April 24, 2018, 10:27 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07044 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01285 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03414 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3869 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02498 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03414 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03836 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59992 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03047 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00723 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.58228 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.025 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13157 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06531 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26103 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18432 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 383.96625 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03832 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02447 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.4346 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12071 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 52.91139 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.76908 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.72344 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3961 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.39145 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1164 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94764 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1869 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24445 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33832 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52167 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01562 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03879 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01369 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01368 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08493 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89893 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.6122 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1407 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.94879 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15041 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4519 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11558 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23341 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.85501 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 266.4557 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06754 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26972 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.70809 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 805.52361 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92079 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.37438 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01359 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06782 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91408 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.31497 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.83161 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.65286 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.26122 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.47315 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.25738 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.78405 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.8646 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99962 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.50441 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23188 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05847 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0119 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02539 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17621 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31433 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95589 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.29728 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.79977 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15492 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.75105 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64212 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29862 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.71883 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35542 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07476 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23032 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.88531 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59455 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15025 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02693 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02661 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00738 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06167 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06232 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21711 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06525 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 105.81128 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06981 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07297 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.17426 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.19889 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07192 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14921 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25758 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34621 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1621 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01369 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42589 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.33679 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.79785 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 382.92676 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16782 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.87687 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2317 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60153 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04709 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04287 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07793 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12937 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56552 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.65171 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50153 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.73264 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54066 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 154.48792 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1138.30075 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 436.67051 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02071 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04846 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.24242 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05178 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.24242 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85386 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.79287 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23169 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.53011 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.94093 Zimbabwe dollar

PH capital markets need to be more inclusive, innovative

The Philippine capital markets may have had significant developments over the years but remain relatively small compared to other emerging economies in Asia. 

In a span of five years, Philippine corporations have already raised over P1.7 trillion from around five to eight initial public offerings (IPOs) and 10 to 15 corporate bond deals a year. 

Retail investors have also stepped up especially for local equity and fixed income deals and now account for 50 percent to 70 percent of the volume, compared to previous years where institutions take up around 60 percent to 70 percent.

 Although the scenario has gotten better, the number of IPOs and bond issues in the country still pale in comparison to other emerging economies in the region. 

And while participation from retail investors has increased, most of the investors are coming from the more affluent retail, leaving a huge untapped market such as the OFWs and the unbanked sector. 

The challenge, according to BDO Capital and Investment Corp. president Eduardo V. Francisco, is to make the local capital markets more inclusive, enabling the ordinary man on the street to invest in stocks and bonds. 

Speaking before capital market participants during the recent Euromoney Philippine Investment Forum, Mr. Francisco emphasized there is more to increasing financial literacy in the country to achieve inclusivity and be able to make the local capital markets at par with that of developed countries. 

One of the solutions, he suggested, is not only to digitize but also to rid of too many touchpoints for IPO or bond subscriptions as these are roadblocks to encouraging many to invest in the capital markets. 

He added subscribing to equities and bonds in the country is too cumbersome due to the numerous documents, forms, and IDs required. 

“Our Monetary Board, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Philippine Stock Exchange are open to new ways to raise the number of investors and make it more available to the masses.

 We have seen them liberalize rules but we need to propose new products or solutions,” Mr. Francisco said. He added the Philippines should also look into new platforms and models from abroad which the country can adopt particularly innovative solutions that would minimize documentation.

“Foreign players with platforms abroad are welcome to bring it here.

Fintech solutions are also welcome and we can work with the regulators to get approvals,” he added. 

BDO Capital is a full service investment house wholly owned by BDO Unibank that provides securities underwriting and trading; loan syndication; financial advisory; and private placement of debt and equity, among others. 

BDO, the country’s biggest lender, continued to dominate the Philippine banking industry as it earned P20.4 billion in the first nine months of last year.

This is 5 percent higher compared to its earnings of P19.3 billion during the same period last year.

BDO is ranked as the largest bank in terms of total assets, loans, deposits and trust funds under management based on published statements of condition as of the first six months of this year.

The Henry Sy-led bank said the increase was due to “sustained growth in its core lending, deposit-taking and fee-based businesses.”

“With a strong capital base, solid business franchise and extensive geographic reach, the bank is well-positioned to take full advantage of the country’s growth opportunities and further strengthen its dominance in the industry,” BDO said in a statement.

The bank’s capital base stood at P294.7 billion during the first nine months, with Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) and Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) both remaining comfortably above the current regulatory minimum under the Basel III framework at 13.4 percent and 15.1 percent, respectively.

On a normalized basis, BDO said net income would have grown by 17 percent “after excluding extraordinary items primarily related to the consolidation of the Bank’s life insurance business (BDO Life) in 2016.”

Asset growth was funded by the 15 percent hike in total deposits to P2.1 trillion, powered by the 20 percent growth in Current Account/Savings account (CASA), representing 73 percent of total deposits.

The bank remained prudent and set aside P4 billion in provisions even as gross nonperforming loan (NPL) ratio and NPL cover remained steady at 1.3 percent and 136 percent, respectively.

BOO has one of the largest distribution networks, with more than 1,100 operating branches and over 3,800 ATMs nationwide. It also has a branch in Hong Kong as well as 26 overseas remittance and representative offices in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Last August, BDO issued $700 million in Fixed Rate Senior Notes under the bank’s Medium Term Note Program.

This was the second drawdown under the program following the $300 million issued in October last year.

The issuance was part of the bank’s liability management initiatives to tap longer-term funding sources to support BDO’s lending operations and general corporate purposes.
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