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Megaworld’s bond issue raises $250m

By Jenniffer B. Austria | Posted on Apr. 12, 2013 at 12:01am
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Property developer Mega-world Corp. successfully raised $250 million, or over P10 billion, from the dollar bond market to fund major projects this year.
Lauro Baja, chief Philippine representative of UBS AG, which acted as the sole bookrunner of the debt issue, said the 10-year US dollar-denominated bonds fetched 4.25 percent, the lowest for 10-year Philippine dollar bonds.  It was also the lowest yield for an unrated issuer in Southeast Asia.
“The strength of the underlying credit of Megaworld combined with the solid shareholder support from Alliance Global Group Inc. allowed them to achieve the lowest ever yield for a 10-year Philippine corporate bond,” Baja said in a mobile message.
Baja said the order book was over $500 million and drew more than 40 investors, including fund managers, banks, private banks and insurance companies.
Megaworld said earlier it would use the proceeds from the issue for general corporate purposes.
The bonds will be listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd.
Megaworld plans to spend P35 billion in capital expenditures this year as it remains bullish about the property sector.
It plans to launch 10 new residential projects in the first half of the year.  One of the projects launched this year is Paseo Heights, a 30-story residential tower within the Makati central business district offering a total of 320 units.
It also recently announced the doubling of its investments in the 16-hectare project in Mactan, Cebu to P20 billion.
The property will be transformed into a township development that will include luxury residential condominiums, office towers, a world-class lifestyle mall, a hotel and sports and leisure facility.
Megaworld is a pioneering developer of integrated live-work-play-learn township communities.  These townships include Eastwood City in Quezon City, Newport City in Pasay City and McKinley Hill, McKinley West and Uptown Bonifacio in Taguig City.

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