Funding the Brazil Oil Supply Chain
With huge infrastructure needs in the next few years, Brazilian issuers are innovating to fund participants in the oil supply chains and other infrastructure channels.
Petrobras has clearly telegraphed that it needs more than $250
billion to exploit pre-salt oil deposits over the next five
years, and investors appear keen to participate. Less clear is
how to secure funds for the legion of engineers, manufacturers
and service providers supporting the projected oil boom.
There are more than 5,000
companies of all sizes serving and supplying Petrobras,
according to Marcilio Miranda, a consultant at the Brazilian
state oil producer. Together, they will need about $40 billion
in capital per year during the next five years, he says.
Miranda oversees a program to assist suppliers through
transactions using the Fundos de Investimento em Direitos
Creditórios (FIDC) structure.
But with the government signaling that BNDES may become less
active in the coming years, and local capital markets still
considered shallow, it has been hard for these smaller
borrowers to move beyond short-term bank financing. In...
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