Caribbean Loans Slump
Loans to Caribbean companies for the first seven months have dropped by around 50% compared to the same period in 2008. Demand and supply remain weak.
by Taina Rosa
As financing from private banks became more expensive,
multilaterals, especially the IFC, have stepped up to bat and
extended credit to the Caribbean regions private sector.
Nevertheless, as risk aversion slowly subdues and bond markets
show signs of opening up, the outlook looks slightly
The financial crisis has been weighing on the Caribbean
in extreme form, says Wendell Mottley, managing director
at Credit Suisse. There was a withdrawal of capital for
the whole Latin America and Caribbean region in the early stage
of the crisis. No net debt flew back into the region for some
time, adds Mottley, who covers the Caribbean.
Loan volume as of late July in the Caribbean was down by
almost half compared to the same period of 2008. Dealogic data
shows that as of July 28, only four loans worth $185.8 million
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