At a meeting with the local press in February, Doan Anh Hung, KLV’s managing director, said though the company focuses on high-end products, it would consider opportunities in the mid-tier segment.
In April 2015, Hung turned up at a cooperation signing ceremony between Nam Long Investment JSC and two Japanese partners Hankyu Realty and Nishi Nippon Railroad for the development of Flora Anh Dao apartment project in district 9, HCM City.
At that time, rumors spread that KPL was considering cooperation opportunities with Nam Long, though Hung denied it.
In July, Nam Long unexpectedly announced that Ibeworth Pte. Ltd, which belongs to Keppel Land, was named the strategic partner of Nam Long after it bought 7.1 million shares (5.02 percent of chartered capital) in a deal worth VND140 billion.
With the deal, the foreign ownership ratio in Nam Long increased from 45 percent to 49 percent. On August 17, the company announced its charter had capital increased from 1.344 trillion to VND1.415 trillion.
Raising charter capital was the topic of discussion at all real estate firms’ shareholders’ meetings in 2015 as a strong recovery of the market was foreseen.
The Khang Dien Housing Investment & Trading Company, for example, after completing the plan to raise charter capital from VND480.7 billion to VND750 billion in May 2014, continued raising capital to VND1.260 trillion in February 2015.
Foreign investors now hold 61.74 million shares, or 49 percent of Khang Dien’s charter capital. They include the big investment funds managed by VinaCapital, Dragon Capital and Vietnam Holding.
By July 2015, Khang Dien’s shares had become one of the 10 largest investment items of the Vietnam Opportunity Fund (VOF), one of VinaCapital’s three funds listed on the London stock market AIM, which accounts for 3.6 percent of VOF’s NAV (net asset value).
In June 2015, the investment fund announced the disbursement of $15 million out of the $47 million investment deal (made by the fund and the other two investors) to buy convertible bonds issued by Novaland Group.
Novaland Group has developed 20 real estate projects in HCM City, and it is going to introduce another seven projects in the time to come.
A lot of real estate firms plan to issue shares to prepare capital for the projects they are developing.
The Thu Duc House Development JSC, for example, plans to issue more shares to develop five to six projects in 2015.