Cooking oil market starts to heat up

In addition to importing more cooking oil products, Vietnam's domestic cooking oil market is seeing growing competition between the new and experienced brands. The Vietnam Vegetable Oil Industry Corporation (Vocarimex), a cooking oil giant with four subsidiary companies and three associated companies, owns the largest chunk of market share in the domestic cooking oil sector. However, in view of its falling market share in the recent years, the corporation decided to sell 24 percent of its shares to Kinh Do Corporation (KDC) and 8 percent to VPBank Securities. The Kinh Do Confectionary Corporation recently spent some more 530 billion VND (24.9 million USD) to buy a 27 percent stake in Vocarimex, boosting its stake in Vocarimex to 51 percent. Accordingly, the KDC will support Vocarimex in distribution system development, brand name and technology. Vocarimex's market share increased from 50 percent to 95 percent during the 1994 to 2000 period, but fell to 90 percent in 2010 and … [Read more...]

Overworked American broker seeking pay cut and riches in Vietnam

An electronic stock ticker displays share prices as a laborer paints outside the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HOSE) in Ho Chi Minh City. While Vietnam’s stock market has outperformed, volumes are still dwarfed larger peers. After six years trading stocks in New York and Hong Kong, Patrick Mitchell decided he’d had enough. The 30-year-old left the long hours and shrinking commissions behind in 2013 to join a firm that most of his colleagues had never heard of: VinaSecurities Joint-Stock Co. in Ho Chi Minh City. He’s now head of institutional sales at the company, living in a villa at least five times the size of his Hong Kong studio and helping to handle an influx of foreign investment that propelled Vietnam’s stock market to a third straight year of gains in 2014. "I wanted to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond," said the Chicago native, who previously worked at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and Reorient Financial Markets Ltd. "There are 100 other expat brokers … [Read more...]

Corporate bonds slumped in 2014

Vietnam corporations issued far fewer bonds in 2014, despite the participation of many big companies. Total value of corporate bond issues for the whole year reached about 22.922 trillion VND (1.07 billion USD), a year-on-year decrease of 33.4 percent and accounting for less than one percent of the country's GDP, according to the Ministry of Finance's Banking and Financial Institution's data. Meanwhile, government bond issues climbed 37 percent over 2013, totalling more than 248 trillion VND (11.6 billion USD) last year, equivalent to 6.24 percent of GDP. Outstanding corporate bonds were a mere 2.5 percent of GDP while the number of government bonds was 12.84 percent. Many large companies issued big bond issues, such as Vietnam National Coal Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin), 3 trillion VND (140.2 million USD); Hoang Anh Gia Lai Co (HAG) and Masan Group (MSN), each issuing bonds worth over 2 trillion VND (93.5 million USD), Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam … [Read more...]

Kinh Do to pour nearly $25mil. into vegetable oil corporation

Kinh Do Confectionary Corporation plans to spend some VND530 billion (US$24.9 million) to buy a 27-per cent stake in the Viet Nam Vegetable Oil Industry Corporation (Vocarimex). The scheduled purchase was detailed in a decree issued by the confectionary producer's managerial board on January 2. Specifically, Kinh Do (KDC) will purchase 32.886 million shares of Vocarimex at a price of VND16,000 ($0.75) per share. Kinh Do plans to complete the purchase within 30-60 days, in line with the timeframe permitted by the State Securities Commission. The transaction will be carried out by Rong Viet Security Company. The successful transaction will bring Kinh Do's stake in Vocarimex to 51 per cent. Once Kinh Do becomes Vocarimex's major shareholder, it will support the vegetable oil corporation by making changes to improve the efficiency of the corporation's operations over the long term. For instance, it will promote the expansion of its distribution network and develop new … [Read more...]

Banks speed up lending ahead of Tet

The Saigon Times Daily Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank) offers business installment loans and unsecured cards for enterprises wanting to raise capital and invest in fixed assets such as factories, machines and equipment, Vietnam News Agency reports. For the business installment loan product, each firm is entitled to a credit limit of VND5 billion (US$234,500) with a tenor of three years. Meanwhile, with the unsecured card, VPBank offer loans of up to VND2 billion each and other incentives for corporates. The bank said the two products are designed for businesses in sectors such as wood processing, textile, garment, consumer goods and electronics. Meanwhile, VietABank has launched a credit package for individual customers who want to do business, construct or repair homes, and buy cars. The bank applies an interest rate of 7.7% per annum and flexible lending terms. Loans are available from now to March 31. Trinh Minh Thao, deputy general director of VietABank, said the bank … [Read more...]

