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Argentina: Companies look to new funding sources

Since the global crisis took hold, Argentina’s corporates have struggled to source funding in the capital markets. Working capital needs are thus driving corporates to explore other financing avenues such as loans from multilateral agencies, commercial banks and the newly nationalized pension funds.

Lending activity is beginning to pick up, especially for deals that involve co-lending between multilateral agencies and commercial banks. Pan American Energy (PAE), a local oil and gas company, is poised to receive a $100 million A/B loan this month, with commercial banks providing $80 million and the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private-sector arm, and CAF, the Andean Development Bank, the rest. The IFC’s board will discuss the potential loan in the coming weeks. The multilateral has begun to syndicate it out.

Sweet loans
The PAE loan follows one for Arcor, a confectionery manufacturer, which was finalized in May. Arcor received $100 million, of which the IFC provided $20 million and Santander, Citi, Rabobank, BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered $80 million.

"We have the facilities to extend our loans out. We are being counter-cyclical. Today we are working very well with the commercial banks"

Enrique Canas, IFC

The IFC also closed a $40 million loan for soya bean processing company Noble Argentina on July 16.

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