The volume of dividends that large banks in Brazil paid out to their shareholders in 2019, with the exception of Itaú Unibanco, was R $ 52 billion ($ 12 billion), almost 26% more than in 2018. Itaú Unibanco distributed 66.2 % of recurring net revenues for 2019, compared to 89.2% the previous year. The decrease in the proportion of dividends was reflected directly in the pocket of the shareholders of Itaúsa, the holding company that controls the bank.
The soybean crop now reaches 30.4% of the area of 37 million hectares, according to a survey conducted by the consultant Safras & Mercado. Only Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul have not yet begun, says the survey. The most advanced state is still Mato Grosso (74%). If compared with the average rate of 28% of the period, the current national crop is advanced, but behind 40% in the same period last year. The progress in relation to the week ending February 14 was medium, when it was 22%.
Raízen, one of the biggest ethanol producer in Brazil, is looking at partnerships with Indian firms for second-generation ethanol, produced from bagasse and sugarcane leaves, President and CEO Luis Henrique Gulmaraes said. In the interim Brazil could also export ethanol to India to quicken its 10% ethanol-blend programme. Raízen, a 50-50 joint-venture between Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell , is the third largest Brazilian energy company by revenue and the fifth largest in the country.
ExpressJet Airlines, which operates in the United States as United Express on behalf of United Airlines Holdings, will add 36 Embraer ERJ145 aircraft to its fleet in the next 12 months. The company said it will eliminate a small number of E175 aircraft to have a fleet composed only of the ERJ145 as it plans to become the largest operator of the Brazilian 50-seat model in the world.
Carrefour Brasil SA expects to keep capital expenditure to convert 30 stores acquired from smaller rival Makro into its Atacadão wholesale format below R$300 million ($68.41 million). After local antitrust regulator Cade approves the recent acquisition, it should take three to six months to reopen each store as Atacadão, Roberto Müssnich, who leads Carrefour Brazil’s wholesale unit said.
Brazil presented on Sunday to the financial G20 meeting in Riyadh its ‘Programa Verde Amarelo’ (Yellow Green Program) with which the Jair Bolsonaro government seeks to generate 1.8 million jobs in three years for young people aged 18 to 24. This represents a 2% increase in the employed population and a projected reduction of more than 30% in labour costs for companies, said the Secretary of International Economic Affairs, Erivaldo Gomes, replacing the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, who did not attend the meeting in Saudi Arabia.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Twitter on Friday that he will be discussing the potential opening of a Tesla plant in Brazil during his trip to the United States in March, among other issues. On Thursday, Eduardo Bolsonaro, President’s son and lawmaker said he participated in a video conference with the Minister of Science and Technology, Marcos Pontes, and the minister-adviser of the US embassy, William Popp, to discuss the attraction of Tesla’s investment.
Brazilian state-owned lender Caixa Economica Federal is partnering with the world’s largest payments network Visa Inc to issue debit and credit cards, it said on Friday. The partnership comes as Caixa revamps its card business prior to selling a stake the newly created company, Caixa Cartoes. Caixa had 109.3 million debit and credit cards issued to clients in December, up 6.2% from a year earlier. Payments with Caixa cards totaled 210.8 billion reais ($47.97 billion) last year.
Amaggi, the Brazilian soybean group owned by entrepreneur-turned-politician Blairo Maggi, is in advanced talks to buy the local unit of Argentina’s El Tejar (O Telhar) to capitalise on increasing crop demand from China. The proposed acquisition, yet to be confirmed by both companies, would encompass all assets in Brazil, including about 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) of farming land, cotton mills, warehouses and machinery.
The majority of councillors at Brazil’s antitrust agency Cade voted on Wednesday against a prosecutors’ request to review the sale of Embraer SA’s EMBR3.SA commercial division to Boeing Co BA.N and allowed the deal to proceed. Earlier this month, Brazilian prosecutors had filed an appeal with Cade asking the regulator to reconsider its approval of the deal due to potential omissions in the decision. It tie-up had been approved without restrictions on Jan. 27.