Focus turns to social housing development

VietNamNet Bridge – The construction ministry will focus on housing development this year, especially social housing projects, said Minister Trinh Dinh Dung at a recent meeting. A villa under construction at the Hoang Yen 2 Project in Hoa Binh Province's Luong Son District. The Ministry of Construction will focus on housing development this year. Dung added that the real estate market was identified as one of the priority sectors of the ministry during this year, adding that it would continue to implement measures to tackle difficulties faced by the realty market in line with the implementation of the national housing development strategy. Real estate projects would try to meet the market demand, with the ministry aiming to boost the number of social housing projects and small and medium-sized commercial apartments at affordable prices, Dung said. The ministry has reported that more than 100 social housing projects in major cities have been completed, including 38 … [Read more...]

HDBank finances resort project in Ba Ria-Vung Tau

The Saigon Times Daily The bank will offer preferential loans at an interest rate of 3.8% per annum in the first six months to customers buying villas and luxury apartments of the project and meeting certain requirements. The preferential interest is applied to the lending contracts signed between now and the end of March. HDBank said loans would be disbursed at the request of customers. Cotec Asia, a member of Cotec Group, began work on the Blue Sapphire resort project in 2010. The luxury resort covers an area of around 76,900 square meters and consists of 36 villas and 260 seaview apartments. The basic construction of the 36 villas is complete and ten of them have been sold to customers. VPBank supports rice, seafood firms * Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank) has set aside VND1 trillion to offer preferential loans for rice and seafood companies based in the Mekong Delta. Each of the small and medium enterprises (SME) buying, processing, supplying and exporting rice and … [Read more...]

Stocks retreat on investor caution

Investors watch electronics trading boards at VPBank Securities in Ha Noi. Photo: VNA Stocks failed to hold gains on January 19 as investors stayed cautious ahead of the 2014 earnings report for listed companies and probable risks from Circular 36, which is expected to restrain lending for stock investments. On the Hochiminh Stock Exchange, the benchmark VN-Index lost more than 3 points, or 0.57 percent, closing the January 19 session at 571.51 points. Blue chips led the downturn as over half of the top 30 shares by market value and liquidity declined with the VN30 down 0.5 percent to end at 611.64 points. Phu My Fertiliser (DPM) was the biggest loser, down 5.3 percent and finishing at 30,600 VND (1.43 USD) a share. Other large-cap shares like Vietcombank (VCB), Hoang Anh Gia Lai Co (HAG), Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), Saigon Securities Inc (SSI) and FPT Corp (FPT) also slumped between 0.6 and 2.5 percent. Liquidity was low, with the market volume reaching just 88.4 million shares … [Read more...]

Foreign banks look local for CEOs

While local banks may prefer a foreign CEO, some foreign banks are now eyeing Vietnamese CEOs. Pham Hong Hai has been appointed the new CEO of HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd., after being approved from the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) and the HSBC Group. Hai has replaced Sumit Dutta, HSBC’s former CEO in Vietnam who moved to HSBC Indonesia. ANZ Bank (Vietnam) Ltd. also recently selected Phan Thi Thanh Binh as ANZ’s acting CEO in Vietnam, replacing Tareq Muhmood in October. However this wasn’t ANZ’s first Vietnamese appointment. Dam Bich Thuy previously held the ANZ Vietnam CEO position for an extended period of time. Hong Leong Bank Vietnam Ltd. also replaced its foreign CEO after Le Minh Tam took the position earlier in the year. Local banks have preferred foreign CEOs. Techcombank nomitated Simon Morris as the bank’s CEO in January 2012. However, after two years heading operations, Morris left and Do Anh Tuan, member of the management board, has been acting … [Read more...]

