M&A market in HCMC hits US$2.5 billion in Jan-May

Capital contribution and share purchases by foreign investors via mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in HCMC amounted to some US$2.5 billion during the year up to late May, 3.6 times higher than the value of foreign direct investments, according to the HCMC Department of Planning and Investment.

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Foreign investors conducted 1,130 M&A deals with local companies in the January-May period, said Le Thi Huynh Mai, deputy director of the department.

This period also saw 354 fresh FDI projects, whose registered capital was roughly US$403 million, and 98 operational FDI projects adjusting up their investment capital by nearly US$278.4 million.

HCMC was the most attractive destination for foreign investors pouring funds via capital contribution and share acquisition transactions.

Earlier, according to the Foreign Investment Department under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, foreign investors carried out 2,340 transactions to contribute capital and acquire stakes in local firms with a combined value of US$2.75 billion during the year up to May 20, up a hefty 53.5% from a year earlier.

They included 1,117 transactions to raise the chartered capital of companies worth US$1.58 billion, and 1,224 deals worth US$1.17 billion to buy domestic stakes without increasing the chartered capital.

HCMC took the lead in terms of M&A deals last year. Data from the Foreign Investment Department showed foreign investors injected US$6.19 billion into capital contribution and share acquisition, of which the city accounted for a staggering 60% of the amount.

This trend is expected to see a steep rise in the coming time. Su Ngoc Anh, director of the HCM City Department of Planning and Investment, noted at a previous meeting that his agency would pay more attention to this kind of investment, especially those transactions in the local retail sector.

As the city is a major, dynamic market and has many effective operating companies, more foreign investors have felt encouraged to have a presence there, according to analysts.

The municipal government has also created favorable conditions for foreign investors to contribute capital and acquire stakes through quick procedures, thereby spurring such investments.

Notably, the Government’s Decree 60/2015 allows foreign investors to increase their ownership in many listed and public companies from 49% to 100%, except for those active in conditional business sectors.

In addition, they have seen more opportunities emerging, especially with the Government’s determined efforts to equitize State-owned enterprises to divest State stakes from noncore business operations.

Saigon Times

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