05/10/2017 10:25 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Song Da Corporation modifies IPO plan

Hanoi, October 5 (VNA) – The Song Da Corporation will sell nearly 200 million shares worth 48.82 percent of its charter capital in its initial public offering (IPO) scheduled for 2019. 

Announcing its latest plan, the corporation said the new one incorporated some changes made in accordance with the Prime Minister’s instruction on assessing the company’s value and adjusting initial public offerings. 

In mid-June this year, Song Da Corporation secured the Prime Minister approval to sell 30 percent of its capital to strategic investors and 18.82 percent to the public in 2019. 

The reasons for the corporation’s cancellation of offerings to strategic investors have not been disclosed. 

The 56-year-old corporation is one of Vietnam’s leading infrastructure companies with a charter capital of 4.5 trillion VND (198.2 million USD). 

Under the equitisation plan, the Government will retain 51 percent stake in the firm until the end of 2019, then reduce it to below 50 percent the following year. 

The Ministry of Construction has been assigned to decide the IPO prices, the criteria for selecting strategic investors as well as the amount of shares offered to them. 

The corporation is set to finalise its equitisation plan by the end of this year. 

According to the company’s audited 2016 financial report, it had total assets of 31.9 trillion VND by the end of last year. Its owner’s equity was 7.83 trillion VND and total debts amounted to nearly 24.1 trillion VND, with short and long term loans amounting to 17.7 trillion VND. 

The infrastructure company posted consolidated revenues of 9.97 trillion VND in 2016 and net profit of the parent company was 359 billion VND in 2016, down 37 percent from the previous year. 

Song Da Corporation is the main contractor for most hydropower projects in Vietnam. It is also involved in some major infrastructure projects including tunnels, highways and factories. It plans to divest from several hydroelectricity companies in October this year, including the Ho Bon Hydropower Joint Stock Company, Nam Muc Hydropower JSC and Southern Power Investment & Development JSC.