Petro Vietnam Plans To Sell Stake For $600M

In advance of an initial public offering, Vietnam’s state-owned Petro Vietnam Gas Corp. will auction a 15% to 20% stake in the company in effort to raise roughly $600 million, Reuters reported. Thailand’s top energy company PTT has expressed interest in the auction. Other interested parties could include buyout shops Blackstone Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, as well as oil and gas companies ConocoPhillips and India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp., Reuters reported

(Reuters) – Vietnam’s state-owned Petro Vietnam Gas Corp (PV Gas) has launched an auction to sell a 15-20 percent stake in the company to raise about $600 million, with a source directly involved saying private equity firms are expected to show interest in the sale.

The auction may fetch bids from oil companies such as ConocoPhillips (COP.N), India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd (ONGC) (ONGC.BO) and Thailand’s PTT Pcl (PTT.BK) among others, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Private equity firms that have invested in the sector such as Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) (KKR.N) are also expected to explore an offer.

The auction comes as PV Gas makes the final preparations for Vietnam’s largest-ever initial public offering. PV Gas is selling about 5 percent of the company through the offering in an about $150 million deal that will give it a market value of about $3 billion.

PV Gas said it was scheduled to price the IPO on Nov. 17.

The company had set a Nov. 12 deadline for strategic investors to submit bids, PV Gas Chief Executive Do Khang Ninh told Reuters.

Potential suitors mentioned in this report either declined to comment or could not be reached for comment. The sources were not authorised to speak publicly because details of the auction are private. (Reporting by Denny Thomas in Hong Kong and Ngo Thi Ngoc Chau in Hanoi; Editing by Michael Flaherty and Chris Lewis)