Listed companies raise cash reserves

Friday, Nov 11, 2022 10:55

A customer deposits money at an office of Vietinbank. — VNA/VNS Photo

Enterprises in the VN30 group, which includes the 30 largest companies in market capitalisation on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), have accumulated an additional VND173.3 trillion (US$7 billion) in cash to bring the total amount to nearly VND1.83 quadrillion in the first nine months, according to statistics.

Specifically, companies operating in the financial industry, including banking, insurance, and securities, increased their cash volume by VND172.8 trillion to VND1.54 quadrillion, while manufacturing enterprises raised their reserves by VND488 billion to VND287.1 billion.

The enterprises’ defensive sentiment is actually understandable amid sharp hikes in interest rates, and challenges in bank credit channels and capital mobilisation through the stock market, whereas investment activities and business expansion carries many risks.

This is partly reflected in the fact that businesses stay out of buying treasury shares at this stage, even though the price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) valuation of the market benchmark VN-Index was at more than 9x, as data from VNDirect Securities Corporation showed, lower than the period when the market hit a bottom due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buying activities of business leaders also happened in a few enterprises, such as Nguyen Thi Thanh Huynh, deputy chairman of the Board of Directors of DIC Corp (HoSE: DIG) registered to buy 20 million shares of DIG, or Mai Tran Thanh Trang, chairman of the Board of Directors of Khang Dien House Trading and Investment JSC (HoSE: KDH) registered to buy ten million shares, and Nguyen Khai Hoan, chairman of Khai Hoan Land Group registered to buy five million shares.

Previously, in March, VNDirect's statistical data estimated that insiders and businesses registered to buy shares with a total value of VND3.5 trillion, with the larger volume recorded in April and May.

Inadequacies in the Securities Law 2019 were also attributed to businesses' reluctance to purchase treasury shares, according to

However, it cannot be denied that enterprises and related people prioritise liquidity savings over supporting the price of stocks.

And this is a bigger matter for real estate businesses, due to the negative business cash flow, tight real estate credit, and pressure on bond maturities.

Statistics of nine real estate enterprises pointed out that in the first nine months of the year, the total amount of cash and cash equivalents decreased by more than VND2.5 trillion compared to the beginning of the year, to VND10.7 trillion.

These nine firms are KDH, Nam Long Investment Corporation (NLG), Sai Gon Thuong Tin Real Estate JSC (SCR), Lideco (NTL), Phat Dat Real Estate Development JSC (PDR), DIG, Hodeco (HDC), LDG Investment (LDG) and Dat Xanh Group (DXG).

The decline concentrated in DXG which fell VND1.77 trillion to nearly VND1.25 trillion, and DIG which went down by over VND1.67 trillion to VND2.06 trillion.

In addition, all nine real estate businesses posted a negative business cash flow of VND11.5 trillion during the period, compared to the same period's negative VND3 trillion. Of which, DXG recorded a negative of nearly VND3.8 trillion, DIG was negative VND2.38 trillion, KDH was negative VND2.3 trillion, and SCR recorded a negative VND637.6 billion.

To address the cash flow issue in the context of a difficult real estate market and low demand, many real estate investors have announced to lower the selling price by 30 - 50 per cent compared to the beginning of the year in order to collect money. — VNS

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