Peru Top Cement Maker Unacem Says Exports to Offset Mining Slump

By Nathan Gill (Bloomberg) — Union Andina de Cementos SAA, Peru’s biggest cement supplier, expects growth in exports will help offset weakening demand from local miners. Overseas sales of clinker, an ingredient in cement production, will surge 18 percent to about 500,000 metric tons this year, Ricardo Rizo Patron, chairman of the company, said Wednesday… Read More Peru Top Cement Maker Unacem Says Exports to Offset Mining Slump

Ecuador Said to Sell $750 Million of Five-Year Bonds at 10.5%

By Katia Porzecanski and Nathan Gill (Bloomberg) — Ecuador sold $750 million of five-year bonds overseas to meet its financing needs amid a plunge in the price of crude oil. The country sold the securities to yield 10.5 percent, according to a person familiar with the matter, who isn’t authorized to speak publicly and asked… Read More Ecuador Said to Sell $750 Million of Five-Year Bonds at 10.5%

Monsters of Bond Market Now Correa Go-To as China Is Not Enough

(Originally published by Bloomberg News) By Nathan Gill          (Bloomberg) — When President Rafael Correa defaulted on most of Ecuador’s overseas debt in 2008, he disparaged bondholders as “true monsters.” Now, he’s increasingly dependent on their goodwill.   Ecuador hired Citigroup Inc. to arrange meetings with investors to gauge demand for what… Read More Monsters of Bond Market Now Correa Go-To as China Is Not Enough

Bondholder Love for Ecuador’s Correa Is Questioned: Andes Credit

By Nathan Gill (Bloomberg) — President Rafael Correa’s resourcefulness in the face of sinking oil prices has made Ecuador a favorite among emerging-market bond investors this year. To AllianceBernstein and Capital Economics, Correa needs to do more to ensure that the goodwill doesn’t prove fleeting. The nation’s debt securities returned 4.9 percent as Correa said… Read More Bondholder Love for Ecuador’s Correa Is Questioned: Andes Credit

Ecuador’s Dollar Reliance Worsens Impact of Oil, Correa Says

By Nathan Gill(Bloomberg) — President Rafael Correa, a former economics professor critical of Ecuador’s use of the dollar as its official currency, said the greenback is worsening the impact of falling crude prices as liquidity in the economy contracts. The reliance on the dollar means the government can’t print more money to increase the amount… Read More Ecuador’s Dollar Reliance Worsens Impact of Oil, Correa Says

Bondholders Embracing Chavez’s Disciple in Ecuador: Andes Credit

By Nathan Gill (Bloomberg) — Nicolas Maduro and Rafael Correa are both socialist disciples of the late Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, but only one is managing to convince bondholders he’s got the ability to weather the collapse in oil prices. While Chavez’s handpicked successor Maduro is struggling to ward off a default, Ecuador counterpart Correa… Read More Bondholders Embracing Chavez’s Disciple in Ecuador: Andes Credit

China Rescues Ecuador Budget From Deeper Cuts as Crude Drops

(Originally published by Bloomberg News) By Nathan Gill            (Bloomberg) — Ecuador, an OPEC nation that relies on crude for about a quarter of revenue, obtained enough financing from China to avoid deeper budget cuts even as its oil price fell below $40 a barrel, Finance Minister Fausto Herrera said. The Latin American country expects total… Read More China Rescues Ecuador Budget From Deeper Cuts as Crude Drops

Ecuador Gains $5.3 Billion Credit Line From China as Oil Tumbles

By Nathan Gill (Bloomberg) — The Export-Import Bank of China granted Ecuador a $5.3 billion credit line after a slide in oil to an almost six-year low prompted spending cuts for the OPEC member. Finance Minister Fausto Herrera said in a statement published today in the president’s official gazette that the Andean nation will use… Read More Ecuador Gains $5.3 Billion Credit Line From China as Oil Tumbles

Wikileaks Founder Assange Seeks Asylum at Ecuador’s U.K. Embassy

Nathan Gill and Randall WoodsJune 19, 2012 Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group Wikileaks, sought asylum at Ecuador’s Embassy in London after exhausting his options through British courts to avert extradition to Sweden. Ecuador is studying the request and is in contact with the U.K. government, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters in Quito… Read More Wikileaks Founder Assange Seeks Asylum at Ecuador’s U.K. Embassy

U.S. Expels Envoy From Ecuador, President Correa Slams U.S.

