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In difficult times, Vietnamese billionaires still earn billions of dollars

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Last year was a stormy one for Vietnam’s businesses, but billionaires still were able to pocket billions of dollars.

In difficult times, Vietnamese billionaires still earn billions of dollars

Billionaire Nguyen Dang Quang

Just in the last several months of 2020, MSN shares of Nguyen Dang Quang’s Masan Group saw prices increase by twofold, hitting VND95,000 per share in mid-November. The prices continued increasing in early 2021, reaching VND100,000 per share in late January.

The price increase helped Quang have hundreds of millions of dollars worth of stock assets, while Masan’s shareholders also got $2 billion.

This was a surprise to many people, because Masan, like other businesses, suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The consumer goods retail integration strategy has begun bearing fruit with VinCommerce making profit in Q4. Meanwhile, Masan Consumer Holdings (MCH) reported a 30 percent revenue growth rate, for the first time obtaining revenue of $1 billion.

Masan Group’s revenue increased sharply, doubling last year, hitting VND77.2 trillion, while the net profit was VND1.234 trillion.

Vingroup (VIC) of the dollar billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong has reported revenue of VND110 trillion, or $5 billion for the stormy year 2020, which marked a milestone in its strategy on shifting focus to technology, industry and service.

The revenue from automobile and smartphone manufacturing increased sharply in the year, while revenue from the real estate sector kept rising thanks to three Vinhomes huge projects. The revenue of VinSmart/VinFast increased by twofold to VND18 trillion.

Analysts say that Vuong gained initial success in the industry sector as his VinFast sold 31,500 cars in 2020 alone. Of these, VinFast Fadil, VinFast Lux A and VinFast Lux SA became the bestsellers in their market segments.

Meanwhile, his VinSmart stayed firmly among the bestselling smartphone models in Q4. It began providing smarthome solutions in two mega urban areas – Vinhomes Ocean Park and Vinhomes Smart City in Hanoi.

Hoa Phat Group of billionaire Tran Dinh Long has reported a post-tax profit of VND13.5 trillion in 2020, a sharp increase of 80 percent over the year before.

Hoa Phat is described as an enterprise that ‘swam against the current’. Most other steel manufacturers faced difficulties in 2020 because of the sharp rise in input material prices, especially iron ore.

Meanwhile, Hoa Phat still reported revenue of VND91.3 trillion, up by 41 percent over 2019. The group’s market share surged to 32.5 percent.

Vinamilk also gained impressive business results in 2020 with revenue of VND59.6 trillion thanks to the robust growth of enterprises after M&A and the good news about dairy exports to South Korea, China, Africa, Singapore and Southeast Asian countries.

Preparing for breakthrough

Last year was a stormy one for Vietnam’s businesses, but billionaires still were able to pocket billions of dollars.

Large corporations have also engaged in activities to make a breakthrough when the pandemic is over.

Quang of Masan said in 2021, the group aims to develop VCM into a platform serving essential needs – Point of Life, providing essential goods and services accounting for over 50 percent of consumer spending, including FMCG, fresh food, financial services and added value services.

Masan got big money from pork in 2020 as the pork price stayed high and the selling prices of its MeatDeli products were always higher than the market prices thanks to the increase in demand for high-quality meat.

In the case of Hoa Phat, its steel manufacturing sector was consolidated after its Dung Quat mill became operational. The enterprise also strengthened investment in agriculture and industrial real estate.

Hoa Phat gained impressive growth in agriculture projects. It is now holding 50 percent of Australian beef market share, producing 700,000 chicken eggs a day and is among the top enterprises in pig farming with the herd of 400,000 pigs.

President Tran Dinh Long said Hoa Phat plans to deploy the second phase of Dung Quat Steel Complex in January 2022, expected to complete after three years.

The project, with the capacity of 5 million tons a year, is being developed to satisfy the demand for HRC and is expected to help increase the revenue and profit by 80 percent.

As for Vingroup, automobile manufacturing is a priority sector for now. VinFast has announced a plan to launch three electric car models and break even in the next five years thanks to their output increase to expand market share and production cost cutting.

VinFast has also kicked off an electric bus project, VinBus, striving to obtain 30 percent of the market share in Vietnam.

Vietjet Air, owned by the female dollar billionaire Nguyen Phuong Thao, was one of only a few airlines in the world which did not lay off workers in 2020 and still made a profit.

Its finance report showed revenue from supporting services accounting for nearly 50 percent, which means that it strengthened supporting services to offset decreases in revenue from air tickets.

