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Latin American Borrowers Brace for Volatility, Draw Down Credit Lines

Mexico’s Televisa and Brazil’s Vale are the latest corporates to make use of any credit available to them in what is likely to be a slew of regional and emerging market borrowers looking to shift into capital conservation mode in a turbulent market.

26 Mar 2020

Bips & Pieces Americas Economics and Markets

Interview: Fermaca CFO on Funding Plans and Opportunities in Mexico’s Infrastructure Sector (Spanish)

Fermaca is a leading operator of gas infrastructure in Mexico, which builds, owns and operates pipelines and other related energy assets in the country. Daniel Elguea, Chief Financial Officer of Fermaca, discusses the company’s performance in 2019, the Treasury’s objectives for 2020 the outlook for the infrastructure sector in Mexico.

24 Mar 2020

DAE Recommends Buying its Own Dip in Bond Repurchasing Boost

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has touted its bond repurchasing programme in a bid to shore up demand for its outstanding notes, a move that could be replicated by other regional issuers seeing a drop-off in credit demand.

3 Mar 2020

MENA Borrowers Weigh Costs and Benefits of Debut DCM Deals as Appetite for Funding Diversification Grows

CFOs and Treasurers from across the region are looking at ways to diversify their funding base and reduce their dependence on the region’s deep-pocketed lenders, with the debt capital markets – which has grown leaps and bounds over the past decade – looking increasingly likely to be the dominant means of doing so. But how to shift internal cultures around disclosure, engage new investors, and…

20 Feb 2020

Sovcombank Sees Opportunities in Russia’s National Projects, Retail, and Green Finance

A number of large Russian banks were briefly teetering on the edge three years ago, as the industry was hit by a wave of bankruptcies and bad headlines. What followed was a five-year cleanse of the sector by the Central Bank and affiliated government agencies, and those lenders that came out unscathed at the end of it are now reaping the benefits of a less crowded and more stable industry. One of…

14 Feb 2020

Angola’s Minister of Finance on Privatisations, Following Through on Free Trade, and Managing the Tricky Balance between Economic Diversification and Oil Dependence

While João Lourenço’s government continues to dominate the headlines - for highly visible corruption indictments against his predecessor José Eduardo dos Santos, his family, and associates - Vera Daves de Sousa, Angola’s young and resolutely optimistic Minister of Finance, is working hard behind the scenes to chart a more financially sustainable path for the country following years of economic…

13 Feb 2020

Termocandelaria CEO, CFO on Colombia’s Rising Energy Capacity, Funding Plans, and Importance of ESG for Renewables Companies

In January 2019 Termocandelaria, the largest non-hydro power generation company in Colombia tapped the international capital markets for the first time with a USD410mn offering of 7.875% senior notes due 2029, marking the first corporate high-yield bond out of Latin America that year. A year on to the day, Termocandelaria re-tapped its existing bond for a further USD186mn at an impressive 110% of…

6 Feb 2020

SQB Opens Up Uzbekistan’s Corporate Bond Market with Finance Ministry’s Guidance

Uzbekistan’s oldest lender, state-owned SQB, issued its inaugural Eurobond months after the sovereign made its international market debut. Bonds & Loans speaks to Odilbek Isakov, the Deputy Finance Minister of Uzbekistan, and Aziz Voitov, the Chairman of SQB, about the challenges of fast-tracking the development of debt capital markets in frontier economies – where issuers are queuing up to take…

29 Jan 2020

Sabanci CFO on the Pivot Towards High-Tech and Broadening Access to Long-Term Funding

Large firms often fear getting outshone by their smaller and more nimble rivals, but Sabanci Holding – one of Turkey’s largest industrial and financial conglomerates – has recently emerged from a period of deleveraging to go on the offensive, making a series of strategic acquisitions and capitalising on emerging market opportunities that place technology at the centre of its growth strategy over…

19 Dec 2019

SRC CEO on Balancing Funding, Increasing Home Ownership, and Avoiding Western-Style Hubris

The Saudi government has set itself the ambitious task of turning roughly 70% of the population into homeowners, leading to a rapid step-up in mortgage provision and bolstering the need for balance sheet solutions required to keep the all-important liquidity wheel turning. That’s where Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC) comes into the picture. We speak with Fabrice Susini, the CEO of SRC,…

4 Dec 2019

Azizi Developments CFO Sees UAE Property Market Recovery in 2020

The UAE property market has made headlines throughout 2018 and 2019 – but largely for the wrong reasons, with oversupply and subdued demand straining balance sheets against the backdrop of sluggish economic growth. But not all property developers seem downbeat about the sector’s prospects. Fresh off securing the company’s debut credit rating, Mika Toivola, CFO, of Azizi Developments, a…

13 Nov 2019

GEMS Education CFO on Scaling the Multijurisdictional Treasury, Funding, and New Opportunities

An exclusive Bonds & Loans interview Ed Senior, acting CFO of GEMS Education, on the company's recent bond placement, acquisition of Ma’arif Education Group and key focus areas for 2020.

7 Nov 2019

SOCAR Finance GM Pursues Trade Finance Alternatives Following STAR Refinery Launch

SOCAR, Azerbaijan’s state oil and gas company, currently bears the mantle of the largest foreign direct investor in Turkey. The opening of SOCAR’s USD6.3bn STAR Refinery in October 2018 marked one of many major projects in the country. Bonds & Loans spoke with Elchin Ibadov, Finance and IT Deputy General Manager, about SOCAR’s bid to create a centralised treasury function, fostering operational…

24 Oct 2019

Grupo Argos CFO on Sector Strategy, Picking Relationship Banks, and Sustainability

Grupo Argos S.A is a Colombian conglomerate with large investments in the cement and energy industries, with operations in the United States, Panamá, Honduras and the Caribbean, and assets in various sectors from transport to real estate. The Group’s CFO Alejandro Piedrahita spoke with Bonds & Loans to discuss the group’s major businesses, the company’s bold new bid to build a new logistics hub…

15 Oct 2019

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