TMB marshals new investors

One of Thailand''s weakest big banks seeks to become the first this year to replenish capital by tapping the public equity markets.

Backed by Morgan Stanley as financial advisor, Thai Military Bank TMB is expected to access the public equity markets during the third quarter with a 2 billion to 3 billion rights issue raising up to Bt10.8 billion $253 million. Thai experts believe it will be the first but not the last of the major banks to try and access the equity markets this year as the sector seeks to re-finance expensive hybrid capital undertaken at the height of the financial crisis.

According to UBS Warburg estimates, five domestic banks may seek to raise as much as Bt37 billion $868 millionfrom the equity markets to re-finance Bt132 billion $3.09 billion in hybrid...

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