Singapore's GIC leads US$500 mil investment in Vingroup unit

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HANOI/SINGAPORE: A consortium led by GIC Pte and Vingroup JSC has paid US$500 million for a minority stake in a retail unit of Vingroup, according to a statement from the Singapore sovereign wealth fund Monday (Sept 9).

Vingroup and VCM Services & Trading Development JSC have “established themselves as reputable retail companies, with attractive brands in Vietnam’s fast-growing consumer market,” GIC said in the statement. “As a long-term investor, GIC is confident in the growth outlook for disposable incomes and household consumption in Vietnam.”

VCM operates VinMart+ and VinMart outlet stores. There are more than 108 VinMart supermarkets and some 1,700 VinMart+ convenience stores across the country, according to the firm’s website. Vietnam’s economy is forecast to expand 6.7% this year, one of the fastest among Southeast Asian nations.

The 11.6 trillion dong investment was reported earlier by Bloomberg News. Stock in Ho Chi Minh-listed Vingroup rose as much as 1.4% on Monday, the biggest intraday increase in more than two weeks. The shares are up almost 30% since January.

Credit Suisse Group AG is the financial adviser to Vingroup, a person familiar with the matter said earlier. Vingroup will remain as the controlling shareholder of VCM, post the transaction, according to Monday’s statement.