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1 Jun 2018   Policy, Americas, Brazil, Latin America

Brazil: Low Selic Rate is Here to Stay

Although the pause in the cuts has come ahead of expectations, the basic interest rate hit an unprecedented level and, this time, it is here to stay. Even if some part of the monetary loosening is temporary, likely to revert when inflation is converging to its goal, there is a good chance of the Selic rate not coming back up to two digits. A key condition for that is the approval of Social Security reform that fends off the risks of public debt insolvency.

Arezzo & Co CFO on Improving Consumer Sentiment in Brazil, and International Expansion

With consumer confidence once again on the rise in Brazil, Daniel Levy, CFO of Arezzo & Co. is optimistic about the company’s fortunes as the shoemaker looks to expand its footprint both within the country and abroad. We speak with Levy about the funding team’s core objectives and the company’s expansion efforts.

CASE STUDY: Albanesi Attracts Traditional Credit PMs to Rare Dual-Tranche Syndication

A testament to solid investor relations, good governance and transparency, Albanesi was able to attract traditional portfolio managers to its latest dual-tranche A/B loan syndication, a rare project finance deal in the country’s power sector.

Brazil: Understanding the Past Key to Building a Better Future

Brazil is still a teenager when it comes to the functioning of democratic institutions: a country that seeks a path to civility, but not without stumbling first.

Nexa Resources CFO: “Brazilian economy has been a positive story, though it’s not homogenous”

Latin American miner Nexa Resources – which recently rebranded from Votorantim Metais – has in the past year completed its dual stock exchange listing, weathered a period of low commodity prices and mining sector strikes in Latin America, and maintained strong fundamentals to step confidently into the new financial year. We speak with Mario Bertoncini, the company’s Senior VP and CFO, about its prospects in 2018.

Lundin Gold CFO Alessandro Bitelli on Financing Mining Projects in Ecuador

Alessandro Bitelli, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Lundin Gold, a Canadian gold miner, talks about the company’s Latin American ventures, a USD300mn deal to finance a project in Ecuador, a further loan syndication and a USD400mn equity transaction, as well as broader market outlook and the impact of politics.

Promigas CFO Aquiles Mercado González on Promioriente, Brilla and Expansion

Bonds & Loans speaks with Aquiles Mercado González, Chief Financial Officer at Promigas, on its distribution subsidiary’s hugely successful local market bond transaction, new opportunities for growth, and the company’s innovative non-bank financing programme.

CASE STUDY: MTP Navigates Regulatory Unknowns to Issue Mexico’s First Tower Securitization

The first securitization sponsored by Mexico Tower Partners included a much-anticipated 5-year bullet repayment date (ARD) and marked the first wireless tower-backed securitization in Mexico. The structure allowed MTP to waive CNBV’s partial dependence requirement, repay the existing credit facility and keep the remaining proceeds from the issuance.

Referendum Boost Opens Ecuador to Fiscal Rebalancing

Last summer the investor community lamented the election of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new president, anticipating “more of the same” from ex-leader Rafael Correa’s long-time ally and protégé. In calling for a referendum on term limits, however, Moreno appears to have delivered an unexpected blow to his predecessor’s comeback plans. Now it is time to address the fiscal “elephant in the room”.

Brazil: What did Carnival Reveal? A Recovery, That’s What

Carnival in 2018 was the most festive in recent years. The streets were full and associations connected with tourism celebrated a marked increase in movement. With fear of the recession receding, consumers are gradually materializing their buying intentions once more.

 

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