Latin American borrowers continue to see strong demand from lenders and investors following a hectic year of elections in many of the region’s largest economies. We speak with Mauricio Voorduin, Managing Director, Latin America Regional Head; David Costa, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Finance; Sara Pirzada, Managing Director, Loan Syndications; and Mark Tuttle, Managing Director, DCM at Mizuho Securities, a regional funding leader, about some of the key trends prevalent in the region’s markets throughout the first quarter of this year, and why it’s never been a better time of borrowers to move into the dollar markets.
The funding for the project, Lundin Gold’s sole venture in the country and its key source of revenue there, featured a one-of-a-kind structural solution that required extensive collaboration and negotiation between the financing parties and the sponsor.
The first half of 2018 has seen a record-breaking volume of corporate consolidation across the globe, and Latin America has become a prominent setting for such activity. The latest slowdown in M&A activity is thought to be stemming from the peak of elections-related volatility, from Mexico to Brazil, and most expect business to continue as usual once the dust settles.
As a region often faced with political and currency volatility – this year more than others in recent time, perhaps – Latin America has seen impressive growth in the volume and range of investment opportunities across the region’s infrastructure landscape.
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.
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.
In advance of our Project, ECA and Structured Finance Middle East & Africa 2018 conference and forthcoming special report on the subject, Bonds & Loans visited the region to meet with a broad range of finance leaders in order to gain a sense of the risks and opportunities on the horizon.
The issuers, borrowers and mediators of the most innovative and outstanding debt capital market deals on the continent to be lauded at the prestigious awards ceremony. Winners: Latin America Deals of the Year Awards 2018
Chilean politics is often seen as a bellwether for deeper shifts occurring across the continent’s political scene. The recent election of the “old new” president Sebastián Piñera is in line with the apparent swing to the right seen in recent years – but, more importantly, indicates that politics in Latin America is becoming more nuanced, predictable and mature.
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.
- Latin American Governments Welcome Back Miners With Open Arms, Local Communities Less So
- Current Political and Geopolitical Landscape Across the Major Latin American Economies
- China’s Funding Options for Belt & Road: Will Emerging Markets Make Hay or Get Shut Out?
- Russia, CIS, Europe & Turkey Credit Markets Brief: 02 November – 16 November
- Africa Credit Markets Brief: 01 November – 15 November
15 May 2019