The Central Bank (BCRA) signed on Thursday the renewal of its currency swap agreements with the Bank of the People’s Republic of China (PBC), for some $18.5 billion, with a 3-year term.
Due to the reopening of more activities after the strict confinements to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the manufacturing industry showed a monthly recovery of 13.8% in June. Although there was a 6.6% drop in comparison with the same month in 2019, the year-on-year decline was the smallest since February. The food and beverage sector rose by 4.8% compared with June last year, while the chemicals sector saw a 7.6% improvement. Since February there has been no year-on-year growth in the industry. The industry grew 13.8% per month in June
UNICEF Argentina today presented a new estimate of child poverty in the country and the data is alarming: projections show that between December 2019 and December 2020, the number of poor girls and boys will increase from 7 to 8.3 million. Thus, by the end of the year, the percentage of poor children would reach 62.9%.
The international price of crude oil crossed the border of $45 fixed with the “Creole barrel”, and if it remains at these values for nine consecutive days, the national government has the power to leave without effect the measures to support the activity of hydrocarbons or increase the floor to $50.
One day after the announcement of the agreement for the restructuring of Argentina’s foreign debt, Wall Street shares rose 4.4% to trade at $1.225 billion. In this way, the company’s valuation exceeds $60 billion, a historical record, and has accumulated rise of around 115% since December. Currently, the Argentine company has operations in more than 15 countries in the region.
Total soybean production reached 49.6 mn tons, with yields of 29.4 quintals per hectare, and planting of 16.8 million hectares. Compared to the previous cycle, despite having the same area planted, water stress generated interannual falls of about 12% in yield and 10% in production. The participation of the State in agricultural income was almost 70% last June, where 26% of total taxes are co-shared, 67% are national (not co-shared), 5.2% are provincial and 0.8% municipal. Producers invested an average of $741 per hectare but made a profit of just $4.
With the announcement of the agreement on debt between creditors and the government, dollar bonds shot up to almost 9.6%. The country risk fell 9.7%, closing at 2,027 points.
The national government’s revenue in July was up 24% year-on-year in nominal terms. According to own calculations based on estimated inflation for last month of around 2.2%, there was a real fall of 13% compared to the same month in 2019, a lower figure than in previous months.
The Argentine subsidiary of the Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell announced yesterday an agreement with Transportadora de Gas del Sur (TGS) for the construction of a new gas treatment plant in the Bajada de Añelo block. The contract will be for a minimum term of two years and consists of the provision of midstream gas dehydration, filtering, regulation and measurement services with a capacity of up to 1 million cubic meters per day. The gas pipeline is 150 kilometres long, crosses 30 productive areas of the Vaca Muerta formation, and will allow transportation of up to 60 MMm3/d, which will condition at the plant built in Tratayen, before injection into the regulated transportation systems.
The government will begin an accelerated process of contacting as many individual investors as possible, who are not represented by any of the three groups of bondholders who will sign the final agreement and who hold between 15 and 20 billion dollars. The process will end on August 24, and the new bonds will issue on September 4th.