Sovico registers to buy 13.7 million Vietjet shares


HÀ NỘI – Sovico Holdings Company registered to purchase nearly 13.7 million shares of Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (VJC) between March 26 and April 25.

Sovico is a founding shareholder of the budget airline, owning 4.56 per cent of Vietjet’s capital. If the transaction is successful, Sovico will increase its ownership to 34.3 million shares, equivalent to 7.59 per cent, and become a major shareholder in Vietjet.

Currently, Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo, Vietjet’s general director and chairman of Sovio, holds 8.76 per cent of Vietjet’s capital. Her private company, Hướng Dương Sunny Investment Co Ltd, is the largest stakeholder with 28.57 per cent.

HDBank, where Thảo is vice president, owns another 4.95 per cent, while her relatives possess a combined 2 per cent.

Thus, after the transaction, Thảo and her related companies and individuals will likely hold nearly 52 per cent of Vietjet’s capital.

At the end of 2017, the airline’s revenue totaled VNĐ42.3 trillion, up 53.7 per cent year-on-year. Its pre-tax profit reached nearly VNĐ4.8 trillion, up 75.9 per cent over last year and surpassing the yearly target by 26 per cent.

Vietjet increased the dividend ratio for 2017 from 50 per cent to 60 per cent and had paid VNĐ1.35 trillion to pay 30 per cent dividends last year.

Source: Vietnam News

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