VN roundup: Vinachem, Hai Phong Footwear, VEC

Consolidation, cross holding, buying and selling of stakes seems to be taking place actively for enterprises, from across sectors and geographies; pushing up share prices of some companies, to dramatically high levels.

Meanwhile, one of the state-owned companies has successfully concluded its initial public offering, raising expectations for the forthcoming  government-led company IPOs.

Vinachem divests from Hanoi Soap, boosting share price

Hanoi Soap, traded on the unlisted public company market as XPH, has been successively hitting its ceiling price since the Vietnam National Chemical Group (Vinachem) announced its full divestment from the Hanoi-based company.

Earlier this month, Vinachem registered to sell its entire stake of 80 per cent, or nearly 10.4 million XPH shares, offering them at the starting price of VND18,000 ($0.84), per share. However, XPH market price at that time was VND6,500 ($0.3). Since January 12, XPH has been increasing limit and finally close Friday at VND16,200 ($0.76).

The divestment of Vinachem is still incomplete. As expected, Vinachem will be selling the stake to only one investor.

Shareholders buy and offload stakes in companies

Refrigeration Electric Engineering (REE) announced that it had achieved 64 per cent of its target of buying 600,000 shares of Thac Ba Hydropower (TBC). Specifically, REE managed to acquire 384,990 shares, thus increasing its holding from 58.93 per cent to 59.54 per cent, due to “unfavourable market conditions”, it said.

Meanwhile, Saigon – Hanoi Fund Management  announced that it had sold a total of 7.5 million PetroVietnam Securities (PSI) shares to reduce the ownership to just 1.94 per cent. The 7.5 million shares were representatively owned by Tran Minh Hoang, board member of PSI and CEO of the fund.

Nguyen Van Dat, chairman and CEO of Phat Dat Real Estate, has registered to buy 1 million shares of the company from January 26 to February 3 to increase his holding to almost 60 per cent.

In Vinh Phuc Infrastructure Development JSC, vice chairman Van Phung Ha has reduced his stake from 13.59 per cent to 12.99 per cent by selling 30,900 shares. The purpose of the transaction was to restructure his own investment portfolio.

Investors buy up all Hai Phong Footwear shares

About 3.4 million shares of Hai Phong Footwear were sold at its initial offering on Friday at the average price of VND10,302 ($0.48), slightly higher than the starting price of VND10,000. The highest bidding price was VND10,800. The total proceeds from the IPO reach over VND35 billion ($1.64 million).

There were no foreign investors successfully purchasing the shares.

The company has a charter capital of VND75 billion ($3.5 million). The State no longer holds shares after this IPO.

Vietnam Expressway to be privatised

The Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) will be equitised this year, according to information revealed in a recent meeting by the Ministry of Transportation.

The corporation asked for permission to increase its charter capital from VND1 trillion to VND22.16 trillion prior to the equitisation. The additional value includes the State’s capital in five projects that VEC is implementing and the proceeds from bidding two charging stations.

At the meeting, deputy minister Nguyen Ngoc Dong said the overall scheme would comprise two stages, restructuring the five projects then equitising the corporation.

Singapore Reporter/s

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.

Singapore Reporter/s

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.