Vinalines changes IPO plan after failing to find strategic investors

08-Aug-2018 Intellasia | Hanoi Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The initial public offering (IPO) is expected to take place at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on September 5, a representative informed.

Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) will nearly double its shares on offer in an upcoming IPO after an unexpected end to the search of strategic investors, informed the Ministry of Transport (MoT) on its website.

South Korea-based SK Securities, a brokerage unit of South Korea’s third largest conglomerate SK Group, tabled a concrete offer to become Vinalines’ strategic investor, stated Tran Tuan Hai, head of Vinalines’ development strategy and communications division.

Nevertheless, the move failed to materialise, as “SK Securities does not qualify to purchase Vinalines’ stake,” Hai added.

Following the equitisation scheme recently approved by prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, 207.2 million shares or a 14.8 percent stake of Vinalines were supposed to be offered to strategic investors.

However, as Vinalines failed to find a suitable strategic investor, the MoT has now decided to offer the said amount shares in Vinalines’ IPO at price of VND10,000 (US$0.43) apiece.

After adjustment, Vinalines is scheduled to offer 488.81 million shares or 34.8 percent stake in the IPO. As such, the government will retain 913 million shares, equivalent to a 65 percent stake. Another 2.8 million shares or 0.2 percent of charter capital will be sold to employees, Hai informed.

The IPO is expected to take place at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on September 5, he added.

The firm’s IPO has been delayed several times as it needed to undergo a longer-than-expected restructuring process.

Vinalines currently manages and operates a diverse fleet including container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers, and other types of cargo vessels. The Vinalines fleet has large bulk carriers up to 73,000 dwt, 1,800 TEU container ships, and 50,000 dwt oil tankers.

Of the total of 130.9 million tonnes of cargo shipped last year by Vietnamese vessels, Vinalines’ fleet took 20.2 percent.

By the end of 2017, Vinalines had completed divestment in 39 companies for VND2.4 trillion (US$105 million) in return, resulting in a net profit of VND360 billion (US$15.8 million).

Overall, the firm saw its debt reduced by VND10.6 trillion (US$440 million) in period 20142017, according to Le Quang Trung, vice general director of Vinalines.

In the first six months, Vinalines posted revenue of VND533 billion (US$22.83 million) and net loss of VND1.14 trillion (US$48.83 million). For the last six months, Vinalines targeted profit of VND143 billion (US$6.12 million).


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