LATAM CLOSE-Paraguay lone issuer in LatAm primary this week
* Paraguay trades higher at US$100.75/101.15 * CAF sells two Kangaroo bonds this week * LatAm primary expected to pick up next week By Mike Gambale NEW YORK, March 24 (IFR) - No deals priced in the LatAm primary market on Thursday. Here is a snapshot of LatAm sovereign credit spreads: SOVEREIGN 3/23 3/22 3/21 1D 10D YTD 2015/16 HIGH BARBADOS 647 640 640 7 6 43 659 (2/11/16) BRAZIL 390 365 371 25 -20 -96 542 (2/11/16) CHILE 91 83 85 8 6 5 143 (2/11/16) COLOMBIA 269 257 256 12 -26 -20 412 (2/11/16) COSTA RICA 490 486 487 4 -21 -27 587 (2/11/16) DOMINICAN REP 418 403 411 15 -27 3 542 (2/11/16) ECUADOR 1118 1117 1070 1 -216 -197 1765 (2/11/16) EL SALVADOR 656 650 660 6 -3 16 840 (2/11/16) GUATEMALA 299 296 298 3 -14 -3 385 (2/11/16) JAMAICA 462 458 459 4 -5 13 519 (2/11/15) MEXICO 190 183 186 7 -11 -4 278 (2/11/16) PANAMA 191 185 186 6 -6 -15 272 (2/11/16) PERU 217 204 205 13 0 -14 291 (2/10/16) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 138 143 147 -5 -48 40 173 (1/15/15) URUGUAY 263 257 258 6 -8 -5 344 (2/11/16) VENEZUELA 3039 2925 2874 114 -29 247 3713 (2/12/16) Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch Master Index SPREAD TRENDS: One-day change shows most sectors widening except for Trinidad & Tobago LATAM PIPELINE: Argentina named BBVA, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JP Morgan, Santander and UBS as joint bookrunners for a possible bond sale, a source familiar with the matter told IFR on Tuesday. The timing and currency of the bond offering are not yet certain but the deal could come to market in early April, the source said. Expectations of a deal have been building since Argentina sealed an agreement with holdout creditors three weeks ago. (Full Story) Barring any objections from Congress, the republic is likely to try to issue up to US$15bn of bonds in April in an effort to pay litigant investors. Latin American development bank Corporacion Andina de Fomento has mandated ANZ and Deutsche Bank for a five-year Kangaroo bond offering. CAF last visited the Australian market on September 3 2015 for a A$50m (A$38m) tap of its 4.5% June 5 2025 line, which lifted the issue size to A$325m. The reopening priced at 101.731 to yield at 4.28%, equivalent to 135bp over asset swaps and 158bp wide of the April 2025 Australian Commonwealth government bond. CAF, rated Aa3/AA-/AA-, issued its inaugural A$275m 4.25% three-year Kangaroo on August 21 2013 before reopening the line six days later for a A$75m tap. The bond matures in six months. On October 30 2013, CAF sold a A$225m 6.25% 10-year bond. Raizen Energy launched a cash tender offer on its 7% due 2017 notes, according to a regulatory statement. The Brazilian company plans to buy up to US$200m of the outstanding US$400m notes. Raizen is seeking to buy the bonds back at 100.25, with a US$30 early bird incentive added. The early deadline is March 4, with the final deadline on March 18. Citigroup, Credit Agricole and JP Morgan are the dealer arrangers. Colombia has mandated BBVA, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan to organize meeting with fixed-income investors in Europe to discuss opportunities in the capital markets this year. Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas will attend the meetings, which start on March 8 in London. Discussions continue in Germany on March 9, the Netherlands on March 10 and in London again on March 11. Ratings are Baa2/BBB/BBB (stable/negative/stable) by Moody's, S&P and Fitch. The board of Argentine real estate developer IRSA has approved the issuance of up to US$470m of debt, according to a filing with local regulators. The Province of Mendoza is looking to raise US$300m in both the local and international markets to refinance debt, according to local reports. Neuquen province is contemplating a bond issue. The United Mexican States has filed an up to US$10bn debt shelf with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Proceeds will be used for general purposes, including refinancing and the repurchase of debt. Argentine E&P company Medanito has wrapped up roadshows ahead of a possible transaction through Itau and UBS. Expected rating is CCC+ by Fitch. Concesion Pacifico Tres, a toll-road concession in Colombia, wrapped up a roadshow through Goldman Sachs. The company is looking to raise up to US$272m of bonds, according to Fitch, which has rated the senior secured bonds BBB-. Pacifico Tres is jointly owned by Construcciones El Condor SA, Mario Alberto Huertas Cotes, and Constructora MECO SA. Banca de Inversion is acting as its financial advisor. Argentina utility Pampa Energia's shareholders have approved a US$500m debt program. Uruguay plans to raise up to US$1.5bn in bonds this year. Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (FEMSA), rated A- and A by S&P and Fitch, respectively, has mandated BBVA, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to arrange a series of fixed income investor meetings in Europe. The investor meetings are expected to take place in the week commencing March 7 2016. A euro-denominated bond transaction may follow subject to market conditions. (Reporting By Michael Gambale; editing by Shankar Ramakrishnan)
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