VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund’s objective is to achieve medium to long-term returns through investment in assets either in Vietnam or in companies with a substantial majority of their assets, operations, revenues or income in, or derived from, Vietnam.
VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund (LSE: VOF) is managed by VinaCapital Investment Management Limited (“VCIM”), a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands. VCIM has entered into an agreement with VinaCapital Fund Management JSC (“VCFM”), an affiliate of VCIM and a fully licensed fund management company domiciled in Vietnam, to delegate certain investment management and advisory activities.
VCFM is regulated by the State Securities Commission of Vietnam (“SSC”). The SSC belongs to the International Organization of Securities Commissions (“IOSCO”), of which the UK and US security commissions are also participating members.
The Company will adhere to the following investment policy:
All of the Company’s investments will be in Vietnam or in companies with at least 75 per cent. of their assets, operations, revenues or income in, or derived from, Vietnam at the time of investment.
No single investment may exceed 20 per cent. of the Net Asset Value of the Company at the time of investment.
The Company may from time to time invest in other funds focused on Vietnam. This includes investments in other funds managed by the Investment Manager. Any investment or divestment of funds managed by the Investment Manager will be subject to prior approval by the Board. No more than 10 per cent., in aggregate, of the value of the Company’s total assets may be invested in other listed closed-ended investment funds. The restriction on investment in other listed closed-ended investment funds does not apply to investments in closed-ended investment funds which themselves have published investment policies to invest no more than 15 per cent. of their total assets in other listed closed-ended investment funds.
The Company may from time to time make co-investments alongside other investors in private equity, real estate or similar assets. This includes, but is not restricted to, co-investments alongside other funds managed by the Investment Manager.
The Company may gear its assets through borrowings which may vary substantially over time according to market conditions and any or all of the assets of the Company may be pledged as security for such borrowings. Borrowings will not exceed 10 per cent. of the Company’s total assets at the time that any debt is drawn down.
From time to time the Company may hold cash or low risk instruments such as government bonds or cash funds denominated in either Vietnamese Dong or US Dollars, either in Vietnam or outside Vietnam.
The Net Asset Value and the Net Asset Value per share shall be calculated (and rounded to two decimal places), in US dollars by the Administrator (or such other person as the Directors may appoint for such purpose from time to time) on a quarterly basis (or at such other times as the Investment Manager may determine but in any event at least quarterly).
The Net Asset Value shall be the value of all assets of the Company less the liabilities of the Company determined in accordance with the valuation guidelines adopted by the Directors from time to time.
Under current valuation guidelines adopted by the Directors, such values shall be determined as follows:
The value of any cash in hand or on deposit, bills and demand notes and accounts receivable, prepaid expenses, cash dividends and interest declared or accrued as aforesaid and not yet received shall be deemed to be the full amount thereof, unless in any case the Directors shall have determined that the same is unlikely to be paid or received in full, in which case the value thereof shall be arrived at after making such discount as the Directors may consider appropriate to reflect the true value thereof;
The value of securities which are quoted or dealt in on any stock exchange (including any securities traded on an “over the counter market”) shall be based on the last traded prices on such stock exchange, or if there is more than one stock exchange on which the securities are traded or admitted for trading, that which is normally the principal stock exchange for such security, provided that any such securities which are not freely transferable, or which are not regularly traded, or which for any other reason are subject to limited marketability, shall be valued at a discount (the amount of such discount being determined by the Directors in their absolute discretion or in a manner so approved by the Directors);
As regards unquoted securities;
Unquoted investments will initially be valued at fair value, with any expenses relating to their acquisition expensed in the income statement;
A revaluation of unquoted investments to a value in excess of or below cost may be made in the circumstances provided by and in accordance with the guidelines issued by the British Venture Capital Association or any successor body;
All other assets and liabilities shall be valued at their respective fair values as determined in good faith by the Directors and in accordance with generally accepted valuation principles and procedures;
Any value other than in US dollars shall be translated at any officially set exchange rate or appropriate spot market rate as the Directors deem appropriate in the circumstances having regard, inter alia, to any premium or discount which may be relevant and to costs of exchange.
If the Directors consider that any of the above bases of valuation are inappropriate in any particular case or generally, they may adopt such other valuation or valuation procedure as they consider is reasonable in the circumstances provided that such other valuation or valuation procedure has been approved by the Company’s auditors. The Directors may delegate to the Investment Manager any of their discretions under the valuation guidelines.
The Investment Manager may from time to time manage other funds which have a similar or different investment objective and policy to that of the Company. Nevertheless, circumstances may arise where investment opportunities will be available to the Company and which are also suitable for one or more of the other funds managed by the Investment Manager. Where a conflict arises in respect of an investment opportunity, the Investment Manager will allocate the opportunity on a fair basis. In such event, the allocations will normally be made on a pro rata basis between the Company and the other funds based on the amounts available for investment in each fund at the time the investment opportunity arises. However, the Investment Manager will be entitled to recommend to the Board the allocation of investment opportunities on a basis otherwise than as set out above if it deems it appropriate. In those circumstances the Board will determine what level of investment the Investment Manager may make on behalf of the Company.
It is intended that the Company’s income will consist wholly or mainly of investment income. The Directors currently intend to reinvest a large part of income to take advantage of opportunities meeting the Company’s investment and return objectives, and where suitable opportunities are not available to distribute substantially all of the Company’s income and capital gains to holders of the Ordinary Shares. The distribution of dividends may be made in the form of a tender offer to all shareholders at NAV for tax efficiency.
Life of The Company
The Company does not have a fixed life but the Board considers it desirable that Shareholders should have the opportunity to review the future of the Company at appropriate intervals. Accordingly, the Board intends that a special resolution will be proposed every fifth year that the Company ceases to continue as presently constituted. If the resolution is not passed, the Company will continue to operate. If the resolution is passed, the Directors will be required to formulate proposals to be put to Shareholders to reorganise, unitise or reconstruct the Company or for the Company to be wound up. The Board tabled three such special resolutions in 2008, 2013, and 2018, each of which were not passed. This has allowed the Company to continue. The next special resolution on the life of the Company will be held in 2023.