APT Satellite Holdings
APT Satellite Holdings Limited is a Bermuda-incorporated holding company. Its Hong Kong-incorporated subsidiary APT Satellite Co., Ltd. is the operator of the Apstar satellite constellation. APT Satellite Holdings and APT Satellite are headquartered in Hong Kong.
|Traded as||SEHK: 1045|
|Founded||1992(as APT Satellite)|
|Founder||Ministry of Aeronautics and Astronautics|
|Revenue||HK$1.230 billion (2016)|
|HK$632 million (2016)|
|HK$494 million (2016)|
|Total equity||HK$4.849 billion (2016)|
|Subsidiaries||APT Satellite (100%)|
|Footnotes / references|
in consolidated financial statement
|APT Satellite Holdings|
|Literal meaning||Asia Pacific Satellite|
As at 30 June 2016 the company had a market capitalisation of HK$3.816 billion. It is a red chip company, as it was an overseas incorporated company, but controlled by the Chinese Government indirectly (via China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation). Fellow Hong Kong-based satellite company AsiaSat was also partially owned by the Chinese Government (via CITIC Group), but belongs to a different department of the State Council.
The establishment of APT Satellite Company Limited was approved by the State Council of the People's Republic of China on 26 March 1992. However, the company was in fact incorporated on 21 January 1992 as Free Union Limited, renaming to Trans-Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Co., Ltd. on 10 March and finally APT Satellite Co., Ltd. on 15 April.
As at 31 December 2016, APT Satellite Holdings, via wholly owned subsidiary APT Satellite Company Limited (“APT Satellite” or “APSTAR”) owns and operates four in-orbit satellites that include Apstar 5, Apstar 6, Apstar 7 and Apstar 9 satellites giving it satellite coverage across Asia but also into Europe, Africa and the wider APAC region including Australia. It also leased some of the bandwidth of ChinaSat 12 (Apstar 7B).
As of 31 December 2016[update] The largest shareholder of APT Satellite Holdings was APT Satellite International for 51.77% shares; APT Satellite International was 42.86% owned by Chinese state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) indirectly, via a non wholly owned subsidiary China Satellite Communications; China Satellite Communications owned an additional 1.45% shares of APT Satellite Holdings via another subsidiary: "China Satellite Communications (Hong Kong)". Moreover, CASC owned an additional 14.29% stake of APT Satellite International, via another wholly owned subsidiary China Great Wall Industry Corporation. Lastly, CASC owned 1.45% shares of APT Satellite Holdings directly. To sum up, CASC consortium owned about 54.67% shares of APT Satellite Holdings and CASC owned about 57.15% stake of its intermediate holding company APT Satellite International. CASC acquired the aforementioned 14.29% shares of APT Satellite International from its listed subsidiary China Aerospace International Holdings in 2011, by purchasing a company CASIL Satellite for HK$132.3 million.
In 2003, the other shareholders of APT Satellite International were China Satellite Communications (at that time a separate state-owned enterprise from CASC); SingaSat, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singtel; and Kwang Hua Development and Investment, a Hong Kong company co-owned by Ruentex Group and China Development Corporation.
- "2016 Annual Report" (PDF). APT Satellite Holdings. Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 20 April 2017. p. 50. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "List of Red Chip Companies (Main Board)". Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "关于航空航天部在香港设立独资公司的批复" (in Chinese). State Council (China). 26 March 1992. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
- Filings in Hong Kong Companies Registry
- "About us". APT Satellite Company Limited. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "2016–17 Annual Report" (PDF). CNC Holdings. Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "ANNOUNCEMENT: CONNECTED TRANSACTION IN RESPECT OF THE DISPOSAL OF THE ENTIRE ISSUED SHARE CAPITAL OF CASIL SATELLITE HOLDINGS LIMITED" (PDF). China Aerospace International Holdings. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "APT Satellite soars on privatisation murmurs". South China Morning Post. 19 June 2003. Retrieved 25 July 2017.