Omega Geração S.A., one of Brazil’s top renewables players, debuted in the local debenture markets earlier this year with a carefully tailored four-part transaction that could serve as a template for corporates looking to finance infrastructure by tapping the country’s diverse liquidity pools.
Known for a wide range of high-profile investments into companies like automotive heavyweight McLaren Group and metals giant Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), Mumtalakat – Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund – is doubling down on its search for investment opportunities that have a lasting positive impact on the real economy. Several months after it issued a debut sukuk and ahead of its 15-year anniversary, we spoke with Mahmood H Alkooheji, CEO of Mumtalakat, about the fund’s shifting investment and internationalisation strategy, and why the rising prevalence of privatisation in the GCC is a huge investment opportunity.
As the Odebrecht scandal continues to resonate across Latin America, Peru remains one of the hardest hit regional economies, suffering the fallout both on its political establishment and subdued foreign investment at a time when the public sector is retrenching from key economic segments. The unexpected success of the referendum in January opened a path towards reform that could revitalize the country’s credit markets, but that can only happen once the political deadlock is resolved.
The unprecedented 6-tranche multicurrency project financing was one of the first post-Odebrecht transactions to close in Colombia, and saw the arrival to Latin America of the Austrian developer Strabag, for whom this was also one of the biggest deals of this type in its history.
Despite being caught in the turbulence that rocked emerging markets in 2018, Turkey remains an attractive destination for foreign investors, boasting strong fundamentals and a growing pipeline of projects in need of capital. Bonds & Loans spoke with Ahmet Burak Dağlıoğlu, Vice President of Invest in Turkey, about the growing role of Asian investment in the country, funding diversification and Turkey’s project pipeline.
After a slide on the lira in August 2018, followed by creeping inflation, Turkish corporates have had a rough year. One sector that has rode out the storm unscathed however, has been renewable energy developers. Bonds & Loans speaks with Hakan Aras, Chief Financial Officer for Borusan EnBW Enerji about ECA financing, Chinese investment and the company’s expansion plans.
Hadley Peer Marshall, Managing Director of Infrastructure Debt at Brookfield speaks with Bonds & Loans about managing local currency constraints when investing in infrastructure in Latin America, and new sectors generating investment opportunities.
Not only was the transaction a major step forward for private sector participation in Armenia’s energy sector, but the deal marked the first greenfield energy project financing in the country. With the involvement of four multilateral development institutions and a number of investors via the IFC’s innovative Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Programme (MCPP), the total financing cost amounted to USD163mn.
Chinese lending and investment to Latin America has exploded over the past two decades, with China consequently becoming the region’s largest creditor. But the scope and scale of Chinese activity is changing as it looks to invest in new sectors and countries, raising questions about its long-term presence in the region.
As key reforms progress through the various arteries of Brazil’s governments, most investors and lenders remain resolutely optimistic about the market’s prospects – few more than HSBC, which recently announced its intention to significantly expand its presence in the country and re-establish itself as one of its top international banks.
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