Singapore raises stake in Vietnam's consumer group Masan: report

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 An undated photo of a consumer goods factory of Masan in the central province of Nghe An. Photo: Khanh Hoan
Singapore's government has acquired more than 27.6 million shares in Vietnam's consumer giant Masan Group Corporation to boost its stake to 5.08 percent from the original 1.38 percent.
In a recent letter sent to the State Securities Commission of Vietnam, Derrick Wan, representative of Singaporean Ministry of Finance, said the transaction was carried out on March 14, according to Dau Tu Chung Khoan, a news website run by the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
The news report on Monday did not say which entity represented the Singaporean government's stake.
Last week local media reported that Singaporean sovereign fund GIC was one of the foreign investors buying 45 million shares of Masan from Singaporean private fund Orchid Capital Investments.
The shares, reportedly sold for around VND1.3 trillion (US$57.65 million), were equivalent to nearly a stake of 6 percent.
Orchid Capital was the second foreign investor to divest from Masan since the beginning of this year.
Early this month the Hong Kong subsidiary of Switzerland-based financial group Credit Suisse sold its 8.9 million shares to two Vietnamese individual investors for VND660 billion ($29.27 million).
Shares of Masan opened at VND70,000 ($3.08) on Tuesday, unchanged from the closing on Monday and down more than 2 percent from Friday.
Masan is a well-known food producer with a wide range of products including sauces, instant noodles and coffee.

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