F88 Investment JSC, a financial services firm, has raised at least $47 million from Vietnam-Oman Investment Fund, or VOI, and Mekong Capital Fund IV, to fuel expansions of its distribution network and digital business ahead of a planned initial public offering.
VOI, established in 2008 by Oman Investment Authority and the State Capital Investment Corporation of Vietnam, led the raising of the syndicated capital funds, F88’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Phung Anh Tuan said in an interview.
The Hanoi-based company offers small loans primarily backed by vehicles as collateral and provides financial services, such as insurance and money transfers.
F88 is looking for alternative financing sources for expansion plans, Tuan said. The company aims to raise about 8 trillion dong ($336 million) this year through issuances of corporate bonds and loans from international funds, he added.
F88 expects to issue about 1 trillion dong of bonds to the public in 2023 after getting approval from the State Securities Commission, Tuan said, adding that the plan can change.
The company plans to find a strategic investor, preferably one from overseas, for its pre-IPO by the end of the year, Tuan said. F88 targets a market capitalization of about $1 billion after its planned 2024 listing on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange. F88 will start trading shares on the Unlisted Public Company Market, or UpCom, this year, Tuan said without giving the specific timing.
F88 has raised nearly $80 million in international loans, Tuan said. Over the last three years, the company had an average growth rate of loan balance and total revenue of over 200% a year. F88 targets revenue to more than double and profits to increase 2.5 times this year, the chairman said.
F88 expects its total stores and point of sales to reach 1,700 by 2025 from more than 800 now, according to Tuan.
Photograph: A bull statue stands at the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Photo credit: Maika Elan/Bloomberg
Source : Insurance Journal