Latin Corporates Lever Up

Latin Corporates Lever Up

As Latin America stabilizes and its financial markets strengthen, chief financial officers are casting off conservative strategies of the past and opting for leveraged finance to get them on the fast track to growth. The region's corporations lag far behind their relatively risk hungry peers in Emerging Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia – and bank market conditions are ripe to redress this. Leverage – the proportion of debt to equity in a company's capital structure – has traditionally been used by Latin American companies to finance acquisitions. These loans have been short-term and taken out by longer term issuance in the debt and equity markets. The market for long-

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