Our Investment Banking Group (IBG) offers debt and equity underwriting, arranging and syndicating large and long-term funding requirements, financial advisory, project finance, and structured financial solutions.
First Metro is a widely recognized leader in debt and equity underwriting, helping government institutions and the Philippines' top corporations and conglomerates with their debt capital market issuances and providing debt-financing solutions to pursue their capital and business expansion, refinancing, strategic acquisitions or buyouts, and complex project financing.
IBG also provides a wide range of advisory services covering mergers and acquisition, capital and corporate restructuring, asset valuation, rendering fairness opinions, and fundraising.
In capital and corporate restructuring, it offers strategic advice on maximizing financing options so First Metro clients can pursue their growth ambitions. Mid-tier corporations can seize business opportunities through capital restructuring and piggyback on the country's growth trajectory.
First Metro's mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory services cover advice on all aspects of acquisitions, disposals, private equity transactions, and finance raising, including deal execution and origination, the preparation of business plans and financial projections, as well as structuring, negotiating, and executing M&A, join venture, and strategic divestiture transactions.
The company also dispenses advice on fundraising, debt and equity, whether through a public or private offering, and selecting the activity's optimal structure.
In asset valuation, it considers the financial reporting and tax consequences of transactions and other major corporate initiatives, including giving advice to effectively address valuation issues.
Being a Philippine Stock Exchange-accredited financial advisor, First Metro also renders fairness opinions that are used by publicly listed companies for listing by way of introduction, debt to equity conversions, share-for-share/asset swaps, and tender offers.
Under the IBG is First Metro's International Desk, created in 2017 to help First Metro achieve its regional aspirations by expanding its market coverage in foreign territories, especially in Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea where Metrobank has a strong branch presence. Through the International Desk, First Metro will be able to serve the financing and financial advisory needs of Philippine companies expanding abroad, as well as of foreign firms exploring mergers and acquisitions, expansions, or partnership opportunities in the Philippines.