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Wednesday 16 January, 2002

First Pacific Cptl

FirstPac Cancels US$9.5m CBs

First Pacific Capital (1997) Ld
16 January 2002


FIRST PACIFIC COMPANY LIMITED

PRESS RELEASE


Wednesday, 16 January 2002


FIRST PACIFIC CANCELS US$9.5 MILLION OF CONVERTIBLE BONDS


First Pacific Company Limited announced today that it has canceled US$9.5
million of its outstanding convertible bonds, for a total cost of
approximately US$12.8 million.


Post this transaction, the outstanding face value is reduced to US$198
million, from US$208 million, and the redemption payable is reduced to US$266
million, from US$279 million.


Background:
In March 1997, US$350 million of five-year convertible bonds were issued by
First Pacific Capital (1997) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First
Pacific, at a coupon rate of 2 per cent. The bonds may be converted into
shares up until March 2002 at a strike price of HK$12.25 per share, and are
redeemable at a price of 134 per cent of face value.


First Pacific has to date canceled approximately 43 per cent of the amount
originally issued, and has accrued the premium to maturity since 1997.


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For further information, please contact:
First Pacific Company Limited
Rebecca Brown                                   Tel: (852) 2842 4301
Executive Vice President
Group Corporate Communications

Sara Cheung                                     Tel: (852) 2842 4336
Assistant Vice President
Group Corporate Communications


Information about First Pacific can also be accessed on:
Web Site:              http://www.firstpacco.com/
E-mail:                [email protected]




                                                                                
                                                                     

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