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SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Traded asPSESMPH
IndustryProperty, shopping malls and retailing
FoundedManila, Philippines
1958; 62 years ago (1958)
FounderHenry Sy
HeadquartersPasay City, Philippines
Number of locations
72 malls
2,303 stores nationwide
48 SM Supermarkets, 44 SM Hypermarkets, 156 Savemore stores, 39 WalterMart stores, 210 Alfamart stores, and 1,749 specialty stores[1][2]
Area served
Key people
Henry Sy Jr. (Chairman)
Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (Vice Chairman)
Jeffrey C. Lim (President)
ParentSM Investments
WebsiteSM Prime Holdings

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPH) is an integrated property developer and a subsidiary of SM Investments Corporation. It was incorporated on 6 January 1994 to develop, conduct, operate and maintain the SM commercial shopping centers and all businesses related thereto, such as the lease of commercial spaces within the compound of shopping centers. It went public on July 5, 1994, and subsequently grew to become the largest company listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange in terms of revenue. The company's main sources of revenues primarily include rental income from mall and food courts, as well as from cinema ticket sales and amusement income.


SM City North EDSA, the first SM Supermall, opened in 1985.

The roots of SM date back to the 1950s when entrepreneur Henry Sy, Sr. established a shoe store at Carriedo Street in Quiapo, Manila. His store was established as ShoeMart, which was originally located at Carlos Palanca Sr. Street. His aggressive and adamant strategy helped him gain large profits within a few years and he later expanded his business to become a fully functioning department store named ShoeMart, which specializes in the sale of shoes, the sector of which the store originally was. ShoeMart was abbreviated into SM, the name which became commonly known by the locals. The abbreviation SM has become an orphan initialism. The first ShoeMart outlet was abandoned and the department store moved to a new site along the nearby Carriedo Street. The old site was demolished in 1982 and was turned into its Clearance Outlet.

The first SM Mall, the SM City North EDSA, was opened in 1985. Followed by the establishment of a second mall, the SM Centerpoint, in 1990. Since then, the company has expanded by establishing malls nationwide.

On May 17, 2013, SM opened the SM Aura Premier. The same year, the company announced a merger with SM Land, which owns SM Development and Commercial Properties Group. As a result, upon approval by Securities and Exchange Commission, SM Prime is one of the largest property companies in the Southeast Asia region, competing with Gokongwei-led Robinsons Land (which owns Robinsons Malls and Tan-led Megaworld Corporation).[3]


SM Supermalls[edit]

SM Supermalls is a chain of shopping malls with over 60 malls in the Philippines, and seven in China. According to the company, the malls attract an average foot traffic of 3.5 million daily and has over 5,000 tenant partners.[4]

SM Development Corporation[edit]

SM Development Corporation (SMDC) is a wholly owned subsidiary and the real estate arm of SMPH. The company was constantly being criticized for having too small unit cuts, which can be as small as 15 square meters, and the delays of giving out titles to unit owners.[5] Cost-cutting measures (value engineering) were done to maximize profits from its residential projects.[6]


SM Prime and BDO was sued for fraud and tax evasion by the Cebu city government, led by Mayor Tomas Osmeña, because SM Prime grossly misrepresented the total area size of SM Seaside City Cebu to reduce its tax declarations.[7][8][9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual report" (PDF). 2016. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ SEC approval of amendment to Plan of Merger bet. SMPH and SM Land -
  4. ^ "About SM Supermalls". SM Supermalls. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Buying SMDC condo unit is not always fun". The Manila Times. August 23, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Austria, Jennifer B. (August 23, 2015). "SMDC plans 12,000 condo units". Manila Standard. SM Investments Corporation. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Perez, Annie Fe (November 23, 2016). "SM faces fraud raps over Seaside Mall in Cebu". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Pulgo, Izobelle T. (November 23, 2018). "Osmeña files tax evasion complaint against SM Prime Holdings". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "City Hall won't settle cases vs firms". SunStar Philippines. August 15, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  10. ^ Galarpe, Luel (April 6, 2018). "After Aguirre's exit, SM is Cebu mayor's 'enemy'". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved April 24, 2019.