VietNamNet Bridge – TrustBank has “opened fire,” kicking start a new merger
and acquisition (MA) wave in 2013. What are the next?
TrustBank, one of the nine weakest banks, has got the nod from the State Bank of
Vietnam to experience a reshuffle process itself. It plans to sell 10 percent of
stakes to Thien Thanh Group and 75 percent of stakes to the other 20
Under the restructuring plan, Thien Thanh would pump capital into TrustBank in
Eximbank and Sacombank, the two in the top 10 of the Vietnamese most powerful
banks, have unexpectedly announced the merger plan which is scheduled to get
completed in 3-5 years. The two have signed a memorandum of understanding on
comprehensive cooperation between them, a first step towards the merger process.
Neither Eximbank nor Sacombank are weak banks which must be restructured under
the decision by the State Bank. They simply want to unite to become stronger.
What is next? Analysts say they must be the names which were mentioned in 2012
In late December 2012, Western Bank released a notice that the Prime Minister
approved the plan on merging the bank into the PetroVietnam Finance Corporation
Even though PVFC then voiced its denial of the information, people still believe
that the deal would be wrapped up one day, because “there is no smoke without
Some sources have said that right after the Tet holiday, Western Bank would
organize the shareholders’ meeting to discuss the restructuring, where the
merger of the bank would be on the focus.
It’s very likely that Navibank would come next to Western Bank. In 2012,
Navibank’s restructuring plan got the approval from the State Bank, and it’s
highly possible that Navibank would follow the same way with TrustBank and
The other two big names which also plan to carry out an MA deal this year are
HDBank and DaiABank, which want to become more powerful through the merger.
A rumor was spread out in October 2012 that the State Bank of Vietnam agreed on
the merger of DaiABank and HDBank, and some sources said HDBank would buy
Both DaiA and HD once planned to hold shareholders’ meetings to discuss the
restructuring, but they both then canceled the meetings.
Analysts say people would not have to wait too long to get the answers to the
question about the restructuring, since the State Bank has requested commercial
banks to submit their restructuring plans prior to February 28, 2013.
What would happen with GP Bank remains an unknown. It’s still unclear about the
method of restructuring to be carried out by the bank. However, it will surely
have to kick off the plan in 2013 as instructed by the State Bank.
Besides the banks, some other credit institutions have also sent words
intimating that they would carry out MA deals this year. Vinaconex – Viettel
Finance Company has recently stated that it is seeking suitable partners for an
MA which would turn it into a commercial bank. Therefore, analysts have made a
wild guess that Vinaconex – Viettel Finance Company would merge into an existing
Some MA deals went successfully in 2012. These included the ones of SHB and
Habubank, the sale of Tien Phong Bank stakes to DOJI group, of Vietinbank to
In 2011, SCB, Tin Nghia Bank and Ficombank merged to form up SCB.
SHB, which took over the unprofitable Habubank, has reported that the bank began
making profit in the fourth quarter of 2012. Tien Phong Bank has become stronger
with the credit growth rate of 15 percent and the bad debt ratio down to less
than five percent. SCB has reported the profit of VND82 billion after one year