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As banking opens up, Yoma Bank finds niche in SME loans and mortgages

With the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) having issues a slew of directives liberalising the Myanmar banking and financial sector over the past 24 months, chief executive Hal G Bosher is beginning to see positive opportunities for Yoma Bank in the years ahead. “The CBM has been implementing reforms to bolster confidence in the industry […]

MBF signs K2 billion funding agreement with Yoma Bank

Mahar Bawga Finance (MBF), a Myanmar non-banking finance institution (NBFI), and Yoma Bank last Friday signed a semi-collateralised funding agreement under which Yoma will provide MBF with K2.2 billion in funds to support its operations. The agreement, which aims to address growing borrower demand for unsecured loans for personal or business development, could see MFB […]

Yoma Land targets middle-income buyers with new property project in Yangon

Yoma Land this month introduced a new real estate project targeted at middle-income earners. The firm, an umbrella branch of Yoma Strategic and First Myanmar Investment Company, on December 21 launched City Loft, a new property project targeting young working professionals. The property will be developed in phases at a 22-acre site within Yoma’s Star […]

Yoma Land rebrands housing projects to push sales

Yoma Land last week held an event to promote and sell units at three of its projects: StarCity, Galaxy Towers and Lotus Hill in Pun Hlaing Estate. The projects were branded as special lifestyle residential homes equipped with spacious landed compounds, full services and facilities. This attracted the interest of local and foreign buyers, said […]

Yoma to tap digital banking for nationwide expansion

YOMA BANK, one of the largest private banks in Myanmar, plans to focus on providing digital products to millions of people in Myanmar , according to Hal Bosher, the bank’s chief executive officer. Bosher said in an exclusive interview that digital products would allow the bank to serve the country better, making banking accessible and […]

FMI ventures into affordable housing

First Myanmar Investment (FMI) will be investing in the affordable housing sector in a bid to offset falling revenue from its construction businesses, FMI chair Serge Pun said during the firm’s 26th annual general meeting, held at the Yangon National Theatre, on July 29. He said the domestic property sector has no demand as those […]

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 […]

Myanmar’s Waiting for the Western Investment That Never Came

Among business leaders in Myanmar, would-be investment from the U.S. and Europe is known by the wry acronym NATO. “No Action, Talk Only,” Sean Turnell, special economic consultant to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said in an interview, underscoring the country’s history of missed opportunities and unfulfilled potential. As Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economy began […]

Digital consulting firm nexlabs attracts US$150,000 from MSH

London-listed? Myanmar Strategic Holdings Ltd has agreed to make a strategic minority investment in Myanmar-based digital consulting firm, nexlabs, worth a total of US$150,000, the investment holding company said yesterday. MSH said in a statement that nexlabs, under CEO Ye Myat Min, has created and developed digital products and integrated marketing solutions for a wide […]