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Techcombank wants no foreign ownership, temporarily

The Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank) has no foreign stakeholder following HSBC Bank plc’s divestment in July, and has requested shareholders to approve zero foreign ownership temporarily.

In its latest announcement to shareholders on August 30, even as Techcombank asked for approval for a temporary zero per cent foreign ownership, it emphasized that adjustments would be made soon. It expressed its intention to raise the level of foreign ownership later, but not higher than 30 per cent of its charter capital.

The deadline for shareholders’ feedbacks has been set at 17:00 hours on September 12.

After HSBC’s departure, Techcombank intends to actively seek a capable strategic investor in the near future.

Back in mid August, HSBC sold back all 172 million shares to Techcombank, to be used as treasury stocks at VND23,445 (US$1.04) per share, according to the bank’s board of directors. The shares previously amounted to 19.4 per cent of Techcombank’s charter capital, and is now priced at a total of around VND4 trillion ($178.1 million).

Recently, Techcombank submitted a plan to the State Securities Commission (SSC) for permission to issue another 500 million shares (stock code TCB) so as to increase its charter capital. These shares are to be sold in two phases, with 70 million shares up for sale at VND30,000 ($1.33) per share during phase one from September to October, or whenever the SSC permits.

Phase two would see the sale of the remaining 430 million shares; its rate will be decided later by the bank’s board of directors, based on results of the first phase.

If both phases are successful, Techcombank will have increased its total charter capital to VND13.87 trillion ($617.8 million).

Currently, Techcombank’s shares are being traded at VND24,500 ($1.09) per share. As of August, it had purchased 172 million treasury stocks at an average price of VND23,445 ($1.04) per stock. Because of this mass repurchase at a lower price than its book value, the banks’ shares are now gaining.

As per its financial report for the second quarter of 2017, Techcombank has earned a pre-tax revenue of VND2.73 trillion ($121.6 million), making a net gain of up to VND355 billion ($15.8 million) from the sale of 25.56 million shares of Vietnam Airlines.

Nevertheless, the bank’s receivables now amount to VND12.68 trillion ($564.8 million), having increased by VND1.86 trillion ($82.8 million) since the beginning of the year.

In the first six months of 2017, Techcombank reported total uncollectible debts of VND2.74 trillion ($122 million), a 1.57 per cent rise from the end of 2016. The bank has also sold around VND1.99 trillion ($88.6 million) worth of bad debts to the Vietnam Asset Management Company.

Techcombank’s board of directors has guaranteed its shareholders that it will strictly implement all necessary procedures in time, and under the supervision of the appropriate administrative authority.


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