TXF France 2019
TXF France 2019 will take a focused look at the French export finance market, concentrating on the issues that matter. Hear from high-level speakers and get the chance to have your say in interactive sessions.
A bank syndicate has arranged a $1.5 billion pre-payment facility for trading company Trafigura, to be used for oil purchases in Russia. Trafigura will use the proceeds of the loan to make pre-payments to Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft
Russian aluminium producer Rusal has made changes in its finance directorate and appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO).
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) is supporting the purchase of two American-manufactured agricultural aircraft by a Brazilian soybean and agribusiness, Jose Antonio Goncalves Viana (JAGV). The agribusiness will buy the aircraft from Air Tractor of Olney, Texas. The amount of the deal was not disclosed but is said to be a seven figure sum.
Energy trading company Gunvor has closed the $675 million long-term secured financing facility for the company’s flagship investment - the Ust Luga Oil Products Terminal in Russia. Jacques Erni, Gunvor’s chief financial officer, says: “We are very pleased with the outcome of the facilit
The Ukrainian integrated energy company DTEK has signed its debut pre-export financing (PXF) facility with VTB Capital. In a diversification of funding sources, the company has also signed a similar PXF agreement with a group of Western banks.
China’s leading piped-gas operator, China Gas Holdings (China Gas) has signed a $250 million credit facility with Export Development Canada (EDC). The loan has a four-year tenor and carries an interest rate of three-month Libor plus 225 basis points (bp).
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im) has authorized $1.5 billion of export financing for two transactions supporting the export of US goods and services to Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico's national oil and gas company. For the second time, Pemex will issue US Ex-Im-guaranteed bonds
BNP Paribas (BNPP) has completed a securitisation of commodity trade finance loan receivables, in a $131.6 million transaction through the special platform Lighthouse Trade Finance Issuer. The transaction is a first of its kind in the trade market where the debt issuance is backed by commodity loan receivables, and as such opens up a new funding route for commodity trade finance.
Swiss banking group UBS has selected TRAC (Trade Risk Active Control) – developed by software company MIT – to support its fast growing commodity trade finance (CTF) business. The bank is understood to have chosen this particular software system after considering several other options.
Australia’s Origin Energy (Origin) has successfully secured and signed a $7.4 billion bank loan facility with a syndicate of domestic and international banks. The facility has terms of four and five years and will mature in August 2017 and August 2018. Pricing and fee details
KfW IPEX-Bank has arranged a €170 million ($227.5 million) loan for the Indian steel manufacturer Bhushan Power & Steel Limited (BPSL). The financing will be used for the Bhushan - Phase VI project at the company’s plant in Orissa. The funds will finance equipment and supplies from companies in Germany, Luxembourg and Italy.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a $25 million loan to RG Brands, a food and beverage producer in Kazakhstan. The loan, which is available both in tenge and US dollars will support the company’s growing working capital needs to purchase raw materials and expand its presence in Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries.
Rio Tinto and Turquoise Hill Resources (Turquoise Hill) have signed an agreement under which Rio Tinto will provide Turquoise Hill with a financing package to enable it to fund the continuing development of the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia and, if necessary, to refinance its existing indebtedness to Rio Tinto by the end of the year.
Banks have come in strongly into the syndication for the annual Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) pre-export finance (PXF) facility over the last couple of weeks – so much so that it has been oversubscribed by 75%. The funds will pre-finance cocoa bean purchases for the 2013-2014 crop. Given the length of the crop cycle, the deal should be seen as a seven to nine month transaction – as opposed to a full year.
UK-headquartered metals trading company Ocean Partners has signed a $160 million loan, in what is the company’s first foray into the syndicated loan market. The funds will be used to support the purchase, storage, blending, sale and related margin financing of metal concentrates as well as to refinance existing debt. The financing fully covers the company’s blending and trading activities in Taiwan.
ABN AMRO has completed the purchase of the small privately owned commercial Brazilian bank Banco CR2. The purchase is significant for ABN and the market as it gives the Dutch bank an onshore operating base in the country for its commodity financing activities.
Commodity trading company Trafigura has launched a new $1.2 billion, one-year revolving credit facility into syndication. The loan is Asia-Pacific focused. The loan will refinance an existing $1.025 billion credit facility signed on 9 October 2012, and a $229 million term loan signed in October 2010.
Agri-commodity producer, processor and trader Olam International has secured a senior loan of $80 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The loan., which will be made in local currencies, is for Olam Africa Investment Programme (OAIP) to deepen the integration of Olam group’s agricultural value chain by investments in processing of wheat and palm oil in Africa. The programme includes five sub-projects in Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique and Senegal.
US-headquartered energy trader Castleton Commodities International (CCI) has secured a $850 million revolving credit facility through a 17-strong bank syndicate. The facility was led by BNP Paribas (BNPP), Credit Agricole CIB, Société Générale CIB (SG CIB), Standard Chartered and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) acting as bookrunning mandated lead arrangers.
Following on from Vitol’s pre-payment financing with Rosneft earlier this year for the supply of crude oil and petroleum product supplies, the trading company and the Russian producer have now agreed heads of terms regarding cooperation in a new sphere – liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Glencore Xstrata has signed revolving credit facilities (RCF) amounting to a total of $17.34 billion. The facilities are for general corporate purposes and replace the previous revolving credit facilities of both Glencore and Xstrata. This is the first approach to the bank market for the new combined Glencore Xstrata.
Commodity trading company Trafigura has closed a $200 million long-term bond financing to support further development of its Burnside Terminal in Louisiana, USA.
Gunvor Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss-headquartered Gunvor Group, has signed a $850 million syndicated revolving credit facility (RCF). The facility, which initially launched at $650 million in early April attracted over $1 billion in commitments, closing almost 60% oversubscribed. Its success represents continued strong interest in, and support for, Gunvor’s growth