SEC approves AboitizPower bond float, IPO of hospital

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the registration statements of the P30-billion bond float of Aboitiz Power Corp. and the initial public offering (IPO) of Allied Care Experts (ACE) Medical Center-Palawan Inc.

In its meeting on February 23, the SEC en banc approved the fundraising of the two firms.

AboitizPower may issue the debt securities in one or more series within 3 years. For the first tranche, the company will offer up to P4 billion of fixed-rate bonds due 2026, with an oversubscription option of up to P4 billion to be offered at face value.

Assuming full exercise of the oversubscription option, AboitizPower expects to net P7.89 billion from the first tranche. Proceeds from the offer will be used for the redemption of bonds maturing 2021 and for the early redemption of bonds maturing in 2026.

The company intends to list the fixed-rate bonds for trading on the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp.

It picked BDO Capital and Investment Corp., BPI Capital Corp., China Bank Capital and First Metro Investment Corporation as joint issue managers, joint lead underwriters and joint bookrunners for the offering.

ACE Medical Center-Palawan will offer 36,000 common shares in tranches at an offer price ranging from P200,000 to P362,500 for every block of 10 shares, in cash or installment. The shares will be traded over the counter.

The company expects to raise P996.92 million in net proceeds, which the company will use for the construction of ACE Palawan Hospital, debt servicing, purchase of medical equipment and working capital for 6 months.

The company is currently building an eight-story, 120-bed healthcare facility with a total floor area of 16,538 square meters in Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa. The project is slated for completion by the fourth quarter of 2021 through the first quarter of 2022.

The intended market for the IPO is mostly medical specialists and their relatives.

Subscribing to the offer shares is a prerequisite for physicians and medical specialists to practice at ACE Medical Center–Palawan. Physicians looking to hold clinic at the hospital must have paid in full 10 common shares plus a privilege to practice fee of P150,000.

The company will provide 32 clinic spaces for 320 medical practitioners, which will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

The IPO also comes with benefits and privileges, such as discounts on medical and dental services, which the stockholder, his/her spouse, dependents and natural parents may avail of in other medical facilities affiliated with the ACE Group of Hospitals.


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