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SPH prices S$150m perpetual notes at 4.5%; notes sold at par

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Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has priced its S$150 million of subordinated perpetual notes at a distribution rate of 4.5 per cent to yield 261.2 basis points (bps) over the five-year swap offer rate.

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) has priced its S$150 million of subordinated perpetual notes at a distribution rate of 4.5 per cent to yield 261.2 basis points (bps) over the five-year swap offer rate.

The securities were sold at par. There was a private-bank concession of 25 Singapore cents for every S$100 of securities, or 25 basis points.

The perpetuals may be called by the issuer after five years. If they are not redeemed at that time, the distribution rate will step up by 100 bps, and be reset every five years thereafter.

The total orderbook stood in excess of S$800 million.

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SPH - which publishes The Business Times - will use the net proceeds for general working capital, capital expenditure and corporate requirements (including acquisitions and investments), and/or refinancing existing borrowings of the issuer and its subsidiaries.

Fund managers and hedge funds made up 78 per cent of orders, private banks took up 18 per cent, and the remaining 4 per cent were taken by others.

By region, 98 per cent were from Singapore and 2 per cent from overseas.

Payment will be made semi-annually in arrear on 7 June and 7 December.

DBS Bank and OCBC Bank were the joint lead managers and bookrunners for the deal.

The offering is part of SPH's S$1 billion multicurrency debt issuance programme announced in early May, updated from a  S$1 billion multicurrency medium-term note programme originally announced in 2010.