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Philippine grocery MerryMart to raise US$31 million in IPO

Philippines grocery operator MerryMart has filed to raise up to PHP1.6 billion (US$31 million) in its forthcoming IPO.

The firm is seeking the funds to finance its nationwide expansion program, according to DealStreetAsia. It expects to operate 1200 stores within the territory following its expansion drive, including potential franchises, in an attempt to reach its target revenue of PHP120 billion ($2.36 billion). It will also establish a network of warehouses and distribution centres.

The firm intends to sell 1.6 million shares – about 21 per cent of its total holdings – at PHP1 (2c) per share. PNB Capital and Investment will serve as lead underwriter, issue manager, and bookrunner for the offering.

“Our family initially had no plans to expand the retail business,” said company owner Edgar Sia, “but our recent experiences made us realise the need for us to be in the modern retail business, and we believe we will be in it while the transition from traditional retail to modern retail is still ongoing.”

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