|Traded as||PSE: MBT|
|Industry||Finance and insurance|
|Founded||Binondo, Manila, Philippines (1962)|
Number of locations
Arthur V. Ty
|Revenue||US$1.040 billion (8.62%) (2011)|
|US$286 million (33.71%) (2011)|
|Total assets||US$22.128 billion (8.01%) (2011)|
Number of employees
The Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (PSE: MBT), commonly known as Metrobank, is the second largest bank in the Philippines. It offers various financial services, from regular banking to insurance. It is the banking arm of tycoon George Ty.
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank) was established by a group of businessmen on September 5, 1962, at the Wellington Building in Binondo, Manila. In August 1963, the bank's first branch was established in Divisoria. Four years later, Metrobank opened its first provincial branch, the Davao branch. At the onset of the 1970s, Metrobank opened its first international branch in Taipei, Taiwan's capital city.
In April 1997, the Central Bank authorized Metrobank to operate a foreign currency deposit unit (FCDU). In the same year, branches and offices totaled 100 and the bank inaugurated its new head office at Metrobank Plaza in Makati.
On August 21, 1981, the Central Bank authorized Metrobank to operate as a universal bank. Following the grant of the universal banking license, Metrobank entered the following ventures: the acquisition of majority ownership of Philippine Savings Bank (the second largest savings bank in the country at that time); the establishment of a joint travel agency venture with Thomas Cook Group in Thomas Cook Phils., Inc. in 1986; and the tying-up with Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan and Mitsui to put up Toyota Motor Philippines in 1988. Metrobank subsequently entered into joint ventures with several renowned corporations like Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Japan to create Sumigin Metro Investment Corporation; the National Mutual Holdings Ltd. of Australia to create Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corporation; and the ORIX of Japan to create ORIX Metro Leasing and Finance Corporation.
In September 1982, the number of Metrobank branches, offices and subsidiaries surpassed 200. A year later, Metrobank topped all private domestic banks in total resources, with P8.8 billion.
The bank continued to experience steady growth through the years. In September 1989, it increased its authorized capital stock from P2 billion to P5 billion. The bank's total capital funds on June 30, 2006 stood at P57.3 billion. Its consolidated resources amounted to P588.1 billion as of the same period. As of June 2007 assets reached P669.1 billion ($14.5 billion) (P46=$1).
Metrobank's subsidiaries are Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, Philippine Savings Bank, First Metro Investment Corporation, Metrobank Card Corporation, ORIX Metro Leasing and Finance Corporation, SMBC Metro Investment Corporation, First Metro Travelex (formerly Thomas Cook (Phils.)), Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corporation, Mirant Global Corporation, Philippine Charter Insurance Corporation, MBTC Technology, Inc., Robert Browns Wear Inc (Moose Gear & Moose Girl Apparel), Toyota Financial Services Corporation, Toyota Cubao, Inc., Toyota Manila Bay Corporation, First Metro Securities Corporation, First Metro International Investment Co. Ltd., Metropolitan Bank (Bahamas) Ltd., MB Remittance Center Inc. (USA), Metro Remittance Singapore, Metro Remittance UK Limited, Metro Remittance (Italia) SpA, Metro Remittance S.A. (Spain) and MBTC Exchange Services GmbH (Austria).
The Metrobank Group has a combined network of over 800 local and international branches/offices, remittance offices and subsidiaries worldwide. It has 557 domestic branches and 32 offices in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Pusan, Guam, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna, Rome, Bologna, Milan, Singapore, Chicago, Hawaii, and Shanghai.
In 2017, Metrobank made a deal with ANZ to increase its stake at Metrobank Card Corp. (MCC) from 60 percent to 100 percent. Metrobank's joint venture with ANZ was formed in 2003. Since then, MCC has become a leading provider of credit cards in the Philippines, with more than 1.5 million cards based from the data of the Credit Card Association of the Philippines (CCAP). MCC reported total assets of P60.4 billion and a return on average equity of 36.3 percent. MCC is also number one in terms of receivables based on CCAP data. ANZ, on their part, announced that they would sell half of their 40% stake at MCC for US$144 million and had an option to sell the remaining 20% stake to Metrobank on the same terms, which would be exercisable in the fourth quarter of the 2018 fiscal year.
Lehman Brothers' exposure
On September 17, 2008, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. announced Banco de Oro and Metrobank set aside provisions totalling $94.7 million to cover their exposure to the Lehman Brothers' collapse. Metrobank set aside $14 million in provisional funds, and it has $20.4 million worth of bonds issued by Lehman Brothers and P 2.4 billion ($51.28 million) in loans to a Philippine-based subsidiary of the US investment bank. The BSP data revealed Metrobank has a Lehman Brothers exposure of $71 million, and it set aside a buffer equivalent to 70% of its exposure.
Subsidiaries and affiliates
Metrobank is divided into the following subsidiaries and affiliates, which are listed depending on their location of operation:
Domestic subsidiaries and affiliates
- First Metro Investment Corporation
- First Metro Securities Brokerage Corporation
- First Metro Travelex
- Metrobank Card Corporation (formerly Unibancard Corporation)
- Orix Metro Leasing and Finance Corporation
- Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corporation
- Charter Ping An Insurance Corporation
- Philippine Savings Bank
- SMBC Metro Investment Corporation
- Toyota Cubao Inc.
- Toyota Financial Services Philippines Corporation
- Toyota Manila Bay Corporation
- Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation
International subsidiaries and affiliates
- First Metro International Investment Corporation Ltd. HK
- MBTC Exchange Service GmbH - Vienna
- MB Remittance Center HK
- Metro Remittance Center SA - Spain
- Metro Remittance (Italia) SpA
- Metro Remittance Singapore Pte Ltd
- Metro Remittance (UK) Limited
- George S.K. Ty: 18.26%
- PCD Nominee Corporation: 17.96% (11.47% Filipino, 6.49% foreign)
- Federal Homes: 7.53%
- Philippine Securities Corporation: 7.5%
- Mary Vy Ty: 6.43%
- Metrobank directors: 3.75%
- Metrobank officers: 0.003%
- Public stock: 37.57%
Metrobank, as the second largest Philippine bank, is always trying to stave off competition to remain one of the country's largest banks. Its main competitor is BDO Unibank (Banco de Oro) of tycoon Henry Sy and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) of the Ayala group. Other major competitors include Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), Land Bank of the Philippines, EastWest Bank, Security Bank, Chinabank and Philippine National Bank of tycoon Lucio Tan.
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- Stewart, Robb. "ANZ to Sell Half of Stake in Philippines-Based Metrobank Card Corp for A$184 Million". Fox Business. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
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