Taking advantage of positive investor sentiment, Mexican corporates and the sovereign hit the local and international markets en masse in recent weeks. But with analysts forecasting an increasingly volatile 2018 for Latin America’s second-largest economy, the evolving political environment and NAFTA negotiations are casting a cloud over the pipeline.
The Fed slows rate hikes – AT&T mulls LatAm payTV divestment – Amazon Inc. to build gigantic Mexican distribution warehouse – Mexico quake to trim GDP by 0.1-0.3% - Petrobras completes swap – Temer’s approval ratings at all-time low – Argentina outlook mixed, current account data suggests – Peru lowers policy rate for third time in 2017 – Venezuela running out of fiscal room – Chile MinFin says public spending to grow 3% in 2018
A fortnightly review of Latin America's debt capital markets, covering the latest loan and bond deals, rating actions, policy and credit market developments... NAFTA negotiations refocus on labour costs – Uncertainty around Mexico’s CAT bonds following quake – Mexico gets growth forecast lift – Brazil introduces secured lending, covered bond reforms – Argentina to boost borrowing from concessional lenders in 2018 – Uruguay VP resigns ahead of fund misuse investigation – Peru plans to issue USD6bn in 2018 – Chile’s economic team resigns – Panama’s Banistmo issues fresh Eurobonds
Mexican water products manufacturer Grupo Rotoplas saw tight pricing on the company’s – and the Latin American market’s – first sustainability bond to date, a very strong debut made more impressive by the fact that it was launched amidst one of the weakest primary markets Mexico has ever experienced.
Non-resident EM inflows flatline in August – Middle East bond market to see USD20bn of new supply in 2017 – Oman replaces CBO governor – Ecobank subsidiary secures USD250mn 5-year loan – Brazil looks ready to cut rates – Mexico City airport in market for USD2bn – CDB looks to raise CNY5bn in green bonds – ArcelorMittal Ukrainian subsidiary in loan talks with EBRD
Mexico’s economy has been on a rollercoaster ride over the past year. It saw budding progress from the reforms of the previous three years emerge early on, only to be bashed and beaten from all sides by the bearish sentiment around emerging markets stemming from the rise of Donald Trump. In recent months, however, economists have observed, with much relief, that the economy is beginning to recover and its currency stabilise, as many of the initial threats now look unlikely to manifest.
Britain plans to double trade with Panama and Colombia – El Puerto de Liverpool tapped the local markets with a MXN10bn dual tranche bond – BNDES to transfer funds back to the government – Vale redeems 2019 notes – Argentina to tap the international markets again – Argentina holds rates – Crystallex to seize PDVSA assets –– Chile’s outlook gets downgraded – Jamaica to tap its 2028 and 2045 notes
Growing support for market-driven policies aimed at facilitating green issuance has created important wins for the sustainable finance segment, especially in emerging market countries like China, India, and Mexico. But with the bulk of those policies, at their core, fixated on determining what qualifies as ‘green’, key questions about industry standards – and the best approach to applying them – remain, while many continue seeking ways of incentivising the market.
Nacional Financiera SNC (Nafin) became the first Mexican agency to place a Yen bond in 14 years, following in the footsteps of the sovereign to price a JPY10bn 5-year bond at just 68bp over Yen midswaps.
Mexico’s economy continued to grow in Q2 – Brazil to freeze spending– Petrobras boss arrested on corruption charges – IMF upgrades Argentina’s growth forecast – YPF tapped the international markets with a US$750mn bond – Banco de Bogota issued unsecured notes worth US$600mn – Graña y Montero signed a syndicated loan – US imposed sanctions on Maduro – Banco General issued a 10-year bond – Dominican Republic gets upgrade
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