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Equitisation progress disappointing

Update: September, 28/2017 - 09:00
The prime-location land of Việt Nam Feature Filmstudio. - Photo baogiaothong.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – The Ministry of Finance has said that efforts to equities State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have been hamstrung by a lack of accountability and bottlenecks in defining enterprises’ asset value.

Statistics unveiled at a ministry press conference on Wednesday in Hà Nội showed that 34 SOEs received approval for their equitisation plans in the first nine months of the year, only 11 of which completed the privatisation process.

Đặng Quyết Tiến, Deputy Director of the ministry’s Agency of Corporate Finance, said these 34 SOEs were valued at a total exceeding VNĐ80.6 trillion (US$3.5 billion). Their charter capital totalled VNĐ25.87 trillion, with the State expecting to hold 43.5 per cent after their privatisation, with 30 per cent sold to strategic investors and the rest to employees, labour unions and through auctions.

Regarding divestments, a total sum of VNĐ15.99 trillion was collected from the divestment of VNĐ3.8 trillion in book value at SOEs.

Tiến said that equitisation and divestment remained slow due to a SOEs’ leaders lack of accountability.

In addition, some SOEs had complicated structures, finances and large-scale operations, requiring the participation of capable investors. Thus, they would need time to evaluate their assets and seek investors, he said.

Tiến said that the SOEs seemed to be waiting for new equitisation policies to solve all their problems.

According to the agency, a decree on privatising SOEs was being drafted with new points, such as adding book building (share auction method), adjustments of criteria for selecting investors and evaluating land value.

“The new decree is expected to hasten privatisation, promote operation efficiency and prevent losses to State assets at SOEs,” Tiến said.

Queries over film studio’s privatisation

Queries over the privatisation of Việt Nam Feature Filmstudio (VFS) featured at the press conference yesterday, including issues related to its brand valuation and the use of its land.

The VFS brand, a 60-year old film studio, was recently valued at zero, which caused a stir.

Tiến said yesterday that the equitisation steering board of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism must verify this value, adding that defining the brand value of VFS was not easy.

Regarding the use of the VFS’s nearly 5,500 square metres of land at a prime location on Thụy Khuê Street, Hà Nội, Tiến said that the land should not be used to develop high-rise buildings. It should be used for filming purposes, or else, it would be revoked or sold.

VFS was privatised in April 2016 after selling 65 per cent of shares to Vivaso which was backed by Vạn Cường Construction United Company at nearly VNĐ33 billion. The film studio has charter capital of VNĐ50 billion, with the State holding 20 per cent.

At a conference on September 21, Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam called for the entire privatization process of VFS to be inspected to ensure transparency. - VNS

 

 

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