HCM CITY — The sell-off in the Vietnamese stock markets has been consistent with what has been occurring in global markets, though selling pressure was exacerbated by many new retail investors dealing with margin calls for the first time and a crackdown on firms that borrowed money to buy stocks.
None of this is however likely to have much impact on Việt Nam’s economic growth or on the aggregate earnings of listed companies, Michael Kokalari, VinaCapital’s chief economist, assured.
“In Q1 earnings surged by around 30 per cent year-on-year, and we expect the earnings of all of the companies listed on the Hà Nội and HCM stock exchanges to surge by nearly 30 per cent this year.”
Việt Nam’s benchmark VN-Index sold off 11 per cent last week and was down 21 per cent in the year to date at the end of last week after being nearly flat until March end, he said.
Meanwhile, Việt Nam’s economy is staging a strong recovery, which is driving robust earnings growth, meaning the primary catalyst for the sell-off is the ongoing drop in global stock markets and forced selling of stocks related to margin lending, he pointed out.
The number of retail stock investors has gone up nearly 70 per cent over the last 12 months and most of those new entrants to the market were enticed to open margin trading accounts with the lure of making quick profits, he said.
The correction in global markets triggered margin calls and many of these new investors simply abandoned their long positions, he said.
“We estimate that brokers’ outstanding balances have dropped by about 25 per cent from peak levels a few weeks ago. However, in addition to the forced selling of stocks prompted by margin calls on individual investors, there is an additional driver of stock margin related selling.
“Some local companies borrowed money with the stated purpose that the funds would ultimately finance real estate development and/or other projects, but the local business press has reported that certain firms then turned around and used the money to participate in the stock market.
“The Government is now cracking down on this misuse of funds, which is another source of forced selling of stocks.
“Furthermore, emerging and frontier stock markets will suffer from a 15 per cent year-on-year surge in the value of the US dollar because a strong appreciation in the [dollar] typically dissuades investors from investing in emerging/frontier stock markets.
“That said, Việt Nam’s economy is very strong, which helped propel 29 per cent earnings growth in Q1, which we believe will help the market weather the current global stock market turbulence.”
The VN-Index’s sell-off comes despite the compelling fundamental strengths of its stock market like a forward P/E ratio of 11.4 versus 21 per cent consensus earnings growth expectations this year and 30 per cent valuation discount versus Việt Nam’s regional peers, he said.
“There has been a fairly pronounced performance dispersion among the sectors of the stock market, which is generally attributable to fundamental factors, giving investors opportunities to take shelter in defensive sectors.”
He said three sectors stand out as pockets of relative strength, namely utilities, consumer discretionary and IT, the stock prices of which are being supported by strong Q1 results as well as other fundamental factors.
The earnings and stock price performances in the utilities sector are supported by a doubling of electricity production growth this year, while consumer discretionary stocks are benefitting from the ambitious expansion plans of some key companies in the sector, he said.
The IT sector’s earnings and stock price performance are being driven by a 30 per cent increase in the outsourcing revenues of FPT, the dominant player in the sector, and a near 60 per cent increase in its new outsourcing contracts in Q1, he said.
The earnings of materials companies soared by nearly 60 per cent year-on-year in Q1, driven by an eight-fold increase in the earnings of fertiliser companies and 45 per cent rise in consumer staples companies’ earnings, he said.
The value of the đồng is nearly unchanged year-on-year despite a 15 per cent surge in the US Dollar/DXY index.
“We believe the resilience of the Việt Nam đồng despite the sharp appreciation of the US dollar is an accurate indicator of the underlying strength of Việt Nam’s economy, which in turn should support the earnings growth and price appreciation of the market.” —
C.T. Group honored as one of the best companies to work for in Asia
The prestigious award of “Best Companies to Work for in Asia” was presented by the continent’s leading magazine – HR Asia.
This is the second time CT Group has received this prestigious award and the first time that this Corp has surpassed nearly 600 “competitors” in Vietnam to achieve the highest score at 4.68/5 points (94%).
This score is 25% higher than the average score of businesses competing across Asia in 2022 and far from the average score of Vietnam, according to the property developer.
Achieving the position that many businesses across the continent aim for is not easy since the list of “Asia’s Best Places to Work” is selected through an extremely rigorous evaluation process.