By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Nathan Gill (Bloomberg) — The U.S. expelled Ecuador’s ambassador to Washington today in retaliation for the expulsion of the top U.S. diplomat in the South American country. Within hours, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa accused the U.S. of infiltrating his country’s police. Ecuador on April 5 expelled the U.S. ambassador to… Read More U.S. Expels Envoy From Ecuador, President Correa Slams U.S.

Ecuador’s Protesting Police Lay Siege to President

Nathan Gill and Alex EmerySeptember 30, 2010, 9:00 PM GMT-5 Ecuador declared a state of emergency as hundreds of police protesting wage cuts blocked roads, shut the airport for several hours and sprayed teargas on President Rafael Correa. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez backed Correa’s claim that he was the target of an organized coup attempt,… Read More Ecuador’s Protesting Police Lay Siege to President

Spain’s Segura Says CNMV Needs Up to 20% Staff Boost

By Nathan Gill Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) — Spain’s stock-market regulator needs an up to 20 percent staff increase to improve market supervision, the regulator’s chief said. Spain will need to add personnel over the next three years to better regulate markets and fulfill its obligations with the European Union, Julio Segura, the president of Spain’s… Read More Spain’s Segura Says CNMV Needs Up to 20% Staff Boost

Chilean Banks’ Combined Profit Rises 7% in September

By Nathan Gill Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — Chilean banks’ combined profit increased 7 percent in September from the previous month after demand for lending rose amid signs of an economic recovery. Net income in the nine months through September was 849 billion pesos ($1.6 billion), Chile’s banking regulator, known as the SBIF, wrote in an… Read More Chilean Banks’ Combined Profit Rises 7% in September

Endesa Chile Earnings Increase 56% on Lower Costs

By Nathan Gill and James Attwood Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) — Empresa Nacional de Electricidad SA, Chile’s biggest power generator, said third-quarter profit surged 56 percent after it lowered costs. Net income rose to 178 billion pesos ($336 million) from 114 billion pesos a year earlier, the company known as Endesa Chile said today in a… Read More Endesa Chile Earnings Increase 56% on Lower Costs

Chile’s Soquimich Falls to Seven-Week Low on Earnings Decline

By Nathan Gill Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) — Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA, Chile’s biggest fertilizer producer, tumbled to the lowest price in seven weeks after reporting a 57 percent drop in third-quarter profit. The Santiago-based company, known as Soquimich, retreated 2 percent in Santiago trading to 19,470 pesos, the lowest since Sept. 7.… Read More Chile’s Soquimich Falls to Seven-Week Low on Earnings Decline

Soquimich Profit Drops 57% on Lower Fertilizer Sales

By James Attwood and Nathan Gill Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA, Chile’s biggest fertilizer producer, reported a 57 percent drop in third-quarter profit as lower prices dragged down sales. Net income fell to $82.3 million from $191 million a year earlier, the Santiago-based company known as Soquimich wrote today… Read More Soquimich Profit Drops 57% on Lower Fertilizer Sales

Velasco Says Chile Economic Recovery to Be ‘Vigorous’

By Nathan Gill Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Chilean Finance Minister Andres Velasco said the country’s economy should have a “vigorous” recovery after it suffered its worst slump in at least a decade. Forecasts for 2010 economic growth are improving and Chile’s labor market is recovering as consumption expands and demand for the country’s exports grows,… Read More Velasco Says Chile Economic Recovery to Be ‘Vigorous’

Celfin Capital to Start Chile Carbon Credit Exchange

By Nathan Gill Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — Celfin Capital SA, a Santiago, Chile-based brokerage and investment bank, announced plans to create a carbon trading exchange in the country. The Santiago Climate Exchange is a joint venture with Fundacion Chile, a government-sponsored entity promoting technological innovation, to encourage voluntary carbon reduction projects, Celfin Chairman Juan Andres… Read More Celfin Capital to Start Chile Carbon Credit Exchange

BHP Spence Copper Workers End Chile Wage Negotiations

By Matt Craze and Nathan Gill Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — BHP Billiton Ltd. workers at the company’s Spence copper mine in Chile broke off wage talks with management, according to a union official. Workers at the mine, who began the 14th day of a strike today, will stage protests after government-mediated talks failed, union President… Read More BHP Spence Copper Workers End Chile Wage Negotiations

