Ayala Corporation (AC) announced that it’s going to merge its water, energy, transport, and logistics business segments in order to enhance its infrastructure and power portfolios in the Philippines. According to the company, AC Energy, Inc. and Manila Water Co., Inc., and AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., (AC Infra) will soon be consolidated. The consolidated units will be put under AC Energy, which will then be named as AC Energy and Infrastructure Corporation (ACEIC). Here are the other details of the news.
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AC believes that consolidating some of its infrastructure units will help them create a great platform with a more solid balance sheet. It will also permit the group to engage in many different opportunities in the infrastructure industry. The company thinks that its contribution will become more significant given the consolidation. AC plans to sell and transfer its shares to ACEIC, including its shares in MWC and Philwater Holdings Co., Inc. The newly consolidated firm will also buy shares from AC Infra. This is a strategic move to appeal to more investors and eventually retain them for a longer period of time.
Some analysts say that consolidating the business is a great move for the company. Combining its business units into one strong platform will help the company benefit from synergies and make them an intimidating player in the infrastructure sector. Since the company has a bigger capacity to offer now, it can definitely perform better in the industry. The consolidated firm can also offer more services, which means that the company can be more flexible in terms of executing and planning a project. The process will be easier and more favorable to its clients if there will be a bigger unit to accommodate the projects.
During the virtual stockholders’ meeting of AC, it renamed its business unit AC Energy Philippines, Inc. (ACEPH) as AC Energy Corporation. A majority of the stockholders approved the new name and authorized to raise the capital stock from P24.4 billion to P48.8 billion. The group changed the name of the unit to reflect its acquisition of the international renewables business of the parent company of AC Energy. Its BOD thinks that renaming the unit is the right thing to do to emphasize that its business operation is not only within the Philippines but in other Asia-Pacific countries as well.