Unfair taxes, illegal border trade stifle Carlsberg’s Myanmar plan

Michael Jensen, managing director of Carlsberg Myanmar, didn’t bother to hide his frustration at the environment in which his brewery has been forced to do business in the country. “We are faced with a tax regime that is completely unfair, incredibly bothersome bureaucratic procedures and illegal trading of beer across the Thai and China borders,” […]

Brokers’ Call: Yoma Strategic Holdings

Despite some disappointment on Myanmar’s economic growth, we believe Yoma remains the best proxy of a potential economic turnaround in Myanmar with the new government in place. With its diversified portfolio in property, consumer and automotive sectors, Yoma is well placed to tap into the growth. Potential catalysts include recovery in Myanmar’s property market and […]

Mandalay Coffee borrows $596K from Yoma to double export volume

Mandalay Coffee Group (MCG) has signed a funding agreement with Yoma Bank last week to provide K800 million (US$596,000) financial support to coffee farmers to improve their output. MCG is a coffee processor and exporter based in Mandalay, comprising 42 individual shareholders who are involved in different parts of the coffee business supply chain, such […]

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 […]

Kirin expands market share with Mandalay Brewery JV

Kirin Holdings has officially taken a stake in Mandalay Brewery, the brewer of Mandalay Lager Beer, Mandalay Strong Beer and Mandalay Spirulina Beer. Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings and military-linked Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL) signed an agreement on the joint venture in Yangon on Monday. The JV received approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission in […]

Carlsberg Builds a Beer Empire in Myanmar

Carlsberg Group, the Denmark brewer of Carlsberg beer, is expanding fast in Myanmar. Last month, the brewer opened its 1000th draught outlet in the country, four years after it first inked a joint venture with Myanmar Golden Star (MGS) to form Myanmar Carlsberg Co, and two years after it opened a $100 million brewery in […]

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 JCB holds official launch ceremony in Yangon

Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Convenience Prosperity Company Limited (CPCL), held its official launch ceremony for its JCB heavy equipment products in Yangon on 17 May. CPCL is the exclusive distributor for JCB construction equipment in Myanmar and started operations in January 2017. The official launch ceremony held at Pun Hlaing […]

Yoma Incorporates Yangon Auto Subsidiary

Singapore-based Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd said it has incorporated a new automobile subsidiary in Yangon. The new company, Yoma German Motors Limited, will sell and service Volkswagen passenger cars in Myanmar, the Myanmar focused company, owned by tycoon Serge Pun, said in a stock exchange filing in Singapore. The paid up capital for the new […]

Ex-banker builds on father’s property business

Yoma’s new CEO eyes diversified plate of projects in Myanmar Taking over the reins of his father’s business was not a move Mr Melvyn Pun had envisioned. “It was totally unexpected,” says Mr Pun, 37, now chief executive at Singapore-listed property and construction group Yoma Strategic Holdings. The former Goldman Sachs investment banker was appointed […]