The evaluation was made according to the TEAM (Total Engagement Assessment Model) model which is based on a set of criteria including Core, Self, Group applied to major human resource markets in Asia.
Accordingly, CORE (Collective Organization for Real Engagement) assesses culture, discipline, management capacity, leadership, and agile initiatives; SELF (Heart, Mind, Soul) assesses the level of cohesion, pride, and emotion at work; and GROUP (Think, Feel, Do) measure the level of cooperation of members with businesses.
“CT Group is extremely proud to become one of the Enterprises with a fantastic working environment in Asia 2022,” said Ms. Nguyen Thi Tien Phuong Deputy Director – Community Human Resources Department of CT Group during the honoring ceremony.
“Our group is the center of human development with a way of wisdom, dignity, skills and lifestyles. In addition, to economic development for common prosperity for all members and their families. “360-degree policy” – is a policy that cares for the development of physical and spiritual life in all aspects.”
On the 30th anniversary of the Corporation’s establishment, CT group has awarded an attractive ESOP stock bonus, even a chauffeur received ESOP stock shares which were equal to VND10 billion, life insurance – Lifetime insurance with preferential rates to billions of Vietnam dong.
The market is always impressed with the team that rewards cars for employees annually, everyone is happy in an open and especially loving environment.
At work, employees also have the opportunity for physical training, improve health and feel a positive life. In addition, CT Group regularly organizes entertainment activities, social participation, tourism, and vacation every year. Moreover, the journey of CT Group Caravan is one of the important pieces to building the corporate culture of the Group.
|CT Group is the door to access science and technology from the world and enter the future 4.0 of humanity. Photo: CT Group|
The activity was inspired by the program of West Point Military Academy (USA), which trained many leaders globally. If you like the community service activities, the CT group is an opportunity for all of you to join hands to contact the community right away, the honest poor, the weak in society, because the core value of CT group is a corporation for the community right from the early days of its establishment.
For young people who love hi-tech, CT group is the door to access science and technology from the world and enter the future 4.0 of humanity. The catchphrase from veteran employees:” CT group is a place where an ordinary employee can become great people”.
After 3 decades of establishment and development, with the second 30-year plan, CT group aims to add resources up to 25,000 by 2025, CT Group is attracting many outstanding talents not only in domestic but also all over the world, from foreigners to expatriates with knowledge, overseas talents, those from many different fields such as High Technology (Cell Tech, Fintech, AI, Protech, Flytech, Clean Energy ) finance, construction, sales – marketing, … to contribute to diversifying the staff network, serving the strategy of technological transformation with a scale spread throughout the Group including 50 companies members and work offices in many countries around the world.
For the second time being honored as “Asia’s Best Place to Work”, CT Group not only once again affirms its position but also prepares strongly for the upcoming global integration, becoming more and more “classic, quality, difference” in creating an ideal and desirable working environment for the community.
Vietnam ready for talks with US on tax evasion investigation into Vietnamese steel pipes
Vietnam is willing to hold trade talks with the United States to timely solve arising problems regarding a U.S. anti-circumvention investigation into steel pipe products imported from the Southeast Asian country.
Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the statement at a regular press briefing in Hanoi on Thursday following reports that the U.S. officially initiated an investigation into the case.
Hang affirmed that the Vietnam-U.S. comprehensive partnership has witnessed progress in all fields in recent times, including in economy, trade, and investment.
Vietnam is the leading trade partner of the U.S. in Southeast Asia, while the U.S. is the second-largest trade partner of Vietnam, with two-way trade turnover exceeding US$110 billion in 2021.
“Vietnam advocates promoting economic, trade, and investment cooperation with the U.S. on the basis of freedom, fairness, and mutual benefits in accordance with bilateral agreements and regulations of the International Trade Organization (WTO),” she said.
“Vietnam is willing to exchange with the U.S. through existing mechanisms such as the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to promptly solve arising problems and strengthen economic, trade, and investment relations for the interests of businesses and people of the two countries.”
In their lawsuit filed in May, major U.S. steel pipe manufacturers, namely Nucor Corporation, Bull Moose Tube, and Maruichi Steel Corporation, accused Vietnam of importing hot rolled steel (HRS), the main raw material used to produce steel pipes, from several countries, including China, for processing steel pipes to be exported to the U.S..
