Comgás, the largest gas distributor in Brazil with 2 million customers, posted a net income of R$367.1 million ($85 million) in Q4 of 2019, which represented a 57.2% drop compared to the same period of 2018 , according to the company’s latest report. The net debt, which was previously R$1.5 billion, more than doubled and reached the level of R$3.5 billion. So far this year, the company made a profit of R$1.3 billion, an increase of 2.1%.
Fiat Chrysler Latin America CEO, Antonio Filosa, expects auto sales in the region to grow 1.5% this year, to 4.2 million units, as Brazil’s economic recovery offsets economic crises in other markets such as Argentina. He predicts a 6% rise in Brazil, with Fiat sales increasing by 7% to 9%. The automaker will increase its powertrain production this year and begin sales of a 100% electric vehicle in Brazil.
Banco do Brasil recorded a net book income of R$18.16 billion in 2019, this is an increase of 41.2% compared to 2018. In Q4, net income was R$5.69 billion, an increase of 49.7% compared to the same period of 2018 and an increase of 33.8% compared to Q3. Among largest banks, Itaú was the one that registered the greatest benefits in 2019, with earnings of R$26.583 billion, an increase of 6.4% compared to 2018, the highest nominal annual result (not adjusted for inflation) ever recorded by Brazilian banks.
Brazil and Paraguay signed on Tuesday an agreement to boost autos and auto parts trade between the two countries. Under the agreement, Brazil will grant free trade treatment to Paraguayan automotive products immediately and Paraguay will allow Brazilian products to enter the country with lower taxes, which are of up to 2% and will gradually decrease until free trade conditions are met by 2022.
The presidents of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro and Argentina, Alberto Fernández, could meet on March 1 in Montevideo, in a sign of truce after months of tension between the two heads of State. Bolsonaro made the proposal of the meeting on the occasion of the inauguration of the Uruguayan president, Luis Lacalle Pou, upon hosting on Wednesday the Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá in Brasilia. During his visit, Solá also discussed with his Brazilian counterpart, Ernesto Araújo, support for Argentina in negotiations with the IMF, bilateral trade and the strengthening of Mercosur.