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Melco Crown Philippines to begin institutional roadshow this month

Posted on April 01, 2013 10:01:39 PM [ BusinessWorld Online ]
MELCO Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corp., the local unit of regional casino giant Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd., is set to begin this month its roadshow to drum up investor interest in its planned offering of up to one billion shares for capital raising.
In a disclosure yesterday, Melco Crown Philippines said an institutional roadshow is “expected to start in April 2013,” ahead of a planned share placement and subscription transaction of up to one billion company shares. This plan is expected to boost the company’s public float level to 30.42% from a previous 10.01%.
The shares will be priced via a bookbuilding process following the roadshow, the disclosure added, but further details on the planned transaction were unavailable yesterday.
Melco Crown Philippines said the proceeds of the planned share sale will be allotted for the consolidation of its affiliates and the construction of Belle Grande Manila Bay, the integrated resort and casino complex of Belle Corp. which Melco Crown Philippines will manage.
“The company intends to use the net proceeds of the subscription to pay for part of the acquisition cost of MCE Holdings (Philippines) Corp. and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, and to fund work on the [Belle Grande] project… including to pay for gaming equipment purchases, fit-out work, and other various initial operating costs, such as pre-opening costs and working capital, as well as for general corporate purposes,” the disclosure read.
Last month, the board of Melco Crown Philippines approved the issuance of 2.85 billion shares to MCE (Philippines) Investments Ltd., one of the company’s controlling shareholders, at one peso apiece and the purchase of 147.85 million shares of MCE Holdings -- an affiliate of MCE Investments -- from MCE Investments for P7.20 billion.
The share purchase would make MCE Holdings a wholly owned subsidiary of Melco Crown Philippines, consolidating the former’s businesses under one corporate entity, Melco Crown Philippines previously said.
Also last month, Melco Crown Philippines affiliates MCE Holdings, MCE Holdings No. 2 (Philippines) Corp., and MCE Leisure (Philippines) Corp. finalized an operating agreement with Sy-controlled casino developer Belle Corp. wherein MCE Leisure will operate the $1-billion Belle Grande.
Belle is currently devoting “significant resources” for the mid-2014 completion of Belle Grande, which will rise on a 6.2-hectare site within the state-run Entertainment City.
Belle Grande is located along Diosdado Macapagal Avenue within the Bagong Nayong Pilipino Entertainment City.
Upon completion, the complex will feature mass market and gaming facilities, restaurants, entertainment attractions, upscale boutique hotel facilities, as well as a branded family entertainment center for live performances, central lounge, and the dome-shaped Fortune Egg which will house a night club.
Melco Crown Philippines, officially known as Manchester International Holdings Unlimited Corp. until early this month, was formed after holding company Zuellig Group sold Manchester shares last December to MCE Investments and MCE (Philippines) Investments No. 2 Corp. -- Franz Jonathan G. de la Fuente

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