their places on the list, with Country 
Garden moving up to 147th place from the 177th position last year. The firm 
ranked first among the property developers included in the list in terms of 
revenue, profit and return on equity (ROE). According to available data, 
Country Garden posted revenue of US$70.335 billion, representing a year-on-year 
rise of 22.7 per cent. Profit also jumped 9.4 per cent to US$5.725 billion. ROE 
stood at 26.2 per cent.

Country Garden has seen an improvement in its ranking for four consecutive 
years since its first appearance on the list in 2017. In 2019, the company 
boasted the biggest upward move for any single company on the list, a testament 
to the rapid improvements in its performance.

Over the past few years, Country Garden has experienced dramatic growth in a 
number of indicators, including size and income. Statistics show that the 
developer took the lead in the real estate sector in terms of growth in sales, 
revenue and net profit from 2016 to 2019. During the period, the firm's sales 
rose 149.8 per cent from 308.84 billion yuan (approx. US$44.4 billion) to 
771.53 billion yuan (approx. US$111.1 billion) (full caliber data from a third 
party), while revenue advanced 217.4 per cent from 153.09 billion yuan (approx. 
US$22.0 billion) to 485.91 billion yuan (approx. US$69.9 billion). Net profit 
also jumped 348 per cent from 13.66 billion yuan (approx. US$1.9 billion) to 
61.2 billion yuan (approx. US$8.8 billion).

Despite market fluctuations, Country Garden has shown strong resilience in 
business operation. The developer has demonstrated its outstanding anti-risk 
capacities during the Covid-19 pandemic despite the entire real estate sector 
taking a big hit from the pandemic in terms of sales. The firm ranked first in 
the sector with aggregate sales of 321.23 billion yuan (approx. US$46.2 
billion) during the January-July 2020 period. In addition, with the Chinese 
government getting the pandemic under control and the gradual recovery of the 
country's economy, the developer has posted growth in sales for five 
consecutive months since March 2020. Of particular note, July sales jumped 
27.52 per cent year on year to 54.28 billion yuan (approx. US$7.8 billion). 

SOURCE  Country Garden Holdings

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