Metro Retail to tap P1.05-B loan facility


GAISANO-LED mall developer Metro Retail Stores Group Inc. (MRSGI) will be tapping a P1.05-billion loan facility for future projects.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday, Metro Retail said its board of directors had allowed the company to use the facility, provided by Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank).

“In the same resolution, the board approved the authorized signatories to transact with the UnionBank on behalf of the corporation for the availment of the said credit accommodation and facility,” the disclosure read.

“It is in addition to our existing untouched loan facilities that we can tap,” Metro Retail Chief Finance Officer Aljim Jamandre told The Manila Times.

The firm still has P9 billion worth of credit facilities from banks, which Metro Retail can tap in case of funding needs after pricing its initial public offering (IPO) at a steep discount from the original guidance.

The 35 percent discount still yielded Metro Retail P3.62 billion from its IPO. The plan before the discount was to raise P6.17 billion.

Joseph Conrad Balatbat, MRSGI vice president for business development, said the company “has more than adequate untapped credit facilities in addition to our IPO proceeds that can fund our current and immediate expansion plan.”

The company is looking to build 60 to 70 stores mostly in the Visayas over the next five years to bring its store count to more than 100 by 2020 from 46 stores at present. The five year plan entails a budget of P10 billion to P15 billion.


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