More banks offer low-cost loans for home buyers

An additional eight commercial joint stock banks will join the government’s 30 trillion VND (1.4 billion USD) housing credit stimulus scheme, improving access to loans for low-cost apartments. New low-cost loan providers include the Vietnam Export-Import Bank (Eximbank), the Bao Viet Commercial Bank, the Saigon Commercial Bank (SCB), the Vietnam Public Commercial Bank (Pvcombank), the Tien Phong Bank (TPBank), the Oriental Commercial Bank (OCB), the Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank), and the Southeast Asia Bank (SeABank). The eight banks will join five commercial banks with half their capital owned by the State in the scheme, including the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank), the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), the Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) and the Mekong Housing Bank. Launched in June 2013, the credit package offers loans with a maximum … [Read more...]

11 banks in Vietnam meet international payment standards

The American multinational banking and financial services corporation Citi announced the list of 11 banks in Vietnam who won the Straight Through Processing - STP 2014 Award on December 11. (Photo: SGGP) They have been awarded for their ability of conducting through payment transactions and daily service quality. The 11 awardees include Joint Stock Commercial bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank), Bank of Investment & Development Vietnam (BIDV); Vietnam Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (Agribank), Vietinbank, Vietnam Technological & Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank), Military Commercial Joint Stock bank (Military Bank), Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank), Asia Commercial Joint Stock Bank (ACB), Saigon Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Sacombank), Vietnam Export-Import Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Eximbank) and Taipei Fubon - HCMC branch. … [Read more...]

Funding VPBank Smartcash Card – Getting Gifts Instantly

From December 5, 2014 to January 31, 2015, Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank (VPBank) deployed a promotion programme called "Funding Smartcash cards - Super easy, super preferential" with more than 4,000 gifts waiting for customers. Accordingly, when customers deposit VND100,000 or more into their VPBank Visa Smartcash cards, they will be given a lucky code used for lucky draw on the website (one for code every VND50,000). Lucky customers will have the chance to win vouchers for buying cosmetics, gym cards, movie tickets, belts, key chains and other items. Particularly, there is no limit to the time of funding or the value of funding during the promotional programme on such channels as telephone top-up, internet banking and e-commerce website. With its superior online payment features applicable to both domestic and international markets, VPBank Visa Smartcash is a smart solution enabling swift, easy and secure online shopping. After over one year of … [Read more...]

VPBank Leverages iCreate’s Consulting Expertise for Activating Data Governance

Prominent Vietnamese financial institution, VPBank has successfully completed a strategic initiative on Data Governance establishment with the help of consulting services from Banking Decision Enablement pioneers, iCreate. The engagement, comprising assessment, definition, roadmap & a pilot implementation was accomplished in a time span of 10 weeks. The key thrust was on knowledge transfer and thereby enabling the team in VPBank to implement the governance framework within a short span of time. Though a few banks in Vietnam have invested or are on their way to invest in data warehousing technology, VPBank is the first bank to tackle challenges in end-to-end data management through a holistic approach. Driven by VPBank’s CEO Mr. Nguyen Duc Vinh’s larger vision of instituting data as a ‘key asset’, stakeholders within the bank recognized early on that the foundation for building data-driven decision making culture meant having an EDW technology complimented … [Read more...]

VPBank Loyalty- Inclusive Customer Care Programme: Advantages of Loyalty Programme

Customer loyalty programme, a common concept in the retailing sector, has become an exciting race in the finance and banking industry. According to a study, only 20 percent of loyal customers could generate 80 percent of revenue for a bank, while the cost to get a new customer is 10 times more than that of keeping a loyal customer. Two significant factors that let customers use a bank’s new products are the loyalty of customers to the bank and the bank’s ability to offer its products to customers. Therefore, every bank is trying to become an "ideal bank" for customers. By many measures, they attempt to establish a long-term mutually beneficial relationship and always pay attention to presenting gifts to loyal customers. However, most programmes are organised separately and discretely for different products and transaction channels. As a result, sometimes, customers are still confused between the loyalty programmes of banks and those of their cooperation partners. Success … [Read more...]

Resolutely clearing up bad debts along with bank restructuring

(VOVworld) – In the master-plan on economic restructuring approved by the Prime Minister last year, bank restructuring and handling bad debts are considered key tasks. The settlement of bad debt has gained initial results after the program to restructure the banking system was launched 3 years ago. Bad debts remain one of difficulties for the restructuring of Vietnam’s bank system. Over the past 3 years, the banking system cleared about 11.6 billion USD of bad debts. Credit institutions have set aside about 3.30 billion USD each year as a long-term capital reserve to deal with non-performing loans (NPLs). Since 2012, when the scheme to settle bad debts in the banking system was initiated, the ratio of bad debts has been lowered from 17% to 3.8% as of the end of September, 2014. Nguyen Duc Vinh, General Director of the Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank), said bad debt is not a desperate matter if it’s within control. He shared his bank’s … [Read more...]

