Myanmar investors flock to Yangon bourse’s second listing

SINGAPORE — Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings, or MTSH, made a raucous debut Friday as the second company on Myanmar’s Yangon Stock Exchange, riding a flood of interest from the country’s burgeoning equities market. The developer of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, an industrial park southeast of Yangon, was to debut at 40,000 kyat ($34.10) a […]

Yangon Stock Exchange to open amidst suspicion

Many analysts believe the Yangon Stock Exchange, which will be fully operational by March this year, is opening with unfair advantages and possible conflicts of interests. The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) automatically entered the US sanctions blacklist as the Myanmar Economic Bank, an entity already sanctioned by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets […]

Companies prepare for Yangon Stock Exchange listings next year

Preparations are underway for the first companies to attempt a listing on the Yangon Stock Exchange early next year, though progress is slower than expected, as only the name of one securities company has so far been announced. The names of six companies that meet – or are close to meeting – listing criteria issued […]

Trade at Yangon Stock Exchange unlikely to start until March 2016

Myanmar Vice President Nyan Tun marked the opening ceremony of the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) by ringing a bell on Wednesday with six local campanies listed. Yet officials say it is unlikely that any trading will take place until March 2016. Finance Minister U Win Shein said that YSX would only be open to Myanmar […]

Over-the-counter share prices rise ahead of new stock exchange launch

As investors await the first listings on the Yangon Stock Exchange, the price of over-the-counter shares in a number of well-known public companies has risen, amid expectation that the companies will list on the country’s first modern bourse. Workers prepare the new Yangon Stock Exchange building for today’s launch. Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw / […]

Myanmar’s stock exchange to open, but not for business

There won’t be any bell-ringing or celebratory confetti explosions when Myanmar opens its new stock exchange this week. There won’t be any stocks to trade either. As Myanmar adjusts to the dizzying pace of its economic reforms and plays catch-up with Asia’s high-growth frontier markets, its bid to thrust a once military-run backwater into the […]

YSX provisional licences awarded

Eight companies have been offered conditional underwriting licences for the Yangon Stock Exchange, subject to paid-up capital. The exchange, which is owned by state-owned Myanma Economic Bank, Daiwa Institute of Research and Japan Exchange Group, is due to open in December. Companies including AYA Bank, Daiwa Securities Group and United Amara Bank were offered provisional […]

Underwriters under the microscope

The chosen firms are now being vetted by other government departments to ensure they are being funded through clean money, he said in an interview yesterday. Dr Maung Maung Thein also declined to announce which firms have been selected, saying only that the information will be available on October 1. A total of 20 applications […]

Strict IPO rules in place for first Myanmar stock exchange

The listing criteria were published in the August 14 edition of state run newspaper The Global New Light of Myanmar, and comprise 17 requirements that companies will have to comply with in order to list on the YSX. They include qualitative standards relating to corporate management, corporate governance, compliance, disclosure of corporate information, insider trading, […]

Yangon Stock Exchange listing criteria lacking protection for investors

The listing criteria for Myanmar’s first stock exchange have been published, but important rules to protect shareholders are missing, said experts. Unless more detailed regulations are added, investors will be at risk of abuse by unscrupulous companies, they said. The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) is due to open later this year. It is owned by […]