Vietnam's Vingroup considering IPO or SPAC deal for car unit

, Nikkei Asia

Vietnam's Vingroup says it is considering an initial public offering or a merger with a "blank check" company among options to raise money for its car unit.

The announcement, made on the Vingroup website, is confirmation that Vietnam's biggest domestically listed company is considering moves that could lead to a listing of VinFast, either directly or via a so-called special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.

Earlier reports that it was considering an IPO in the U.S. -- which would be a first for a Vietnamese company -- drove up Vingroup's shares in Ho Chi Minh City by 6% on April 13

While Sea Group, also based in Singapore, became the first company from the region to score a major listing in the U.S. in 2017, a market debut by VinFast could be part of a wave by Southeast Asian companies including Gojek, Tokopedia and Traveloka of Indonesia.

Raising funds would help VinFast, Vietnam's first automaker, with its aggressive expansion plans, including a proposal to make electric vehicle batteries with Foxconn, test autonomous cars in California and sell EVs to Americans and Europeans.

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