Investment for Corporate Branding and Advertising

To expand domestic and export markets and create added value for products, Vietnam must develop some strong and highly competitive brands. However, branding investment requires concerted effort from companies and overall approach to respond to diverse and changing demands of the market, coupled with reasonable State policies to facilitate businesses to bring products to domestic and foreign consumers. Aimed to deploy some national brands with a new approach, respond to the Government's proposals and continue to ask the National Assembly to lift the cap on advertising costs at the National Assembly’s meeting in November 2014, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) recently collaborated with the Association of Vietnam Retailers (AVR), under the sponsorship of Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank) to organise a seminar entitled " Investing in branding and spending on advertisement for enterprises" in Hanoi. Speaking at the workshop, Pham Thi Thu Hang, VCCI General … [Read more...]

Arousing Entrepreneurship in Women

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) coordinated with the Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank) and Microsoft Vietnam to organise the "Conference on Entrepreneurship in Dynamic Economy" in Hanoi on November 19, 2014. This is one of the main activities of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 (GEW) held from November 17 to 23, 2014 in over 150 countries. From 2014, November 19 became the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED). Speakers from GEW United States, VCCI, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Association, VPBank, Microsoft and other entities discussed entrepreneurship in dynamic economy, entrepreneurship education, small and medium enterprises in the new stage of development of the country, information technology solutions for women entrepreneurs, and other contents. Tran Thi Hong Minh, Director of Business Registration Department under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, said entrepreneurship is one of important factors … [Read more...]

Zero-Interest Home Loan at VPBank for Lexington Novaland Project

In a bid to bring most benefits to customers in need of housing, Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank) and Novaland Company joined hands to provide zero-interest soft loans for homebuyers of Lexington Residences situated in An Phu Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Accordingly, when buying houses at Lexington Novaland Project, customers will be offered a preferential interest rate of 5 percent per annum in the first 12 months and Novaland is committed to cover the interest. Hence, with this double preference, they will enjoy zero-interest loans from the time the contracts are signed to the time the houses are transferred (expected in March 2016). This is an appeal of VPBank home loans. Moreover, with loan maturity up to 25 years, customers can consider their financial capacity and choose suitable repayment schedule. In addition, VPBank provides up to 70 percent of home value. Quynh Anh … [Read more...]

Seminar on Investment for Corporate Branding Development and Advertising Costs

To expand domestic and export markets and create added values for products, Vietnamese companies must develop some highly competitive brand names. Branding development investment requires concerted efforts of companies and overall approach to meet diverse and changing demands of the market, coupled with reasonable State policies to facilitate businesses to introduce products to domestic and foreign consumers. Aimed to deploy some national brands with a new approach, respond to the Government's proposals and continue to ask the National Assembly to lift the cap on advertising costs at the National Assembly’s meeting in November 2014, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in collaboration with the Association of Vietnam Retailers (AVR), under the sponsorship of Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank) will organise a seminar entitled "Investment for Corporate Branding Development and Advertising Costs of Enterprises" in Hanoi on November 18, 2014. At the seminar, … [Read more...]

Vietnam Economy: Ailing Private Sector and Fragile Recovery

"The economy has bottomed out of crisis and has shown signs of recovery. However, the recovery is still fragile and coupled with enormous risks," said economic experts at the seminar "World and Vietnam Economy: Economic 2014 Review and 2015 Prospects" organised by Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank). Escaping crisis Macroeconomic stability and development prospects are common concerns of the business community in 2015. Mr Nguyen Duc Vinh, General Director of VPBank, said: "For the time being, business managers and chief financial officers of companies and banks like us are working out development plans for 2015. Our common question is how the economy will be in 2015?" Sanjay Kalra, Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Vietnam and Laos, said "The country's economic growth and macroeconomic stability have shown remarkable improvement. Nevertheless, risks have been huge as debt has been a concern while business effectiveness of State-owned enterprises … [Read more...]