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Nanya to borrow NT$20 billion

Nanya Technology Co (南亞科技), Taiwan's second-largest memory-chip maker, plans to borrow NT$20 billion (US$609 million) through a syndicated loan in the fourth quarter to fund expansion.

Bank of Taiwan (台灣銀行) and Mega Financial Holding Co (兆豐金控) are among possible managers of the loan, said Moor Chen (陳宏模), a spokesman at Taoyuan-based Nanya, confirming a report in the Chinese-language Commercial Times yesterday.

Nanya had NT$46.3 billion in cash at the end of March and has NT$42 billion in outstanding loans and bonds, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The stock climbed 2.3 percent to close at NT$26.40 on the Taiwan Stock Exchange yesterday.

Government to sell shares

In line with the government's privatization policy, the Ministry of Finance plans to offload 45 million shares, or a 9.11 percent stake, in the Central Reinsurance Corp (中央再保險公司) by the end of the year. The share sale is expected to bring NT$700 million (US$21.3 million) into state coffers, the National Treasury Agency said.

Next year, the ministry will divest its remaining holding of around 70 million shares, or 14.17 percent of the company, to completely step aside from the reinsurer's operations.

At that time, Evergreen Group (長榮集團) will become the firm's sole major shareholder.

Former Fubon officer detained

Former Fubon Financial Holding Co (富邦金控) chief investment officer Daniel Chiang (蔣國樑) was detained by the Taipei District Court last night after prosecutors appealed for a second time the court's previous ruling to release him on bail.

The court decided to put Chiang in custody amid concerns that he might destroy or falsify evidence, or collude with others.

Chiang was released last Friday on NT$5 million bail after being questioned by Taipei prosecutors about allegations of insider trading. The Taipei District Prosecutors' Office filed an appeal with the Taiwan High Court to overturn the district court's decision.

Prosecutors say Chiang encouraged friends to buy Hsinchu International Bank shares before the announcement of its planned acquisition by Standard Chartered Bank last September -- earning more than NT$100 million from the trades.

Paradigm sold US holdings

Paradigm US Financial Asset Securitization Fund, one of two high-yield Taiwan funds, said it sold holdings with investments in subprime US home loans last month at a loss to meet requests for redemptions.

The sale was also to avoid further losses should default rates rise on home loans to riskier borrowers, according to a statement from Taipei-based Paradigm Asset Management Co (華頓投信) late last month. The fund, which invests mainly in US securities backed by mortgages and other assets, now owns only investment-grade securities rated AAA or above, the statement said.

Assets managed by the fund fell to NT$1.4 billion on June 30 from NT$4.5 billion at its founding on Nov. 9 of last year, data from the Securities Investment Trust & Consulting Association show. The association will disclose last month's assets of Taiwanese mutual funds within two weeks.

Foreign exchange reserves up

Foreign exchange reserves totaled US$266.29 billion at the end of last month, up slightly from US$266.05 billion a month ago, due to continued foreign capital inflow and interest income, central bank figures showed yesterday.

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