RoK’s SK group to pour USD 1 billion in Vingroup

SK Group, the third largest business group in the Republic of Korea (RoK), said on May 16 that it would invest USD 1 billion in Vingroup - Vietnam's leading real estate and retail conglomerate, as part of its efforts to expand presence in the Southeast Asian market.

Accordingly, SK signed an agreement to buy 6.1 percent stake in the top Vietnamese company, and it will seek business opportunities in Vietnam including investing in new businesses, infrastructure development and mergers and acquisitions.

Established in 1993, Vingroup is Vietnam's top-listed private company by market value, injecting its investment in diverse sectors, ranging from real estate development to automobile industry.

Vingroup's sale in the first quarter of 2019 was reported to hit USD 925 million.

The agreement is the latest step in a series of overseas efforts by SK in recent years.

In August 2018, the group's five subsidiaries, including SK Holdings Co. and SK Innovation Co., established a joint entity ? SK South East Asia Investment Pte., Ltd. in Vietnam to fully tap and promote promising opportunities in the Southeast Asian market.

SK purchased a 9.5 percent stake in Vietnam's second-largest conglomerate, Masan Group, for USD 470 million.

Source: People's Army Newspaper