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ICTSI’s issuance of the US$200-million perpetual corporate hybrid bond in April 2011 won as the Philippine Capital Markets Deal of the Year from IFR Asia, Philippine Deal of the Year from Alpha Southeast Asia, and Best Deal of the Year from The Asset. Photo shows Rafael Consing (center), ICTSI vice president and treasurer, receiving the award from The Asset during awarding ceremonies held in Hong Kong. Also in photo are: Sanjiv Vohra (left), Citi Country Officer for the Philippines, and Sean McNelis, HSBC Asia Pacific Head of Financing Solutions Group, Global Banking and Markets.

International Container Terminal Services, Inc’s (ICTSI) issuance of a US$200-million perpetual corporate hybrid bond in April 2011 won the Philippine Capital Markets Deal of the Year from IFR Asia in 2011 and Best Deal of the Year from The Asset.

The hybrid drew strong response from international investors with an order book totaling over $800 million. It was also able to return to the market in January 2012 to increase the size by another $150 million.

The perpetual corporate hybrid bond is a relatively new capital markets product in Asia. Corporate hybrids are essentially bonds that have equity accounting treatment, including features such as no maturity and optional dividend payments. Through corporate hybrids, companies are able to raise non-dilutive equity, which can be replaced with equity at a later stage as required.

ICTSI, a publicly listed company in the Philippines, won recognition for incorporating investor-friendly features that made its perpetual securities one of the few bonds to perform in the secondary market in 2011.

IFR Asia noted “the popularity of ICTSI’s offering underlined the appeal of a product that a Philippine issuer had never used previously and a structure that was entirely new to Asia.”

The Asset added the deal featured “structures that were not seen in other perpetual deals launched in the market.”

Alpha Southeast Asia, an institutional investment magazine for institutional investors, asset and fund management companies, hailed the transaction as the Philippine Deal of the Year.

Rafael Consing, ICTSI vice president and treasurer, who received the award in Hong Kong, said: “Our perpetual hybrid transaction constitutes a key component of our capital management strategy. The strong investor response to both our first and second transactions is indicative of the positive reaction to both our Company’s credit quality as well as the attractive structure we put before investors. We are also delighted that we have received three independent acknowledgments for our transaction from two of Asia’s top banking and finance publications.”

HSBC was the sole structuring advisor and joint bookrunner along with Citi for both the initial $200 million deal in April 2011 and the subsequent $150 million increase in January 2012.

The original ICTSI transaction was priced at 8.375% on 28 April 2011. Of the 90 accounts in the order book, 73% were Asian investors and rest European. Private banks accounted for 54% of the investors, with fund managers (34%) and banks (12%) making up the remainder.

Sean McNelis, HSBC Asia Pacific head of Financing Solutions Group, Global Banking and Markets, said: “The success of the ICTSI hybrid demonstrates the importance of achieving a balance between issuer and investor objectives in designing the structure of these perpetual instruments. We are delighted to have been instrumental in advising ICTSI on this landmark deal.”

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