Listed businesses may struggle to meet EVFTA standards

Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index has risen since the ratification of the EU-Viet Nam trade agreement on the back of listed firms whose exports would be boosted by the deal.

Listed businesses may struggle to meet EVFTA standards
A corner of Sai Gon Port, run by Sai Gon Port JSC (UPCoM: SGP). Logistics firms are expected to benefit from the inflow of foreign capital, as the amount of shipments loaded at ports is expected to increase thanks to the Europe-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). — Photo ndh.vn

However, securities firms have warned their increased share prices may not be sustained as those companies face some internal challenges in meeting the EU’s requirements.

Logistics and industrial property are two economic sector that would benefit from the transfer of capital from the EU to Viet Nam as the free trade agreement has opened the door for more foreign investors.

Viet Dragon Securities Co (VDSC) says Viet Nam may become a new manufacturing hub as US-China trade tensions could shift global manufacturers to Viet Nam from China.

With the signing of the EVFTA, shipments to Viet Nam will increase as foreign companies will have to import machines and equipment to establish their plants in the country.

However, VDSC warns Viet Nam is becoming highly dependent on foreign direct investment (FDI). Therefore, if FDI firms underperform, the logistics sector will also dive.

In addition, a large number of logistics companies haven’t maximised their potential and improved their competitiveness, so they won’t be able to make the best use of the advantages brought by the EVFTA.

Textile and garment

 

Analysts have said textile and garment companies are going to take advantage of the trade deals between Viet Nam and the European Union as EU tariffs on these products will be curbed to zero per cent by 2026.

But if Vietnamese producers want tax cuts for their exports, they have to meet the EU’s strict requirements on the origin of input materials, according to a report by Bao Viet Securities Co (BVSC) released in June, 2019.

For textile and garment products, input materials must be locally made in Viet Nam, the EU and markets with free-trade agreements with the two sides – like the Republic of Korea – and the production must be done in Viet Nam or the EU.

Few Vietnamese textile and garment firms meet those requirements as local companies are only capable of production, while input materials must be imported from China and Taiwan – which are not bound by any trade deals with the EU, BVSC reports.

Concerns about the lack of producing raw materials among textile and garment companies caused their shares to underperform or record modest gains on Monday.

Of the 20 textile and garment companies listed on both the Ho Chi Minh and Ha Noi stock exchanges, only Duc Quan Investment and Development JSC (HoSE: FTM) gained 0.8 per cent on Monday.

The rest of the companies’ stocks either slid or closed flat at the end of the first day of the week. Shares of Everpia JSC (HoSE: EVE) fell 0.7 per cent and Thanh Cong Textile Garment Investment Trading JSC (HoSE: TCM) lost 2 per cent.

Since June 30, Everpia shares have slid 1.1 per cent while Thanh Cong shares have gained only 2.2 per cent. — VNS

 
 
 
 
 
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