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BPI eyes offshore debt market via US$ bonds

Lawrence Agcaoili - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is set to return to the offshore debt market after successfully raising $600 million via the issuance of unsecured fixed rate notes in September last year.

Maria Theresa Marcial Javier, chief financial officer at BPI, said the listed bank has yet to finalize the details of the planned fund raising activity within the year, but the amount would definitely be below $500 million and lower than the amount raised last year.

“The size that we’re looking at is probably smaller than the $600 million issuance in 2018. So it’s probably smaller. But we will let you know. We’re just looking at some finer points and we’ll definitely be coming up with specific soon,” she said.

According to Javier, BPI is talking to potential arrangers and underwriters.

“We are very seriously looking at tapping the debt capital market in terms of additional bond issue and we will announce the details in due course,” Javier told reporters.

Proceeds of the proposed fund raising activity would be used to manage the bank’s funding mix.

“We’re looking at the schedule of our maturities as well as the expected pipeline in terms of potential availments and particularly for the coming quarter we will have other maturity in US dollar bonds that we can refinance,” she said.

BPI has an outstanding $2 billion medium note program.

BPI has raised $600 million via the issuance of five-year senior unsecured fixed rate Regulation S notes with a coupon of 4.25 percent to lengthen the maturity of the bank’s borrowings.

On the equity side, the bank has no immediate plans to raise more funds after its P50-billion stock rights offering in May last year.

BPI’s net income jumped by 24.6 percent to P13.74 billion in the first half from P11.03 billion in the same period last year after a strong performance in the second quarter.

Total revenues increased by 23.3 percent to P45.9 billion from January to June compared to P37.22 billion in the same period last year.

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