Our Investment Banking Group helps businesses through debt and equity underwriting, arranging, and syndicating large, long-term funding requirements, financial advisory, project finance, and structured financial solutions. Over the years, our client base has grown to include government institutions and the Philippines' top corporations and conglomerates in vital industries such as power and utilities, telecommunications, property, media, and financial services.
First Metro's unrivaled track record in debt and equity underwriting rests on our key strengths: deal origination, structuring, and execution.
We are widely recognized as the leader in debt capital market issuances, providing debt-financing solutions to help achieve client objectives that range from expansion, refinancing, strategic acquisitions or buy-outs, to complex project financing. We have brought the most successful equity capital raising exercises to the market, including the GT Capital overnight placement (2015), Metrobank stock rights offer (2015), Century Pacific Food initial public offering (2014), Megawide Corporation top-up placement (2013), GT Capital IPO (2012), and Puregold IPO (2011). We have been honored with awards and distinctions for these transactions.
The Investment Banking Group also provides a wide range of advisory services covering mergers and acquisitions, capital and corporate restructuring, asset valuation, rendering fairness opinions, and fundraising.
In capital and corporate restructuring, we advise clients on enhancing shareholder value by improving financial health, analyzing the optimal capital structure and debt capability of the company; we explore, evaluate, and recommend financial and strategic alternatives; and we advise on the ultimate structuring of a potential sale or recapitalization.
Our mergers and acquisitions advisory services include: advice on all aspects of acquisitions, disposals, private equity transactions and finance raising, including among others deal execution, deal origination, and the preparation of business plans and financial projections; structuring, negotiating, and executing M&A, joint venture, and strategic divestiture transactions.
We provide advice on fundraising, debt and equity, whether through a public or private offering, including selecting the activity's optimal structure.
In asset valuation, we consider the financial reporting and tax consequences of transactions and other major corporate initiatives, including giving advice to effectively address valuation issues.
We can render fairness opinions, being a PSE-accredited financial advisor to issue fairness opinions for publicly listed companies, for listing by way of introduction, debt to equity conversions, share-for-share/asset swaps, and tender offers.