Category: Business

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EDPR bags solar PPA for 66 MW in Brazil

EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR) has secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the output of the 66-MW Lagoa solar park it plans to build in the Brazilian state of Paraiba, which will start generating power in 2022. The Madrid-based company with Portuguese roots says it has now secured 5.3 GW worth of off-take deals out of around 7 GW of its global capacity planned for installation between 2019 and 2022.

Casino close to selling discount chain Leader Price to rival Aldi

French retailer Casino Guichard Perrachon SA (CASP.PA) is in advanced talks to sell its Leader Price discount chain to German low-cost rival Aldi, at $834 million. In June last year, Casino started a restructuring plan for its Latin American operations which would result in controlling its businesses in Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Argentina through a 41.4% stake in Brazilian unit GPA (PCAR4.SA).

Food retailer GPA puts petrol stations up for sale

Brazilian food retailer GPA SA has put its network of petrol stations up for sale. Sources confirmed an earlier report which said GPA may fetch up to 1 billion reais ($245 million) for the gas stations and that Banco Bradesco’s investment banking unit has the mandate. GPA currently owns 123 stores across Brazil and 72 petrol stations with the brands Ipiranga and Raizen.

Singapore sovereign fund and Pátria win largest road concession in Brazil

A consortium formed by Brazilian private equity firm Pátria Investimentos SA and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte won the auction for the Piracicaba-Panorama road lot (called PiPa) in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s richest. The competition encompassed 218 kilometres currently operated by the Arteris Group’s Centrovias concessionaire, whose contract expires in the first quarter of this year, as well as 1,055 kilometres operated by DER-SP.

Brazil’s slow recovery tests foreign investors appetite

Offshore investors pulled 4.7 billion reais ($1.2 billion) out of local equities in 2019, according to data from the stock exchange. Excluding money generated by equity sales, the outflow jumps to 44.5 billion reais, the worst since at least 2004. Although benchmark Ibovespa climbed more than 30% in 2019, the slower-than-expected pace of growth in Latin America’s largest economy discouraged foreigners. Local investors, hungry for returns as interest rates fall to record lows, have picked up the slack.

Itelligence AG completes acquisition of FH S.A. in Brazil

Global SAP leading Itelligence AG announced today that it completed the acquisition of FH S.A. Brazil, owner of the local market leading tax solution ‘Guepardo’. “With revenue of R$ 168 million (37 million Euro) in 2019, an increase of 25% over the 2018 result, FH enters 2020 with an optimistic outlook on the market and plans to achieve R$ 200 million (44 million Euro)”, Ricardo Fachin, CEO of FH says in the press release.

ADM sells palm business in Brazil

Grain trader Archer Daniels Midland Co has sold its palm business in Brazil to local player Reflorestadora Moju Acará, according to the Brazilian antitrust watchdog Cade. The deal, whose value has not been disclosed, was part of a broader global portfolio review from ADM with businesses in Brazil that also include soy, corn, wheat and cotton.

State lender Caixa picks banks for insurance unit IPO

Brazilian state lender Caixa Econômica Federal has chosen the bank syndicate that will manage the initial public offering (IPO) of its insurance unit. Morgan Stanley will lead a 10-bank syndicate that expects expect to value it at around 60 billion reais ($14.77 billion). Caixa CEO Pedro Guimaraes wants an IPO in the short term, in March or April.

Natura buys Avon and becomes world’s 4th largest beauty company

The Natura Group has completed the purchase of Avon Products and the company’s board of directors approved the incorporation of the US cosmetics manufacturer, in a deal that created the world’s fourth-largest beauty group and valued its 130-year-old US rival at approximately US$2 billion. Natura &Co will now have annual gross revenues of over $10bn and a total of 40,000 associates in over 100 countries.

Banco do Brasil will exempt clients from overdraft fee in 2020

Banco do Brasil (BB) account holders will not pay the overdraft fee that will come into force in June next year. In a statement, the financial institution said it had opted to insure current and new customers throughout 2020. CMN Resolution 4765 of 27 November 2019 provides that banks can charge this type of new contracts. , from January 6th. For current ones, the fare is expected to take effect on June 1, 2020.