Vingroup raises $1.3 billion from Singapore's GIC via stake sale in units, loan

The money is expected to finance the units’ plans  

An employee checks U.S. dollar bank-notes at a bank in Hanoi, Vietnam August 12, 2015. Photo: Reuters

Vingroup has raised $1.3 billion by selling a stake in two of its units to Singapore’s Government Investment Corp and through a loan, also from the sovereign wealth fund, the Vietnamese property developer said on Tuesday.

The money raised will be used to fund the units’ projects, Vingroup said, adding that Credit Suisse had arranged the deal.

The company in a statement identified one of the units as Vinhomes, which has a chartered capital of 26.38 trillion dong ($1.16 billion). It did not name the other unit.

Vingroup added that the high-end property developer Vinhomes had filed an application earlier this month to list its shares on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.

Sources said earlier this year that Vingroup had tapped Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley for the planned IPO of Vinhomes, which, if completed, could be one of the biggest ever equity offerings in Vietnam.

The IPO would follow last year’s listing of Warburg Pincus-backed Vincom Retail JSC, Vietnam’s biggest shopping mall operator and also a unit of Vingroup, which raised roughly $700 million.

Vingroup is a diversified company, operating in real estate, education, healthcare, entertainment, retailing, agriculture and automobile manufacturing sectors.

($1 = 22,767 dong)

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