More transparency needed from local business: MCRB

A select few Myanmar firms display a higher level of transparency than most of their ASEAN peers, but many large companies continue to show little interest in disclosure – even when legally required – according to a recent report from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB). There is huge variation in the approach Myanmar’s […]

MCB hits upper limit on first day as YSX-listed firm

Trading on the Yangon Stock Exchange has tailed off in recent months, but Myanmar Citizens Bank’s (MCB) listing late last weekshowed there remains huge appetite for new sources of investment. Demand for shares in the lender – the first bank to list on the country’s new bourse – was around 10 times the volume offered. MCB […]

Work on Thilawa ‘Zone B’ to begin after rainy season

The investors behind Myanmar’s first special economic zone will start accepting proposals for factories in second zone known as “Zone B” at the end of the rainy season, as both phases of “Zone A” near completion, with US$760 million in foreign investment committed to the project so far. Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings chair U Win Aung told The […]

Rumors of Foreign Investors Soon Accessing YSX Quashed

RANGOON — Foreign investors will be unable to buy shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) as long as the Myanmar Companies Act is not amended, a senior YSX official said, dispelling rumors that shares trading would open up to foreigners this week. Earlier this week, misleading news apparently spread after Maung Maung Win, chair […]

Shareholder structure could limit Thilawa share price

The share price of Myanmar Thilawa SEZ, one of two companies listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange, may be held back due to its shareholder structure, according to a recent research paper. MTSH became the second firm to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange last month, pricing its shares at K40,000. The stock closed at K57,000 yesterday, […]

Thilawa SEZ worker dorms to open soon

Dormitories built for the first wave of the huge numbers of workers expected to be employed at Thilawa special economic zone to the south of Yangon are nearing completion, SEZ officials say. The accommodation is designed for internal migrant workers who come from all over the country. U Nyan Thit Hlaing, director of Myanmar Thilawa […]

Second YSX listing delayed until May

The firm, which is expected to be the second to move its shares onto Myanmar’s new exchange, has not yet received approval from the YSX to list, said Kensuke Yazu, Myanmar representative for the Japan Exchange Group, which co-owns the stock exchange. First Myanmar Investment became the first firm to list on the exchange on […]

No new shares to trade on YSX until July: underwriters

The first long-awaited initial public offerings on the Yangon Stock Exchange will not include any new shares, said underwriters, while the first company to raise fresh capital is unlikely to list until July. The YSX opened last December to much fanfare but with no stocks to trade. Crowds gathered, a giant bell was rung and […]

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 […]

Myanma’s Diamond Star Company to run Thilawa Port

Myanmar’s Diamond Star Co has been permitted to operate an international jetty and commodity production through a build-operate-transfer system on the 61 acres of land at the Thilawa port, according to Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). The MIC gave the firm permission to run a jetty and land development work, and the production of chemical fertilisers, […]