Monday 27 September 2021

Slowly but surely, Costa Rica bond issue heads for port

US$1.5 billion placement will have major impact on exchange rate and reactivation

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The government of Carlos Alvarado is making progress in its efforts to place a US$1.5 billion bond in international markets, known as Eurobonos (Eurobonds).

The placement will have major consequences for the exchange rate, interest rates and the whole process of the reactivation of the economy.

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That is what the Treasury is betting on; Government financing needs became too large for the local market, and they are pushing up what everyone else pays, including local people and businesses.

“The placement of the Eurobonos has not yet been made and none of the multilateral credits have been approved by the (Legislative) Assembly; that is to say, the arrival of external resources has not materialized, but if they were in effect and we perceived that the space exists, it would be an opportunity that would allow us to reduce the cost of financing,” explains Rodrigo Cubero, president of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR).

As a result, La República tries to respond (in Spanish) to the concerns and doubts that exist about the process and its impact on the domestic market.

This is not the first time Costa Rica places bonds in the European market, in the last seven years, it has placed US$4 billion dollars, with terms from 10 to 30 years and rates ranging from 4.25% in 2012 to 7.15% in March 2015.

The latest Euronos:

  • November 2012, US$1 billion dollars, 10 years at 4.25%
  • April 2013, US$500 million dollars, 12 years at 4.37%
  • April 2013, US$500 million dollars, 30 years at 5.63%
  • April 2014, US$1 billion dollars, 30 years at 7%
  • March 2015, US$1 billion dollars, 30 years at 7.15%

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