FPT looks to sell trading and retail units in 2017

by PV/VNA03 April 2017 Last updated at 07:01 AM

VTV.vn - FPT Corporation may complete its divestment from FPT Trading and FPT Retail sub-units in 2017, officials said at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

The divestment of the two subsidiaries is a must, according to FPT chairman Truong Gia Binh, as FPT targets to be a pure ICT group with rapid and sustainable growth, while many investors have expected the group to part with the trading and retail units.

The group’s trading and retail units recorded a negative growth rate with its revenue and pre-tax profit falling 9% and 25% to VND23 trillion (US$1 billion) and VND544 billion, respectively.

The reason for the decline in FPT’s trading and retail segment mainly came from the fall of mobile phone distribution business. Distributing iPhone products brought FPT a yearly profit of VND300 billion between 2013 and 2015, but the profit fell 90% to only VND34 billion in 2016.

The US-based tech giant Apple changed its distribution policy for Vietnam’s market by allowing local retailers such as Mobile World to directly import iPhone models.

In 2016, Microsoft, another technology company, eliminated its Lumia smart phones and relevant services, forcing FPT to cut prices for Lumia products and reduce its stockpiles of those products.

"The company will not hold the controlling stakes in the two subsidiaries after the divestments are complete," Binh said.

"The income from the divestment deal will be recorded in FPT’s earnings report after 2017," he added.

FPT planned to offload parts of its ownership in FPT Trading and FPT Retail as a whole in 2016, however, the plan did not work out as the group failed to negotiate with buyers.

Binh said that the company was amending the divestment plan. The new plan, which would separate the sale of FPT Trading from that of FPT Retail, has drawn attention from some investors.

Regarding the future of FPT Telecom, Binh said that the group might increase its stake in FPT Telecom in case the Government sells its stake in the company but the future remains uncertain.

At the annual shareholder meeting, shareholders approved the group’s plan to pay a 20% dividend in cash for 2016’s performance. Half of the dividend was paid in August 2016, the other will be paid in the second quarter of 2017.

Shareholders also approved the plan to pay a 20% dividend in cash for 2017’s performance.

In 2016, FPT recorded a combined revenue of VND40.54 trillion, equal to the previous year’s number, and a pre-tax profit of VND3 trillion, a yearly increase of 6%.

For 2017, FPT targets combined revenue of VND46.6 trillion, a yearly increase of 15% from 2016, and pre-tax profit of VND3.4 trillion, a year-on-year rise of 13%.

In 2017, FPT will focus its resources on the telecommunication business and penetrating the 4G market.

FPT is listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HOSE) under code FPT. The company’s shares on March 31 went up 0.4% to close at VND47,300 per share.


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