Argentina’s state energy company YPF said it issued debt of US$ 164 million on Wednesday, in a result it said exceeded its expectation.
A Mexican government energy policy that gives more weight to state oil company Pemex could cause private sector investment to fall, an analyst with credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said on Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Argentina’s bid to fend off a lawsuit by energy company Petersen Energía Inversora, S.A. seeking compensation for shares it owned in the now-nationalized YPF S.A. energy company.
YPF, Argentina’s biggest oil company, sold overseas bonds for the first time in more than a year after a plunge in borrowing costs opened a window of opportunity. The state-owned driller issued US$ 500 million of 10-year, dollar-denominated notes to yield 8.75%.
Russian lender Gazprombank has frozen the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under US sanctions, according to Reuters.
Petrobras, Brazil's state oil company, has agreed to pay more than US$ 853m to the United States and Brazil, ending a long-running corruption investigation. The probe stemmed from a bribery scheme at the firm, which involved millions in payments that were concealed from investors and regulators.