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ALI offers 10-year bonds at 5.92% p.a.

/ 02:59 PM April 18, 2018

ALI prexy Bernard Vincent Dy and CFO Augusto Bengzon brief the media after ALI’s annual stockholders meeting on April 18, 2018

Property giant Ayala Land Inc. has priced an innovative P10-billion 10-year bond offering to yield 5.92 percent per annum for the first five years.

Proceeds will partly cover ALI’s record capital spending of P111 billion this year.

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In a press briefing after the company’s stockholders meeting on Wednesday, ALI chief finance officer Augusto Bengzon said the latest bond offer – which was priced at a tight spread of 75 basis points over the five-year local interest rate benchmark – would close this Friday.

At 5.92 percent coupon rate, Bengzon said this was a “very tight” pricing.

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“It’s quite innovative. This is a 10-year bond but with re-pricing feature after five years. So we were able to price and get a lower coupon rate by virtue of the fact (that) it’s priced off the five-year benchmark,” Bengzon said.

At present, Bengzon said the 10-year interest rate benchmark was quite volatile and would have cost ALI 100 basis points more if these bonds had been priced off this longer-tenor benchmark instead of the five-year benchmark.

“So the advantage to ALI is we were able to lock in at lower coupon rate,” Bengzon said.

“The structure is also something that investors were looking for, given the view that interest rates are rising. They also appreciated the fact that they will have the opportunity to get on the rising yield curve in five years and re-price,” Bengzon said.

At the end of the fifth year, the bonds will be re-priced based on a similar spread of 75 basis points over the five-year benchmark at that time or the existing coupon rate, whichever is higher.

ALI will also have the option to call on or redeem the bonds after the fifth year.

“It’s also notable that we saw the emergence of qualified institutional buyers. We haven’t seen SSS (Social Security System) and GSIS (Government Service Insurance System) in the market in the last two years. This year, they came in and accounted for P1.6 billion of total issue size that was quite notable,” Bengzon said.

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The offering is oversubscribed by 1.5 times the base offer.

With P10 billion expected to be raised from this bond offering, ALI is still left with P8 billion worth of bonds in its shelf registration. This is expected to be consumed in the next two years.

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