Phoenix secures P4 billion refinancing

Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) – December 29, 2020 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. is closing the year with a successful P4 billion refinancing.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, Phoenix Petroleum said it implemented major steps in strengthening its balance sheet this month through a comprehensive financial management program amidst the challenges of the pandemic.

The company settled P3-billion short term commercial papers (STCP) on Dec. 5 and redeemed the P1.25 billion preferred shares on Dec. 18.

“It has been a turbulent year, but we have been making headways in our engagements with creditors and are ending the year with renewed strength and positivity. We are making significant progress in ensuring the company’s long-term viability as a business to come out a healthier and stronger enterprise after this pandemic,” said Phoenix Petroleum president Henry Albert Fadullon.

The STCP Series C was refinanced by a long term loan, enhancing the company’s liquidity profile and relieving pressure on immediate cash resources.

Meanwhile, the redemption of the PNX3A preferred shares is expected to generate the company savings on cost of capital.

“Apart from preserving our resources through savings in capital and operational expenses, we are grateful for the continued support and confidence of creditors. These are the initial steps and we assure our financial partners of our resolve to deliver on our commitments. Announcements will be made in due course,” Fadullon said.

The company’s financial management program is supported by a capital light expansion strategy that focuses on strategic partnerships and an integrated franchising model across its fuel and LPG products, convenience stores, and payments.

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