By John Rumsey
Brazil infrastructure: Redemption road
Brazil's bold infrastructure push has been heralded as a game changer. Investors, however, may balk at low yields and risks that remain hard to evaluate
Much fanfare has accompanied Brazil's announcement of an
ambitious $133 billion reais ($66 billion) infrastructure
investment program. A new law to jumpstart long-term debentures
has raised hopes that the private sector will finally prove a
key player in the sector.
But the market may prove less attractive to foreign
investors than the hype would suggest.
Law 12,431, which finally passed in an amended version as
law 12,715 on September 17, was greeted with enthusiasm. It
provides tax breaks to investors when they invest in debentures
with tenors over four years.
The amendments are well written and addressed the doubts of
investors over liabilities for non-compliance with government
conditions on tax exemptions, for example, says Marcelo
Leitão, head of debt capital markets at the São
Paulo office of Portuguese bank Banco Caixa Geral.
"This is an important event. A series of issuers has been
waiting for this...
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