Confident of long term growth, Serge Pun bets big on tourism, property

Investors looking for clues on where the Myanmar economy is headed may glean some insight from Serge Pun’s recent corporate maneuvers. The 65-year-old Myanmar tycoon has not been idle of late. Last month, units of Peninsula Residences Yangon, a collection of 96 private luxury homes, went on sale. The homes are part of the Yoma […]

Collier Property Report – Yangon Office Q1 2018

Rate Corrections Continue Despite Lack of New Supply Headline lease rates corrected further downwards during Q1 2018 despite the lack of new supply. Occupancy rates, however, improved, particularly in developments which underwent significant price reductions previously. As more international standard office buildings become available Colliers expects rental rates to continue to correct albeit at more […]

Yoma to upgrade taxis, offer vehicle financing for Grab drivers in Myanmar

YOMA Strategic Holdings has signed an agreement with ride-hailing service Grab, which will see the mainboard-listed company upgrading the fleet of taxis in Myanmar, and providing vehicle financing for Grab’s drivers in the country. The partnership with Yoma will support Grab’s recently launched services, GrabTaxi Plus and Grab for Business services, as GrabTaxi drivers use […]

Yoma to take 34% stake in mobile payment provider Wave Money in new financial services move

SINGAPORE – Yoma Strategic Holdings on Tuesday announced plans to acquire a 34 per cent stake in Digital Money Myanmar Co, Ltd (Wave Money) from First Myanmar Investment Company Limited (FMI) for US$19.4 million. The mainboard-listed company said the acquisition will spearhead its expansion into the financial services sector that will target the underserved markets […]

Eight years needed to build Yangon railway station project

With an estimated price tag of US$2.5 billion and eight years to build, the time cost and investment needed for the Yangon Central Railway Station redevelopment are massive. THE US$2.5 billion Yangon railway station project, which is set to be Myanmar’s largest joint venture investment project under the National League for Democracy-led government, will take […]

Yoma Strategic posts strong Q3 results, shares dip

Yoma Strategic Holdings, which does business in Yangon but is listed in Singapore, on Tuesday released its financial statements for the nine months ended December 31, 2017. The company drew revenues amounting to S$82.9 million for the period, which is up 24.3 percent over the same period last year. Owing to the disposal of its […]

This ex-Goldman banker quit to take over an empire in Myanmar

SINGAPORE — When Melvyn Pun agreed to take his former boss to Myanmar in 2012, little did he know that the trip would cause him to quit his high-profile job at Goldman Sachs Group. Melvyn had wanted to stay as head of corporate sales for Asia excluding Japan at Goldman, rather than join his father […]

Yangon Central Railway Comprehensive Development Project to Continue

The Union government will select a winner for the tender of the Yangon Central Railway Comprehensive Development Project by next month, U Htun Aung Thin, general manager of Myanma Railways (lower Myanmar). Under the project, Yangon Railway Station is to be redesigned and rebuilt as an international standard railway station equipped with modern business outlets […]

Bouygues, Kajima, Taisei win $1.1bn of Work in Myanmar

While international attention is focussed on the plight of more than 800,000 Rohingya Muslims forced from their homes in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state and sheltering in refugee camps in Bangladesh, the increase in foreign investment into Myanmar continues, leading to a rush to build modern office complexes in Yangon, the country’s commercial capital. Today it […]

Yoma awards building contracts worth over US$400m for new Yangon developments

SINGAPORE – Yoma Strategic Holdings on Wednesday (Nov 29) announced the signing of an agreement with two global construction companies to build its integrated real estate development Yoma Central, and The Peninsula Yangon, the former headquarters of the Burma Railway Company which will be restored into a luxury hotel. Both projects sit on an about […]