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Tiền Phong Plastic plans to lift foreign ownership cap

Update: October, 20/2017 - 09:00
A Tiền Phong Plastic Joint Stock Company plant in the central province of Nghệ An. — Photo vneconomy.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Tiền Phong Plastic Joint Stock Company (Tiền Phong Plastic) may allow total foreign ownership of its capital instead of the current 49 per cent.

The final decision will be made at the company’s extraordinary shareholders meeting, scheduled for November 30. The management board will need to obtain approval of 65 per cent of shareholders for the change.

The plan came after the company announced the Thai plastic producer Nawaplastic Industries (Saraburi) Co Ltd offloaded its 21.27 million shares or 23.84 per cent ownership in the Vietnamese plastic firm on the stock market (traded under the code NTP) between September 25 and October 12.

Tiền Phong Plastic is trading its 89.2 million shares on the Hà Nội Stock Exchange for VNĐ69,000 (US$3.06) to VNĐ71,900 per share during the September 25-October 12 period.

That means the Thai-based plastic producer sold its share for VNĐ1.46 trillion (roughly $65 million), triple its initial investment in 2012.

The State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC), which represents the Government to monitor the State’s capital in Tiền Phong Plastic, remains the biggest shareholder with a 37.1 per cent stake.

During the 14-trading-day period, there were many put-through trading transactions for Tiền Phong Plastic’s shares with volume ranging from one to nine million and share price varying between VNĐ69,300 to VNĐ71,800 per share.

The identity of the largest buyer has remained confidential, however, it is believed that a foreign investor is buying up the shares.

NTP closed Thursday at VNĐ73,000 per share, having increased by a quarter since its one-year low of VNĐ57,600 per share in early March.

During the five-year investment period, Saraburi received around VNĐ173 billion worth of dividend payouts from the Vietnamese firm. After Saraburi completed withdrawing from Tiền Phong Plastic, the two representatives of the Thai company on October 17 asked for the resignation of the Vietnamese firm’s management and supervisory boards.

Tiền Phong Plastic will also discuss the restructuring of the firm’s management and supervisory boards at the upcoming shareholder meeting. The company also plans to make a 15 per cent advance dividend payout for 2017 performance on November 29.

In the third quarter of 2017, Tiền Phong Plastic recorded nearly VNĐ161 billion in its pre-tax profit, a yearly increase of 83.3 per cent.

In nine months, the company earned total VNĐ363 billion in pre-tax profit, an annual rise of 27.6 per cent. — VNS

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