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Vinaland Limited VNL London Ordinary Share
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grippa: Picked this up today...Vietnam has excited international investors in a number of fields – from textiles to power projects – but now steel seems to be catching the eye. Tata steel, Baosteel and Evraz have already been casting acquisitive glances in the direction of existing and Greenfield steel projects, but they pale in comparison with the new plans announced by Eminence. The US group intend to invest a staggering $30bn into the construction of a steel plant (and auxiliary satellites) in Vietnam's Nghi Son economic zone. The plan will see $26bn directly put into the plant, and a further $4bn invested in a thermoelectric plant, a shipyard, an urban residential area and a research institute. The first tranche of the cash will help establish a steel plant between 2007-2012, with a further $18bn dedicated to upgrading the plant in the remaining years to 2020. Once completed, the mill will employ 10,000 people and will have an annual capacity of 30mt of steel products (mostly high-quality items for export). The scale of the ambition is extraordinary – to give it some perspective, total foreign projects in the country to date (7,086) have invested around $64.2bn. Eminence alone will invest more than three times the amount of money put into the country to date from the leading foreign investor Singapore ($8.8bn).
grippa: VinaLand Limited VinaLand Limited Announces Significant Real Estate Investment in Ho Chi Minh City Hospitality Market Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, February 13, 2007 - VinaLand Limited ("VNL" or, the " Company") (AIM: VNL), the investment company admitted to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange plc is pleased to announce the successful purchase of a 52.5% interest in the Omni Saigon Hotel for US$16.5 million. The Omni Saigon Hotel has been in operation since 1993 and enjoys a convenient location in Vietnam's premier business city. Located minutes away from Ho Chi Minh International Airport, and a 15-minute drive from the central business district, the 249-room hotel is managed under license from Marco Polo Hotels, a leading luxury hotel company in the Asia-Pacific region. In keeping with the Company's investment strategy, the Company's investment manager, VinaCapital Investment Management Ltd ("VinaCapital"), has devoted considerable efforts to identify the most profitable investment projects in Vietnam. VinaCapital believes Vietnam's travel and leisure market is an attractive investment and expects the hotel segment, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, to be a strong performer due to rising demand from tourists and business travelers and an extremely limited supply of rooms. VNL's investment comes at the conclusion of successful negotiations with Omni Saigon Hotel's foreign-domiciled shareholders. Vietnam Opportunity Fund Limited (AIM: VOF), another closed-end investment company admitted to trading on the AIM market and managed by VinaCapital, will be a co-investor and hold a 17.5% interest in the property. The Company may invite additional co-investors to participate in this project in the future.
andrbea: Stephen O'Grady, managing director of Hotels and Resorts Management, VinaCapital, said: "VinaCapital recognises that tourism in Vietnam offers great opportunities and potential; not just in hotels and resorts, but also in water parks and golf courses." Luxury brand Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas operate three resort properties and more are in the pipeline. "Demand for luxury from international clientele is there," said managing director of business development, TJ Grundl-Hong. "Potential is huge for us as a luxury resort operator, mainly because we pioneered the 'beach resort destination' holiday concept in Vietnam, back in 2001. "It was very expensive and time consuming, but it paid off well.'' Homegrown investors such as Saigontourist – one of Vietnam's state-owned tourism companies – are also investing in an increasing number of beachside properties. International high-end hotel chains are adding to the development fever, predominantly in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Park Hyatt opened in HCMC in 2005; already operating nine hotels, ACCOR plans four more by 2008 – encouraged by 80 per cent occupancy rates of available rooms in their four city hotels so far this year. Starwood now operate two Sheratons. They and the Hyatt group plan to develop more hotels. The Hilton Group operates one hotel and the InterContinental Group plan to open an InterContinental hotel also in Hanoi, in 2007. Paul Logan, the vice-president of development, Southern Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Pacific, said: "We recognise Vietnam is one of the hottest South-East Asian countries for hotel development, with potential for us to introduce our luxury InterContinental brand, plus Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands in both city and beach destinations across Vietnam." Accommodation development could well struggle to keep up with the ambitious target set by the government of five-and-a-half to six million international arrivals to Vietnam in 2010
grippa: Things starting to look much brighter for VNL, nice to see the share price picking up...Seems the quick flip IPO investors are out, and the longterm investors holding firm.