Phan Van Nhan from Sai Gon Securities pointed out that large groups are resilient and can adapt quickly. 

V. Ha

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/in-difficult-times-vietnamese-billionaires-still-earn-billions-of-dollars-716673.html

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Firm jointly established by Vietnam’s Kido, Vinamilk disbanded

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Vietnamese dairy giant Vietnam Dairy Products JSC (Vinamilk) and packaged food producer Kido Group Corporation announced the dissolution of their ice cream and non-alcoholic beverage joint venture, Vibev Food and Beverage Joint Venture Company Limited, after nearly two years of operation.

The dissolution decision was announced by Kido Group Corporation chairman Tran Kim Thanh and Vinamilk CEO Mai Kieu Lien.

Thanh attributed the dissolution to “the impact of the global economy, unpredictable fluctuations in the domestic market, and changes in Kido Group’s development orientations.”

Meanwhile, Vinamilk CEO Lien said Vibev was scrapped due to changes in business development orientations of both Vinamilk and Kido.

As publicized by the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HoSE) early this month, Vinamilk will work with Kido and Vibev with a spirit of cooperation to complete dissolution procedures in line with the law.

Vinamilk and Kido on June 9, 2020 announced the establishment of their joint venture Vibev, specializing in manufacturing and trading beverages, such as tea, milk tea, ice cream, and frozen food.

On March 1 last year, Vibev was officially founded with an initial investment of VND400 billion (US$16.4 million), to which Vinamilk and Kido contributed VND204 billion ($8.4 million) and VND196 billion ($8 million), or 51 and 49 percent, respectively.

At the time, Vibev general director Mai Xuan Tram said that the non-carbonated beverage sector in Vietnam had extreme potential. Most suppliers of fresh drinks were small with low technology and operated on a small scale.

Therefore, the joint venture was expected to dominate the market based on the strengths of Vinamilk and Kido, thus becoming a leading company in non-alcoholic beverages in Vietnam.

According to Kido’s consolidated financial report, its investment in Vibev fell to VND160 billion ($6.6 million) at the end of the third quarter of this year but its holding was still maintained at 49 percent. 

It can be inferred that Vibev has suffered from an accumulated loss of nearly VND73 billion ($3 billion) after nearly two years of operation.

A report by SSI Securities Corporation showed that although the input cost increase has not been completely reflected in the consumer price index (CPI) of Vietnam, consumers can see the price hikes.

Food and beverage enterprises have increased the sale prices of their products by 2-10 percent on average.

The prices of these firms’ key input materials have also risen over the same period last year, such as flour by 30-40 percent, sugar by 30 percent, soybeans by 20 percent, and palm oil by 44 percent.

The beverage market witnessed intense competition among local and international brands.

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Vietnamese dairy giant Vietnam Dairy Products JSC (Vinamilk) and packaged food producer Kido Group Corporation announced the dissolution of their ice cream and non-alcoholic beverage joint venture, Vibev Food and Beverage Joint Venture Company Limited, after nearly two years of operation.

The dissolution decision was announced by Kido Group Corporation chairman Tran Kim Thanh and Vinamilk CEO Mai Kieu Lien.

Thanh attributed the dissolution to “the impact of the global economy, unpredictable fluctuations in the domestic market, and changes in Kido Group’s development orientations.”

Meanwhile, Vinamilk CEO Lien said Vibev was scrapped due to changes in business development orientations of both Vinamilk and Kido.

As publicized by the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HoSE) early this month, Vinamilk will work with Kido and Vibev with a spirit of cooperation to complete dissolution procedures in line with the law.

Vinamilk and Kido on June 9, 2020 announced the establishment of their joint venture Vibev, specializing in manufacturing and trading beverages, such as tea, milk tea, ice cream, and frozen food.

On March 1 last year, Vibev was officially founded with an initial investment of VND400 billion (US$16.4 million), to which Vinamilk and Kido contributed VND204 billion ($8.4 million) and VND196 billion ($8 million), or 51 and 49 percent, respectively.

At the time, Vibev general director Mai Xuan Tram said that the non-carbonated beverage sector in Vietnam had extreme potential. Most suppliers of fresh drinks were small with low technology and operated on a small scale.

Therefore, the joint venture was expected to dominate the market based on the strengths of Vinamilk and Kido, thus becoming a leading company in non-alcoholic beverages in Vietnam.

