Confirmation of the decline in the financial capacity of the construction company has strengthened arguments by those calling for the revision of their contracts and that the firm not be awarded others.
The drop from 20% to 6% in the annual growth rate of bank lending to companies as of June, illustrates the direct link between confidence in the future and demand for business loans.
Cathay Bank estimates that slower growth in bank loans for business activities is due to the uncertainty regarding the near future of the economy. The possibility of a tax reform, coupled with the lack of action by the government to reduce spending and increase public investment are factors that are raising questions and forcing companies to delay projects.
In the last three years there has been a decline in the amount of credit granted to private companies for purchasing property, land and construction of buildings.
In September 2014, on average, 834 transactions were formalized between banks and other financial companies, representing a decrease of 28% compared to the same month in 2013. The downward trend in granting of loans for these purposes has been observed since early 2012.
The instrument which had been viewed as a way to circumvent the current credit squeeze, is now officially considered as another form of credit facility.
Bankers' acceptances had been relaunched by the National Stock Exchange (BNV) as a way to provide short-term funds to companies who require them, without having to apply for a formal loan, believing that banks would not have to count them as part of their portfolio credit growth which is currently limited by resolution of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR).
A bill has been presented to the Legislature which will regulate the use of inventories, intangible assets and other movable assets as security for financing.
A statement from the MEIC reads:
San Jose, February 7, 2013. In order to increase access to credit, particularly for SMEs, the financial sector, the private sector and the Government, with the help of international consultants, over the last few months have been working on the basis for a proposed Law on Secured Transactions.
In the past two years, over $2 billion worth of financing for large enterprises in Guatemala has been provided by large Colombian banks.
The main participant is Bancolombia, which in 2010 and 2011 was involved in syndicated loans for over $1 billion, including the acquisition of Deorsa and Deocsa by Britain's Actis, the extension of Ingenio Magdalena and financing for Cementos Progreso and Cabcorp.
In September the total amount of loans to large companies increased by 7.04%, compared to the same period in 2010.
Regarding the data from the Superintendency of Banks (SB), an analyst from the Association for Research and Social Studies (ASIES in Spanish), Ruben Dario Narciso, detailed several reasons that have lead to the increase.
Credit needs for the entrepreneurial sector in the country reached $ 245 million.
The figure comes from the study "Proposal of policy, strategy and action plan for implementation of micro-finance services in Panama", created by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Ampyme) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
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