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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) closed at a new all-time high on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the PSEi closed at 5,157.28, up 39.82 points or 0.80 percent. The previous closing record high was 5,145.89, which was set last March 16.
The PSEi also reached a fresh intraday high at 5,186.52, beating the previous record intraday level at 5,146.17 last March 19.
"While developments abroad continue to be a significant factor in dictating market movements, investor confidence in our local market remains strong which has enabled it to buck the downward trend in the region these past few days. This four-day rally shows that the market continues to withstand external shocks as it is supported by the Philippines' growth story," PSE president and CEO Hans B. Sicat said, in a statement.
As of April 17, the PSEi has grown by 18% or 785.32 points, year-to-date.
Monday, April 16, 2012
MANILA, Philippines - Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) started its public offer of P15 billion bonds on Monday, which represent the property developer's largest debt issue to date.
The bonds consist of an aggregate principal amount of P10 billion with an oversubscription option of up to P5 billion. It will be issued in two tranches of 7 and 10 years.
ALI's public offer runs through 3:00 p.m. on April 23. The issue date for the bonds is on April 27.
"This offering represents the largest fundraising initiative by Ayala Land in the capital markets, exceeding its P10 billion note issue last year with a 15-year tranche, the longest tenor for a Philippine corporate institution," ALITreasurer Augusto D. Bengzon said.
"This is in step with Ayala Land's largest capital expenditure program to date of P37 billion, topping as well last year's record of P30 billion. This positions Ayala Land to achieve stronger results in 2012, having closed yet another banner year in 2011," he added.
ALI posted an all-time high net income attributable to equity holders of P7.4 billion in 2011, 31% more than the P5.46 billion recorded in 2010.
BPI Capital Corporation and The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited are joint lead managers and underwriters.
BDO Capital and Investment Corporation and First Metro Investment Corporation are co-lead managers and underwriters for the offering.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
MANILA, Philippines -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Development Authority (SBMA) plans to develop a business process outsourcing (BPO) center inside the freeport zone, similar to the Ayala Techno Hub.
In a statement, SBMA chairman Roberto Garcia said the project could create as many as 20,000 jobs in five years.
“The SBMA is already developing what we call the Subic BPO City, which will be similar to the Ayala Techno Hub. We believe we can already provide BPO services here because we now have a workforce that’s well-trained in ICT,” he said.
The Ayala Land Techno Hub is a 20-hectare information technology center located in Quezon City. It is listed as an IT park by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, which gives incentives to investors in information and communication technology (ICT).
Garcia said all technical infrastructure for the Subic BPO City are already prepared. He said the SBMA would also provide housing for professionals who would work in the center.
He noted that the BPO sector is growing by about 25 percent a year, remitting $13 million to the Philippine economy and is fast catching up with the $20 million annual remittance of overseas Filipino workers. The country now has more than 700,000 seats for call center agent services and business process outsourcing.
“We have already surpassed India in the field of BPO, and because of this, the future looks very bright for the Philippines,” he said.
Garcia said Subic has a skilled workforce that is English-proficient and computer literate.
“This is readily available in the Subic Bay area – a well-trained workforce well-versed in ICT. This will be a big boost to our dream to build a BPO City here,” he said.