VN-Index and PYN Elite both gained +3.3% in December, led by brokerage, retail and banks. The long-awaited new trading system – KRX launch is
expected in the first half of 2024. All-year average daily trading value down -12.3% compared to 2022, at around $637.4m. Foreign investors had been net sellers since April. VND continued to depreciate against the US dollar, -1.1% in 2023. 2023 was a successful year for Vietnam’s diplomacy. After the upgrade of
Vietnam-US relations in September, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit in December resulted in 36 signed agreements across various fields, from infrastructure to border controls.
Macro: Vietnam’s GDP +6.7% YoY in Q4, bringing all-year growth to 5.1%. In 2023, the service sector had the strongest performance, +6.8% YoY, while the
industrial and construction sector were still recovering, +3.7% YoY. Full year exports at $355.5b, down -4.4% from 2022. Imports also decreased to
$327.5b, -8.9% compared to the previous year. The U.S, EU and China were the biggest export destinations. FDI stands out in Vietnam’s macro situation. Registered FDI reached $36.6b, +32.1% YoY. FDI disbursement reached an all-time high record at $23.2b.
PYN Elite Stock of the Month: SCS
Saigon Cargo Service Corporation operates a cargo terminal at Saigon International Airport (Tan Son Nhat). This year has been especially difficult for
air cargo operators due to weak demand in key markets such as US, EU, Hong Kong and Taiwan. However, SCS managed to maintain an impressive profit
margin and good dividend yield. Signs of recovery in cargo volume have become clearer since October, and SCS is expecting positive growth in 2024.
For long-term perspective, SCS is a strong candidate for another cargo terminal at the second Saigon International Airport (Long Thanh). When finished in 2026-2027, this terminal will add 500,000 tons of capacity to southern Vietnam’s air logistics.
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