According to Kido’s consolidated financial report, its investment in Vibev fell to VND160 billion ($6.6 million) at the end of the third quarter of this year but its holding was still maintained at 49 percent. 

It can be inferred that Vibev has suffered from an accumulated loss of nearly VND73 billion ($3 billion) after nearly two years of operation.

A report by SSI Securities Corporation showed that although the input cost increase has not been completely reflected in the consumer price index (CPI) of Vietnam, consumers can see the price hikes.

Food and beverage enterprises have increased the sale prices of their products by 2-10 percent on average.

The prices of these firms’ key input materials have also risen over the same period last year, such as flour by 30-40 percent, sugar by 30 percent, soybeans by 20 percent, and palm oil by 44 percent.

The beverage market witnessed intense competition among local and international brands.

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Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery exports hit record high

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Vietnam raked in US$49 billion in export revenue from agro-forestry-fishery products between January and November of this year, exceeding the previous record of $48.6 billion set in 2021, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The ministry on Wednesday shared that Vietnam exported over $4.27 billion worth of agro-forestry-fishery products in November alone, down nearly five percent year on year.

During the same period, the country’s seafood export turnover hit $10.14 billion for the first time ever.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) will hold a ceremony to celebrate the milestone on December 10.

From January to November, there were eight commodities with export turnovers that surpassed $2 billion, including coffee ($3.5 billion, up 31.5 percent), rubber ($2.9 billion, up 3.2 percent), rice ($3.2 billion, up 6.9 percent), tra fish ($2.2 billion, up 61 percent), shrimp ($4.1 billion, up 14.6 percent), and wood and wooden products ($14.6 billion, up 9 percent).

Asian countries remained the largest importers of Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery products with nearly 45 percent of the market share, followed by America with 27 percent, and Europe with 11 percent.

As for importing countries, the U.S. took the lead with $12.3 billion.

China came in second with some $9.3 billion, followed by Japan with $3.9 billion, and South Korea with $2.3 billion. 

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, China’s unwillingness to end its zero-COVID policy will create a challenging future for Vietnamese farm produce for the foreseeable future. 

Moreover, due to the depreciation of China’s renminbi and Thailand’s baht over the Vietnam dong and U.S. dollar, China will likely increase imports from Thailand and reduce imports from Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s exports of wood pellets to the European Union (EU) remain low due to Europe’s strict origin traceability requirements.

The EU’s requirements for wood pellet imports are more stringent than those of Japan and South Korea, which is a significant challenge that will require Vietnamese exporters to improve their equipment and technology.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue popularizing a protocol on the official export of Vietnamese durians to China, requirements for passion fruit exports to China, and requirements for pomelo exports to the U.S.

The ministry will also accelerate negotiations over a protocol on phytosanitary requirements for dragon fruit, longan, litchi, rambutan, and mango exports to China. 

It will also work with the General Administration of Customs of China to launch weekly online inspections into banana and durian batches shipped from Vietnam to its northern neighbor.

In addition, it will seek ways to remove technical and trade hindrances and pave the way for the export of Vietnamese products to other large and potential markets, such as Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Australia, and New Zealand via official channels.

Specialized agencies will work with Japanese phytosanitary inspectors who come to Vietnam to check local dragon fruit, mango, and longan processing units in order to boost the export of these products.

The government assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development an agro-forestry-fishery export revenue target of $50 billion this year.

If the export growth momentum is maintained in the last month of the year, the country’s agro-forestry-fishery exports this year will likely reach $53 billion.

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Vietnam raked in US$49 billion in export revenue from agro-forestry-fishery products between January and November of this year, exceeding the previous record of $48.6 billion set in 2021, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The ministry on Wednesday shared that Vietnam exported over $4.27 billion worth of agro-forestry-fishery products in November alone, down nearly five percent year on year.

During the same period, the country’s seafood export turnover hit $10.14 billion for the first time ever.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) will hold a ceremony to celebrate the milestone on December 10.

From January to November, there were eight commodities with export turnovers that surpassed $2 billion, including coffee ($3.5 billion, up 31.5 percent), rubber ($2.9 billion, up 3.2 percent), rice ($3.2 billion, up 6.9 percent), tra fish ($2.2 billion, up 61 percent), shrimp ($4.1 billion, up 14.6 percent), and wood and wooden products ($14.6 billion, up 9 percent).

Asian countries remained the largest importers of Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery products with nearly 45 percent of the market share, followed by America with 27 percent, and Europe with 11 percent.

