Thai Government Savings Bank’s SMEs Trust Fund launches $44m investment vehicles

Thailand’s Government Savings Bank (GSB), with support from the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), has officially launched two investment vehicles at 1.5 billion baht (more than $44 million) to invest in the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

These are the sub-funds of the SMEs Private Equity Trust Fund that the state-owned bank proposed earlier in 2016.

DEALSTREETASIA exclusively reported in April this year that Singapore-based early stage venture capital firm Expara had been selected as manager for the Trust Fund’s first 500 million baht sub-fund.

Meanwhile, another 1 billion baht unit managed by a Thai firm called Premier Advisory Group Co, was introduced during an announcement ceremony recently, local media reported.

Krungthai Asset Management acts as trustee for both funds.

GSB had said it would continue to raise capital for the Trust Fund until it reached 2 billion baht to invest in startups and SMEs serving critical sectors.

The 500 million baht fund is already investing some 280 million baht into nine companies, some of which are drone manufacturers.

Douglas Abrams, managing director of Expara, had revealed the establishment of Expara Thailand to manage GSB’s first sub fund, which is expected to be active for 4-5 years.

The SMEs Private Equity Trust Fund, which will be 20 per cent supported by SET, might make a funding round of up to 100 million baht in exchange for a maximum 49 per cent equity stake in a startup.

Working in collaboration with SET, the Trust Fund expects to exit when the companies are listed on the bourse, or get to a mature stage when founders want to buy back their shares.

SET president Kesara Manchusree was quoted as saying that over 160 businesses had raised 99 billion baht from listing on the Market for Alternative Investment, an exchange for SMEs, according to Bangkok Post. Also, 23 companies have moved to SET’s main board.

Meanwhile, a visual effect producer funded by the GSB-led fund is already planning to list on SET, the news agency said.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.