Vietnam lender BIDV plans to list June 26

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BIDV, Vietnam's third-largest lender by assets, will make its share debut in late June on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, a local newspaper said on Wednesday, which will help expand investors' portfolio of bank stocks.

The Hanoi-based bank, which conducted its initial public offering in late December, will soon complete procedures to list on June 26, the Dau Tu Chung Khoan (Securities Investment) newspaper quoted a BIDV official as saying.

BIDV, or the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, raised nearly VND1.58 trillion (US$75 million) in the country's largest IPO last year.

BIDV officials were not immediately available to confirm the expected date of debut but the lender said in December it planned a share debut in the last week of June 2012. IPOs and stock listings are two separate processes in Vietnam.

BIDV shares would join those of VietinBank -- the largest partly private lender -- and Vietcombank on the Ho Chi Minh City market. All of them plus state-owned Agribank are considered Vietnam's top state-run commercial banks.

BIDV plans to get shareholders' approval on the listing plan at a general meeting on Thursday, as it aims to raise transparency in operations and also liquidity for BIDV shares, the bank said in a report to shareholders.

It has projected gross profit this year to jump 36 percent from 2011 to VND5.8 trillion ($278.6 million), based on a 17-percent annual credit growth to VND326.4 trillion, with only 2.8 percent of which will be bad debt.

The projections are subject to shareholders' approval, the bank said.

BIDV's targets are in line with the central bank's policy to keep the annual lending expansion among the country's largest banks at 17 percent this year.

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