HÀ NỘI — The Vietnam Dairy Products JSC (Vinamilk) has acquired more than 90 million shares in GTNFoods JSC to raise its ownership to 38.34 per cent.

Vinamilk has increased its ownership in GTNFoods to 95.8 million shares from nearly 5.8 million shares or 2.32 per cent of GTNFoods’ capital.

On April 11, Vinamilk offered to buy 116.7 million GTNFoods shares in order to expand its ownership to 49 per cent for VNĐ13,000 (US$0.56) per share between April 22 and May 22.

Most of the shares belonged to foreign shareholders, cafef.vn reported. As of June 5, foreign investors had cut their stakes in GTNFoods to nearly 4 per cent from the previous 35 per cent.

The companies are listed on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange as VNM and GTN.

Since Vinamilk’s offer on April 11, GTNFoods shares have gained nearly 22 per cent, ending Thursday at VNĐ19,500.

On the contrary, Vinamilk’s shares have dropped 5.4 per cent in the same period to finish Thursday at VNĐ126,500 per share.

If Vinamilk had purchased all 116.7 million shares, it would have increased its holding in GTNFoods to 49 per cent and taken control of the company and acquire its dairy production unit Mộc Châu Milk.

According to Vinamilk CEO Mai Kiều Liên, the acquisition deal would make the firm a tough business that would not be broken down by domestic or foreign competitors. — VNS



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