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Vinafood 2 to offer 25% stake to strategic investors

Update: January, 04/2018 - 18:00
The manufacturing and processing activities of Sông Hậu Food Company, a member of Vinafood 2. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Sinh
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ has approved the equitisation plan of Việt Nam Southern Food Corporation (Vinafood 2).

Vinafood 2’s charter capital is VNĐ5 trillion (US$220 million), of which, the State will hold 255 million shares, representing 51 per cent of charter capital after the equitisation. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will be the representative of State ownership in the company following the equitisation.

The number of shares offered in the initial public offering (IPO) is over 114.8 million shares, representing 22.97 per cent of the charter capital. The starting price of the IPO is VNĐ10,100 per share.

Nearly five million shares will be sold to employees, equivalent to 0.99 per cent of charter capital. The stake sold to the trade union organisation at the enterprise is 200,000 shares, representing 0.04 per cent of the charter capital.

Strategic investors will be able to purchase 125 million shares, representing a quarter of Vinafood 2’s charter capital.

According to Vinafood’s invitation to investors, strategic investors must have total assets of at least VNĐ10 trillion, minimum chartered capital of VNĐ3.5 trillion and record positive after-tax profit in three consecutive years with no accumulated losses by the end of 2015.

Strategic investors must also commit to co-operate with the corporation in implementing agricultural restructuring, linking with farmers to form a value chain in rice production and export.

Vinafood 2 specialises in processing and trading food, importing and exporting agricultural products, and storage. The company currently owns the distribution system throughout the southern provinces of Việt Nam.

However, the firm is facing a number of financial difficulties. According to the report released at the end of June 2017, the company had total assets of some VNĐ8.8 trillion and long-term loans of VNĐ3.77 trillion. The equity and accumulated loss of the company were recorded at VNĐ3.89 trillion and VNĐ912 billion, respectively.

In the first half of last year, Vinafood 2 reported a loss of VNĐ118 billion while it gained VNĐ156 billion in profits in 2016 and VNĐ136 billion in 2015. — VNS

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