Brazilian insurance company BB Seguridade SA reported on Monday an almost 35% jump in its Q4 adjusted net income compared with the same period a year ago. Its securities filing says that its quarterly recurring net profit, which excludes one-off items such as proceeds from the sale of its stake in reinsurer IRB Brasil RE, came at 1.133 billion reais ($262.24 million). For 2020, the company expects a growth between 7% to 13% in operating result.
Chinese-owned grain trader COFCO International has added up Tony Tian, Helen Song and Alfonso Romero were to its executive committee, expanding the number of members to seven, and appointed Philip Xu as new managing director Brazil, replacing Valmor Schaffer. Tian will take on the additional role of Managing Director Regions for Brazil and North America and is to relocate from Geneva to Sao Paulo.
Grupo SBF, the formal name of Brazil’s sports goods chain Centauro, closed a $212 million deal to take over Nike operations in the country. Centauro’s shares (CNTO3.SA) rose more than 10% on Thursday mid-morning trading in Sao Paulo after the announcement. The deal, which will add 24 Nikes stores to the current Centauro’s 200 stores, still needs to be approved by Brazilian antitrust watchdog CADE.
Brazilian fashion retailer Lojas Renner SA reported an almost 17% jump in its fourth-quarter net income, as lower taxes and stronger operating results helped the company improve its margins. In a securities filing, the company said its quarterly net profit hit 513 million reais ($119.80 million) compared with 439.8 million reais a year earlier.
Brazil’s development bank BNDES sold on Wednesday $5.2 billion in common shares it owned in state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA), the largest Petrobras offering in a decade. BNDES will send part of the profits to Brazil’s Treasury as dividends. The sale of Petrobras shares is the largest divestiture so far of the R$110 billion stock portfolio owned by the development bank.
Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Volvo announced an investment of R$ 1 billion ($237 million) in Brazil in the period between 2020 and 2023 for research and development of products and services, including construction of equipment and marine engines. Brazil was the second market of the group in the world in 2019 when heavy truck sales grew 58%, light heavy 55.5%, buses 73% and exports, mainly to Colombia and Chile, went up 77%.
Shares in Brazil’s budget airline Gol rose as much as 5.5% on Tuesday after signing a codeshare agreement with American Airlines, that will create “the most frequent service between the United States and South America”. Gol will connect customers to more than 30 destinations in the USA, and American will offer flights to Uruguay and Paraguay, in addition to the Brazilian cities of Curitiba and Foz do Iguaçu.
A strike by workers at Brazil’s Petrobras started on Saturday, has not yet affected “production or supply to the market” and “all of its oil, fuel and derivatives production units are operating within safety standards,” the state-owned oil company said. Around 14,750 workers are on strike, or 80% of the total in the 12 states where the industrial action is taking place, according to Federação Única dos Petroleiros (FUP).
Markets will see R$39.5 billion ($9.3 billion) in share sales in the coming weeks, including the biggest offer since 2010, thanks to the government’s efforts to shed assets and a rush to stocks amid a hunt for returns. Development bank BNDES is leading the charge, unloading a stake worth almost R$24 billion in Petrobras, as well as shares of meatpacker JBS SA. Brazilian equity offerings rose 213% last year to R$115.1 billion.
“ASF, coronavirus and a new outbreak of bird flu influence consumer habits and may drive Chinese demand for Brazilian meat,” said Francisco Turra, president of Brazil’s meat industry association ABPA. The new threat reported on Saturday comes as China has been trying to increase local poultry output to substitute for pork. Last year, Chinese imports of Brazilian chicken rose 34% while its imports of Brazilian pork jumped 61%.