Six Philippine companies were included in the latest Global 2000, a list of the world’s largest public companies compiled by business magazine Forbes.
That’s two less than the eight companies that made it last year, and just half of the 12 Filipinos who made it to Forbes’ billionaire rankings last March.
Leading this year’s list among Philippine entries is diversified conglomerate SM Investments, which ranks 883rd overall. Helmed by Henry Sy, the country’s richest individual, SM’s major businesses include retail, real estate and financial services, with its banking unit BDO Unibank also making this year’s Global 2000 at No. 1,072.
Three other local diversified conglomerates made this year’s list: Top Frontier Investment Holdings (No. 1,210), the parent company of food, beverages and infrastructure firm San Miguel; Ayala Corp. (No. 1,216), which runs businesses in the real estate, banking and utilities sectors; and JG Summit Holdings (No. 1,506), which has a large presence in the retail, food and airline spaces.
Completing the list of six Philippine entries is another banking firm: the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co., which ranks at No. 1,750 this year.
Collectively, these six companies are worth $60.5 billion (Php3.2 trillion), with total revenues amounting to $39.3 billion. According to Forbes, these six companies also employ over 215,000 people across their numerous business units.
All six of these companies return from last year’s list, with all but Top Frontier Investment Holdings dropping in rank this year. The two companies who didn’t return from last year’s list are diversified conglomerate Aboitiz Equity Ventures and electricity provider Manila Electric Co.
Leading this year’s Global 2000 for the sixth year in a row is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, which has a market value of $311 billion. Fellow Chinese banking firms China Construction Bank and Agricultural Bank of China rank second and fifth respectively, while American financial services companies JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway complete the top five. All in all, the 2,000 companies that make up the list are worth $56.6 trillion.
Forbes ranks companies in the Global 2000 based on four financial metrics: market value, sales, profits and assets. It has published the list annually since 2003.
Lorenzo Kyle Subido is a staff writer of Entrepreneur PH