State capital divestment from Sabeco and Habeco discussed

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 14:20

Saigon Beer, a product of Sabeco. Agency of Corporate Finance has proposed to transfer State capital at Sabeco and Habeco to State Capital Investment Corporation. — Photo

State capital at the two brewers, Sai Gon Alcohol-Beer-Beverage JSC (Sabeco) and Ha Noi Alcohol-Beer-Beverage JSC (Habeco), may soon be transferred to the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC).

This has been proposed by the Ministry of Finance’s Agency of Corporate Finance. The two brewers are currently under the management of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

The proposal was made at a press conference on equitisation and divestment of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) held by the finance ministry on Wednesday morning.

This is one of the solutions given by the agency in order to speed up equitisation and divestment of SOEs in the last three months, to ensure the revenue target of VND60 trillion (US$2.64 billion) is met by the end of this year.

The agency has asked MoIT to accelerate the divestment from Sabeco and Habeco and finish the transfer of State capital to the Support Fund for Enterprise Reorganisation and Development before December 1, 2017.

In case MoIT cannot announce the prospectus for divestments in the two companies by the end of this month, the ministry should seek the Prime Minister’s instruction on handing over the State capital ownership to SCIC.

The divestment of Sabeco and Habeco, the two biggest local brewers in Viet Nam, has attracted significant attention in the market. MoIT holds 89.59 per cent of Sabeco’s charter capital and is expected to sell 53.59 per cent.

In Habeco, the ministry plans to offload its entire holding of 81.79 per cent.

Sabeco is the leading beer producer in terms of market share, holding 40 per cent of local beer consumption. Heineken came second, with a 25 per cent market share, followed by Habeco, with 18 per cent.

Carlsberg is a strategic shareholder in Habeco, with a holding of 17.51 per cent. The Danish beer maker has shown interest to purchase 51 per cent of Habeco’s stakes. After nine negotiations, the two sides have yet to reach an agreement on the selling price but Carlsberg still retains priority over the right to negotiate with Habeco when the State makes the divestment.

Meanwhile, many foreign investors are keen on Sabeco’s stakes, including Japan’s Asahi Group, Thailand’s Singha, Kirin, Heineken and Anheuser-Busch InBev. — VNS

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