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Vietnam’s flag carrier risks delisting

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The Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HoSE) has warned national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines of the brink of delisting if it continues reporting losses. 

HoSE recently sent a notice to the national flag carrier, whose stock code is HVN, about the delisting risk.

According to the Law on Securities, shares of a public company may be delisted if the firm has loss-making operations for three consecutive years or the accumulated losses exceed the charter capital.

Vietnam Airlines risks delisting after suffering losses worth nearly VND11 trillion (US$467.5 million) and VND13 trillion ($552.6 million) in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

The reviewed semi-annual consolidated financial statement of 2022 also recorded a loss of more than VND5 trillion ($212.5 million).

By the end of this year’s second quarter, the airline had had an accumulative loss of approximately VND29 trillion ($1.2 billion), as well as negative equity of nearly VND4.9 trillion ($208.2 million).

It will be delisted if the audited consolidated financial statement for 2022 continues to show losses and/or negative equity, HoSE warned.

At this year’s general meeting, Vietnam Airlines set a target revenue of more than VND45.25 trillion ($1.9 billion), about 2.3 times higher than the same period last year.

However, the company also expects a deficit of over VND9.33 trillion ($396.6 million) in 2022.

Audit firm Deloitte previously commented that the carrier’s future operations will largely depend on financial support from the Vietnamese government and the extension of loan payments from commercial banks and credit institutions.

In order to deal with existing difficulties, Vietnam Airlines has come up with a restructuring plan for the 2021-25 period.

The national carrier said it would focus on controlling the accumulated loss, restructuring assets and investment portfolios, and preparing for share issuance to raise its equity.

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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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