don muang: New law expected to revive real estate market Mr. Nguyen Duc Kien, head of the NA's Economic and Budgetary Committee Vietnam's National Assembly (NA) ratified Wednesday the Law on Real Estate Trading, which is hoped to help boost the domestic realty market after a long period in the deep freeze. Nguyen Duc Kien, head of the NA's Economic and Budgetary Committee, told legislators he hoped that the bill, due to come into effect on January 1, 2007, would help promote healthy deals on the real estate market. The transparency of transactions would also help bring property prices back down to earth, Kien said. The bill, which comprises six chapters with 81 articles, allows real estate traders to put houses or apartments under construction for sale. Several NA deputies were against the article during discussions, but Kien said since most local realty traders lacked capital, the government encouraged investors to mobilize needed capital from the buyers to implement projects. Although this type of transaction has already been established, the bill stipulates clear conditions for payment in advance or transferring money to protect the buyer rights. For instance, investors are only allowed to receive capital in advance of completion if infrastructure work for residential areas or industrial parks is done, and then in full after completion. The law also regulates that project owners are responsible for the quality of construction works. According to the bill, real estate trading is a conditional business so entities or individuals that want to trade in this sector must establish enterprises or co-operatives. A realty trading enterprise must have at least one employee who holds a certificate for real estate brokerage if wanting to offer brokering service, or two if trading in appraising property prices. Such certificates will be granted by departments of construction or finance, which are authorized to hold courses on realty brokerage. The bill is also said to pave the way for foreigners and overseas Vietnamese (Viet Kieu) to be involved in real estate transactions and related services in Vietnam. Also the same day, the house failed to pass the Law on Social Insurance as only 37.73 percent of the deputies approved Article 95 of the bill. That article regulates the spending on annual management fee of the social insurance sector accounts for 2.2 percent on the total revenue. Most deputies said this rate was high and irrational. Source: Thanh Nien, Tuoi Tre – Translated by Thu Thuy Story from Thanh Nien News Published: 22 June, 2006, 14:22:38 (GMT+7) Copyright Thanh Nien News
grippa: VinaLand Announced Significant Real Estate Investment in Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – April 27, 2006 – VinaCapital, fund manager of the London Stock Exchange AIM listed VinaLand (VNL), is pleased to announce that it has successfully acquired a controlling stake in a multi-purpose development project in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. The project which will consist of an office and commercial complex for lease, a residential development of apartments, houses and villas both for sale and for lease as well as entertainment tourism and cultural centres. The entire development will be situated on a 55-hectare site located only 12 km away from the Central Business District and has a superb setting on the banks of the Saigon River. District 2 which was recently the subject of an International Master Plan competition is a green field area located adjacent to District 1 (Central Business District) and will be connected by a bridge and tunnel which are currently under construction and expected to be completed within eighteen months. This strategic investment in the area often referred as Shanghai's "Pudong Area" of Ho Chi Minh City represents the fund's commitment to the development of the Second City and will provide upon completion facilities and amenities for over 50,000 people. VinaCapital and the partners in this project are submitting the application to the government of Vietnam for approval of VinaLand's participation as a new investor. Initial equity committed by VinaLand and the partners to the project is US$28 million and the development cost for the whole project in the next 5 years is expected to exceed US$500 million. About VinaLand The VinaLand Fund (VNL) is a US$205 million closed-end fund listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) with a market capitalization of US$244 million. The Fund was launched in March 2006 aiming at real estate opportunities in Vietnam. Specifically, VinaLand intends to invest in five property segments: office, retail, residential, industrial and leisure with primary focus on Ho Chi Minh City, a secondary focus on Hanoi and key leisure areas, including Nha Trang, Hoi An, and Danang. About VinaCapital VinaCapital Group ( is the largest investment banking and fund management company with unrivalled experience in the emerging Vietnam market. The firm leverages this experience and its strategic relationships to create and deliver investment products, strategic financing, and mergers and acquisitions services. VinaCapital also acts as the South East Asia office for its sister company, Pacific Alliance Group (PAG), which manages over US$500 million in different pan-Asian funds. VinaCapital employs over 50 professionals and has offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
krishall: I'll mark 29th March 2007 in my diary. Presently I've got bid prices of $1.21 for VNL and £1.065 for EEP. I do think VNL will outperform EEP. As a general observation I've found that companies that are in a specific sub-sector/ smallish geographical area before the relevant sector / area becomes a hot tomato outperform the start-ups (or companies rediscovering themselves) that suddenly discover the new sector /area. So I'm optimistic with VNL (given it's VOF backgroud). However, I had first hand experience of the Thai Baht / stockmarket crash so things can sometimes unexpectedly go very wrong for a while in the region. As regards EEP, then although they're a start-up, I'm fairly optimistic they'll outperform most other eastern European property funds. They managed to raise the requred funds to float (unlike Bluehouse Accession Property who pulled out of their float a couple of days ago due to insufficient investor interest). I think East European real estate will out perform western Europe equivalents over the coming years. Just as Vietnam real estate is likely to outperform most other south east Asian countries. But eastern European real estate might be more speculative so need to keep an eye open for exit point.
