Now is the time to buy assets in Brazil at low prices, says Chinese construction giant

CCCC Group, which already owns Concremat and has projects in Brazilian ports, says it intends to invest more in the country; The Group's portfolio of projects in the world exceeds R$ 500 billion.

Amidst a wave of investments by Chinese groups in Brazil, construction giant China Communications Construction Co (CCCC) says "now is a good time for Chinese companies to accelerate investment" in the country, and " a low price ". Since last year, the group has already closed participation in investments in the areas of civil construction and port in Brazil.

The CCCC is a Chinese conglomerate of infrastructure, heavy equipment and dredging services. The CCCC is one of the largest construction groups in the world, which earned 439 billion yuan - about R$ 205 billion at the current exchange rate. The company's project portfolio grew 26.8% in 2016 to 1.010 trillion yuan, equivalent to R$ 523 billion.
In Brazil, the company owns 80% of construction company Concremat and already has projects in progress in the ports sector in Santa Catarina and Maranhão. The group states that it is aware of the gaps in Brazil's infrastructure area and that they are opportunities.
CCCC Group, which already owns Concremat and has projects in Brazilian ports, says it intends to invest more in the country; The Group’s portfolio of projects in the world exceeds R$ 500 billion. Amidst a wave of investments by Chinese groups in Brazil, construction giant China Communications Construction Co (CCCC) says “now is a good time for Chinese companies to accelerate investment” in the country, and ” a low price “. Since last year, the group has already closed participation in investments in the areas of civil construction and port in Brazil. The CCCC is a Chinese conglomerate of infrastructure, heavy equipment and dredging services. The CCCC is one of the largest construction groups in the world, which earned 439 billion yuan – about R$ 205 billion at the current exchange rate. The company’s project portfolio grew 26.8% in 2016 to 1.010 trillion yuan, equivalent to R$ 523 billion. In Brazil, the company owns 80% of construction company Concremat and already has projects in progress in the ports sector in Santa Catarina and Maranhão. The group states that it is aware of the gaps in Brazil’s infrastructure area and that they are opportunities.

Embraer announces sale of 20 jets to SkyWest for US$ 914 million

The company had already ordered 25 aircraft in September. The 45 planes should be delivered over the next year.

Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has announced an order to sell 20 E175 jets to US airline SkyWest for about US$ 914 million. In September, the company had already ordered 25 Embraer aircraft, resulting in a request for 45 new jets and an investment of over R$ 2 billion.
The firm order will be included in the third quarter of 2017's order book. According to the Brazilian manufacturer, all 45 aircraft are expected to be delivered over the next year.
Of this new request, Embraer informed that SkyWest will receive 15 E175 SC jets, with special configuration for 70 seats. The E175 SC aircraft has the same structure as the E175, and can be adapted to 76 seats in the future. The other 10 E175 jets have a configuration with 76 seats.
With this new contract, Embraer has accumulated sales of more than 380 E175 jets for airlines in North America since January 2013, representing more than 80% of all orders in the jet category up to 76 seats.
Since entering service, the E-Jets family has received more than 1,700 firm orders, of which more than 1,300 have already been delivered.
The company had already ordered 25 aircraft in September. The 45 planes should be delivered over the next year. Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, has announced an order to sell 20 E175 jets to US airline SkyWest for about US$ 914 million. In September, the company had already ordered 25 Embraer aircraft, resulting in a request for 45 new jets and an investment of over R$ 2 billion. The firm order will be included in the third quarter of 2017’s order book. According to the Brazilian manufacturer, all 45 aircraft are expected to be delivered over the next year. Of this new request, Embraer informed that SkyWest will receive 15 E175 SC jets, with special configuration for 70 seats. The E175 SC aircraft has the same structure as the E175, and can be adapted to 76 seats in the future. The other 10 E175 jets have a configuration with 76 seats. With this new contract, Embraer has accumulated sales of more than 380 E175 jets for airlines in North America since January 2013, representing more than 80% of all orders in the jet category up to 76 seats. Since entering service, the E-Jets family has received more than 1,700 firm orders, of which more than 1,300 have already been delivered.

Exxon bet on Brazilian oil signals appetite for pre-salt, experts say

Exxon joined Petrobras in the biggest proposals made at the auction; Exxon is the largest oil company in the world with a market value of US$ 350 billion.

Exxon Mobil's big bet on the Campos Basin shows its willingness to rebuild its reserves and paves the way for substantial offers at the October auctions, geared to the rich Brazilian pre-salt areas, analysts said.
By marking a return to oil and gas exploration in Brazil after a five-year absence, Exxon took eight blocks in the coveted Campos Basin, one of the most productive, during the 14th Round of Bidding. Six were taken in partnership with Petrobras.
The auction, which reached a record high, included an offer from Exxon and partner Petrobras of US$ 2.24 billion for a single block (C-M-346), the group's largest offer in rounds of the genre.

