Discovery World (IFC-37715)

  • Philippines
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Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Aug 4, 2017
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  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 13.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 65.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Feb 19, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Nov 22, 2017

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Project Description
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According to IFC's website:

The proposed investment is to Discovery World Corporation (the “Company”), a company established in 1993, and listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange in 2013. The Company is primarily engaged in development and operations of hotel and resorts in the Philippines.

The Project involves the construction and development of two new hotel projects in two different sites, a 117 room hotel and 84-bed hostel, with commercial area and beach club in El Nido, Palawan and a hotel and commercial development in La Trinidad, Benguet with at least 127 rooms. The proceeds of the IFC investment will finance the construction, fit out and other costs related to the construction of these two hotel projects.


Investment Description
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The total project cost is estimated at US$65 million. IFC’s proposed investment to the Company consists of convertible preferred shares of up to US$13 million, to be disbursed in Philippine Pesos.

Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

The project sponsor is the Tiu Family, through their holding company JTKC Equities Inc and hotel management company The Discovery Leisure Company, Inc., which own 48.32% and 24.82% of the Company, respectively. The Family has a long history in the construction and operations of apartment-hotels in the Central Business Districts of Metro Manila and have other business interests in the field of real estate, construction materials, mining and financial services. These are local companies owned and controlled by the Tiu Family. The two new hotel projects are housed under two companies Cay Islands Corp. (for El Nido) and Sonoran Corporation (for La Trinidad), both 100% owned by the Company.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - JTKC Equities Inc. Parent Company -

Contact Information
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Discovery World Corporation
Rupert C. Sykat
Vice-President for Project Development
(632) 519 5674 to 79
4/F JTKC Centre


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