Bank of Commerce gets BSP nod for P10-B LTNCD issue
The central bank has given the green light for the banking unit of the country’s largest conglomerate to raise as much as P10 billion in funds through the issuance of debt instruments.
In a statement, Bank of Commerce—an affiliate of San Miguel Corp.—aid it would issue in multiple tranches long-term negotiable certificates of time deposit (LTNCD) next year “to diversify funding sources and support its expansion plans.”
“The first tranche is set on the first quarter of next year,” the bank said.
In a recent meeting, the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas granted the request of Bank of Commerce for authority to issue the debt instrument in several tranches over a one-year period.Standard Chartered Bank and Philippine Commercial Capital Inc. are the transaction’s joint lead arrangers while Standard Chartered Bank, along with Bank of Commerce, will be the selling agents.
These instruments are bank deposit products denominated in pesos with a minimum maturity of five years. Individual investors who hold on to these debt securities for at least five years will enjoy tax-free interest earnings. Similar to a time deposit, long-term negotiable certificates of time deposit offer higher interest rates. INQ
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