Government’s cash flow registered a primary deficit of R$ 21.17 billion ($ 3.8 billion) in March, the best performance for the month since 2017, considering values corrected by the Broad National Consumer Price Index (IPCA), according to the National Treasury. The result, which brings together the National Treasury, Social Security and Central Bank accounts, succeeds the February deficit of R$ 18.274 billion ($3.3 billion).
Bradesco saw recurring net income shrink 39.8% in the first quarter of this year in the midst of the pandemic, which pushed the figure in the period to R$ 3.753 billion ($ 683 million) compared to the same period in 2019. R$ 2.7 billion ($ 490 million) in allowance for loan losses, made in the first quarter on account of Covid-19.
The total debt of companies most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil amounts to R$ 900 billion ($ 164 billion). Of this total, R$ 556 billion ($ 101 billion) is due to the national financial system. According to Brazilian Central Bank, the sectors most affected are trade, services, transportation, the manufacturing industry, electricity and gas.
Economic uncertainties are great in these Covid-19 times, and making estimates is not an easy task. In the case of agriculture, however, much of what defines the sector’s performance is already known. This is the explanation for estimating a 2.4% advance in the Brazilian agricultural GDP this year.
Shopping centre manager Multiplan saw its first quarter net profit almost double over the same period last year, driven by strong sales performance until mid-March. The company that manages 18 high-end shopping centres in the country had a net profit of R$ 177.75 million ($ 32 million) in the first three months of the year, an increase of 93% in the annual comparison.
Fitch downgraded Embraer’s rating from BBB- to BB+, with which the company lost the investment grade for that agency. The move reflects “strong headwinds” for the civilian assessment industry because of the coronavirus. In addition, she comments that the cancellation of the agreement with Boeing will translate into “additional challenges” for the Brazilian company’s medium to long-term competitive position.
FecomercioSP expects a loss of R$ 3.7 billion ($ 617 million) in São Paulo commerce during Mother’s Day, the second-best date for local commerce. In comparison with the same period of 2019, the month of May should close with a decrease of 31%, and the losses in May might reach up to R$ 19.3 billion ($ 3.3 billion) due to the restrictive measures that keep the trade closed to prevent the advance of the new coronavirus.
Mining company Vale posted a net profit of $ 239 million in the first quarter, compared to a loss of $ 1.64 billion in the same period last year, the company said on Tuesday. The result also improved compared to the last quarter of 2019, when the company recorded a loss of $ 1.56 billion, as it was impacted by write-offs in nickel and coal assets and provisions related to the dam rupture in Brumadinho.
Petrobras expects to conclude 2020 with a gross debt of $ 87 billion, the same level as that of 2019, due to the impacts resulting from the coronavirus and the shock of oil prices. The new target was drawn up after the board of directors approved the revision of the top debt metrics contained in the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.
Hapvida’s board of directors approved a buyback program for up to 21 million common shares. The operation will have a term of 18 months and, in all, the company has 217 million shares in circulation. The program’s objective, according to Hapvida, is to take advantage of possible opportunities to allocate its resources in order to maximize the generation of value for shareholders.