Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical’s IPO lures investors

Jun 29, 2017 | 08:42 AM GMT+7

The initial public offering (IPO) of Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (BSR) in the fourth quarter of this year is expected to lure big investors, especially those with value, given the company’s mammoth capitalisation.

Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical’s IPO lures investors
Dung Quat oil refinery at night. Photo: VNS

BSR is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Viet Nam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) and operator of the US$3 billion Dung Quat Oil Refinery, the first oil refinery in the country.

In early June, the Viet Nam oil refinery was valued at VND72 trillion (US$3.2 billion) at the end of 2015 according to a decision signed by the Minister of Industry and Trade. The size of State holding in the company is almost VND45 trillion.

To date, Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Co Ltd is the largest company by market capitalisation implementing equitisation.

Given its large size, Binh Son will sell capital in two tranches, with up to 6 per cent of capital to be offered in its IPO in the last quarter, while some 36 per cent will be sold to strategic investors within 12 months of the IPO.

The IPO, expected to be the largest this year, will provide investors an opportunity to buy a high-quality product on the stock market. Following the IPO and listing on the stock exchange, BSR will advance to the short list of billion-dollar companies in the market.

There are currently some 20 companies with market capitalisation of over US$1 billion on the two stock exchanges and the Unlisted Public Companies Market (UPCoM).

Leading industry position

Following seven years of operating the first oil refinery in Viet Nam, BSR has earned total revenue of over US$36 billion and profits of VND13 trillion (US$600 million) until the end of the first quarter of 2017.

Products of Dung Quat oil refinery make up some 36 per cent of the domestic demand. The company’s market share is expected to increase following the Government’s decision early this year which allowed the company to introduce its own price mechanism. Self-regulated pricing will enable the company’s products to compete fairly with imported products and help expand exports.

“At present, all aspects of BSR’s business are very stable and effective,” BSR’s general director Tran Ngoc Nguyen said.

The company reported net profit of nearly VND4.5 trillion in 2016, a five-fold increase over its target set for the whole year. This result is respectable in the context that global oil prices remained low last year with prices occasionally falling below US$30 per barrel.

The oil refinery has raised its business targets this year by 15-20 per cent. It posted revenues of over VND21 trillion and contribution to the State budget of VND2.5 trillion by the end of the first quarter.

Ending May, its return on equity ratio reached 8.67 per cent, return on assets ratio was 4.81 per cent and capital adequacy ratio was 1.091.

According to Nguyen, efficiency of a petrochemical company can be more accurately assessed from the rate of return instead of revenue figures, which depend heavily on volatile oil prices in the global markets.

In 2013, BSR’s revenue reached VND154 trillion and net profit was VND2.93 trillion. However, in 2016, its revenue almost halved compared with 2013 to just VND74.6 trillion, but net profit doubled to nearly VND4.5 trillion.

Luring value investors

In May, Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical sent invitations to 15 domestic and foreign investors for its IPO. Many potential investors from Japan, Venezuela, Russia and South Korea have expressed interest in BSR shares.

The company has also targeted institutional investors, including banks, financial institutions and investment funds, which have strong financial resources, experienced human resources and cutting-edge technology to help diversify products and processing.

The IPO is expected to attract big investors as State holding in the company will reduce to below 50 per cent of its charter capital, which offers more opportunities for investors to participate in the company’s management.

BRS is also implementing works to upgrade and expand the Dung Quat oil refinery. Once completed by the end of 2021, the factory’s capacity will increase by 30 per cent to 8.5 million tonnes of crude oil per year and satisfy 50-60 per cent of domestic demand for petroleum products.

The refinery’s expansion will help to multiply its diverse range of its products, creating more value for the company and its shareholders.