Profits of China's SOEs up 5.3 percent in first 11 months
Updated 19:40, 24-Dec-2019

Profits of Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) rose 5.3 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of this year, official data showed.

The combined profits of China's SOEs reached 3.2 trillion yuan (about 456 billion U.S. dollars) in the January to November period. Total revenues of the SOEs stood at 55.75 trillion yuan during the period, up 6.4 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Finance.

Meanwhile, profits of centrally-owned enterprises reached 2.09 trillion yuan, up 7.7 percent year-on-year.

The taxes payable for SOEs edged down 0.4 percent to 4.12 trillion yuan during the period.

The asset-liability ratio of SOEs stood at 64.4 percent, unchanged from the same period last year.

China continues SOE reform

China is expected to roll out a three-year action plan for SOE reform in the first quarter of 2020 in a bid to optimize the use of state-owned assets, according to the Central Economic Work Conference held earlier this month.

The country said it will deepen supply-side structural reform and promote high-quality development.

State-owned assets will be largely used to support advanced manufacturing, core technology, boost real economy and enhance the technical innovation system with the enterprises as the main body, according to Zhou Lisha, a researcher at a research institute of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.

Zhou said that SOEs should make full use of incentives in the science and technology field, and use stock options, dividends and employee stock ownership to inspire enthusiasm and creativity.

Zhou also said that national economy and private economy should make concerted efforts in today's international market as major SOEs secure the upstream resources of industrial chains and private enterprises provide competitive environment and market demands.