While attempts to counter Chinese influence could involve greater deployment of U.S. development funds and private investment, there may be tensions, for example regarding Chinese business interests and investment in the region, like in the telecoms sector.
Fitch expects the pandemic to affect overall revenues and leverage, but electric corporates generally have sufficient leverage and liquidity to absorb shocks.
The number of defaults in 2020 is on pace to exceed that of 2019 with indications there will be more to follow, given 6 group-level defaults YTD compared with 6 in all of 2019, and the high number of ratings at ‘CCC’ or below categories.
Over the past five weeks, Fitch Ratings has conducted a review of its International ratings in Latin America with respect the impact of the coronavirus and is recapping the results of that review. The review resulted in negative rating outcomes ...
During 2020, Latin American oil and gas companies' profitability is expected to decline to one third of 2019 levels, while cash flow is expected to remain under pressure through 2021 as recovery will likely be protracted, according to a new Fitch Ratings report.
For most speculative-grade sovereigns, limited financing options either constrain fiscal stimulus or heighten liquidity and macroeconomic risks where it is enacted. All are on Negative Outlook except Jamaica (B+), Paraguay (BB+), Guatemala (BB-) and Nicaragua (B-), which all have a Stable Outlook.
Sovereign and corporate issuers in Latin America will be adversely affected by slower Chinese demand and commodity price weakness caused by coronavirus due to high commodity export dependence and direct trade exposure to China, says Fitch Ratings.
Growth in public debt burdens and fiscal deficits in many Latin American countries over the past decade will undermine the ability of governments to respond to shocks and a sharper than expected global slowdown in 2020, says Fitch Ratings. Weakening ...