Then & Now

First Metro Securities takes Philippine companies to the DBS Vickers Pulse of Asia Conference in Singapore, first of a series of international roadshows with DBS Vickers as its partner.


2013 2

First Metro brings to the Philippines world renowned economist  Nouriel Roubini through the Philippine Investment Summit  2013 dubbed  The Philippine Economic Upgrade:  A Bright Spot  in Asia.

First Metro celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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First Metro forms strategic alliance with Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings, Inc.

First Metro lists First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange-Traded Fund on the PSE.

First Metro completes GT Capital Holdings, Inc.?s Initial Public Offering, the second largest IPO in Philippine history.

2012 2

First Metro Securities and DBS Vickers Securities (Singapore) Pte., Ltd. sign an agreement for research collaboration.

2012 3

First Metro hosts an investment conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the first by a Philippine investment bank.

2011 1

First Metro partners with Global Business Power Corporation to develop renewable energy.

2011 2  

First Metro Securities launches its online trading facility in Cebu and FirstMetroSec 2.0 and iPad App in Metro Manila.

2011 3  

As part of the company?s initiative to broaden the market base and make its products accessible to more investors, First Metro Investors Center, a one-stop investment hub for big and small investors that provides access to investment products, is inaugurated in Binondo and in Cebu.



First Metro acquires Trust license from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, enabling the company to offer trust and other fiduciary services.

2011 5

First Metro organizes the Philippine Investment Summit for Global Fund Managers to help increase interest in the Philippine capital markets and aggressively position the country as a strategic investment hub in the region.


First Metro issues and lists its own P5 billion fixed rate corporate bonds, the first investment house bond issue to be listed on the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corporation.


First Metro launches the very first stock trading tournament, Stock X Challenge, an intercollegiate stock trading competition conceived to support its advocacy on investment literacy and its mission to develop the Philippine capital markets. 


First Metro is the issue manager for the Multi-currency Retail Treasury Bonds, the very first onshore public offering of the Philippine government of debt securities denominated in currencies other than the Philippine peso.


First Metro is the joint deal manager and joint deal arranger for the Republic of the Philippines (Bureau of the Treasury) P200.0 billion Domestic Debt Consolidation Program, the first debt consolidation initiative consisting of three transactions: exchange offer, tender offer and subscription offer. 


First Metro ranks among the Top 11 Philippines? Best Companies and among the Best ASEAN 100 Companies based on Relative Wealth Added Index by New York-based management consulting firm Stern Stewart & Co. 

FMIC 2008

First Metro initiates Bigay Liwanag, a community outreach project, which donates prescription glasses to public elementary students with impaired vision. 


First Metro is the financial advisor, issue manager and underwriter for the iRemit Initial           Public Offering.

First Metro is the joint issue manager and joint issue coordinator for the Retail Treasury Bonds Tranche 9 of the Bureau of the Treasury.

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First Metro partners with the University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P) to form the FMIC-UA&P Capital Markets Research Center. 

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First Metro and UA&P publish the first issue of The Market Call, a monthly capital markets research report.


First Metro joins the PSE technical group on Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), marking the start of campaigns for the legislation and establishment of such in the country.

2006 MBT

First Metro is the sole domestic underwriter for the successful P6.6 billion equity offering which marks the listing of new common shares of Metrobank.

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First Metro establishes First Metro Asset Management, Inc. (FAMI) signaling entry into the mutual funds business.


First Metro becomes a licensed Government Securities Eligible Dealer (GSED) of the Bureau of the Treasury for the domestic market and receives a plaque of excellence from the same entity as one among top-selling agents of the Retail Treasury Bonds offering. 



First Metro acquires stakes in ORIX Metro Leasing & Finance Corp. and First Metro International Investments Co., Inc. (FMIC Hong Kong).





First Metro starts to diversify into other businesses such as:


    • Power (Global Business Power)

    • Hospitality (Cathay International Resources)

    • Insurance (PhilCharter)

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First Metro holds Second Annual Appreciation Cocktails for the Insurance Commission.


First Metro acquires PBC Capital, the investment banking unit of the Philippine Banking Corporation (Philbank).

metro bank

Metrobank buys majority stake in Solidbank and subsequently decides to merge it with First Metro. The former Solidbank, incorporated on June 25, 1963, becomes the surviving entity and is renamed First Metro Investment Corporation.


 First Metro becomes the first publicly listed investment house in the Philippines.


First Metro moves the corporate headquarters to GT Tower International in Makati while maintaining its strategic presence in Binondo.


First Metro crafts its Mission Vision Values Statement.


First Metro acquires First Metro Securities Brokerage Corporation. 


First Metro acquires 28% stake in Philippine AXA Life Insurance.



Metrobank renames the company First Metro Investment Corporation and adds                     quasi-banking functions.

1973 SEC seal

On August 30, First Invest Development Corporation is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The corporate headquarters is located at the Metropolitan Bank Bldg. on Ayala Avenue.