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NGCP owner Synergy Grid to raise P28 billion in public offering

Aika Rey
NGCP owner Synergy Grid to raise P28 billion in public offering

PUBLIC OFFERING. The Luzon grid.

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Synergy Grid is aiming to offer 1.053 billion common shares, with an overallotment option of up to 101 million common shares, for up to P25 apiece

Synergy Grid & Development Phils., which indirectly owns a majority stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), is aiming to raise P28.86 billion from a follow-on offering.

According to its preliminary prospectus, Synergy Grid is aiming to offer 1.053 billion common shares at an offer price of P15 to P25 apiece, with an overallotment option of up to 101 million common shares.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said in a statement on Tuesday, August 17, that “net proceeds from the offer will be used to subscribe to non-voting preferred shares” to be issued by NGCP.

Synergy Grid became the holding company of NGCP when it acquired a 67% stake in both OneTaipan Holdings and Pacifica21 Holdings through a share swap deal in May.

Henry Sy Jr.’s OneTaipan holds a 30% stake in NGCP through Monte Oro Grid Resources Corporation, while Roberto Coyiuto Jr.’s Pacifica21 holds the other 30% through Calaca High Power Corporation.

Sy is the chairman of Synergy Grid, while Coyiuto is vice chairman.

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation will serve as sole domestic coordinator. Joint domestic underwriters and joint bookrunners are BDO Capital, BPI Capital Corporation, and PNB Capital and Investment Corporation.

BofA Securities, J.P. Morgan Securities, and UBS AG Singapore Branch will serve as the joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners for the offer. 

Recently, the Synergy Grid board approved to increase its authorized capital stock from 5.05 billion common shares to 5.3 billion common shares. The SEC has yet to approve the capital increase, according to the preliminary prospectus.

It said that upon approval, about 5.27 billion common shares would be the total and outstanding capital stock of the company.

Since May 31, the Philippine Stock Exchange has suspended the trading of Synergy Grid shares.

NGCP is required under its franchise, signed in 2008, to conduct a public offering within 10 years from the start of operations. The 10-year period lapsed in 2019.

The initial public offering of NGCP has long been delayed, with the Energy Regulatory Commission ordering that it be conducted by September 2021. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.