Foreign investors attracted to industrial property

Update: 11:00 | 16/06/2021
Foreign capital continued flowing to industrial real estate via mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in five months of this year, particularly in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Foreign investors attracted to industrial property
VSIP in Binh Duong province. (Photo: BBD)

Singapore’s Boustead Projects, whose affiliate BP-Vietnam Development recently signed an option agreement with Khai Toan Group (KTG) to buy a 49 percent stake in KTG & Boustead JSC, hailed Viet Nam as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world with an ideal business environment for production and logistics development.

Via its affiliates and joint ventures, Boustead Projects established a partnership with KTG to buy Boustead & KTG Industrial Management Company Ltd (BKIM) and proposed acquiring a 49 percent stake in KTG Industrial Bac Ninh Development JSC.

The KTG and Boustead Industrial Logistics JSC (KBIL) is expected to become a leading fund in Viet Nam for logistics and industrial property development. It will hold 13 real estate seed assets based in industrial parks (IPs) in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City and plan for further expansion via M&A.

Earlier, Hong Kong’s ESR Cayman Limited and BW Industrial Development JSC announced the establishment of a joint venture to develop and own My Phuoc 4 IP in the north of Ho Chi Minh City. Once completed, it will sit on a site of around 240,000 sq.m in service of logistics and light industrial facilities.

Jeffrey Shen and Stuart Gibson, co-founders and CEOs of ESR Cayman Limited, said industrial and logistics property in Viet Nam is at a premature age, making the country one of the most promising markets in Southeast Asia which benefits from favourable macro-economic factors, including high and stable economic growth, increasing income, emergence of the middle-income class, rapid urbanisation and upgraded infrastructure.

As of late May, a joint venture between Viet Nam’s SEA Logistic Partners (SLP) and GLP China Holdings Ltd purchased five industrial land projects covering nearly 700,000 sq.m in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Kent Yang, the founding partner of the SLP, also told of a plan to invest some 1 billion USD in logistics real estate across Viet Nam in the next 3-4 years.

Amid the fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic, foreign investment in Viet Nam still flourished, reaching around 14 billion USD in five months of this year, up 0.8 percent annually.

Real estate was the third-largest source of FDI attraction with 1.05 billion USD, or 7.5 percent of the total registered capital. Foreign investors’ capital contribution and stake purchase in the field surpassed 248.4 million USD, up 13.5 percent year-on-year.

John Campbell, head of the Savills Viet Nam’s industrial property unit, said the supply of industrial properties in Viet Nam is abundant in the short and medium-term.

In the first quarter, tens of industrial property development projects in 13 cities and provinces were approved.

According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, there were 370 IPs nationwide as of the first quarter with a total area of nearly 115,200ha. Of which, 328 are outside economic zones (EZs), 34 in coastal EZs, and eight in border gate EZs.

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(Source: VNA)