|High growth prospects of industrial zone developers will continue next years.
The rise of FDI in Vietnam, driven by new free trade agreements and the US-China trade war, has generated greater demand for production workshops and storehouses in the country, and promises high profits for local industrial park developers.
Despite the 15.8 percent rental rate hike in the second quarter of this year, the Vietnamese industrial park market still has high demand thanks to the strong growth of foreign manufacturers.
According to reports from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, in the first six months of 2019, industrial parks and economic zones across the country have attracted about 340 FDI projects with a total newly registered capital of about US$8.7 billion.
Up to now, the total number of FDI projects invested in Vietnam has reached about 8,900 with a total registered capital of US$186 billion.
Vietnam’s industrial parks cover a total natural land area of approximately 95,500 ha, of which industrial land reaches about 65,600 ha, accounting for about 68.7 percent. In addition to 251 industrial parks in operation, 75 remaining ones are in the stage of compensation, site clearance and construction with a total area of about 29,300 ha.
As a result, higher foreign investment means better opportunities for local industrial zone developers. Business performance and shares at industrial zone developers such as Kinh Bac City Development Holding Corp (KBC), Nam Tan Uyen Joint Stock Corporation (NTC) and Investment and Industrial Development Corporation (BCM) have increased sharply year to date.
KBC's H1 2019 financial statement reflected the positive prospect of the firm’s real estate business segment. The company’s revenue and after-tax profit reached VND1.57 trillion (US$66.8 million) and VND511 billion, up 56 percent and 76 percent year-on-year, respectively. Of the total, land rental revenue accounted for nearly VND1.4 trillion, accounting for 87 percent.
In the stock market, KBC shares are also being traded positively at around VND15,000 apiece. Its trading volume at 10 sessions averaged at over 3.1 million shares. Recently, Ho Chi Minh City Securities Corporation (HSC) also recommended buy for KBC shares.
The same move was seen with NTC, which gained nearly VND100,000 per share to VND193,500 in the past three months. The rise was given by the firm’s positive business performance results in the first half of this year. NTC’s after-tax profit in H1 2019 rose by 48.76 percent year-on-year to VND130.5 billion.
Meanwhile, BCM also announced revenue of VND3.38 trillion and after-tax profit of VND1.32 trillion in H1 2019, up 12 percent and 34.4 percent year-on-year, respectively.
Favorable conditions support
According to Stephen Wyatt, general director of property consultancy company Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) Vietnam, the US-China trade war is not the only cause for the strong development of Vietnam’s industrial sector.
In fact, he said, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) agreements showed that Vietnam always strives for international integration, bringing many opportunities and motivation for the country to improve its business environment.
Vietnam is one of the most attractive destinations for the industrial sector in Southeast Asia and JLL expects that the trend will continue in the second half of 2019 and interest from foreign investors in Vietnam will remain strong.
Experts forecast that high growth prospects of industrial zone developers and their shares will continue next years.
Analysts from BIDV Securities Company (BSC) said that Vietnam’s industrial parks will continue to benefit from the trade war and the EVFTA. Along with that, the land rental rates will increase by 7-15 percent yearly on average, which will continually bring big cash flows for industrial zone developers in the coming time.