Colombia’s Promigas marked its first foray into the syndicated loan markets by securing a US$200mn 5-year unsecured facility, allowing the company to consolidate its existing debt at more aggressive pricing while broadening its funding base.
With stable GDP growth, strong demographics and a flurry of infrastructure programmes under way in the Andes, the region’s banking sector needs to provide the financial backbone for further development of some of the most flourishing economies in the EM space – that is, if the banks are able to steer clear of the pitfalls: corruption scandals, market volatility, and a potential global trade overhaul.
Colombia’s €1.35bn Eurobond represents Colombia’s first benchmark Euro-denominate issuance in over 15 years and marks the Republic’s largest euro-denominated transaction to date, fulfilling the country’s cross border funding requirements for the year.
Juan Jose Echavarria, the new Governor of Colombia’s Central Bank, has come into the job at a time of uncertainty for global markets. With inflationary pressures simmering, countered by the need to boost growth through tightening, Bonds & Loans asked the country’s top banker about the legacy he has inherited and how the Bank plans to navigate the challenging economic landscape ahead.
The unprecedented corruption scandal engulfing Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht has reverberated throughout the industry, seeping into neighbouring Colombia and Peru and leading to the delay or outright cancellation of some of the region’s flagship infrastructure projects. We speak with Luis Fernando Andrade Moreno, President of the National Infrastructure Agency of Colombia (ANI), about the industry’s concerns around any potential effects on the funding environment surrounding one of the region’s most successful infrastructure programmes.
As Brazil continues to navigate itself out of one of the worst recessions in the country’s history, record volumes of agribusiness receivables certificates – or CRAs, as they are known colloquially – were issued in 2016. Investors and analysts believe the trend could continue in 2017 – especially with the industry’s first cross-border dollar denominated CRA in the offing.
Confronted with a struggling economy and constrained fiscal headroom, the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) has dramatically scaled back loan disbursements, leaving the private sector to pick up much of the slack. The development bank is also changing tactics in a bid to ensure projects that are vital to the country’s economy can still access important sources of revenue.
Argentina, Latin America’s third largest economy, came roaring back to the markets in 2016 after a 15-year hiatus following its historic default on US$95bn of debt, and the first months of 2017 has shown few signs of deal flow letting up. But some investors are growing increasingly concerned that softer than expected growth and persistently high inflation may threaten the ability of Argentinian entities to repay investors.
Large-scale transport and infrastructure development programmes across Peru and Colombia are bringing crucial projects to the region, creating jobs and introducing innovative, complex financing models to countries that in the past failed to exploit the full potential of international capital markets.
While it's still a long way off, we believe markets will become increasingly focused on Mexico's July 1st 2018 presidential elections. Of note, in Mexico’s electoral system one need only win a plurality of the vote in a single round.
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