Petron hits 11-month low after shareholder sells at discount

Posted at 08/19/14 11:31 AM

MANILA - Shares of Petron Corp, the Philippines' largest oil refiner, tumbled to their lowest in more than 11 months on Tuesday after it said its employee retirement fund had sold $100 million worth of shares at a discount.

Petron, a unit of conglomerate San Miguel Corp, said in a filing that the Petron Corporation Employees' Retirement Plan has agreed to sell a block of 380 million shares equivalent to a 4 percent stake, at P11.50 apiece. That represents a 9.5 percent discount to the stock's closing price on Monday.

Shares of Petron fell as much as 8.7 percent in early trade, while the broader market was up 0.4 percent.

It is the second time this year that the retirement fund has sold shares at a discounted price of P11.50 per share.

Petron said it had tapped UBS AG to act as placement agent for the transaction which is due be completed via the Philippine Stock Exchange on Aug. 26. No further details were immediately available.

Petron shares have fallen nearly 17 percent so far this year, hit by concerns over the discounted share sales and the execution of its refinery expansion project.