The Vietnam Urban and Industrial Zone Development Investment Corporation (IDICO) has released the list of criteria that institutional investors must satisfy to become a strategic partner of the firm. — Photo dantri.com.vn
HÀ NỘI — The Vietnam Urban and Industrial Zone Development Investment Corporation (IDICO) has released the list of criteria that institutional investors must satisfy to become a strategic partner of the firm.
According to IDICO, the strategic investor is a private equity firm that should not be a bank, financial firm, limited liability firm or joint stock company that is owned fully or partly by the State. In addition, it should not be a subsidiary or an associate company of IDICO.
The strategic partner must commit to hold onto the purchased stake for at least 10 years. If it wants to sell its stake before the due date, it must obtain at least 65 per cent of shareholders’ approval.
The strategic investor must provide evidence that proves it has operated for at least five consecutive years to the end of 2016 and its financial reports for the last three years between 2014 and 2016 make sure it is capable of purchasing at least 15 per cent and at most 45 per cent of IDICO’s charter capital.
In addition, the strategic partner must prove its profits in the last three-year period are equal to 5 per cent of total revenue, it should not have overdue debts, accumulated losses, non-performing loans or legal violations.
If the strategic investor is a foreign investment firm, it must have VNĐ2.5 trillion (US$115 million) worth of total assets by the end of financial year 2016 and the owner’s equity must be at least VNĐ1.5 trillion.
The set of criteria was approved by the Ministry of Construction late last week.
IDICO has VNĐ3 trillion in charter capital and plans to offer 300 million shares at its initial public offering (IPO) at the par value of VNĐ10,000 per share.
The company plans to sell 135 million shares or 45 per cent of its charter capital to a strategic investor; 55.3 million shares or 18.44 per cent of the capital will be sold at public auction; and nearly 1.7 million shares will be sold to the company’s employees.
After the IPO, the Government will hold 108 million shares, equal to 36 per cent of the company’s capital. The Government is expected to complete its divestment from IDICO by the end of 2018.
According to the business news site cafef.vn, the IPO of IDICO is expected to lure big attention from institutional investors because the company is developing a number of industrial park (IP) projects across the country.
IDICO is managing and operating 17 industrial parks in Việt Nam with total area of 7,000ha and total investment of VNĐ10 trillion.
Those projects include Nhơn Trạch 1 IP with total area of 448.5ha, Nhơn Trạch 5 IP with total area of 309.4ha and Phú Mỹ 2 IP with total area of 602.4ha in the southern region; while it is investing in the Quế Võ 2 IP in the northern province of Bắc Ninh, which is designed with total area of 572.5ha.
According to analysts, developers of IP projects will benefit more from stronger inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Việt Nam, therefore, those developers will draw high attention from investors as they have huge potential in this sector.
At the moment, a number of IP project developers are listed on the stock market such as Nam Tân Uyên JSC (UPCoM: NTC), Long Hậu Corporation (HOSE: LHG), Sonadezi Long Thành (HOSE: SZL) and Tín Nghĩa Industrial Park Development JSC (HOSE: TIP).
In the first half of 2017, IDICO recorded VNĐ2.75 trillion in revenue and VNĐ214 billion in pre-tax profit. The six-month pre-tax profit is a yearly increase of 22 per cent and fulfills 56 per cent of the company’s year plan. — VNS