With a market value of about US$ 350 billion, Exxon spent a lot this year on oil and natural gas expansion projects to replenish its declining reserves, seeking to reverse concerns that it would be lagging behind its competitors in the exploration and production.
The completion in Brazil is "an additional sign of the company's urgency to replenish its resource base," said Tudor analysts Pickering Holt
Exxon joined Petrobras in the biggest proposals made at the auction; Exxon is the largest oil company in the world with a market value of US$ 350 billion. Exxon Mobil’s big bet on the Campos Basin shows its willingness to rebuild its reserves and paves the way for substantial offers at the October auctions, geared to the rich Brazilian pre-salt areas, analysts said. By marking a return to oil and gas exploration in Brazil after a five-year absence, Exxon took eight blocks in the coveted Campos Basin, one of the most productive, during the 14th Round of Bidding. Six were taken in partnership with Petrobras. The auction, which reached a record high, included an offer from Exxon and partner Petrobras of US$ 2.24 billion for a single block (C-M-346), the group’s largest offer in rounds of the genre. With a market value of about US$ 350 billion, Exxon spent a lot this year on oil and natural gas expansion projects to replenish its declining reserves, seeking to reverse concerns that it would be lagging behind its competitors in the exploration and production. The completion in Brazil is “an additional sign of the company’s urgency to replenish its resource base,” said Tudor analysts Pickering Holt & Co, adding that the Campos Basin business was a positive sign for pre- Brazilian salt The record bid for this latest auction was about five times the nearest bid by Shell and Repsol.

Mercedes-Benz will invest US$ 2.4 billion in commercial vehicles in Brazil

Investment will be over the next 5 years to modernize the two factories of trucks and buses that the automaker has in the country. 

Mercedes-Benz announced that it will invest US$ 2.4 billion in the manufacture of trucks and buses in Brazil. The amount will be made available over five years to modernize the units of São Bernardo do Campo (SP) and Juiz de Fora (MG).
The investment also aims to "continuously improve the commercial vehicles of the brand and the development of new products and technologies in services and connectivity," said the automaker. 
 
With 9,343 trucks registered from January to September, Mercedes-Benz leads truck sales for the year, with a 28.4% share in the Brazilian market. In the bus segment, the brand is also the first in sales, with 4,290 units sold and a share of over 50%.
In exports, the cumulative performance from January to September 2017 increased by 26% over the same period last year, with 11,157 trucks and buses exported, Mercedes says. 6,428 trucks were sent, with growth of 43% compared to 2016, and 4,729 bus chassis, 8.5% more than last year.
Investment will be over the next 5 years to modernize the two factories of trucks and buses that the automaker has in the country. Mercedes-Benz announced that it will invest US$ 2.4 billion in the manufacture of trucks and buses in Brazil. The amount will be made available over five years to modernize the units of São Bernardo do Campo (SP) and Juiz de Fora (MG). The investment also aims to “continuously improve the commercial vehicles of the brand and the development of new products and technologies in services and connectivity,” said the automaker. With 9,343 trucks registered from January to September, Mercedes-Benz leads truck sales for the year, with a 28.4% share in the Brazilian market. In the bus segment, the brand is also the first in sales, with 4,290 units sold and a share of over 50%. In exports, the cumulative performance from January to September 2017 increased by 26% over the same period last year, with 11,157 trucks and buses exported, Mercedes says. 6,428 trucks were sent, with growth of 43% compared to 2016, and 4,729 bus chassis, 8.5% more than last year.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil is the world's largest beef exporter

National herd is 215 million head.

Brazil is the largest exporter of beef in the world and this production is one of the main activities of the Brazilian economy. In 2016, revenue reached US $ 5.3 billion. On farms and slaughterhouses, beef cattle, as meat production is known, employs 1.6 million people.
Currently, the Brazilian herd is 215 million head of cattle. The number is larger than that of the Brazilian population, which rose from 210 million people in 2017, according to IBGE data.

The largest Brazilian cattle herd, according to the survey is located in the city of São Félix do Xingu, in Pará, which has 2,222,949 animals. They close the top five: Caceres, in Mato Grosso, in the fourth position, with 1,083,531 heads and Marabá, also in Pará, on the fifth, with 1,070,400 animals.

The states that occupy the first three places in the ranking of the country are: Mato Grosso, with 29,364,042 (13.6%), Minas Gerais, with 23,768,959 (11.0%) and Goiás, with 21,887,720 (10 ,2%).

