MANILA – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has considered favorably the initial public offering (IPO) of meat vendor and supplier North Star Meat Merchants Inc. worth up to PHP4.5 billion.
 
In its meeting on May 17, the SEC en banc resolved to render effective the registration statement of North Star Meat Merchants covering 1.8 billion common shares, subject to the company’s compliance with certain remaining requirements.
 
North Star Meat Merchants will offer to the public up to 360 million common shares priced at up to PHP10 per share. 
 
The offer will also include 32 million shares to be offered by selling shareholder Golden MJTF Holdings, Inc., plus an overallotment option of 58 million common shares, priced at up to PHP10 each.
 
The shares will be listed and traded on the Main Board of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).
 
Net proceeds from the offering of the primary shares are expected to amount to about PHP3.462 billion, which the company will use for capital expenditures to expand its cold chain infrastructure, to increase working capital, and expand product lines.
 
Assuming the overallotment option is fully exercised, Golden MJTF Holdings can net up to PHP864.45 million from the offering. 
 
North Star Meat Merchants will not receive the proceeds from the sale of the selling shareholder’s shares.
 
North Star Meat Merchants operates 360 meat concessions nationwide. It has 8.09 million kilograms of company-owned cold storage capacity across the country and can deliver up to 120,000 kilograms of meat daily.
 
The IPO will run from May 30 to June 3, with listing on the PSE scheduled for June 10, according to the latest timetable submitted to the SEC.
 
The meat vendor and supplier engaged BDO Capital and Investment Corporation as sole issue manager, which will be joined by China Bank Capital Corporation as joint lead underwriters and joint bookrunners. 
 
PNB Capital Investment Corporation and SB Capital Corporation will also serve as co-lead underwriters. (PR)