May 3, 2013
Rogerio Jelmayer – Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires, 05/03/2013
Brazilian mining giant Vale SA (VALE, VALE5.BR) won’t play an “active” role in the change of ownership at Companhia Siderurgica do Atlantico, a loss-making steel mill in Rio de Janeiro state, and is only interested in maintaining its existing supply contracts with the mill.
“Vale just wants to maintain the rights that are assured by the contracts. We don’t envisage being active players in the process,” the company said in an emailed statement.
Vale owns a 26.87% stake in Companhia Siderurgica do Atlantico, a EUR5.2 billion joint venture with German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG (TYEKY, TKA.XE), which put its stake in the steelmaker up for sale after losing billions of dollars on the projects in recent years.
April 17, 2013
Sergio Spagnuolo – Reuters/Yahoo News, 04/17/2013
As Brazil rushes to introduce a blazing-fast fourth-generation wireless network before the 2014 World Cup, fewer than a dozen compatible smartphones will be available in stores, compared with the hundreds of models on sale worldwide.
And the phones will be operational in a just few cities at first.
The launch of 4G services is crucial for Brazil to modernize its thinly stretched telecommunications infrastructure and ease the burden on 3G networks, which currently support over 68 million data users, according to regulator Anatel.
April 16, 2013
The Miami Herald/AP, 04/16/2013
Federal prosecutors in Brazil want 26 meat packing companies to pay fines of more than $200 million for buying cattle raised illegally.
The federal prosecutors’ office says in a statement that prosecutors in the Amazon jungle states of Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Rondonia, want the companies to pay 557 million reals ($278.5 million) for producing beef products from cattle raised in environmentally sensitive regions, on indigenous reservations and at farms that have been blacklisted for using slave-like labor.
It said that during the first nine months of 2012, the 26 companies bought and slaughtered almost 56,000 heads of cattle raised illegally.
April 10, 2013
Andrew Zacharakis – Forbes, 4/10/2013
I’m fortunate to have traveled to Brazil a couple of times a year for the last decade. The country is amazing; the physical beauty of the Amazon, the luxurious beaches of Rio, the splendor of Carnival and the warmth and joy of its people. During my trips, I’ve seen an incredible transformation. The country has enjoyed tremendous economic progress over the last 20 years thanks to the reforms of Presidents Cardoso, Lula and Dilma, although there is still plenty of need for additional reforms. Within this dynamic environment, I’ve had the opportunity to witness entrepreneurship first hand, working with Endeavor (a non-profit that transforms economies by working with high-impact entrepreneurs), SEBRAE (Brazilian Micro-Enterprise and Small Business Support Service – a quasi-government agency similar to our Small Business Administration), and my academic colleagues from leading universities like FGV and Insper amongst others.
Brazil is entrepreneurial. One in six adults is either trying to launch a business or is the owner of a new venture less than 42 months old and another one in six is running a more established venture. That 30% of the population is quite a bit higher than the 22% here in the US. During my work in Brazil, I’ve noticed a few things that make the entrepreneurial environment particularly exciting and some obstacles that are holding back this powerful engine.
March 20, 2013
The Economic Times, 03/20/2013
Online commerce in Brazil last year grossed 22.5 billion reais (around $11.5 billion), up 20 per cent over the previous year, the market research firm e-bit said Wednesday.
According to a study e-bit conducted with the Brazilian Chamber of Electronic Commerce, Brazil added 10.3 new million electronic consumers, bringing to 42.2 million the number of people who made at least one online purchase last year.
This year, e-bit anticipates a 25 per cent increase in revenue from online sales, thanks in part to the soccer Confederations Cup in June and next year’s World Cup, which will boost sales of big-screen television sets.
March 20, 2013
Graciela Ibanez and Paulo Winterstein – Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires, 03/20/2013
Chilean holding company Latam Airlines Group SA (LFL, LAN.SN) this year will continue reducing the passenger capacity of its Brazilian domestic operations, Chief Financial Officer Alejandro De la Fuente said Wednesday.
Brazil’s poor economic performance took a toll on passenger demand as gross domestic product last year expanded at its slowest pace since 2009, coupled with rising fuel costs and taxes.
For 2013, economists reduced their growth expectations recently amid continued inflationary pressures.
March 20, 2013
Barbara DeLollis – USA Today, 03/20/2013
If you’re planning a trip to Brazil to stroll the white sandy beaches, conduct business meetings or attend next year’s World Cup matches, chances are you’ll be able to stay in a new hotel.
And you won’t have to spend a fortune.
Brazil’s in the midst of a hotel building boom that promises to deliver thousands of newly built, moderately priced hotel rooms.
March 14, 2013
Pan Kwan Yuk – Financial Times Beyond BRICS, 03/14/2013
2012 was another bumper year for private equity wheeling and dealing in Brazil.
While fund-raising cooled following a record 2010 and 2011, deal activity in Latin America’s biggest economy continued unabated. A total 147 deals, worth $5.7bn, were struck last year, an all time high, according to data from the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA).
But in the world of private equity, what goes in, must (eventually) come out. Given the stalled market in Brazil for initial public offerings over the last two years, will the returns live up to the hype?
March 14, 2013
Rogerio Jelmayer – Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires, 03/14/2013
“Vale exercised its right and completed the acquisition of a 12.47% stake in Capim Branco I and II hydroelectric power plants from Suzano. As a consequence, Vale’s stake will reach 60.89% of Capim Branco I and II, which can generate 1,524 gigawatts hours of energy per year by the end of the concession in 2036,” Vale said in a statement.
From Vale’s perspective, the acquisition targets reduction of the cost of energy of its operations, while for Suzano, the sale represents its strategy to disinvest in noncore assets as part of its efforts to reduce debts.
Before the transaction, Suzano controlled Capim Branco Energia through a consortium with Minas Gerais-run power utility company Cemig SA (CIG, CIGC, CMIG4.BR) with a 21.1% stake, Vale with a 48.4% stake, and industrial conglomerate Votorantim, which has a 12.6% stake.
March 13, 2013
Luzi Ann Javier & Whitney McFerron – Bloomberg Business Week, 03/13/2013
Soybeans dropped for a second day as the harvest advances in Brazil, poised to be the largest grower this year, boosting supplies available for shipment.
About 10.5 million metric tons of soybeans and products were scheduled for shipment on vessels berthed, arrived or expected at major ports in Brazil as of yesterday, from 10.27 million tons a week earlier, according to SA Commodities and Unimar Agenciamentos Maritimos. About 48 percent of the crop was harvested as of March 8, researcher Safras & Mercado said. The country may harvest a record crop of 83.5 million tons this year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates.
“Reports that the Brazilian soybean harvest continues to surge ahead, and that supplies are making their way through to the port onto waiting ships, weighed on prices,” Luke Mathews, a commodity strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), wrote in a report today.