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Earn 5.6% p.a. in New Fixed Rate Bonds from PSBank

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Philippine Savings Bank, or PSBank, is hoping to raise at least P3 billion in Peso Fixed Rate Bonds from July 1 to 17, 2019. The two-year bond is priced at 5.6 percent per annum with interest payments made every quarter and full principal paid out at maturity in 2021. 

The PSBank Peso Fixed-Rate Bond requires a minimum investment of P500,000 and in multiples of P100,000 thereafter. The bond will be issued and listed on the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. on July 24, 2019. 

PSBank, the thrift banking arm of the Metrobank Group, was recently given an issuer rating of PRS Aaa (corp.) by the Philippine Rating Services Corporation (PhilRatings). PRS Aaa (corp.) is the highest corporate credit rating assigned on the PRS scale and signifies that a company “has a very strong capacity to meet financial commitments relative to that of Philippine corporates.”

“We have always been on the lookout for opportunities to diversify our funding sources,” PSBank President Jose Vicente L. Alde said. “Given market developments, we believe that this bond issuance is properly timed to provide potential institutional and individual investors with an alternative investment to lock-in their funds at a high yield and for a relatively shorter tenor. Proceeds from the fund-raising exercise will support PSBank’s initiatives in expanding its consumer business as the bank gears up to provide innovative banking solutions and services.”

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The bond issuance follows a successful offering last year of Long Term Negotiable Certificates of Deposit, Stocks Rights Offer, and Medium-Term Fixed-Rate Notes which generated P5 billion, P8 billion, and P3 billion in funds, respectively. 

Authorized selling agents for this new bond issuance are PSBank, Metrobank, and First Metro Investment Corporation. Standard Chartered is the sole arranger and likewise selling agent.

During the first quarter of 2019, PSBank reported double-digit growth of 10.3 percent year-on-year in net income to close the period with P680.7 million. Its predominantly consumer loan portfolio expanded to P159.3 billion, up 6.8 percent from the same period last year. 

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