Vinamilk tops most valuable firms list

Forbes Vietnam on Monday announced the Viet Nam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk) topped the 40 most valuable companies in the country with a value of more than US$1.7 billion. This is the second time Vinamilk has reached the top in the Forbes ranking.



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The cow farm of dairy producer Vinamilk at Tu Tra Commune, Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province. 



Forbes Viet Nam said in its statement that total value of the 40 most valuable firms reached more than $5.4 billion, an increase of 20 per cent from the previous assessment last year.

Behind Vinamilk was the military telecommunication group Viettel and property developer-retailer Vingroup, whose estimated values were $849.6 million and $299.3 million, respectively. The list closed out with the agriculture group Loc Troi, which was assessed at $13.1 million.

Loc Troi joined the most-valuable list in 2017 for the first time, along with Quang Ngai Sugar Joint Stock Company, fuel dealer Viet Nam National Petroleum JSC (Petrolimex) and Saigon Tourist.

In terms of industries, consumer goods producers and financial-banking firms outnumbered others at 19 companies.

Saigon Securities Inc (SSI) was the only brokerage included in the Forbes Viet Nam list.

Among other financial institutions were Vietcombank, Vietinbank, BIDV, Bao Viet Holdings, MB Bank, VP Bank and Sacombank.

Three quarters of the 40 firms are already listed on the HCM and the Ha Noi stock exchanges, including two brewers Sabeco and Habeco, Mobile World Corp, Vietjet Air and property developer Novaland.

Some of the 40 companies trade their shares on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) and the Over-the-Counter (OTC) market, such as Truong Hai Automobile, VP Bank and Techcombank.

According to Forbes Viet Nam, the evaluation was conducted based on the contribution of the company’s brand to the business performance. The most valuable brands were the firms that recorded high revenue and earnings in the industries they were leading.

Forbes Viet Nam, with support from Viet Capital Securities Co, evaluated the firms’ pre-tax earnings, loan interest rates and intangible assets.

In addition, Forbes Viet Nam was assisted by the companies whose shares are traded on the two local exchanges and UPCoM and OTC markets, while some non-traded and unlisted companies agreed to provide financial data for the evaluation.

The brand valuation is calculated on the company’s share price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio versus the market’s average P/E ratio for listed ones.

For unlisted companies, Forbes Viet Nam compared the firm’s scale and scope to others in the same industry to calculate the company’s value. 

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