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First Pacific Cptl (78JZ)

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Thursday 31 January, 2002

First Pacific Cptl

Ftr re Fund deposit for CBs

First Pacific Capital (1997) Ld
31 January 2002

The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited takes no responsibility for the contents
of this announcement, makes no representation as to its accuracy or completeness
and expressly disclaims any liability whatsoever for any loss howsoever arising
from or in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents of this
announcement.


                         FIRST PACIFIC COMPANY LIMITED

                (Incorporated in Bermuda with limited liability)

                                  ANNOUNCEMENT

                       DEPOSIT OF FUNDS FOR REDEMPTION OF

                         OUTSTANDING CONVERTIBLE BONDS

First Pacific is today depositing sufficient funds with the Trustee for the
purpose of redeeming in full, on their maturity date of 27th March, 2002, all of
its guaranteed Bonds which remain outstanding following the conclusion of First
Pacific's open market purchases.


Reference is made to First Pacific's announcement of 16th January, 2002, which
outlined the Company's revised plans for the repayment of its outstanding Bonds.


First Pacific concluded its market purchases on 23rd January, 2002. Through this
exercise, Bonds in the principal amount of US$68 million (HK$530 million) were
purchased and canceled, at a total cost (excluding transaction fees) of
approximately US$91 million (HK$710 million).


Following recent and earlier purchases, there now remain outstanding Bonds in
the principal amount of US$130 million (HK$1.0 billion) which will be redeemed
on 27th March, 2002 (being the maturity date in respect of the Bonds), at a
total cost (including interest and redemption premium), of approximately US$176
million (HK$1.37 billion). In this regard, First Pacific is today depositing
sufficient funds with the Trustee to redeem those Bonds that remain outstanding
at their full redemption value payable at maturity of the Bonds on 27th March,
2002. Pending the maturity date, the funds deposited with the Trustee will be
held by the Trustee on trust for the bondholders.


As referred to in First Pacific's announcement of 9th January, 2002, repurchases
of Bonds in the market since that date and the deposit of the funds with the
Trustee referred to herein have been funded by utilising approximately US$92
million (HK$717 million) of cash on hand and approximately US$189 million
(HK$1.4 billion) from the amount drawn down under the Company's HK$1.56 billion
(US$200 million) facility, details of which were announced on 5th November,
2001.


Definitions


In this Announcement, unless the context otherwise requires, the following
expressions have the following meanings: -

'Bonds'                     2 per cent guaranteed convertible bonds, in the original issued aggregate principal amount
                            of US$350 million (HK$2.7 billion), issued by First Pacific Capital (1997) Limited, a
                            wholly-owned subsidiary of First Pacific, and guaranteed by First Pacific. The Bonds are
                            required to be repaid on 27th March, 2002 at a price of 134.129 per cent of their
                            principal amount plus accrued interest;

'First Pacific' or 'the     First Pacific Company Limited; and
Company'

'Trustee'                   HSBC Bank plc, acting in its capacity as trustee for the Bondholders appointed in respect
                            of the Bonds under the trust deed pursuant to which the Bonds were created.


All figures are approximate and translations have been made on an approximate
exchange rate of US$1 = HK$7.8.


                                       By Order of the Board

                                   FIRST PACIFIC COMPANY LIMITED

                                          Ronald A. Brown

                              Executive Director and Company Secretary

Hong Kong, 31st January, 2002

Please also refer to the published version of this announcement in the South
China Morning Post (English) and Hong Kong Economic Times (Chinese).



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