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15 May 2018   Islamic Finance, Middle East

Dar Al-Arkan CFO: “We are facing 4 years of clear skies to use our operational cash flow”

The Saudi real estate developer continues to be one of the most active corporates on the GCC Islamic finance markets, with its latest USD500mn sukuk pushing the total value of the company’s Shariah-compliant instruments listed on Nasdaq Dubai to USD1.85bn. Bonds & Loans speaks with Mika Toivola, Chief Financial Officer, Finance Group, Dar Al-Arkan, about the latest trends in the sector and the company’s funding plans.

Albaraka Turk: Orderly QE Unwind, Deepening GCC Ties Position Turkey to Manage Market Volatility

With a weakened currency and political volatility riding high, some analysts are concerned about the growing likelihood of a hard landing in Turkey – ever more with the backdrop being a strengthening dollar and US monetary policy normalisation. We speak with Albaraka Turk Chief Treasury and Investment Officer Malek Temsah about the country’s economy and the banking sector.

Nexa Resources CFO: “Brazilian economy has been a positive story, though it’s not homogenous”

Latin American miner Nexa Resources – which recently rebranded from Votorantim Metais – has in the past year completed its dual stock exchange listing, weathered a period of low commodity prices and mining sector strikes in Latin America, and maintained strong fundamentals to step confidently into the new financial year. We speak with Mario Bertoncini, the company’s Senior VP and CFO, about its prospects in 2018.

Lundin Gold CFO Alessandro Bitelli on Financing Mining Projects in Ecuador

Alessandro Bitelli, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Lundin Gold, a Canadian gold miner, talks about the company’s Latin American ventures, a USD300mn deal to finance a project in Ecuador, a further loan syndication and a USD400mn equity transaction, as well as broader market outlook and the impact of politics.

Promigas CFO Aquiles Mercado González on Promioriente, Brilla and Expansion

Bonds & Loans speaks with Aquiles Mercado González, Chief Financial Officer at Promigas, on its distribution subsidiary’s hugely successful local market bond transaction, new opportunities for growth, and the company’s innovative non-bank financing programme.

Tecnoglass Chief Financial Officer: ‘We must reactivate industry, consumption and construction’

Tecnoglass, among a select few Colombian non-financial corporates to take the plunge in the international bond markets last year, is looking to consolidate its investments over the past few years. The company’s Chief Financial Officer Santiago Giraldo López tells Bonds & Loans the company will look out for strategic growth opportunities in 2018, but risks still ride high on election uncertainty and a lag in key sectors.

MTP CFO Gonzalo Cornejo on Setting the Pace for Securitisations in Mexico’s Local Market

Following its landmark local market securitisation debut – the first of its kind in Latin America, Mexico Tower Partners has proven itself to be both a leader in the country’s telecommunications infrastructure sector and a trailblazer in its financial markets. Bonds & Loans speaks with the company’s Chief Financial Officer Gonzalo Cornejo about how the deal was done and why it’s worth being first to market in a high-growth sector.

Bank of Georgia Group CEO on Deepening Local Currency Markets

Bonds & Loans speaks with Irakli Gilauri, CEO of BGEO Group about the company’s funding strategy, its first – and the country’s first – local currency Eurobond, and how other emerging market corporates can help deepen demand for local currency assets.

Chellarams CFO: ‘Bond Market in Nigeria Needs to be Less Prohibitive’

As the Nigerian sovereign steams ahead with fresh borrowing on the local and international debt capital markets, there are concerns corporates could be missing out on attractive new opportunities for investor diversification. Sandeep Kumar Sood, Group Chief Finance Officer at Chellarams plc., a Nigeria-based conglomerate with a presence in a range of sectors, speaks to some of these challenges.

 

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