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Portfolio/Nam Long Investment Corporation

Deal with Nam Long Investment Corporation, an affordable housing developer in Vietnam. Nam Long issued a seven year guaranteed corporate bond of VND 660 billion (USD 29 million) due in 2025. This is the first guaranteed bond for Nam Long and the first deal in Vietnam for GuarantCo.

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Overview

Date of transaction

June 2018

Country

Vietnam

Beneficiaries and financing partners

Select local institutional investors

Sector

Urban Infrastructure

Total transaction amount

VND 660 billion (USD 29 million)

GuarantCo guarantee

VND 660 billion (USD 29 million)

GuarantCo Benefits

Through GuarantCo’s support, Nam Long is for the first time able to tap into a new funding source from select Vietnamese debt institutional investors. Nam Long is now able to access longer term funding from these investors through the bond issuance rather than traditional bank sources for a fixed cost over the life of the bond. This will put Nam Long on a sustainable path to continue developing more affordable housing to meet demands.

The need for affordable housing is set to grow in the coming years as a result of increased demand due to urbanisation and the desire to improve living conditions. In Ho Chi Minh City alone, the rate of urbanisation is around 3.4 percent per year i.e. 340,000 people. This translates into 25,000 new housing units which need to be built annually to support this demand.

GuarantCo is committed to develop the local corporate debt capital market further. The company hopes that this issuance will act as a catalyst to encourage potential corporate issuers looking to secure long-term funding for infrastructure related initiatives to consider the same approach.

Development Benefits

The proceeds from the bond will be used primarily towards the development of core infrastructure for Nam Long’s flagship township development project in Long An province which is located approximately 35km southwest from the central business district area of Ho Chi Minh City.

Development of the core infrastructure works will create an additional 300 jobs at the construction site. The project is aiming to deliver up to 8,000 homes over the next ten years and will contribute to the development of more satellite towns in and around Ho Chi Minh City to increase access to affordable housing for a better quality of living.

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