Trading volume last year reached $1.526 billion, 30% more than what was traded in 2015.
The repo market accounted for most of the volume traded in the stock market in 2016, with an increase over 2015 of 33%.The volume traded in these instruments was 382 million, while in 2015 $289 million was traded.
The Ministry of Finance will be attempting to raise funds in the international and local market in order to improve the public debt profile.
The endorsement by the Congress will allow the Ministry of Finance to extend the term and reduce the cost of part of the public debt.The amount authorized amounts to $891 million and the Ministry of Finance plans to use the local and international markets to renegotiate.
Treasury debt securities were issued in Quetzales for an eight year term and with a rate of 6.35%.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance:
The results of the placement of Treasury Bonds on November 22, 2016, are as follows: demand was received for Q.825.1 million, of which 100.0% corresponded to the maturity date of18/11/2024. This time Q.250.0 million was issued, ie 30.3% of demand, at a cut off price of 102.4757 and cut off rate of 6.3500%.The total issued to date amounts to Q14,493.46 million, leaving Q467.39 millionavailable for issue for the fiscal year 2016.
With the backing of Congress the National Electricity Company aims to raise money on the international market in order to improve its debt profile.
Converting short-term debt which has high rates to debt with longer maturities and with lower interest rates, is what the National Electricity Company (ENEE) is aiming for in the external market.Congressional authorization allows the ENEE to issue up to $858 million in debt.
Issuances registered between January and September 2016 exceed 60% of the total issuances registered throughout 2015, and projections are that the year will close with $7 billion traded in the local market.
The scandal generated from the leaked information about the firm Mossack Fonseca, "Panama Papers", and the questions about the lack of financial transparency that arose afterwards, do not seem to have affected the attractiveness of the stock market for providing finance to companies through the issuance of securities.
The new regulation under public consultation states that all issues of securities registered with the Superintendency of Securities Market must have a risk rating.
The aim of the new regulations proposed by the Superintendency of Securities (SMV) is to provide more information on the emissions market for investors, so that they can"... make investments according to their risk profile, "said Marelissa Quintero, chief of the SMV to Prensa.com.
Between January and June registrations of securities issues amounted to $4.2 billion, up from the $2.944 billion recorded in 2015.
If the number of new issues registered with the Panamanian Stock Exchange continues to grow as it did in the first half of the year, the figure at the end of 2016 will be the highest in historical terms, surpassing the record of 2013, when $3.579 billion was recorded.
After a failed attempt at restructuring, the process that began in September 2014 with the cessation of payments by the financial company La Generosa today ended with a judicial declaration of financial bankruptcy.
Prensa.com explains that"...The measure involves the seizure of all assets belonging to the company, the appointment of a executor and José Luis Ford being banned from leaving his home where the bankruptcy was finalised, which is effectively an impediment to him leaving the country. "
The Electricity Transmission Company is preparing to make two issues of $350 million and $500 million on the New York Stock Exchange in order to finance the fourth transmission line and carry out improvement works on existing lines.
Authorities at the Electricity Transmission Company of Panama (Etesa) have hired Scotiabank to structure the emissions to be made on the New York Stock Exchange. The funds raised will be used to build a fourth transmission line, whose tender will be announced in early 2017.
The funds raised in the local market will be used to finance the expansion works of the Port Terminal Petrolera del Atlantico and optimize the entity's storage capacity.
The securities auction will be held on June 14 through the National Stock Exchange, in the amount of 12.100.000.000 colones ($22.5 million) of bonds SerieA A6 belonging to Schedule A standardized bond issue.
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