krishall: well down to only a 17% premium on issue price now. seems Far Eastern real estate is more in investors sites than Eastern European. Eastern European Props (EEP) floated at same time as VDL and is now up to a 5.5% premium over it's issue price. Should be interesting to see how both geographical 'hotspots' perform with the relevant funds.
grippa: VinaLand Debuts on London Stock Exchange (AIM): First Publicly Traded Fund Dedicated to Real Estate in Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – March 22, 2005 – VinaLand (ticker VNL), a US$205 million fund dedicated to real estate opportunities in Vietnam, today made its debut on the London Stock Exchange (AIM). The fund issued 204,844,779 new ordinary shares at US$1.00 per share, becoming the first publicly traded fund dedicated to property development and investment in Vietnam. "We are pleased to have listed on the AIM Vietnam's first publicly traded property fund. With the country making great strides in terms of growth and legal reform, we believe that now is the time to capture the real estate opportunities afforded by such progress," stated Horst Geicke, Chairman of VinaLand and Chairman and Co-founder of VinaCapital, the fund's investment management company. The fund was over six times over-subscribed. "We are immensely pleased with the overwhelming response to our new property fund," said Don Lam, Managing Partner and Co-founder of VinaCapital. "We received subscriptions from both investors in our first fund, who have seen the demonstrated results of VinaCapital's disciplined investment approach, as well as new investors, who believe in the real estate potential of Vietnam's robustly growing economy." VinaLand will invest in five property sectors: office, retail, residential, industrial and leisure. The fund's primary focus will be Ho Chi Minh City, with a secondary focus on Hanoi and key leisure areas, including Nha Trang, Hoi An, and Danang. "There is enormous latent demand for property across all sectors. The country's economic growth has given rise to a burgeoning urban middle class with an increased amount of disposable income, putting pressure not only on middle-class residential housing but also limited retail space," said Peter Dinning, Managing Director of VinaCapital's real estate arm. "In addition, Vietnam's increased international exposure is resulting in an influx of tourists, multinational corporations, and manufacturing companies looking for an alternative manufacturing hub. The result is pressure on a limited supply of hotel rooms, office space, and industrial zone space." "The timing is right for the launch of a fund dedicated to real estate opportunities in Vietnam. The economic, legal and demographic changes occurring now in Vietnam are similar to those that fueled the explosive growth of China's real estate market which began in the late 1990s. In the case of both China and Vietnam, we're looking at the same growth factors: increased disposable income, urbanization, availability of mortgages, and a series of financial, regulatory, and legal reforms spurred by impending WTO accession," continued Dinning. The launch of VinaLand tops off a series of recent accomplishments for VinaCapital, which achieved high returns for its first fund, the Vietnam Opportunity Fund (+34% in NAV per share; +35% in share price for the year 2005) and organized Vietnam's first international investor conference in December of last year. VOF has achieved the highest liquidity of all funds in Vietnam and the highest and most consistent returns since inception. About VinaCapital VinaCapital Group ( is the largest investment banking and fund management company with unrivalled experience in the emerging Vietnam market. The firm leverages this experience and its strategic relationships to create and deliver investment products, strategic financing, and mergers and acquisitions services. VinaCapital manages the Vietnam Opportunity Fund, a closed-end fund listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) with a market capitalization of US$300 million. Since the Fund's inception in September 2003, VOF has achieved attractive risk-adjusted returns through investments in private equity, the listed and OTC markets, privatization of state owned enterprises, and select property developments throughout Vietnam. The VOF portfolio includes shareholdings in industry leaders such as the Kinh Do Corporation, the largest confectionary enterprise in Vietnam, and VinaMilk, the largest dairy products company in Vietnam. VinaCapital's overarching objective is to create and realize value for its investors and clients. VOF Performance At a Glance § Highest returns since inception of all funds in Vietnam[1]: NAV/Share +71%; Share Price +141% § Most consistent returns of all funds in Vietnam § Highest Liquidity of all funds in Vietnam § 2004: Best performing fund in Vietnam, per Rothschild Research § 2005: NAV/Share +34% y/y; Share Price +35% y/y; Average Monthly Increase +2.5%; Standard Deviation Monthly Increase 2.1%; No Months Down § 2006 YTD: NAV/Share +11%; Share Price +37% VinaCapital also acts as the South East Asia office for its sister company, Pacific Alliance Group (PAG), which manages over US$400 million in different pan-Asian funds. VinaCapital employs over 50 professionals and has offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
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