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Banks firm up defenses ahead of expected bad loan surge
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 5, 2021 - 6:55pm
Coverage ratio for non-performing loans hit a 9-month high of 94.61% of total bad loans in January, according to central bank data.
Still raising cash, Cebu Pacific gets P16-billion bank loan
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 5, 2021 - 3:17pm
The loan is payable in 10 years and will be used to fund the airline’s capital expenditures and “other general corporate purposes.”
Consumer indebtedness to hang over banks despite FIST
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 5, 2021 - 12:55pm
Fitch Ratings was more pessimistic, projecting NPLs to account for 4.5-5.5% of total loan books by yearend.
Fresh from record revenues, PLDT sees modest earnings boost this year
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 4, 2021 - 7:27pm
Telco giant PLDT Inc. is expecting a modest increase in earnings this year, staying cautiously optimistic despite its impressive financial performance last year as the pandemic drags on.
Food giant Monde Nissin eyes Philippines' biggest IPO
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 4, 2021 - 5:36pm
Philippine food manufacturer Monde Nissin Corp. is eyeing to raise over P60 billion in what could be the biggest maiden share sale in the country's history.
The powerful escaping crime hurt Philippines' economic freedom
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 4, 2021 - 2:47pm
“There is little accountability for powerful politicians, big companies or wealthy families,” the think tank said. 
China-based lender downplays debt trap risks tied with Beijing's lending
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 3, 2021 - 6:56pm
The leader of a multilateral lender based in China talked down risks of a debt trap long tied to his host country’s donor status at a maiden event meant to foster deeper ties between the Philippines and B...
MPIC eyes slightly bigger earnings after pandemic shock
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 3, 2021 - 3:40pm
Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) is out to boost earnings this year, and return to pre-pandemic strength next year after the unprecedented health crisis tarnished its balance sheet in 2020.
Universal Robina emerges from lockdowns with double-digit profit gain
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 2, 2021 - 11:49am
The Gokongwei-led company netted P11.6 billion for all of 2020, up 15% year-on-year, the firm disclosed to the stock exchange.
Philippine debts seen most in need of refinancing this year
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 2, 2021 - 11:29am
Fresh funds lent by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to boost pandemic response pushed up the government's debt load to a new record-high at the start of the year.
Building stoppage pounds Holcim's full-year earnings
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 1, 2021 - 5:47pm
Net profits of the local unit of LafargeHolcim Group fell 42% year-on-year to P2.1 billion in 2020, the company said.
COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Philippines. So does reopening its economy
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 1, 2021 - 5:24pm
There is no rush for the government's top socioeconomic planner to recommend again to President Rodrigo Duterte a further easing of coronavirus restrictions, even as vaccinations already started.
Bounce-back steadies for factories facing brittle rebound
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 1, 2021 - 1:28pm
The purchasing managers’ index stayed at 52.5 in February from January, according to a survey of 400 local manufacturers by IHS Markit, a British information provider.
Inflation likely stayed above-target in February — BSP
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - February 26, 2021 - 5:52pm
Consumer prices likely continued their uptick beyond government expectations in February, creating a bid headache for a government grappling to revive the economy from a pandemic-led crash.
Vaccine optimism fuels hot money net inflows in January
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - February 26, 2021 - 5:03pm
Short-term foreign funds that entered the Philippines exceeded those that exited in January, as the start of mass vaccinations around the world soothes risk aversion among investors.
Sy-controlled banks post mixed financial results in turbulent 2020
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - February 26, 2021 - 1:32pm
The Sy family's two listed banks capped a turbulent 2020 that tested the local banking industry's resilience amid a pandemic-induced recession with mixed financial results.
AREIT bucks pandemic crunch with earnings above target
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - February 24, 2021 - 1:59pm
Ayala-backed AREIT Inc. generated profits worth P1.23 billion on the back of “stable operations during the pandemic.”
Coca-Cola sets $63-million upgrade of Philippine factories
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - February 23, 2021 - 6:15pm
"Our peg is that in 2021 we're back to pre-pandemic level. It is a difficult target but we're cautiously optimistic that we'll be able to do it," a Coca-Cola official said.
Delay in MGCQ shift prompts review of economic goals
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - February 23, 2021 - 6:02pm
“We support his decision and will work hard to rollout the vaccine so that we can further open the economy,” NEDA's Karl Kendrick Chua said.
Shakey's to restart building diners this year
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - February 23, 2021 - 3:12pm
Shakey's Pizza Asia Ventures Inc. is resuming its network expansion plan that was put on hold last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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