Philippine Depository Receipts
On September 29, 1999, the Company offered 132,000,000 PDRs relating to 132,000,000 ABS-CBN shares. Each PDR was issued for a total consideration of 46.00, which consists of a deposit of 45.90 and a PDR option price of 0.10.
Each PDR grants the holders, upon payment of the exercise price and subject to certain other conditions, the delivery of one ABS-CBN share or the sale of and delivery of the proceeds of such sale of one ABS-CBN share. The Company remains to be the registered owner of the ABS-CBN shares covered by the PDRs. The Company also retains the voting rights over the ABS-CBN shares.
The ABS-CBN shares are still subject to ownership restrictions on shares of corporations engaged in mass media and ABS-CBN may reject the transfer of shares to persons other than Philippine nationals. The PDRs were listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange on October 7, 1999, and it may be exercised at any time from said date. Any cash dividend or other cash distributions distributed in respect of ABS-CBN shares received by the Company (or the Security Agent on its behalf) shall be applied towards the operating expenses then due of the Company (including but not limited to applicable taxes, fees and maintenance costs charged by the Philippine Stock Exchange shown as “Operating Expenses” in the statements of income) for the current and preceding years. Any further amount equal to the Operating Expenses in the preceding year (the “Operating Fund”) shall be set aside to meet operating or other expenses for the succeeding years. Any amount in excess of the aggregate of the Operating Expenses paid and the Operating Fund for such period (referred to as “Interest”) shall be distributed to Holders pro-rata on the day after such cash dividends are received by the Company.
Upon exercise of the PDRs, an exercise price of 0.10 per share is paid by the PDR holders.
Immediately prior to the closing of the PDR offering described above, the Lopez, Inc., to which the Company is affiliated, transferred 132,000,000 ABS-CBN shares to the Company in relation to which the PDRs were issued. For as long as the PDRs are not exercised, these shares underlying the PDRs are, and will continue to be registered in the name of and owned by, and all rights pertaining to these shares, including voting rights, shall be exercised by the Company. The obligations of the Company to deliver the ABS-CBN shares on exercise of the right contained in the PDRs are secured by the Pledge of Shares in favor of the Security Agent acting on behalf of each holder of a PDR over the ABS-CBN shares.
At any time after the initial offering, a PDR Holder may, at his option and from time to time, deliver shares to the Company in exchange for an equal number of PDRs. The exchanges are based on prevailing traded values of ABS-CBN shares at the time of transaction with the corresponding PDR option price.
The PDRs unlocked the share value of ABS-CBN, allowing foreigners to participate in a media enterprise whose ownership is constitutionally limited to Filipinos. With foreigners allowed to buy PDRs, ABS-CBN shares which have long been undervalued, can now play catch-up with regional media counterparts.