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.
Petrobras posted a net profit of R$40.137 billion ($9.2bn) in 2019, a 55.7% increase over the amount recorded in 2018. The figure also represents the highest nominal profit in the history of capital companies according to Economatica. In Q4 alone the net profit was R$8.153 billion – an increase of 287.87% over the same period the previous year.
Oil companies produced 3.17 million barrels per day (BPD) on average in Brazil in January, a volume 20.4% larger than seen in the same month a year earlier and an output record for the country, oil regulator ANP said. Natural gas production increased 22% over January 2019 to 138.7 million cubic meters per day on average last month, also a record.
Brazil will have around 20 million 5G users by 2023, accounting for 6% of the mobile base, according to Cisco’s Annual Internet Report 2018-2023. In the same period, the 4G customer base will grow to 58.4% from 53.8% of mobile accesses. By contrast, 3G and older technology will drop to 29.6% from 46.1% while IoT accesses will grow to 6% from 0.1 percent.
The Brazilian telecoms regulator (Anatel) preparing to auction bandwidth for fifth-generation (5G) mobile data at the end of this year said any decision on the security risks of using Chinese technology will ultimately be taken by the president’s national security adviser. Anatel approved the rules for the auction published by the government last week and opened a public review. If confirmed, it will be the world’s largest 5G spectrum auction to date.
Brazilian oil workers and oil giant Petrobras are locked in a power struggle over plans to shift focus away from non-core assets, with a federation of unions saying that 21,000 employees in 13 states (60% of the company’s workforce) are on strike indefinitely. Petrobras did not confirm those numbers but said it has been able to maintain oil and gas production levels and meet fuel demand across the country by bringing in temporary workers on emergency contracts.
Brazil’s largest wireless carrier Telefonica Brasil SA reported on Wednesday R$1.274 billion ($293 million) Q4 net income, down 14.3% year-on-year, as taxes and depreciation costs overshadowed an improved operating performance. The subsidiary of Spain’s Telefónica SA, which in Brazil operates under the brand Vivo, said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a gauge of Vivo’s operating performance also known as EBITDA, rose by 22.8% in Q4 to R$4.967 billion.
Brazil meatpacker JBS (JBSS3.SA) said in a securities filing Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire five case ready production facilities from Empire Packing Company, as well as the Ledbetter brand for $238 million. The facilities are located in the United States and the transaction still requires regulatory approval.