Thai bank SCB X Public Company Limited (SCBX) is acquiring Home Credit Vietnam Finance Company Limited (Home Credit Vietnam), the consumer finance business of Home Credit N.V. (Home Credit Group), for approximately VND 20,973 billion ($864 million).

SCBX said in a statement on Thursday that the Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited (SCB) has signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of the charter capital of Home Credit Vietnam.

The transaction is expected to be completed by the first half of 2025, subject to approvals from the relevant competent authorities.

Since its establishment in 2008, Home Credit Vietnam is now one of the leading players in the consumer finance sector in Vietnam, offering consumer durable loans, revolving loans, cash loans, and two-wheeler loans to the mass and upper mass market segment of Vietnamese consumers.

Home Credit Vietnam has served a cumulative total of 15 million customers since its launch and has established a strong presence throughout Vietnam with 14,000 point-of-sales locations.

In 2022, Home Credit Vietnam had net profits based on the latest audited financial statements of VND 1,320 billion ($53 million) and achieved a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.7 percent in total assets over the last decade, reflecting the potential and efficiency of its business operations.

Home Credit Vietnam has robust omni-channel distribution networks, integrating both online and offline communication and distribution channels to create a seamless customer experience.

The company also has a prudent risk management culture, efficient collection capabilities, and state-of-the-art digital infrastructure.

Home Credit Vietnam has the second largest market share in Vietnam’s consumer finance market, accounting for approximately 14 percent of the total market as of June 30, 2023.

The consumer finance market in Vietnam has a high growth potential in Southeast Asia, driven by strong macroeconomic fundamentals, economic policies that support growth, favorable demographics, and growing middle class.

“The acquisition of Home Credit Vietnam, marking a significant milestone in SCBX’s journey to become a leading regional financial technology group.

“This strategic acquisition strengthens our presence in the high-growth ASEAN market and also increases value and maximizes return to our shareholders in the long term,” Arthid Nanthawithaya, Chief Executive Officer of SCB X Public Company Limited.

According to him, Vietnam, with its dynamic economy averaging 7.5 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the past decade and a tech-savvy population, is a key strategic market for SCBX.

This acquisition marks the beginning of SCBX Group’s expansion into Vietnam, a country with a population of over 100 million.

He noted Home Credit Vietnam has 15 million customer base, 14,000 point-of-sale locations, and an experienced management team comprising of both European and Vietnamese members.

In addition, he said Home Credit Vietnam will serve as an important base for the SCBX Group’s presence in Vietnam and immediately contribute positive bottom line to the group after deal completion.

“This acquisition also diversifies the group’s income base for future strength, while maintaining superior capital adequacy ratio both at SCBX and the Bank after the completion of the transaction,” he added.

Radek Pluhar, Chief Executive Officer of Home Credit Group, said Home Credit Vietnam has grown rapidly to a market leadership position since the business launched fifteen years ago.

“We are passing the baton to new owners and I am confident the business has an even brighter future,” he added.

Home Credit Vietnam is a part of the Home Credit Group, which was established in 1997 in the Czech Republic.

The Home Credit Group operates in multiple countries across Asia and Europe and is owned by the PPF Group, a leading international investment company.

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