One of the world’s smallest stock exchanges is about to get a little bit bigger

January 12, 2021, 5:48 AM UTC
Yangon Stock Exchange
A man looks on as the markets open at the Yangon Stock Exchange in Yangon, Myanmar on Sept. 3, 2018.
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Amata Holding Pcl, a hotel and spa operator, is set to become the seventh company to list on Myanmar’s only stock exchange as the bourse seeks to lure more firms to the platform.

The company plans to offer an unspecified number of shares to domestic and foreign investors in a listing targeted before the end of this quarter, Amata Chairman Win Aung said in an interview. The operator of luxury hotel brands such as Amata and Awinka in tourist destinations including Ngapali Beach, Bagan and Inle Lake, Amata will use the proceeds from share sale to develop budget hotels, he said.

Amata, which has a paid-up capital of 3.5 billion kyat ($2.62 million) and 10.5 million shares, didn’t say how much it will raise from the listing, which has been cleared by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar. “We’ll use the proceeds from this listing in developing affordable hotels as we plan to open at least four hotels in the next three years,” Win Aung said.

Amata will be the first of at least four companies set to list on the fledgling Yangon Stock Exchange this year, according to Thet Tun Oo, executive senior manager at the bourse. The COVID-19 outbreak has delayed plans to open a pre-listing board, he said.

The exchange is in discussions with about 30 companies that are keen to list on the platform and expects at least four securities on the board, Thet Tun Oo said.