MANILA Aug 26 Ayala Corp, a major
Philippine conglomerate, said it plans to raise 15 billion pesos
($342 million) by issuing preferred shares for future
investments in power and infrastructure projects.
The fund-raising follows a similar 10 billion peso issuance
in November last year.
Ayala, which also has businesses in banking,
telecommunications and electronics, said the preferred shares
will be issued at 500 pesos each - the same price as its
Ayala preferred shares were trading around 503.5 pesos on
Tuesday, up 0.1 percent. Its common shares were trading at 717.5
pesos, down 1 percent.
The new share issue is likely to take place towards the end
of the year, Ayala Corp managing director Delfin Gonzales said
in a text message.
It will have a fixed quarterly dividend rate determined by
the five- or seven-year benchmark rates plus spread. They will
be non-convertible to common shares and have no voting and
BPI Capital Corp is the issue manager.
(1 US dollar = 43.8150 Philippine peso)
(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)