SCIC faces problems with SOEs that divest holdings
VietNamNet Bridge - Among the enterprises put under management by the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC), there are many firms where the state’s ownership ratio is less than 5 percent.


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This is because SCIC tried to divest shares in the enterprises, but the shares could not be sold.

The shares are sold at auction where big shareholders need to buy only a small percentage of shares to be able to control enterprises.

Ketut Ariadi Kusuma from the World Bank said in many cases buyers want to buy just enough shares to obtain the right to control enterprises. If they cannot, they won’t buy anything.

When divesting, it is necessary to clarify the purposes of the divestment – for money or for other purposes.

Nguyen Trong Dung, deputy head of the Steering Committee on Enterprise Renovation and Development, asked World Bank experts about the best time to sell shares to strategic shareholders or to the public through auctions.

It is difficult to harmonize the purposes of the sale of enterprises – trying to collecting as much money as possible from the share sale, or focusing on finding strategic investors to help develop enterprises.

An expert said there was no need to be  worried about the loss of Vietnamese brands or the right to control enterprises. In many cases, enterprises need as many shareholders as possible. 

When restructuring ownership in enterprises with a high number of shareholders, buyers want to buy more, because they can see the high liquidity of shares. 

Deputy general director of SCIC Le Song Lai said it is difficult to harmonize the purposes of the sale of enterprises – trying to collecting as much money as possible from the share sale, or focusing on finding strategic investors to help develop enterprises.

After each sale, the seller does not care about the buyer, and only pays attention to how much money the sale brought and how high the selling price was compared with the market price.

Experts stress that ensuring the sustainable development of enterprises after equitization must be put a top priority.

Dr Nguyen Quang Trung said strategic investors play a very important role in the development of enterprises, so it is necessary to be flexible in choosing investors. 

It would be better to choose strategic investors based on their profiles, history and their commitments, and the offered share price must not be the decisive factor.

In mid-2017, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue approved a list of 406 State-owned enterprises marked for divestment until 2020. The disinvestment aims to raise funds for the nation’s public investment plan and advance the SOE restructuring process.


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