Banco de Chile Rises on Goldman Sachs Upgrade

By Nathan Gill Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Banco de Chile, the country’s second-biggest lender, rose in Santiago trading after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upgraded the shares. Santiago-based Banco de Chile gained 0.5 percent to 42.7, paring a weekly loss of 0.4 percent. SM-Chile SA, the bank’s holding company, jumped 6.8 percent to its highest price… Read More Banco de Chile Rises on Goldman Sachs Upgrade

Banco Monex in Talks to Sell Operations to Consorcio

By Nathan Gill Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) — Consorcio Financiero SA, a Santiago-based financial services provider, is negotiating the purchase of Chile’s Banco Monex, a bank spokeswoman said. Monex is holding talks with Consorcio about the possible sale of its operations, Claudia Valenzuela said today in a telephone interview from Santiago, confirming an unsourced Diario Financiero… Read More Banco Monex in Talks to Sell Operations to Consorcio

La Polar Rises Most in Ipsa on Prospect for Recovery

By Nathan Gill Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — Empresas La Polar SA had the biggest gain in Chile’s Ipsa Index after analysts said the fourth-largest retailer by market value will benefit from a recovery in spending. Santiago-based La Polar climbed 4 percent to 2,870 pesos, its highest price since January 2008. The shares have more than… Read More La Polar Rises Most in Ipsa on Prospect for Recovery

Chile to Pause for ‘Prolonged Time,’ De Gregorio Says

By Nathan Gill Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — Chilean central bank President Jose De Gregorio said policy makers will keep the overnight lending rate at its record low for a “prolonged time.” De Gregorio has said he plans to hold borrowing costs down in an effort to stoke economic expansion faster than 4.5 percent, which would… Read More Chile to Pause for ‘Prolonged Time,’ De Gregorio Says

BHP Says Spence Output Continues at ‘Reduced Rate’

By Nathan Gill Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest mining company, said copper production at its Spence mine in northern Chile continues at a “reduced rate” as a strike by workers enters an eighth day, an official said. BHP declined to specify the current production rate, according to Ruban Yogarajah, a… Read More BHP Says Spence Output Continues at ‘Reduced Rate’

Cencosud Installs Team in Costanera Center Site to Study Restart

By Nathan Gill Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) — Cencosud SA, Chile’s biggest retailer by sales, moved personnel into its Costanera Center site to evaluate resuming construction of the Santiago office tower and shopping center project. “Cencosud has been continually studying the financial and economic conditions, both national and international, to decide the right time to reactivate… Read More Cencosud Installs Team in Costanera Center Site to Study Restart

Strike at BHP’s Spence Mine in Chile Enters 5th Day

By Nathan Gill Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest mining company, said a strike at the company’s Spence copper mine in Chile entered a fifth day. Copper output at the Melbourne-based company’s 200,000-ton-a-year mine continued at a slower rate, spokesman Ruban Yogarajah said today in a telephone interview from London. Unionized… Read More Strike at BHP’s Spence Mine in Chile Enters 5th Day

BHP’s Spence Mine Copper Producing at ‘Slower Rate’

By Nathan Gill Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) — BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest mining company, said copper output at its 200,000-ton-a-year Spence mine in Chile continues at a “slower rate” as a strike by workers entered a fourth day. Production was “the same as yesterday,” spokesman Mauro Valdes responded by text message to questions from… Read More BHP’s Spence Mine Copper Producing at ‘Slower Rate’

Chile’s Fit Research Buys Santiago Exchange Seat

By Nathan Gill Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) — Chilean brokerage Fit Research Corredores de Bolsa SA bought a seat in the Santiago securities exchange in an auction today. Fit, the only bidder, offered the minimum price of 2 billion pesos ($3.7 million) for a share in the exchange, the auctioneer announced. This gives the company the… Read More Chile’s Fit Research Buys Santiago Exchange Seat

BHP to Stop Copper Output at Spence Mine, Union Says

By Nathan Gill and Matthew Craze Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) — BHP Billiton Ltd. will cease production of refined copper tomorrow at its 200,000-ton-a-year Spence copper mine in Chile because of a strike, a union leader said. Workers stopped mining on Oct. 13, leaving BHP without enough raw materials to be turned into refined copper, union… Read More BHP to Stop Copper Output at Spence Mine, Union Says

Chile Invokes Anti-Terror Law to Quell Violence, Rosende Says

By Nathan Gill Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Chile will use an anti-terrorism law criticized by human rights groups to try and quell a spate of violence over indigenous lands in the country’s south, a government official said. The government will apply the law, dating from the military dictatorship, against those responsible for armed attacks against… Read More Chile Invokes Anti-Terror Law to Quell Violence, Rosende Says