– MYANMAR, Yangon – Myanmar Investments International Limited (LON:MIL), the AIM-traded investment company focussing on investing in Myanmar, today announced the appointment of Nicholas (Nick) John Paris as a non independent Non-Executive Director to the board of the Company, with immediate effect.
William Knight, Chairman of the Company, said “We are delighted that Nick has agreed to join us as a non-independent non-executive director on MIL’s Board complementing our existing strengths and bringing to it an added dimension through his business background, connections and experience.”
Mr Paris is currently a director and portfolio manager with LIM Advisors (London) Limited. One of the funds managed by the LIM Advisors Group, LIM Asia Special Situations Master Fund Limited, owns 7,718,665 ordinary shares representing 20.5 per cent. of the Company’s ordinary share capital and 2,938,145 quoted warrants which are convertible into Ordinary Shares. As a representative of LIM, Mr Paris will be considered a non-independent, non-executive director.
Over the past 30 years, Mr Paris has gained extensive experience as a stock broker and fund manager with a particular emphasis on closed end funds and hedge funds. He has held senior positions with institutions such as American Express Asset Management, Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia, Santander Securities and Baring Securities. In his current position at LIM Advisors he invests in closed end funds with a principal focus on funds investing in Asia.
Mr Paris is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Agricultural Economics from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
About Myanmar Investments International
Myanmar Investments International Limited was the first Myanmar-focused investment company to be admitted to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. MIL was established in 2013 with the intention of building long-term shareholder value by proactively investing in a diversified portfolio of Myanmar businesses that will benefit from the country’s re-emergence and ongoing economic development. The Company is led by an experienced and entrepreneurial team who between them have considerable industrial, corporate and financial management experience.
MIL aims to identify investments with strong growth which if necessary can be “de-risked” through the introduction of experienced senior line-management, mentors and/or strategic partners sourced by MIL’s management board. The Company’s main focus is on opportunities that are experiencing acute supply and demand imbalances.
MIL provides investors with a highly disciplined and conservative investment process into one of the most promising growth opportunities of this era.
MIL’s largest investment to-date (US$21 million investment for a 9.1% effective shareholding) is in Apollo Towers, Myanmar’s second largest telecommunications towers company with approximately 1,800 towers. Apollo operates in the high growth telecommunications sector with a strong management that is growing the number of co-locations (i.e. multiple tenancies) on its portfolio of towers. The reorganisation with Pan Asia Towers is expected to produce a more efficient and profitable combined investment with greater prospects for an eventual liquidity event. In June 2016, OPIC provided a US$250 million debt facility to Apollo Towers.
Myanmar, a country of approximately 54 million people and roughly the size of France, has been isolated for much of the last 50 years. Strategically situated in one of the world’s most economically dynamic regions amid the intersection of India, China and South East Asia it is a key component of China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy providing direct access to the Indian Ocean.
Whilst it was once one of the more prosperous countries in Southeast Asia with an abundance of natural resources (oil, natural gas, arable land, tourist attractions and a long coastline), it is now one of the least developed countries in the world. However, it has a number of competitive advantages: a population of 54 million people (it is the 26th most populous country in the world); a large workforce with a high literacy rate of 90%; 68% of the population is of working age (between 15 and 65); and 28% of the population is under 24 which is expected to provide a strengthening consumer demand. According to the IMF, Myanmar’s GDP growth rate is expected to be 7.0% through to 2023.
Myanmar has undergone an unprecedented transformational reform process, initiated by the U Thein Sein administration in 2011. The elections in 2015 were the first democratic elections in 50 years. This remarkable change has not been without its difficulties and the situation in Rakhine state, which stems from a complex and historically charged background, remains un-remedied. The Advisory Commission on the Rakhine State crisis, led by the late former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, has provided an important framework which can provide the foundations for addressing the distressing situation there.
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