The Ministry of Economy closed last week with a goal fulfilled: of the $6.9 billion of dollar securities under local law that it sought to exchange for new peso instruments, it managed to convert $4.1 billion into CER-adjusted bonds maturing in 2023 and 2024. The conversion of foreign currency securities into peso debt is one of the financial strategies deployed by the Ministry of Finance that could reach $20 billion. Those investors who do not enter into the exchange driven by the law will see the payment of their maturities postponed to after December 31, 2021.
The acceptance of 58.4% of the $1 billion renegotiation offer that expires on March 30 clears the financial picture for YPF until the end of the year. The company will wait for the final closing of the exchange transaction on July 30 and then begin designing a new deal for December this year and February 2021 to place a further Negotiable Obligation (or similar) for investors who did not accept the current proposal. If no more interested parties entered before the end of the month, a total of some $420 million would have to renegotiate.
More than 272,000 employees lost their jobs between February and May of this year. The number of workers contributing to the Argentine Integrated Social Security System (SIPA) fell by almost 1.75 million in the last year. The year-on-year contraction of employment reached 5.1% in May. It estimates that the unemployment rate will exceed 15% in the second half of the year and that it will close at around 13.5% in 2020.
Founded in 2013 in Buenos Aires by two Argentine entrepreneurs, Eugenio Pace and Matías Woloski, Auth0 became the youngest Argentine unicorn last year: currently, it is unlisted in the Stock Exchange and the investments it received indicate that it is worth $1.92 billion. Auth0 is a company that promises access and secure identification to all types of platforms, from entertainment or gaming sites to banks, including the companies' proprietary software. On Wednesday it received an investment of $120 million.
The global economic crisis and the pandemic affected the energy demand, however, generation increased by 51.1% year-on-year in April, while in the last 12 months it has accumulated growth of 105.8%. The increases by sector show the following numbers: Biogas 51.8%, biomass 14.7%, wind 172.1%, and solar 241.9%. Due to the historical descent of the Paraná and other rivers, hydraulic generation fell 5.3%.