After several years of aggressive growth, banks are slashing
project finance lending in Latin America. In the year to late
November 2013, banks had lent 43% fewer project finance
funds—89 loans for $16.9 billion-equivalent
—than in all of 2012.
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Meanwhile, project sponsors are increasingly using the bond
markets favoring, in particular, sales of local currency debt
to domestic investors. Latin American firms issued 15 project
bonds worth $5.4 billion-equivalent in the first 11 months of
2013, up from $4.2 billion-equivalent in the previous year, and
$2.2 billion-equivalent in 2011.
Energy projects accounted for around half those deals.
Public infrastructure projects – including roads,
government buildings, hospitals, ports, waste, water and
sewerage – made up the other half, Dealogic data
Despite commercial banks’ historical role in
construction finance, project lenders, sponsors, investors and
rating agencies all agree that the bond market’s
share of Latin American infrastructure financing...
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