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Brazil: FIDCs force the pace in Brazilian securitization

Securitization used to be a dirty word in Brazil, with many investors intimidated by the risks of such a complex product and suspicious of promised double-digit returns in the local real currency. But since the creation of the fundos de investimento em direitos creditorios (credit receivables funds), FIDCs have become the vehicle of choice for non real-estate securitizations in Brazil, and foreign investors are flocking en masse to the market.

According to Uqbar, a local consultancy specializing in the sector, Brazil’s total securitization issuance was less than $25 million in 2002 but growth has been impressive. The market was worth $5.6 billion last year, with FIDCs being the most popular product by far, and is set to grow by about 15% this year, say São Paulo-based bankers. With some $750 million of FIDC-linked notes held by overseas investors, in 2007 foreigners could snap up an additional $2 billion in paper. "The demand is enormous," says Eduardo Rocha, a founding partner of Boa Esperança Recebiveis, which specializes in receivables.

Securitization takes off in Brazil

Domestic volumes (2000-06)

Source: Moody’s Investor Services

What has made FIDCs so attractive to yield-hungry investors is their flexibility and easy adaptation to a range of industries from auto loans to project finance.

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