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Philippines Newsletter - February 2022

Market summary

  • Agriculture led the wave in Philippine deal markets with a partnership between the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and, Baladna Qatar Public Shareholding Co. (QPSC) to establish a USD500m integrated dairy facility in the Philippines.

  • Energy & utilities had a strong showing in the PH with an AC Energy Corp. (ACEN) unit acquiring a 49% interest in Solar NT, a Vietnamese solar energy platform.

  • The robust IPO activity in the Philippines also continues with the announcement of 2 IPOs namely, Raslag Corporation, a solar power plant firm, and Balai Ni Fruitas, Inc., a subsidiary of listed Fruitas Holdings and that operates a chain of bakeries and juice shops.

  • PayMongo, a PH based fintech firm was also able to raise USD31min Series B funding, through a round which included Justin Mateen’s JAM Fund, ICCP-SBI Venture Partners, Lisa Gokongwei’s Kaya Founders, Global Founders Capital, and SOMA Capital.

Aggregate Deal Value: USD1.1bn


This month’s top deals


ACEN sells power barge to SPC for P39 million

AC Energy Corp. (ACEN) on Wednesday said it had executed a deed of absolute sale and assignment to sell its 32-megawatt (MW) power barge 102 (PB 102) to SPC Power Corp. for P39.2 million. In a disclosure to the exchange, ACEN said the sale was finalized on Feb. 22 and that the proceeds from the deal will be used to fund the firm’s renewable energy projects.

SPNEC board clears asset acquisition from parent firm, affiliates

SPC acquires 51% stake of German firm in STEAG

Another solar power firm plans IPO

ACEN to buy 49% stake in Vietnam solar energy platform

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Telecommunication & Media

PLDT Enterprise partners with MultiSys for BEYOND FIBER e-commerce platform bundle

PLDT Enterprise and leading software solutions company Multisys Technologies Corp. have tied up to introduce Multistore, a turnkey e-commerce solution suited for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) looking for a comprehensive e-commerce platform to further build their brand and increase sales through digital.

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Real Estate

DoubleDragon plans offering of $75-M bonds in SGX

DOUBLEDRAGON Corp. said its wholly owned offshore unit DDPC Worldwide Pte. Ltd. is planning to conduct a Registration S tap offering of its bonds listed at the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd. (SGX-ST).

Century Properties Group sets rate for 5-year bond

AyalaLand unit buys industrial park in Batangas

SEC approves CPG P6-B bond offering

8990 Holdings files for P27-billion follow-on offering

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Industrials & Manufacturing


Local agencies partner with Qatar firm for $500-M dairy facility

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are partnering with Baladna Qatar Public Shareholding Co. (QPSC) to establish a $500-million integrated dairy facility in the Philippines.

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Retail & F&B

Balai Ni Fruitas files for P309-million IPO

Balai Ni Fruitas, Inc., which operates a chain of bakeries and juice shops, is planning a P309.38-million initial public offering (IPO) next month to fund its expansion plans and for potential acquisitions. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the subsidiary of Fruitas Holdings, Inc. filed its registration statement on Feb. 17.

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Financial Services

Philippines payment gateway PayMongo gets $31M Series B, will explore regional expansion

Philippines-based fintech PayMongo, which enables merchants to accept digital payments, announced today it has raised $31 million in Series B funding with an eye on regional expansion. Investors include Justin Mateen’s JAM Fund, ICCP-SBI Venture Partners and Lisa Gokongwei’s Kaya Founders, along with returning investors Global Founders Capital and SOMA Capital. The startup says the round also included founders from European fintechs like Qonto, Viva Wallet, Billie and Scalable.

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Society Pass (SoPa) Completes Acquisition of Expanding Southeast Asia Footprint

Society Pass Incorporated (Nasdaq: SOPA) (“SoPa” or the “Company”), a leading Southeast Asian data-driven loyalty platform, today announced that it has acquired, a leading online grocery delivery service in Philippines. As a result of the acquisition, becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of SoPa. The move kicks-off SoPa’s expansion into the Philippines market. Leveraging on SoPa’s capital, will focus on dramatically increasing on-demand grocery shopping services to more consumers and more retailers initially to Metro Manila and then to all of Philippines, while empowering grocery stores and restaurants to transform business models and further tap into online markets.

ICCP SBI Venture Partners secures $4.2-M capital for AI firm

Singaporean SpaceDC eyes $700-M investment for PH data center

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SM Investments lists P15 billion fixed–rate bonds

SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) listed its P15-billion fixed-rate bonds at the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. (PDEx) yesterday, its biggest issue since 2016, following a hugely successful offering. Investors snapped up the bonds after the offering closed last Feb. 11, a strong testament to investor confidence on SM’s credit standing, the company said.

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Note: Deal values only include disclosed completed deals with amounts restricted to local scene i.e. amounts related to the Philippine entity and/or business. Rumored, announced, or planned deals not included. Cross-posted deals are also adjusted to avoid double count.

*USD 1.00 = PHP52.23 as of 03/08/2021


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