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Brazil’s development bank will disburse loans at a faster pace to prop economy

Monday, July 30th 2012 - 23:50 UTC
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BNDES President Luciano Coutinho expects to lend 150bn Reais in 2012 BNDES President Luciano Coutinho expects to lend 150bn Reais in 2012

The national bank for economic and social development, BNDES, Brazil's largest source of long-term credit for companies, is ready to disburse loans at a faster pace in the years ahead to prop the economy, the bank's top executive said on Monday.

The bank will release 8% more in loans per year through 2015 from a pace of about 6% now, BNDES President Luciano Coutinho said in São Paulo. BNDES' disbursements will almost double in the second half from the first six months as a result, he added.

“We are considering making changes to our financial planning assumptions for the coming years” Coutinho said at an event. He reaffirmed estimates of total lending at the bank nearing 150 billion Reais (73.5 billion dollars) for 2012.

Coutinho's remarks add to evidence that President Dilma Rousseff's government is concerned with the impact of a year-long slowdown on job creation and poverty reduction. Investment, a key engine of growth, has lost steam recently as companies worry the economy, which not so long was thought to be overheated, has cooled too quickly.

BNDES doled out less credit last year after industrial companies reworked or cancelled requests for new loans. Many economists have for years blamed BNDES' bigger role in credit markets for putting the brakes on the development of more solid bond and equity markets in Brazil.

Rousseff is using state-run banks to increase the flow of credit into the economy, lower borrowing costs and force private sector peers to boost credit. Assets at Rio de Janeiro-based BNDES, the country's state development bank, more than doubled since the end of 2008 to 640 billion Reais.

Critics of the strategy say that BNDES' more active stance in recent years has made local companies over-reliant on bank and state loans as potential disruptions in global financial markets pose a risk to their liquidity.

Still, the high degree of participation by BNDES and commercial lender Banco do Brasil on corporate lending has been unable to prevent debt restructurings or bankruptcy protection filings by some firms, Moody's Investors Services said in a recent report.

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  • GeoffWard2

    The biggest lost opportunity has been the focussing of BNDES on large and multi-national industries and companies.

    If there had been massive injection into *fully-Brasilian* small and medium sized and feeder industries, the advantage to the nation could have been huge. The tax-take could have fed back into the economy in a big way also.

    Trouble is, it is much harder to 'skim off all the 10%s' from a million smaller companies c.f. five huge ones.
    Remember the smoke and mirrors arrangements for Petrobras?

    Or am I being jaundiced?

    Jul 31st, 2012 - 01:02 pm 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    This is what a state bank SHOULD be doing, not like our nationalised banks that still pay bonuses to the people who wrecked them when in the private sector and refuse to invest and lend to British business

    #1 An interesting suggestion, even if your idea of why it hasn't happened IS jaundiced (I hope!)

    Aug 01st, 2012 - 07:51 pm 0
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