Masan raises largest and longest tenor syndicated loan of $600 million

By Kieu Mai - Nov 12, 2022 | 08:20 AM GMT+7

TheLEADERThe initial target of $375 million was upsized to $600 million on the back of strong market response.

HSBC Vietnam has cooperated with a number of other financial institutions to provide Masan Group Corporation (Masan), and The Sherpa Company Limited – a direct subsidiary of Masan with a $600 million syndicated term loan to facilitate their investment, supporting Masan’s strategic long-term objectives and general corporate purposes.

The five-year facility marks the largest and longest tenor syndicated loan Masan has ever raised.

Despite several challenges, the transaction drew an overwhelming response from the market, attracting 37 lenders during syndication. The amount was upsized to $600 million from the initial target of $375 million.

HSBC acted as joint mandated lead arranger, underwriter and bookrunner on this landmark transaction.

The success of the transaction underscores its ability to provide an underwritten financing solution despite prevailing market uncertainty and macroeconomic headwinds, leveraging our leading origination and distribution platform and strong read of the market to drive a positive outcome for the client.

“We are delighted to contribute to the development of Vietnam’s consumer market through this breakthrough deal. It has added to our track record of pioneering capital market transactions, and demonstrates our strong structuring, origination and syndication capabilities in Southeast Asia and notably in Vietnam,” said Stephanie Betant, Head of wholesale banking at HSBC Vietnam.

“Despite the global uncertain environment, we have successfully arranged the fully underwritten transaction to fuel Masan’s passion to uplift the lives of Vietnamese consumers,” she added.

The stellar performance of this syndication demonstrates the strong confidence of investors in Masan and Vietnam’s economic growth potential, in addition to the recent credit rating upgrade by Moody’s and S&P.

Particularly, it reflects the country’s resilient recovery in post-Covid world amidst external challenges, its strong domestic economy where the middle class in on the rise.

According to a recent report by HSBC Global Research, Vietnam will soon enter the list of the largest consumer markets globally. Indeed, Vietnam is set to become the tenth largest global consumer market in 2030, overtaking their Turkish, Thai and British counterparts.