The deforestation of the Legal Amazon in the first semester of 2020 was 25.47% higher than in the same period last year. The forest lost 3,070 km2, according to Inpe. This corresponds to about twice the area of the municipality of São Paulo. Also, this represents the worst result of the first semester in the last five years.
The share of railways in the total transportation in Brazil should reach more than 30% in up to eight years. This is the federal government’s plan. Currently, the railroad mode accounts for 15% of the Brazilian transport ecosystem. The Ministry of Infrastructure argued that the achievement of this goal should be guaranteed from the railroad concessions already planned.
Latam Brasil said it received $1.3 billion (R$ 7 billion) from an investment fund led by U.S. company Oaktree Capital Management L.P. The loan, made on the debtor-in-possession model, allows creditors to take priority in settling debts while a group is in judicial recovery.
The Economic Activity Indicator of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (IAE-FGV) pointed to a growth of 0.5% in the economy in May compared to April. The index released shows a small recovery after strong retractions in the previous two months. FGV warns, however, that activity is still at a much lower level than in the pre-pandemic period.
Allianz announced the conclusion of the acquisition of SulAmerica’s car insurance operations and essential branches for R$ 3.2 billion ($ 615 mm). According to the German company, after the acquisition it becomes the second largest car insurance company. With the merger, Allianz projects a total turnover of R$ 7 billion ($ 1.3 bn) in 2020, compared to R$ 3.3 billion ($ 634 mm) last year.
The Brazilian Government has stopped using million-dollar resources already donated by other countries to combat crimes in the forest. More than R$33 million ($6.3 mm) already donated to Brazil through the Amazon Fund, a programme financed with money from Norway and Germany, are available for two actions: one to fight fires by Ibama and the other for the Ministry of Justice to expand the work of inspection in the forest by the National Force. These resources, however, are stored in the BNDES.
State-owned companies recorded net profits of R$109.1 billion ($20.5 bn) in 2019, an increase of 53%, compared to 2018 when it was R$71.3 billion ($13 bn). According to the Ministry of Economy, there were 200 state-owned companies at the end of 2019, 46 of which were direct and 154 were indirect. Among those with direct control, 18 were dependent. At the end of 2018, the country had 209 state-owned companies.
The sector has already lost R$122 billion ($23 bn) from March to June. The amount is equivalent to more than three months of sales in the sector, estimated at R$40 billion ($7.5 bn), according to CNC data. The entity estimates that it may take until 2023 for the sector to resume the 2019 revenue level, before the pandemic. Today, the sector operates with about 15% of its capacity.
Brazil has overtaken the United States and assumed the position of world’s largest soybean producer. A record 119 million tons of soybeans are expected in this year’s harvest. The expectation is that 2021 will also be a good harvest year, with more than 130 million tons.
Caixa Econômica Federal has exceeded the R$5 billion ($943 mm) in credit to micro and small businesses during the pandemic. The Support Program for Micro and Small Businesses (Pronampe) reached the limit of R$4.24 billion ($800 mm) in loans and the lines of the Guarantee Fund for Micro and Small Businesses (Fampe) lent R$1.8 billion ($339 mm).