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Mexico Growth Outlook Sinks as Focus Shifts to Healthcare, Support for Most Vulnerable

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to generate a significant GDP contraction, BBVA analysis indicates, as care and support for the most vulnerable should be given priority over immediate fiscal objectives.

25 Mar 2020

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Latin America’s Governments Rush Through Stimulus Measures to Counter Pandemic Impact

Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Colombia have announced urgent fiscal stimulus measures to compliment monetary policy moves introduced over the past two weeks to sooth markets after a huge spike in volatility.

20 Mar 2020

ESG In Infrastructure: Building a Sustainable Future for Latin America

Sustainability is becoming a crucial consideration in the development of infrastructure across the globe, particularly in Latin America – which is facing one of the biggest infrastructure gaps in the emerging world while also remaining exceedingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The region’s top investors and developers explored the nexus of sustainable investing, project…

10 Mar 2020

As Oil Plummets, Pemex Seeks to Shore Up Finances with Braskem Idesa Contract Renegotiation

Mexico’s president, who famously scrapped the partially-completed New Mexico Airport project, is similarly intent on cancelling the oil giant’s contract, which he feels was signed under unfavourable terms. What that will mean for Pemex’s credit – and for the already souring investor sentiment around Mexico – is another question.

29 Feb 2020

CASE STUDY: Grupo Gondi Tags Rare 10-Year LCY Tranche on Term Loan and USPP for Bond Refinancing

Over 2x oversubscription on the upsized term loan and US private placement allowed Grupo Gondi to introduce a competitive dynamic between loan and PP demand, maximizing maturities and achieving the lowest price.

26 Feb 2020

Peru’s Current and Fiscal Account Deficits Narrowing Despite Softer GDP Growth – Itau

Weak domestic demand, due to low gross public investment, is a drag on GDP growth, according to the bank’s research.

25 Feb 2020

Uruguay on Negative Watch amid Sluggish Growth and Fiscal Concerns – Fitch

In its latest assessment the ratings agency warns elevated public debt is driven even higher as the new coalition government comes into office.

24 Feb 2020

CASE STUDY: Quiport Lands First Corporate Bond Out of Ecuador in Decades

The bond proceeds have gone towards refinancing the first greenfield airport project in Latin America in 10 years.

21 Feb 2020

IMF Warns Argentina Bond Holders That Haircuts May be "Unavoidable"

The Fund held a series of “productive” meetings with Argentine officials in Buenos Aires, commending the overall efforts to restore growth and reduce poverty, but signalled that write-offs will be inevitable.

20 Feb 2020

Countries Must Protect ‘Natural Capital’ to Lower Sovereign Credit Risk – Grantham Research Institute

The London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment and think tank Planet Tracker have published a report exploring the link between a country’s sovereign bonds and its natural resources, outlining a new research framework intended to allow market participants to integrate these considerations into the credit analysis process.

7 Feb 2020

CASE STUDY: CABEI Places Latin America’s First AA-Rated Green Bond

The notes, listed on both, the Luxembourg and Taipei Stock Exchanges, priced at a spread of 85bp over 3M-LIBOR attracted significant appetite from Asian and European investors.

31 Jan 2020

Regulatory Tweak Expected to Boost Foreign Investment in Paraguayan PPP Projects

So far a lot of institutional investors from Europe and North America have been cautious of the construction and other risks associated with public works projects in the Southern Cone nation, but this may all change following an upcoming legislative change.

29 Jan 2020

Brazil Enjoys Record High Debenture Issuance Despite Regulatory Constraints

With an infrastructure gap estimated at USD50bn annually, Brazil is falling behind many of its regional peers. As the state pulls back from financing projects, private investors are ready and willing to step in – but many tell Bonds & Loans they need a steady and enabling regulatory environment to find their footing in the sector.

24 Jan 2020

Ecuador, Chile Join Growing List of Regional Issuers out of Latin America

The issuance pipeline in Latin America has really opened up this month with Ecuador and Chile joining a list of sovereigns tapping the international bond markets, including Colombia, Paraguay, and Mexico.

23 Jan 2020

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