Dry-bulk shipper Pacific Basin Shipping is to raise HK$2.14 billion in its second fund-raising exercise in six months. The company has reached an agreement to place 158.598 million shares at HK$13.52 each, a discount of 7.02 per cent to yesterday's close of HK$14.54. The placement represents about 10 per cent of the existing issued share capital of the company and 9.1 per cent of the enlarged capital. The firm raised HK$3 billion in December from a convertible bond. 'I was surprised by the new share offering because the firm is cash-rich. Including the convertible bond issue, the company has at least HK$5 billion cash on hand,' said a fund manager.