Aboitiz Equity Ventures sets P48-B capex for 2021

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc., together with its partners, has allotted P48 billion for capital expenditure (CAPEX) this year, 69 percent higher than the P29 billion spent in 2020.

In a statement, AEV said it will continue to rise above the challenge brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and deliver on its commitments.

The company supplies close to 20 percent of the country’s population through its critical businesses in power, banking and financial services, food, land, and infrastructure, including cement manufacturing.

Aboitiz Logo (via aboitiz.com/Manila Bulletin)
Aboitiz Logo (via aboitiz.com/Manila Bulletin)

"We continue to invest in our country to support economic recovery and growth, as millions of Filipinos are relying on us - families and communities,” said Aboitiz Group President and CEO Sabin M. Aboitiz.

He added that, “Our team members take this responsibility to heart. We simply cannot fail. Over the next 10 years, we commit to investing in capacities to advance business and communities in the nine Asia Pacific countries where we operate.”

A majority of the budget, or P23 billion, was earmarked for its power strategic business unit (SBU) Aboitiz Power Corporation for the completion of GNPower Dinginin as well as the battery energy storage projects.

Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc. (AIC) has set aside P13 billion to fund its various projects including its common towers project and for the construction of Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc.’s bulk water supply project with Davao City Water District (DCWD) and other water projects.

About P2 billion will be earmarked for Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc.

Its Food Group has allocated P4 billion mainly for feedmill expansion. For 2021, two feed facilities in China, one fish feed line in Malaysia, and three meat distribution channels in the Philippines are slated for completion in order to support the group’s growth initiatives.

Aboitiz Land, Inc. has earmarked P3.1 billion for its land banking activities and completion of its residential projects.

Currently, AboitizLand is working on Seafront Residences and The Villages at Lipa in Batangas, Ajoya Capas in Tarlac, Ajoya Pampanga in Pampanga and Ajoya Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija.

Union Bank of the Philippines meanwhile, will sustain its investment efforts in its digital and branch transformation endeavors.

The bank allotted more than P2 billion in capex in 2021 primarily intended for continued enhancements on digital touch points, as well as constructing an innovation hub, to support customer needs during Covid-19.