(July 9, 2012, Pasay City, Philippines) SM Investments Corporation (SM) upsized its retail bond issue to Php15 billion from the initial size of Php10 billion due to strong demand from both retail and institutional investors. The issue consists of the 6.0000% Series C bonds due 2019 and 6.9442% Series D Bonds due 2022. The bonds were purchased by a wide spectrum of investors ranging from individuals in the retail market, to banks, investment funds, pension funds, insurance companies and other corporates. The strong market response prompted the joint issue managers and joint lead underwriters to exercise the company’s oversubscription option. The offer period for the SM bonds opened on June 27, 2012 and closed on July 6, 2012. The issue date is on July 16, 2012.
SM’s maiden peso-denominated public bond issue in June 2009, comprised of 5-year Series A and 7-year Series B tranches, was similarly oversubscribed. From an initial offer size of Php5 billion, the 2009 issue doubled to Php10 billion also on strong demand from both retail and institutional investors.
SM’s bonds are rated PRS Triple A by Philippine Rating Services Corporation (PhilRatings), the highest rating assigned by PhilRatings.
The rating denotes that such obligations are of the highest quality with minimal credit risk, and that the issuing company’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligations is extremely strong.
The SM bonds’ joint issue managers are BDO Capital & Investment Corporation and First Metro Investment Corporation, which together also acted as joint lead underwriters with BPI Capital Corporation and China Banking Corporation. A group of seven other investment banks acted as participating underwriters for the bond issue.