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SCIC takes over trade ministry's 36% stake in brewer Sabeco

SCIC takes over trade ministry's 36% stake in brewer Sabeco

Saturday, August 29, 2020, 14:02 GMT+7
SCIC takes over trade ministry's 36% stake in brewer Sabeco
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung (first row, left) and chairman of the State Capital Investment Corporation Nguyen Duc Chi (first row, right) shake hands after signign the transfer of state ownership in Sabeco, August 28, 2020. Photo: N. Khang / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Industry and Trade on Friday handed over the state ownership in Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp (Sabeco) to the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC).

The value of state investment transferred to SCIC is over VND2.3 trillion (US$99.3 million), accounting for 36 percent of Sabeco’s charter capital, or more than 230 million shares.

Friday’s handover marked Sabeco as the first enterprise to complete such a transfer among 14 companies that have to transfer state capital to SCIC before August 31, according to a prime minister decision issued in June.

Up to now, SCIC has taken over VN21.9 trillion ($945.3 million) in state capital in 1,068 enterprises.

After the transfer, SCIC will have to divest all state capital from Sabeco in accordance with the prime minister decision.

Speaking at the handover ceremony on Friday, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung said that the transfer will not interrupt production and business activities of Sabeco and will comply with the current regulations.

Meanwhile, SCIC chairman Nguyen Duc Chi affirmed that SCIC will create the best possible favorable conditions for Sabeco to continue to grow, bringing investment efficiency to all shareholders, including state shareholders.

Thailand’s Thai Beverage Public Co. Ltd. (ThaiBev) currently owns 54 percent of Sabeco after it purchased a majority stake worth $4.84 billion in the brewer from the trade ministry in December 2017.

After the deal, the trade ministry held nearly 36 percent of Vietnam’s largest local brewer by market value.

Other foreign organizations own 9.71 percent of Sabeco, and the remaining is held by small shareholders.

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