As for importing countries, the U.S. took the lead with $12.3 billion.

China came in second with some $9.3 billion, followed by Japan with $3.9 billion, and South Korea with $2.3 billion. 

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, China’s unwillingness to end its zero-COVID policy will create a challenging future for Vietnamese farm produce for the foreseeable future. 

Moreover, due to the depreciation of China’s renminbi and Thailand’s baht over the Vietnam dong and U.S. dollar, China will likely increase imports from Thailand and reduce imports from Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s exports of wood pellets to the European Union (EU) remain low due to Europe’s strict origin traceability requirements.

The EU’s requirements for wood pellet imports are more stringent than those of Japan and South Korea, which is a significant challenge that will require Vietnamese exporters to improve their equipment and technology.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue popularizing a protocol on the official export of Vietnamese durians to China, requirements for passion fruit exports to China, and requirements for pomelo exports to the U.S.

The ministry will also accelerate negotiations over a protocol on phytosanitary requirements for dragon fruit, longan, litchi, rambutan, and mango exports to China. 

It will also work with the General Administration of Customs of China to launch weekly online inspections into banana and durian batches shipped from Vietnam to its northern neighbor.

In addition, it will seek ways to remove technical and trade hindrances and pave the way for the export of Vietnamese products to other large and potential markets, such as Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Australia, and New Zealand via official channels.

Specialized agencies will work with Japanese phytosanitary inspectors who come to Vietnam to check local dragon fruit, mango, and longan processing units in order to boost the export of these products.

The government assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development an agro-forestry-fishery export revenue target of $50 billion this year.

If the export growth momentum is maintained in the last month of the year, the country’s agro-forestry-fishery exports this year will likely reach $53 billion.

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US supports Vietnam’s clean energy adoption

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The U.S. government has unveiled a US$36-million Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program II (V-LEEP II) fund to be disbursed over five years to speed up Vietnam’s transition to clean energy.

The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is meant to help Vietnam develop a clean, secure and market-based energy sector by increasing the deployment of advanced energy systems, improving energy sector performance, and increasing competition in the energy sector, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

The consulate general organized a seminar on Thursday to discuss the role of hydrogen fuel technology in green energy transition, as part of the project.

Many researchers evaluated Vietnam as a country with great potential for the development of hydrogen fuel, one of the cleanest alternative sources of raw materials produced from wind and solar energy as it is zero-carbon.

Clean hydrogen can be mixed with traditional fuels such as gas to reduce emissions and to be used in many industries such as steel, chemicals, fertilizers, and transportation. 

Hydrogen is also a great form of chemical energy storage, providing clean backup.

Speaking at the event, Susan Burns, the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, assessed that Vietnam has the advantage of geographical location to thrive in clean hydrogen production. 

The diplomat once again emphasized the U.S.’ enthusiasm in supporting Vietnam shifting toward green energy, in line with the global trend.

Among different forms of recycled energy, Vietnam’s offshore wind power potential is forecasted to reach 160GW in the long term and is one of the most abundant sources of supply in Southeast Asia, according to statistics from the Danish Energy Agency.

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The U.S. government has unveiled a US$36-million Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program II (V-LEEP II) fund to be disbursed over five years to speed up Vietnam’s transition to clean energy.

The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is meant to help Vietnam develop a clean, secure and market-based energy sector by increasing the deployment of advanced energy systems, improving energy sector performance, and increasing competition in the energy sector, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

The consulate general organized a seminar on Thursday to discuss the role of hydrogen fuel technology in green energy transition, as part of the project.

Many researchers evaluated Vietnam as a country with great potential for the development of hydrogen fuel, one of the cleanest alternative sources of raw materials produced from wind and solar energy as it is zero-carbon.

Clean hydrogen can be mixed with traditional fuels such as gas to reduce emissions and to be used in many industries such as steel, chemicals, fertilizers, and transportation. 

Hydrogen is also a great form of chemical energy storage, providing clean backup.

Speaking at the event, Susan Burns, the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, assessed that Vietnam has the advantage of geographical location to thrive in clean hydrogen production. 

The diplomat once again emphasized the U.S.’ enthusiasm in supporting Vietnam shifting toward green energy, in line with the global trend.

Among different forms of recycled energy, Vietnam’s offshore wind power potential is forecasted to reach 160GW in the long term and is one of the most abundant sources of supply in Southeast Asia, according to statistics from the Danish Energy Agency.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20221203/us-supports-vietnams-clean-energy-adoption/70315.html

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