Two US investment funds will be investing in the Costa Rican company Establishment Labs, a manufacturer of breast implants.
From the press release by Establishment Labs:
Our mission is to make breast aesthetics safer and better for women worldwide by delivering a world class technology platform that promotes women's health and enables the strategic adoption of Motiva as the brand of choice in the market,” said Juan José Chacón-Quirós, CEO of Establishment Labs. “The investment and partnership from Crown Predator and JW Asset Management and the global relationships and experience they provide will enable us to accelerate investment in our technology, grow our customer base, and scale our business to meet growing demand. We are excited to officially begin the journey to bring our next generation Motiva implants to the United States, the largest market for breast aesthetics in the world."
The President of El Salvador has expressed suspicions that the original contract with the Italian company was changed "in the dark" by government officials.
The president referred to the subject in his radio program last Saturday, saying, "I've asked a group of lawyers to study the documents surrounding all investments with the Italian shareholders and it will be these specialists who might be able to shed a light on this illegal act, including even asking the Attorney General's Office to establish whether criminal liability be established in the future. "
CEL has filed a motion to quash the ruling that would allow Enel to have a majority stake in LaGeo geothermal plant.
Tóchez Irving, president of the Commission of the Lempa River Hydroelectric Executive, said: "It is inappropriate to put a country’s strategic resource, such as a geothermal plant, into private hands," when presenting the proceedings before the court of appeals in Paris, France.
The way that the government handles the arbitration failure at the International Chamber of Commerce on the La Geo case could dictate the success or failure of state-business partnerships.
The private-public scheme has been promoted recently by the Salvadoran government for the implementation of large public infrastructure projects because they can free the state from the significant investments that such works require.
The decision means that ENEL will be able to capitalize the geothermal GEO and become the majority shareholder in the business it maintains with the Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL).
According to an article in Elsalvador.com, ENEL had sued its partner for breach of contract in November 2008 because CEL had blocked a $100 million investment, which meant that ENEL went from having just over 36% the company's shares to almost 53%. "The contract, signed in 2002, provides that Enel has the right to capitalize on their investments, that is to say, investments in La Geo are transformed immediately into shares."
The financial conglomerate has issued 1,538,461 shares for the sum of $10 million in the local primary market.
The issue was agreed at the last shareholders meeting.
The funds will be used to increase capital of the Banco Panameño de la Vivienda (Banvivienda) and "’to meet obligations of the holding company’, said Fernando Lewis, president of the group", according to an article in Prensa.com
A report by risk rating company Equilibrium (Moody's), analyzes the sector's main indicators for the first half of 2009.
Assets and Loan Portfolio
By the end of the first half of 2009, the Banking system reported $63.725 million in assets. The loan portfolio makes up 63.2% of the total ($40.291 million). Loans had grown at an average pace of 19% from 2004 to 2007, but in September 2008 there was a change in the trend.
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