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SK invests $340m in Crown X, strengthens partnership with Vietnam’s Masan Group

Managing Director Park Won-cheol of SK South East Asia Investment (left) poses with Masan Group CEO Danny Lee after signing an investment deal online at SK Group’s office in Jongno, central Seoul, Thursday. (SK Group)
Managing Director Park Won-cheol of SK South East Asia Investment (left) poses with Masan Group CEO Danny Lee after signing an investment deal online at SK Group’s office in Jongno, central Seoul, Thursday. (SK Group)

SK Group announced Thursday that it will invest $340 million in Crown X, a consumer retail platform within Vietnam’s Masan Group, in an effort to expand its strategic partnerships in Southeast Asia.

SK Group recently bought a 9.5 percent stake in the Vietnamese consumer goods company, in line with its Global Story initiative to discover new market opportunities through direct foreign investment.

Crown X is a subsidiary of Masan Group and owns Masan Consumer Holdings, a food and beverage company, as well as retailer WinCommerce.
Masan Consumer Holdings produces products such as sauces, instant ramen and ready-to-eat meals.

WinCommerce operates around 2,300 convenience stores and 120 supermarkets in the country, and accounts for some 50 percent of the local market. It recently entered the e-commerce front with Lazada, an online shopping mall operated by China’s Alibaba Group, the company said.

SK said it hopes the investment will strengthen its partnerships with the Vietnamese conglomerate in various sectors that are expected to grow further in the Southeast Asian country, such as retail, logistics and fintech.

“Masan Group is the most optimal partner to gain success in the Vietnamese market. We hope to make a ‘Big Reap’ in the growing retail industry in Vietnam,” said Park Won-cheol, the managing director of the group’s investment arm for Southeast Asia.

The online signing event was attended by Park Won-cheol, managing director at SK South East Asia Investment; Danny Lee, CEO of Masan Group; and other officials from the Vietnamese partner.

By Kang Jae-eun (kang.jaeeun@heraldcorp.com)
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