TXF Asia 2019
A key event in the export, agency & project finance event calendar for senior and influential professionals working across the Asia-Pacific region. Networking and deal opportunities abound!
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.
ABN AMRO has hired Jan-Maarten Mulder and appointed him in the newly created role of global head of commodities. In addition to this, the bank has also made two other senior appointments within the commodities business (see below). The hire and appointments come as part of a reorganisation of the commodity teams at the bank, and a strengthening of the overall energy, commodities and transportation (ECT) business.
The Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) has formally signed its main annual pre-export financing (PXF) for the 2013/2014 cocoa crop season. The PXF has rumbled on over the past three months with final signing for an amount of $1.2 billion taking place on 20 September. The facility was initially heavily oversubscribed, but the arrangers scaled back offers under instruction from Cocobod who elected to only take $1.2 billion.
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.
International law firm Reed Smith has recruited experienced trade and commodity lawyer Jonathan Solomon to its partnership. Solomon will join the firm’s global energy and natural resources group, further strengthening its trade and commodities finance practice globally.
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
Singapore-headquartered, agri-products producer and trading company Olam International (Olam) has signed a $400 million revolving credit facility (RCF), in a syndication which saw the facility heavily oversubscribed. Olam signed the RCF for its US subsidiary Olam Holdings Partnership. The three-year facility
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
Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation has signed a $600 million unsecured revolving credit agreement with a syndicate of banks. Noble Cayman is the borrower of record under the terms of the $600 million, one-year facility, which allows for up to $50 million to be available for swingline loans.
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.
US-headquartered Globe Specialty Metals has refinanced its existing $300 million credit facility with a syndicate of banks led by Providence-based RBS Citizens Bank, and co-led by PNC Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, as joint bookrunning mandated lead arrangers. : BBVA Compass joined as an MLA
Commodity trading company Trafigura AG has closed its North American secured syndicated revolving credit facility (RCF) at $1.385 billion following strong demand. Trafigura AG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trafigura Beheer BV.
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.
Russian steel producer and mining group Metinvest has appointed Aleksey Kutepov as its new chief financial officer (CFO). As CFO he replaces Sergiy Novikov, who will continue to work within the Metinvest Group. Novikov has been CFO since Metinvest was founded in 2006. He built the financial processes inside the group, oversaw the group’s debut Eurobond issue, and supported a number of M&A transactions
Energy trading company Gunvor Group - comprising Gunvor SA, Gunvor Middle East DMCC and Gunvor Singapore - has signed $400 million secured uncommitted borrowing base facilities. The facilities initially launched at $300 million and as such were significantly oversubscribed. After scaling back, Gunvor elected to take $400 million.
Energy trader Gunvor has signed a new $500 million borrowing base, revolving credit facility to finance the working capital needs of the company’s refinery in Ingolstadt, Germany.
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.
JP Morgan looks set to exit from trading in physical commodities – its oil, gas, power and metals trading divisions. The move comes following an announcement by the bank that it is pursuing strategic alternatives, including the sale, spinoff, or strategic partnership of its commodities business, after an internal review.
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.
Canadian-headquartered Endeavour Mining Corporation (Endeavour) has signed a new agreement increasing its revolving corporate loan facility from $200 million to $350 million, with the term extended to five years.
FX Energy has finalised a new five-year, up to $100 million senior reserve based lending facility. BNP Paribas (BNPP) acted as coordinating mandated lead arranger. ING Bank, present in FX Energy’s previous syndicated financing, acted as mandated lead arranger.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has named Jennifer Boussuge as head of global transaction services (GTS) for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). This is an internal appointment with Boussuge having worked for the bank for the past 19 years – most recently as head of global sales, GTS.