Oil & gas lead 2012 SEE in­dus­trial rank­ing by far de­spite net profit de­cline

Top 100 See - - See Top Industries - By Valentin Vas­silev

The four lead­ing in­dus­tries in terms of to­tal an­nual rev­enue in the 2012 SEE in­dus­trial rank­ing re­mained un­changed for a fourth year in a row.

Last year's earn­ings at the top of the rank­ing were marked by ris­ing rev­enue and de­clin­ing prof­itabil­ity, with only the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor re­port­ing an in­crease in profit. With an 8.5% rise in to­tal rev­enue to nearly 45 bil­lion euro in 2012, the oil and gas in­dus­try re­mained on top for a fifth suc­ces­sive year. Its to­tal net profit, how­ever, de­clined to 1.1 bil­lion euro in 2012 from 1.3 bil­lion euro a year ear­lier.

Elec­tric­ity came in a dis­tant sec­ond, with to­tal rev­enue ris­ing 17.2% year-on-year to 16.2 bil­lion euro. Its to­tal net profit tum­bled to 134

SEE in­dus­trial rank­ing 2012 mil­lion euro from 262 mil­lion euro. This slide looks even more im­pres­sive when com­pared with the profit of 487.4 mil­lion euro achieved in 2010.

Whole­sale/re­tail re­mained third for a third year run­ning after reg­is­ter­ing a 3.3% in­crease in rev­enue to 11.6 bil­lion euro and a net profit drop to 105 mil­lion euro from 130 mil­lion euro.

Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions alone among the top four in­dus­tries was able to book an in­crease in profit. To­tal net profit achieved by the com­pa­nies in the re­gion climbed to 710.8 mil­lion euro in 2012 from 500 mil­lion euro a year ear­lier. Rev­enue how­ever fell 5.1% to nearly 7.0 bil­lion euro.

The au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try ranked fifth in 2012 after leapfrog­ging the met­als sec­tor on the back of last year's 13.2% rev­enue jump to 6.6 bil­lion euro. How­ever, the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try man­aged to nar­row its to­tal net loss in 2012 to 12.2 mil­lion euro from 74.7 mil­lion euro the year be­fore. Di­ver­si­fied hold­ings were the only other loss-mak­ers in the rank­ing.

Met­als dropped to sixth place fol­low­ing a 4.31% fall in rev­enue to 5.0 bil­lion euro. Net profit al­most halved to 18.3 mil­lion euro from 30 mil­lion euro.

Of the 15 in­dus­tries in­cluded in this year's SEE rank­ing, trans­porta­tion reg­is­tered the steep­est rev­enue drop, which, in­ter­est­ingly enough, was ac­com­pa­nied by a net profit surge. Rev­enue slid 19% to 1.6 bil­lion euro, while net profit soared to 162 mil­lion euro from 47.6 mil­lion euro. Reg­is­ter­ing a sim­i­lar drop, agri­cul­ture saw rev­enue slump 18.7% to 934.4 mil­lion. To­tal rev­enue in con­struc­tion was down 12.2% to 517.8 mil­lion euro.

The big­gest in­crease in to­tal rev­enue was recorded by chem­i­cals, a new­comer in the chart at the 15th place. Its rev­enue jumped 22.3% to 491 mil­lion euro in 2012, while net profit climbed 29.5 mil­lion euro from 19.8 mil­lion euro. The ICT equip­ment in­dus­try, which oc­cu­pied the tenth po­si­tion in the pre­vi­ous edi­tion of the rank­ing, dropped out of it in 2012.

The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals in­dus­try was the most prof­itable one in 2012 with a re­turn on sales of 14.5%, fol­lowed by telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions with 10.2%.

Most prof­itable in­dus­tries 2012

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