Masan sells 1.1 billion USD of stakes to Thai firm Singha hinh anh 1Products of Masan Group Corporation are displayed at a supermarket. (Photo:VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Masan Group Corporation (MSN) announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Thailand's Singha Asia Holding Pte Ltd worth as much as 1.1 billion USD on December 25.

The new partnership calls for Singha to own a 25 percent stake in Masan Consumer Holdings, an important unit of Masan Group, and 33.3 percent of Masan Brewery, in which Masan Consumer will hold the balance of 66.7 percent.

The agreement is expected to become effective in January 2016, the group said in a press statement released on December 25.

Shares of Masan Group climbed 6.4 percent on the HCM Stock Exchange, reaching 75,000 VND (3.33 USD) per share on the day.

Singha Asia is a member of Thailand's first and largest brewery, Boon Rawd Brewery, founded in 1933. The company owns a number of popular brand names, such as Singha, Leo, B-ing, Purra and Savon. It is seeking to expand and diversify its business into manufacturing, packaging, agriculture, real estate, food and restaurants through over 50 affiliated companies.

Meanwhile, Masan Consumer is an important unit of Masan Group, one of Vietnam's largest private companies. It has built leading businesses in the food and beverage sector and is the producer of some of Vietnam's most renowned brands, such as Chin-su, Nam Ngu, Tam Thai Tu, Omachi, Kokomi, Vinacafe, Vinh Hao and Su Tu Trang.

Through the partnership, the two companies expect to expand their market presence in the combined food and beverage industry to the region with a focus on inland ASEAN countries (Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos), which have a total consumer base of nearly 250 million.

"The partnership between Masan and Singha is unique, as it is rare for two leading ASEAN platforms to team up," said Masan chairman Nguyen Dang Quang, who believes the agreement will lead to new levels of value for the company.

Palit Bhirombhakdi, CEO of Singha Asia, is also confident that with Singha as a partner, Masan will directly penetrate into Thailand's 65 million consumer market, where Vietnamese fish sauce and coffee are appreciated for their unique flavor and origin.

"In addition, Masan's strong distribution platform, which reaches all corners of Vietnam, will allow Singha to access a fast growing market of more than 90 million consumers and support the expansion of newer categories," Palit said.-VNA