Philippines

The number of initial public offerings at the Philippine Stock Exchange will probably rise to a record this year, with a value of at least 150 billion pesos ($2.7 billion), bourse President Ramon Monzon said in a virtual briefing, Reuters reported. The guidance is based on existing IPOs in the pipeline and share sales that have already take place, including eight in the first half of the year that raised a total of 76.17 billion pesos, according to Monson.
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The Philippines will likely follow its interest-rate increase last month with at least two more hikes to curb inflation, according to the central bank’s incoming governor, Bloomberg News reported. “It’s almost a sure thing to everyone that we will raise in June,” Felipe Medalla, a board member of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas who is set to take over from Benjamin Diokno as governor on July 1, said in an interview Tuesday. There is a “90% chance there’s another one in August.
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After overcoming financial challenges last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) expressed optimism on Tuesday that it would emerge stronger in 2022 as it unveiled plans for network expansion, digital innovation, and a more cargo-driven strategy, gmanetwork.com reported. “We look forward to a comeback year for Philippine Airlines and for our country,” said PAL chairman and CEO Lucio Tan. PAL is celebrating its 81st anniversary this year. “Our 81st birthday marks a day of rebirth for PAL.

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The Philippines’ credit rating is unlikely to be downgraded because the country’s debt, which has risen to 12 trillion pesos ($232 billion), remains manageable, central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno said, Bloomberg News reported. The Southeast Asian nation’s level of debt is sustainable, with economic growth expected to outpace an increase in borrowings, Diokno said in a statement Sunday. The debt-to-GDP ratio of 61% is also manageable, compared with other countries, he said.
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Philippine Airlines (PAL) successfully restructured crippling debts and exited a US Chapter 11 bankruptcy process in just four months with a steady management team at the helm and the full financial backing of owner, billionaire Lucio Tan, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. The flag carrier was also aided by a small army of international legal and financial consultants, who earned fees of almost $3 million (P150 million) advising the carrier during the creditor protection plea, a recent court filing showed.
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The Philippine government has mandated banks to sell a planned dollar bond, as it weighs raising as much as $7 billion via foreign commercial notes this year, Bloomberg News reported. The banks include Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Mizuho Bank, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS, and Bank of China, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. The timing of any debt sale also depends on global events such as the U.S.-Russia standoff over Ukraine, the person said. The prospect of higher U.S.
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Candidates seeking to succeed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said they will continue to push for better infrastructure, pitching to prioritize areas outside the capital and for companies to build more while government debt remains high, Bloomberg News reported. At the first presidential forum on Friday, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Senator Panfilo Lacson said they will boost public-private partnerships, which Duterte earlier criticized but eventually adopted. The Southeast Asian nation is banking on infrastructure spending to help boost pandemic recovery.
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The Philippine government’s outstanding debt reached 11.7 trillion pesos ($229 billion) at end-December, up by a fifth from a year ago, according to the Bureau of the Treasury, Bloomberg News reported. The debt-to-GDP ratio widened to 60.5% in 2021 from 54.6% in the year previous.
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PAL Pilot Takes Seat as New President/COO

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has named a new captain to pilot the company in its recovery path. PAL announced yesterday the appointment of its senior vice president for airline operations Stanley Ng as the company’s new president and chief operating officer (COO), in an acting or officer-in-charge capacity, the Philippine Star reported. Ng replaces Gilbert Santa Maria, who served as the airline’s president and COO during PAL’s Chapter 11 restructuring process which the company completed last year. PAL did not disclose the reason why Santa Maria was replaced.
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The Philippines’ central bank is unlikely to increase policy rates in the first half of this year as it waits for the economic recovery to become entrenched and unemployment to fall, according to central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno, Bloomberg News reported. “After the performance in the first two quarters of the year, that’s when we seriously look at whether we will make some adjustments,” Diokno said in an interview Tuesday. “We want to make sure that the economy is recovering well.” Like central bankers globally, Southeast Asian policy makers are juggling the prospects of a faster U.S.
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