The administration of President Juan Manuel Santos is entering its final stretch with presidential elections next year, prompting Colombia Gold Letter to take the pulse of sentiment in the mining and exploration sector on several key issues.
YES Bank opened a gateway into the Japanese market with a dual-currency syndication that attracted an unusually high number of Taiwanese lenders.
Microfinancing institutions (MFIs) have for years played a key part in driving growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. As investment needs and businesses grow, finding and establishing new channels of funding is becoming a top priority for MFIs – and the debt capital markets could be the answer.
11 Dec 2017
It has been a stellar year for emerging market credit, with most of the key benchmark indices outperforming and EM fundamentals broadly improving – while the global economy continues to heat up. But with QE – one of the main forces driving yield-hungry investors into EMs – winding down, a slew of EM elections on the horizon, and uncertainty over the direction of large developed economies like the US, what are the top trends likely to be seen in EM credit in 2018?
Ruta 27’s amortizing USD300mn international 144A/RegS notes and USD50.75mn Costa Rican notes represent its inaugural debut in the international and local Costa Rican debt capital markets.
Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s (KNPC) USD6.245bn ECA-backed loan was a triumph for the company’s Clean Fuel Project and the region’s credit markets, setting a new record for the largest ECA-backed corporate loan to date.
2017 marks the first year since 2013 that mining majors are seriously kicking the tires of Latin American mining assets. Revitalized miner balance sheets, positive trending metal prices and welcoming gestures from national governments all fuel the rising appetite for acquisitions in Latin America.
How far can this EM FX correction go? Since mid-November, the greenback has been broadly softer due to a variety of factors. EM FX has taken advantage of this, and the top EM performers are ZAR (+5.5%), MXN (+3.8%), and RUB (+3%). TRY has been noticeably lagging, -1.4% since November 15. Many EM currencies are starting to bump up against key chart points, and so the dollar may finally get some traction in the coming days.
With real GDP growth at near zero and fiscal projects trending downward, it’s unsurprising Standard & Poor’s didn’t wait for the ANC leadership contest in late 2017, or the next budget release, to cut the country’s credit rating to junk. The real question now is: how quickly can the country reverse course?
Over the past year, Russian fertilizer giant EuroChem Group AG has made great strides in opening new markets, tapping the growing demand in Asia and Latin America, and spending over USD6bn on two mines to produce potash, a high-quality soil fertilizer. Bonds & Loans catches up with the company’s CFO Andrey Ilyin to discuss the industry outlook, the company’s financing plans for 2018, and how it plans to diversify into new regions.
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