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Bankers seek clarity over foreign equity in Myanmar banks

The latest regulation by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) permitting foreign institutions to invest up to 35 percent in local banks has been well-received by the banking and financial industry. However, experts have flagged the need for further clarity in its provisions. U Than Lwin, senior advisor to KBZ Bank, said the CBM should […]

Foreign investors show interest in First Private Bank

Foreign investors are showing interest in taking stakes in First Private Bank, which is listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), said its CEO, U Myint Zaw. Interest has risen following the enforcement of the Myanmar Companies Law on August 1. The new law states that foreigners will be allowed to own a maximum of […]

JICA to lend US$100m to local SMEs in 2018-19

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will lend 11.5 billion Japanese yen (K151.685 billion) to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fiscal year of 2018-19 through domestic banks. This decision was officially announced on September 5. The JICA’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) two-step loan will be managed by state-owned Myanma Economic Bank under its SME […]

Yangon Stock Exchange sees highest trade in July

July saw the highest trade so far this year at the Yangon Stock Exchange or YSX, according to local media. The value of traded stocks on the YSX last month hit a high of Ks1.23 billion, according to monthly trading data released online by YSX and reported by the Global New Light of Myanmar. While […]

Yangon stock exchange seeks foreign investor interest

THE Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) recently had a few champagne moments with the first “real” initial public offering by a Myanmar telecom company. And even while the bubbly was still fizzing another company was eyeing a listing. And, the moment foreign investors had been waiting for is almost here. For a start, foreigners residing in […]

YSX stock trading value hits all-time low

The value of traded stocks on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) last month registered an all-time low, according to monthly trading data released online by YSX. Shares of five listed companies — First Myanmar Investment (FMI), Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings (MTSH), Myanmar Citizens Bank (MCB), First Private Bank (FPB) and TMH Telecom Public Co. Ltd. […]

Waiting for change at Myanmar’s central bank

Myanmar’s central bank governor Kyaw Kyaw Maung has long been seen as an impediment to reform. But come July, he will be out and a new chief will be in, heralding, it is to be hoped, a new era of change Being a bank in Myanmar isn’t easy, with lenders of all sizes facing insuperable […]

MTSH sees heavy trading on higher Japanese investments

Despite high trading volume on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) last week, the Myanmar Stock Price Index closed Friday at 452.80, languishing near its lowest levels since the bourse went live in 2016. More than 78,000 shares exchanged hands during the week, the most in a single week for months. Most of the trading involved […]

Allen & Gledhill advises on first ‘true’ IPO in Myanmar

Singapore Big Four law firm Allen & Gledhill has represented Myanmar’s TMH Telecom on its initial public offering on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX). The IPO is said to be the first “true” one on Myanmar’s fledgling stock exchange as it will be the first one to offer fresh capital instead of existing shares. A&G […]

Fifth firm to list on stock exchange next week

TMH Telecom Co will commence trading on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) on January 26, YSX senior executive manager U Thet Tun Oo said. TMH Telecom will be the fifth company to list on the exchange, joining First Myanmar Investments Co, Myanmar-Thilawa SEZ Holdings, Myanmar Citizens Bank and First Private Bank. According to the YSX, […]