Securities firms, issuers fined for bond issuance violations

September 20, 2022 - 15:08
Of 21 securities firms under the supervision, seven companies were periodically inspected while 14 were irregularly checked. 
Tân Hoàng Minh logo. Three securities firms were fined in connection with Tân Hoàng Minh's bond issuance scandals. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — After inspecting 21 securities companies and nine issuers since last October, 14 units were found violating bond issuance regulations, said Lê Công Điền, director of the Public Enterprises Supervisory Department under the State Securities Commission (SSC).

Of 21 securities firms under the supervision, seven companies were periodically inspected while 14 were irregularly checked. 

As a result, six securities companies violated regulations on providing private placement bond services. Specifically, VISecurities was fined VN250 million (US$10,562) for providing consulting services on private bond offering dossiers, providing depository services, and transferring private placement bonds without the SSC's approval.

Thành Công Securities JSC (TCSC) was fined VNĐ50 million for disclosing information not in accordance with the regulation on early bond redemption.

Tiền Phong Securities JSC (TPS) violated regulations on providing consulting services on corporate bond offering documents.

Three other securities companies – Everest Securities (EVS), KIS Vietnam Securities (KIS) and An Bình Securities (ABS) – were subject to unexpected inspections related to the Tân Hoàng Minh case. Thereby, the authorities also detected violations that did not ensure the accuracy and verifiability of the information in the dossiers of the offering or private placement and violated the regulations on information disclosure.

Meanwhile, after inspecting nine issuers, eight out of nine companies violated regulations on bond issuances. Of which, Apec Group JSC and VsetGroup JSC published bonds to the public without registering with the SSC as prescribed. The SSC has fined each enterprise VNĐ600 million and requested to withdraw the issued bonds and refund the bond payment if requested by investors.

In addition, results from a sudden inspection of Hồng Hoàng Investment Trading JSC and Seaside Homes Real Estate Investment and Development Company Limited under the direction of the Ministry of Finance show that both businesses violated regulations on time of disclosing information as prescribed by Decree 153 and shall be fined VNĐ70 million.

Other four issuers were found to be in violation of their information disclosure obligations during periodic inspections. They were Đồng Nai Traffic Construction Investment JSC, Tân Phú Vietnam JSC, Danh Khôi Group JSC, and VRC Real Estate and Investment JSC.

The Ministry of Finance is handling these cases according to regulations.

According to a review of investors' filling, the SSC has sanctioned Việt Hưng Industrial Investment JSC against violating information disclosure on time. — VNS