Danish brewery giant Carlsberg is looking to increase its current stake of 17.08% in state-owned Vietnamese brewer Habeco, a senior trade official said at a cabinet meeting on October 29.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade will negotiate the stake deal with Carlsberg, said Deputy Minister Hoang Quoc Vuong.
Habeco, which is the third largest brewer in Vietnam with 20% market share and the market leader in the north, remains 81.79% state-owned and is under the management of the trade ministry.
Being the only strategic shareholder in Habeco, the Danish brewer has priority purchase rights in the local brewer, the government official added.
|A man works at a production line of Hanoi Beer Corporation (Habeco) in Hanoi. Photo by Reuters
“The negotiations will start on October 31,” Vuong told the press.
Carlsberg has signed an agreement to have priority rights to purchase any Habeco stake on offer.
Habeco shares, currently floated on the secondary stock market under the code BHN, soared 40% on its debut on October 28.
Shares in local brewers Sabeco and Habeco have long been sought after by investors who want to buy into an area of high potential growth with an estimated annual output increase of 25% by 2020.
The trade ministry said dominant player Sabeco, which controls 40% of the local beer market, will follow in Habeco’s footsteps in the first quarter of next year.
Successful exits from Sabeco and Habeco will put about US$2 billion into the nation's coffers.VnExpress