VPBank opens to foreign investors hinh anh 1Staff at a VP Bank branch (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank) has asked shareholders to approve their plan to sell the bank's stakes in several of its subsidiaries to foreign investors, an atypical opportunity for foreigners interested in entering the market.

Working with foreign investors is not a completely new venture for VPBank. After the Singapore-based Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC) withdrew its capital in 2013, the bank has had no foreign investors.

VPBank's change of mind was announced on their website recently, along with details of the plan.

The bank wants to offload 86.33 million shares or 89 percent of its complete ownership of VPBank Securities Company (VPBS). The stock package is tentatively worth 863.3 billion VND (38.37 million USD).

VPBS was founded by VPBank in 2006 with a charter capital of 50 billion VND (2.22 million USD). At the end of June, VPBS recorded 970 billion VND (43.1 million USD) in capital. The deal will transform VPBS from a one-member company into a joint stock company, which they hope to see happen by the first quarter of next year.

VPBank said they will also like to put 49 percent of VPBank Finance Company (VPBFC) stocks up for grabs by foreign investors, which is valued at 1 trillion VND (44.4 million USD). The active call for foreign investors is a sign of an increasing openness in business and banking policies.

The new company was founded last year after VBBank acquired Vietnam Coal-Minerals Finance Co. Ltd. from Vinacomin.

VPBank also plans to issue a number of shares, up to 30 percent of the bank's capital, to an overseas investor in order to raise capital to serve the bank's core businesses.

VPBank said that the moves will help the bank improve its equity capital, restructure and improve its use of shareholding capital.-VNA