San Miguel sells part of Meralco to Pure Foods

by Coco Alcuaz, ANC

Posted at Aug 12 2011 04:46 PM | Updated as of Aug 13 2011 03:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Corp. said Friday it is selling part of its stake in Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) to its San Miguel Pure Foods subsidiary and it is taking its power business public within the year.

San Miguel said it is selling 59 million Meralco shares to Pure Foods, about 5% of the utility.

It had acquired 27% of Meralco from the state pension fund Government Service Insurance System in 2008.

That helped set the stage for a battle for control of the utility. While it said it eventually raised its stake to 33 percent, the battle was won by Manuel Pangilinan's Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. and Metro Pacific group.

On the initial public offering of its power business, San Miguel said its board has approved a reorganization and an increase in the authorized capital of SMC Global Power.

San Miguel has acquired four power assets from the government, making it one of the country's top three power producers alongside Aboitiz Power and First Gen Corp., a sister company of ABS-CBN Corp.

San Miguel power assets Capacity (MW)
Ilijan contract 1200
Sual contract 1000
Limay plant 620
San Roque contract 345


(Corrects earlier version which said San Miguel bought 3 state power assets.)