Samsung Electronics Vietnam tops largest firms list

Samsung Electronics Vietnam has overtaken the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to become the largest firm in Vietnam in 2017.

The Vietnam Report Company on December 5 announced the top 500 largest Vietnamese enterprises list (VNR500) in terms of capital, sales and profits.

Samsung Electronics Vietnam has been among the top 10 for the past five years. However, this year, it topped the ranking, followed by Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) and PetroVietnam.

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An assembly line of Samsung Electronics Vietnam. Samsung Electronics Vietnam has overtaken PetroVietnam to become the largest firm in Vietnam in 2017. (Photo: dantri.com.vn)

The ranking also recognised the presence of the banking sector following two years of not being listed, with the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam (Agribank) and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) mentioned on the list.

The ranking acknowledged the strong development of the private sector this year. In 2007, when the first VNR500 ranking was announced, private firms accounted for only 20% of the total. The number this year rose by 2.5 times, accounting for half of the enterprises in the ranking.

The Truong Hai Auto Corporation lost its top spot among largest business private companies in Vietnam this year to Vingroup, while Vinamilk was at third position on the list.

Several other big names were also ranked, such as FPT, Masan, Mobile World, Doji and Hoa Phat. Notably, newly privatised retailer Intimex advanced in the top places.

State-owned enterprises contributed the highest turnover among the three economic sectors. However, SOEs’ turnover was reduced from 59% in 2016 to 52% this year.

The increasing number of private companies and their turnover contribution on the VNR500 2017 partly reflected the Government’s efforts in improving business environment to facilitate all economic sectors as well as achievements in the privatisation process of SOEs.

The ranking this year continued to highlight key industries of the economy, including electricity, minerals, petroleum and finance, as well as food and beverage, and IT. The electricity sector contributed highest turnover on the list in the 2015-17 period.

The Top 500 Largest Enterprises list from the Revenue Ranking Board follows the Fortune 500 model. In its 11th year, the VNR500, this year, honours firms with outstanding achievements in 2017.

The award ceremony will be organised in Hanoi on January 19, 2018.

VNA

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