Hanoi: Saigon Port, the largest port operator in Vietnam, has sold 35.7m shares representing 16.5% equity raising around VND411.13bn ($19m) as it debuts on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange.
Thirty nine investors participated in the IPO, made up of three organisations and thirty six individuals, in the most anticipated IPO auction in Vietnam this year.
The Vietnamese government still holds a 64% stake in the port with 16.5% equity offered to strategic investors including Vingroup, VPBank and Vietinbank. The remaining shares have been offered to staff.
Saigon Port is a subsidiary of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) and operates four container ports. It plans to use the raised funds for the first phase development of Saigon-Hiep Phuoc Port, which is currently under construction, and the development of Tan Thuan 2 Port as an inland container depot.