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.
Chile’s impeccably timed and well-executed deal saw a near 10x oversubscription on its dual-tranche green issuance worth nearly USD2.4bn (equivalent), which also became the sovereign’s first new issue with a negative NIP concession.
Following a successful debut in the European ESG-linked loan space in February, Acciona repeated the move with a dual-tranche dual-currency transaction worth USD30mn in Chile, only the third ESG linked loan in Latin America.
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.
Despite a slowdown in some of the Andean region’s powerhouse economies and souring emerging market investor sentiment, many borrowers were unperturbed and moved into markets with inaugural, innovative transactions through much of last year. We take a closer look at some of the transactions originating from the region that won top prize at this year’s Bonds & Loans Latin America Awards.
The dust is beginning to settle following one of the busiest election years in Latin America’s recent history, but concerns around policy reversals and a lack of sufficient liquidity in certain markets could mean infrastructure developers and investors focused on some of the region’s largest economies may not particularly like what they see. The early signs are worrying, to say the least.
The Canadian oil company navigated a challenging market backdrop to place an upsized USD350mn bond, its first in the USD market, to finance its operational investments in the Andean region, refinancing all of its outstanding 2021 notes in the process.
The Andean region has for years been viewed as an upstanding example for its Latin American neighbours in how to manage funding of government initiatives and projects. But corruption scandals and a political stalemate have disrupted the project pipeline, with many initiatives still in a state of arrested development. The challenge for the new administration is to jumpstart the infrastructure programme with a new, reworked concessions deal.
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.
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- Promigas CFO Aquiles Mercado González on Promioriente, Brilla and Expansion
- Latin America Deals of the Year Awards 2018: The Winners