IFC hikes stake in Yuchengco-led bank

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09:31 PM January 4th, 2013

By: Doris Dumlao, January 4th, 2013 09:31 PM

Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. is getting a fresh capital infusion of at least $100 million from the International Finance Corp., the private sector arm of the World Bank Group.

This transaction will expand IFC’s interest in RCBC to 12.7 percent, said John Deveras, head of strategic initiatives at RCBC.

IFC made its entry into the bank in 2011 with an initial interest of 7.2 percent, which entitled the multilateral organization a board seat in RCBC.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday, RCBC said its board had approved the private placement from IFC. In addition, IFC was given the option to buy up to $15 million out of the $100 million worth of new common shares earmarked for CVC Capital, another strategic investor in RCBC.

CVC Capital, for its part, will not increase its stake in the bank, Deveras said.

RCBC has tapped Credit Suisse as financial adviser for the private placement transaction.

This transaction is in line with IFC’s plans to increase its stake in the Philippine financial sector and the need for RCBC to raise core or tier 1 capital to prepare for Basel 3 capital adequacy requirements presented a good opportunity.

At present, IFC has a minority stake in two other banks—tycoon Henry Sy’s Banco de Oro Unibank, the country’s largest bank, and the Tambuntings’ Planters Development Bank, which is a leading player in small and medium enterprise lending.

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