Myanmar property group sees its future in consumer sector

In the heart of Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, the former headquarters of Myanmar Railways is surrounded by white steel frames. The historic redbrick building, more than a century old, is being restored and will be the future site of the Peninsula Yangon, a luxury hotel set to open in 2021. The grand structure […]

Investments declined in 2017-18: MIC

Despite an increase in the volume of projects, total investment in value terms fell by around US$900 million in 2017-18 compared to 2016-17, U Thaung Tun, chair of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), said in Parliament last week. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, Myanmar received $5.7 billion for 222 projects. Around $1 billion of the […]

Economic outlook negative: UMFCCI

Myanmar’ economy is in worse shape this year compared to 2017 and 2016, according to the Business Sentiment Survey for the second quarter of 2018 conducted by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) . The results of survey were released during 2nd B4B Insights Forum organised by UMFCCI on […]

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 […]

FMI Group to move forward after record revenue in FY2018

FIRST Myanmar Investment Group (FMI), one of the five companies listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange, says it will keep investing in four key sectors – financial services, healthcare, real estate and tourism – after posting record-high revenue for fiscal year 2018. The company booked more than 200 billion kyats in sales for the financial […]

Yoma Strategic unveils new plans, new name

The family-run holdings company behind Yangon luxury developments Pun Hlaing Estate, StarCity and Yoma Central announced on June 26 that the real estate portion of their business dealings will be rebranded under the name Yoma Land and that they will also be delving into “mass market product offerings.” While Yoma Land Managing Director Cyrus Pun […]

Myanmar’s Yoma to debut in baht

SINGAPORE, May 14 (IFR) – Yoma Strategic Holdings is poised to become the first company from Myanmar to sell bonds with a baht-denominated offering that underlines Thailand’s appeal as a regional funding hub. “Yoma will be the first Myanmar entity to tap the Thai bond market, and they will come before the sovereign, which is […]

Construction sector under threat from high tax, interest rates

Unreasonably high tax and interest rates could lead to the collapse of Mandalay’s already ailing construction sector, U Shein Win, vice chair of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneur Association (MCEA) told The Myanmar Times last Friday. Capital gains tax on the sale of a property in Myanmar is currently 30 percent, which is deterring activity in […]

Serge Pun goes Where Others Fear to Tread

WHERE others see operational and regulatory risks in setting up businesses in Myanmar, Burmese tycoon Serge Pun sees opportunities – openings that he says wouldn’t fall into his lap in highly regulated and mature markets like Singapore and Hong Kong. In an interview with The Business Times on Thursday, the chairman of the Serge Pun […]

Tussle over Myanmar bank reform puts spotlight on debt pile

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar’s central bank has backed off from a demand that the country’s private banks clear most of their loan books by January, averting a cliff-edge scenario that some bankers warned could have destabilized the financial system. Myanmar’s central bank deputy governor, Soe Thein, told Reuters that three years – instead of the […]