By doing so, the said Vietnamese exporters try to evade the respective trade remedy tax that the U.S. is levying on several countries, including China, according to the lawsuit.
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently decided to officially initiate a probe into the case.
Masan Group honored in Top 50 Corporate Sustainability Awards 2022
This award aims to promote the sustainable development trend spreading among the business community and Vietnamese society and honor businesses that typically implement sustainable development strategies and adopt commitments for green growth and community responsibilities.
Top 50 Corporate Sustainability Enterprises 2022 were evaluated and voted based on five main assessment criteria: Stable growth, Sustainable corporate culture, Corporate governance, Environment protection, and Social responsibility. The judicial panel is reputable international and local experts.
Honoring green businesses, serving the community
Recently, awareness development towards systemic issues including climate change, diseases, natural resource depletion, and gender inequality has promoted investment trends following ESG criteria or sustainable investment in the region. Recognizing this importance, the Government signed Decision No. 167/QD-TTg approving the “Program to support private business sector in sustainable development period 2022 – 2025”.
The program aims to raise awareness of the private sector business community’s role and the importance of sustainable business.
Along with business, sustainable development is a key pillar of Masan’s strategy. Masan’s sustainability initiatives are focused on bringing value to social life and contributing to local communities.
|WinMartWinMart+ conducts several promotions to form green consumption habits. Photo: Masan|
Masan Group has continuously been researching and leading utility trends to improve Vietnamese material and spiritual lives and contribute to the country’s overall development.
The Vietnamese private conglomerate was recently honored in the Top 50 listed companies in 2022 held by Forbes Vietnam Magazine, for ten consecutive years. And Top 10 at Vietnam Top 50 Public Companies (VIX50) conducted by Vietnam Report.
This is the best result of Masan’s ceaseless efforts in the journey of serving our consumers and developing businesses in parallel with sustainable development. At the same time, it is the motivation for Masan constantly creates more and more quality products and services, contributing to the general development of the community, society, and the country.
Masan’s sustainable development journey
Since the early days of Masan’s establishment, community development and social responsibility have been among its sustainable development goals. Masan Group, Vietnam’s leading consumer-focused business group, believes in “Doing well by doing good” when serving the daily essential needs of consumers. Community initiatives are an essential part of its mission to improve the lives of nearly 100 million Vietnamese consumers.
The largest modern retailer with nearly 3,000 WinMart/WinMart+ supermarket and mini-marts – WinCommerce always upheld the spirit of Vietnamese people using domestic goods and keeping the retail sector for Vietnamese people.
As a result, Vietnamese goods make up 90% of products sold in the system. MEATDeli produces meat products with European standards and provides world-class animal protein for Vietnamese consumers.
Along with that, Masan Consumer also preserves and brings Vietnamese culinary culture to the world through familiar brands of fish sauce, soy sauce, instant noodles, chili sauce, etc. At the same time, it encourages Vietnamese manufacturers to upgrade to international standards and enhances the competitiveness of domestic goods.
|Masan sponsors eye surgery for people in Binh Thuan province. Photo: Masan|
Masan High-Tech Materials (MHT), the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech tungsten metal powders and tungsten carbide (mid-stream tungsten products), always focuses on environmental protection and sustainable development. With the potential of the state-of-the-art mining and processing technology, constant innovation, research, and development of products, over the years.
Masan High-Tech Materials demonstrates sustainable and responsible mining practices complying with leading international standards, ensuring minimization of resource losses and optimization of the value of natural resources, with a mineral recovery rate of over 96%. Besides, MHT also brings outstanding contributions to Vietnam’s economy, society, and sustainable livelihoods for thousands of local workers.
In 2021, Masan Group contributed nearly VND 5,450 billion to the State budget. Since 2021, the Group has contributed more than VND 500 billion to activities to support local residents and frontline workers in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic and to implement various community health and social security projects.
Recently, the Group sponsored eye surgery for 1,000 people in 2 provinces of Binh Thuan and Kien Giang and donated to the Ho Chi Minh City “For the national sea and islands – For the fatherland frontline” Fund 2022.
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