PVN considers merger of two biggest fertiliser firms

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 08:41

To ensure efficient divestment, PetroVietnam is working on a number of plans, including consolidating the two companies. — Photo vietnamfinance.vn

PetroVietnam is laying out plans to divest capital from the two biggest Vietnamese fertiliser companies – PetroVietnam Fertiliser & Chemicals Corp (DPM) and PetroVietnam Ca Mau Fertiliser Joint Stock Company (DCM) – to submit to authorities for consideration.

The plan did exclude the option of merging the two companies, PetroVietnam said.

The divestment is part of PetroVietnam’s overhaul plan for 2017-25.

The Ministry of Finance had previously asked the group to adjust its holdings in the two companies to 36 per cent by 2020.

Under the ministry’s guidance, PetroVietnam had completed a divestment draft, cutting its ownership in the two firms to 36 per cent during 2018-20. To ensure efficient divestment, PetroVietnam was looking at all options, including consolidating the two companies, it said.

Under a direction issued by the Prime Minister on August 11, 2017, PetroVietnam will reduce its ownership in Ca Mau Fertiliser from 75.56 per cent to 51 per cent and in Fertiliser & Chemicals from 61.38 per cent to 51 per cent this year.

At the 2018 annual shareholders’ meetings of the two companies, PetroVietnam said it would complete the divestment schemes by year-end.

At Ca Mau Fertiliser, the group has set up a steering committee and signed contracts with consultancy firms to construct a pricing and timetable for the divestment.

On the stock market, DCM is trading at around VND11,000 (US$0.50) per share, equivalent to the market value of more than VND5.82 trillion ($253.2 million). In the first six months of this year, the company achieved revenue of VND3.24 trillion, up 7 per cent year-on-year, but its net profit decreased 27 per cent to VND413 billion.

DPM is trading at around VND18,000 per share on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, valuing the company at nearly VND6.97 trillion ($303 million). The company reported revenue of VND4.8 trillion in the first half, up 10 per cent, while its net profit reached VND402 billion, down 13 per cent from the same period last year. — VNS

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