Philippines: Philab set for backdoor listing via $10.3m buyout deal with ALT

Health and science company Philab Industries Inc is on its way to backdoor listing through a buyout deal with listed holding company Alterra Capital Partners Inc (ALT).

ALT disclosed that its board of directors and stockholders have approved the company’s acquisition of up to 361,390 shares of stock of Philab Industries representing 100 per cent of its issued and outstanding capital stock pegged at $10.3 million (P500 million).

ALT’s acquisition would make Philab Industries to fold into a new holding company. In fact, ALT recently approved the plan to change its corporate name to Philab Holdings Corp.

“The change in corporate name is being made so the company can benefit from the brand or name recognition of ‘Philab'”, ALT said in its statement.

However, ALT informed the local bourse over the weekend that there was still no definitive agreement or share purchase agreement finalized by them and Philab Industries.

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Philab Industries is a pioneer in the Philippine health science sector with 60 years experience in the field. It has forayed into various areas like health test kits, construction of science and medical facilities, and into the education sector and soon, genomics.

A former IT company known as iRipple Inc, ALT became a holding firm in May 2015. iRipple was engaged in developing, managing and providing internet projects including trading in computer hardware and software.

ALT added its board directors also approved the increase of its capital stock from P20 million to P2 billion.

“The increase in the authorized capital stock is to allow the company to be poised to issue equity shares as a way of raising funds for future opportunities of growth,” the holding firm explained.

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Philab Industries owner Hector Thomas Navasero currently holds a 67 per cent stake in ALT.

Established in 1959, Philab Industries developed a track record of consistent profitability, being a pioneer designer and builder of the majority of the medical and science laboratories in the Philippines.

In the first quarter of 2016, Philab Industries has already been awarded an initial total of P3.19 billion in new contracts from the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Institutes of Health UP Manila (NIH) through to 2018.

DepEd has entrusted the company to supply math and science teaching kits for over 34,000 schools across the archipelago.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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