With an election almost every couple of months in the Americas, it seems 2018 is shaping up to be one of the most politically volatile periods the region has seen in over a decade. Coupled with the increasing de-synchronisation of regional growth and rising prevalence of macroeconomic and political factors globally, how borrowers satisfy their funding requirements through the remainder of the year is coming sharply into focus. We speak with Monica Macia, Head of Loan Syndications, Americas at HSBC about how the loan market is evolving in line with the shifting dynamics on the ground in the Americas.
Cape Town is one of the few municipalities to have issued a green bond, a hugely successful transaction that generated significant oversubscription despite a challenging local market backdrop. We spoke with David Valentine, the Treasury Director and Janine Marion Abrahams, Head of Bank and Treasury Loans, Finance and Treasury Department at the City of Cape Town, about how it prepared for the transaction and why it chose to issue.
The recent perturbations across EM assets, the looming shadow of current and potential new sanctions and subdued growth at home have taken a toll on the Russian financial sector. But prudent fiscal and monetary policies and timely actions to minimize sanctions impact have helped shelter banks operating in Russia and the CIS from serious damage, DCM bankers and corporate chiefs have told Bonds & Loans off record and on the ground in Moscow.
In a deal that involves an amortizing loan with debt and equity tranches on a non-recourse project finance basis, the Saudi Arabia-based developer broke new ground by achieving an 18-year tenor, raising USD financing with an EGP-denominated tariff and bringing in a Chinese commercial bank.
The Omani electricity company SPV placed the first ever corporate sukuk from the country with an elegant legal structure that helped navigate regulatory obstacles.
The unique A/B private placement structure was a rarity in the capital markets in light of its inclusion of both senior and subordinated tranches. It’s also the third green project bond issued out of Latin America.
Colombia is a world leader when it comes to public-private partnerships in the infrastructure sector, and the country’s flagship toll road infrastructure initiative – the 4G programme – is regularly held up as a beacon for other regional economies to replicate. But last year, due in part to eroding economic fundamentals and political volatility, many of the programme’s key projects were hit with bankability issues, causing execution delays among other headaches.
The trailblazing issuance by the state government could open doors to China’s onshore market to other Middle East issuers as part of the “Bond Connect” initiative.
The Chilean lender maintained its leading role in the country’s ESG space and continued to promote financial inclusion with the first social bond to hit the local market, priced at CLP50bn, or equivalent of USD83mn.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has signed a landmark unsecured four-year dual-tranche revolving credit facility with an initial commitment of USD480mn and an accordion feature that allows the facility to be increased to up to USD800mn. The deal was one of the largest conventional/Islamic transactions in the region.
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18 Oct 2018