Riding the Winds of Change
2016 Annual Report
When the winds of change blow, some build walls while others build windmills, as one Chinese proverb says.
With a solid track record built over half a century of ebb and flow, First Metro Investment Corporation has already mastered the seas of change.
2016 was the year our company demonstrated its fundamental ability to execute. In a year characterized by heavy macroeconomic and political headwinds locally and globally, First Metro delivered strong underlying growth, underscoring the strength of our franchise, the unusual flexibility provided by our broad and well-balanced business strategy, and our proven ability to navigate challenging waters.
A concrete testament to our performance as a prime mover in the domestic capital markets, First Metro was named the Philippines’ “Best Investment Bank” by international publication Global Finance.
Banking on our long and stellar history as the leading investment bank in the Philippines, we are now setting our sights on making a name in a bigger arena: Asia. Our regional ambition has remained steadfast and unshakeable, even as the winds change their course.
We believe that every raging storm is followed by calmer sea, and whenever this happens, First Metro will always be in a position of strength to quickly ride on the winds of change.
Making a name for ourselves in the region
2015 Annual Report
Through most of our fifty-plus years in the business, First Metro wanted to be the best. Then we were. Less than a decade ago, we saw that we had achieved our goals, become the dominant leader in investment banking, risen to the top in our field. We realized it was time to raise the bar, to look farther. And so we turned our gaze to the region. Now we want to be a name that matters in Asia. It’s the right time to think bigger, too. Globalization is upon us, and so is ASEAN integration. Regional trade arrangements, not to mention the struggles of many economies around the globe, have helped bring this part of the world to its attention. The opportunity is there for the taking. We will make our mark here. We will make a name for ourselves in the region.
Making Your Growth Our Business
2014 Annual Report
Like the strong, healthy base that allows a tree to blossom and bear fruit, First Metro Investment Corporation catalyzes growth across the economy. The investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group, First Metro is now the prime mover of the capital markets with more than half a century of success behind us. We recognize, though, that our remarkable performance is intertwined with the success of our partners.
The burgeoning of our many private partners across important industries — finance, technology, manufacturing, transport, consumer, power, and many others — as well as of the government itself tells us that we have done well. We helped them unlock their value by tapping the capital markets. Just as the ripe fruit of a tree denotes a strong, sturdy foundation, our success can be known by how well our partners thrive.
We look forward to deepening these relationships and forging new ones. We shall continue nurturing the capital markets so as to bring them to an even greater flourishing.
50 Years of Putting You First
2013 Annual Report
First Metro Investment Corporation celebrates its fiftieth year of existence, and what a half century it has been. After years of fostering the development of the country's capital markets as the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group, we now find ourselves atop the industry. Unequaled in asset size, engaged year after year in the lion's share of all transactions in the capital markets and producing astounding income results — First Metro could not have come so far without its most important partner: You.
Philippines Growth, First Metro Story
2012 Annual Report
The Philippine story is a story of transformation. Once known as the "sick man of Asia," the country has emerged as the "best economic success story" in a world that is increasingly dominated by uncertainty and pessimism. In the past, the economy has often exhibited its resilience, bucking global headwinds and sidestepping economic tailspins. Now the world is taking notice, not because it has dodged another doom, but because positive, meaningful change is happening and inviting everyone to ride in the crest of growth.
The story of First Metro Investment Corporation encapsulates the Philippines' success story. For half a century now, the country's leading investment bank has not only been a witness to the ups and downs of the Philippine capital markets, it has also played an active role in the nation's march towards economic progress, both as a prime mover of capital and a driver of inclusive growth. The Philippines' success is First Metro's success.
Delivering Results in Every Direction
2011 Annual Report
As the leading investment bank in the country, First Metro Investment Corporation is focused on delivering results that meet our clients' objectives while fulfilling our role as a prime mover in the development of the Philippine capital markets.
Whether it's issuing corporate and government bonds, syndicating long-term debt capital, uncovering investment opportunities or extending loans for buyouts, we are prepared to solve the greatest of challenges and meet the most pressing of needs.
Every need is different, as is every organization and its challenges. We at First Metro Investment understand this. Our proven approach to solving challenges and delivering results in every direction has helped our clients respond to sudden market shifts and global challenges. And every direction has also led us to the path of success and recognition — locally and internationally.
Creating Opportunities, Executing Possibilities
2010 Annual Report
First Metro Investment Corporation, the prime mover in the development of capital markets, is committed to create opportunities and execute every possibility.
We are steadfast in our vision of becoming the leading financial institution in the country with higher aspiration to become a serious player in the regional markets. We make things happen and we will continue to do the same; turning around seemingly impossible transactions into promising and successful deals; tapping untouched resources; and forging strategic partnerships.
We will take advantage of limitless business opportunities, keep our dynamism and surpass our own achievements.charge and take the lead in providing innovative financial solutions. We do not wait for a window of chance; rather we open that door of opportunity to serve our clients, our stakeholders, our partners and our community as a whole. We are always prepared and responsive to the challenges of the times.
2009 Annual Report
In 2008, the sky fell, global markets collapsed, and a financial tsunami wiped out age-old institutions. The Philippine economy held its own and demonstrated its resilience in 2009.
However and whichever way the markets move, investors can turn to First Metro Investment Corporation as their guiding light. The wholly owned investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group has proven rocksteady in its role in developing the country's capital markets. It now ranks among the best private companies in the ASEAN region.
In its 2009 annual report, First Metro tells its story as a prime mover. The image of a flight announcement board was used to provide a snapshot of the outstanding deals First Metro managed in 2009 for firms that came "on board" by entrusting their funding needs with the leading Philippine investment bank.