SEC approves local Del Monte’s P7.5-B bond offer

Published October 10, 2020, 6:00 AM

by James A. Loyola

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the public offering by Del Monte Philippines Inc. (DMPI) of fixed-rate bonds worth up to P7.5 billion.

The Commission En Banc resolved to render effective the company’s registration statement for up to P5 billion worth of bonds, with an oversubscription option of up to P2.5 billion, subject to the company’s compliance with certain remaining requirements.

DMPI will issue the bonds at face value, consisting of series A bonds due 2023 and series B bonds due 2025. They will be listed and traded on the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corporation.

The company expects to net P7.39 billion from the offer, assuming the oversubscription option is fully exercised. Proceeds from the offer will be used to repay the company’s existing debt, which are short-term and unsecured in nature.

The fixed-rate bonds were assigned a PRS Aaa rating by the Philippine Rating Service Corporation. BDO Capital & Investment Corporation, China Bank Capital Corporation, First Metro Investment Corporation, and RCBC Capital Corporation were tapped as joint issue managers, joint lead underwriters, and joint bookrunners for the offer.