In Rio Grande do Sul, 6th largest producer, the cattle herd is concentrated in the west and south of the state, associated mainly with the presence of clean fields, typical Pampa ecosystems and integrated rice production in the river floodplains. Of note are the municipalities of Alegrete with an average of 625,127 heads in the period 2009-2011, Santana do Livramento with an average of 572,091 heads, and Dom Pedrito with an average of 414,594 heads.
National herd is 215 million head. Brazil is the largest exporter of beef in the world and this production is one of the main activities of the Brazilian economy. In 2016, revenue reached US $ 5.3 billion. On farms and slaughterhouses, beef cattle, as meat production is known, employs 1.6 million people. Currently, the Brazilian herd is 215 million head of cattle. The number is larger than that of the Brazilian population, which rose from 210 million people in 2017, according to IBGE data. The largest Brazilian cattle herd, according to the survey is located in the city of São Félix do Xingu, in Pará, which has 2,222,949 animals. They close the top five: Caceres, in Mato Grosso, in the fourth position, with 1,083,531 heads and Marabá, also in Pará, on the fifth, with 1,070,400 animals. The states that occupy the first three places in the ranking of the country are: Mato Grosso, with 29,364,042 (13.6%), Minas Gerais, with 23,768,959 (11.0%) and Goiás, with 21,887,720 (10 ,2%). In Rio Grande do Sul, 6th largest producer, the cattle herd is concentrated in the west and south of the state, associated mainly with the presence of clean fields, typical Pampa ecosystems and integrated rice production in the river floodplains. Of note are the municipalities of Alegrete with an average of 625,127 heads in the period 2009-2011, Santana do Livramento with an average of 572,091 heads, and Dom Pedrito with an average of 414,594 heads.

Statoil invests US$ 25 million in Brazilian Apodi solar energy project

The project intends to bring electricity to 160,000 homes in the Northeast region of Brazil.

The Norwegian oil group Statoil announced Wednesday that it will invest US $ 25 million in the Brazilian Apodi solar energy project, which aims to bring electricity to 160,000 homes in northeastern Brazil.

With the amount, Statoil purchases Norwegian independent group Scatec Solar 40% of the Apodi project (162 megawatts) and 50% of the capital of the consortium responsible for carrying out the project. 

Apodi is expected to start operating from the end of 2018, according to the company.
"Apodi is a judicious first step in the solar industry and it can demonstrate that solar energy represents to Statoil flexible and profitable growth opportunities," said Norwegian renewable energy director Irene Rummelhoff.
Scatec Solar retains ownership of 40% of the Apodi project.
This is the first investment in solar energy of Statoil, Norway's leading fuel producer.
The project intends to bring electricity to 160,000 homes in the Northeast region of Brazil. The Norwegian oil group Statoil announced Wednesday that it will invest US $ 25 million in the Brazilian Apodi solar energy project, which aims to bring electricity to 160,000 homes in northeastern Brazil. With the amount, Statoil purchases Norwegian independent group Scatec Solar 40% of the Apodi project (162 megawatts) and 50% of the capital of the consortium responsible for carrying out the project. Apodi is expected to start operating from the end of 2018, according to the company. “Apodi is a judicious first step in the solar industry and it can demonstrate that solar energy represents to Statoil flexible and profitable growth opportunities,” said Norwegian renewable energy director Irene Rummelhoff. Scatec Solar retains ownership of 40% of the Apodi project. This is the first investment in solar energy of Statoil, Norway’s leading fuel producer.

Number of millionaires in Brazil grew 10.7% in 2016, study says

The number of millionaires in Brazil increased again in 2016, after two consecutive years of decline, according to a study by Capgemini, from 148.5 thousand to 164.5 thousand people, which corresponds to a 10.7% increase.
According to the 2017 World Wealth Report, the increase in Brazil surpassed the global average of 7.5% and of Russia (20%), Sweden (13%) and Taiwan (12%).
The report considers as millionaires those with $ 1 million or more in assets available for investment or that can be easily sold, excluding residences in residences and collectibles and durable consumer goods. 

According to the study, the wealth accumulated by Brazilian millionaires increased from US $ 3.7 trillion in 2015 to US $ 4.2 trillion in 2016.
Among the explanations for the growth of the number of millionaires in Brazil is the significant improvement of the Brazilian stock market.
In 2016, the Ibovespa rose 66.46% in dollar, according to data from financial information provider Economatica. By 2014 and 2015, the index had accumulated losses of 14.37% and 41.03%, respectively. In 2017, until September closing, the Brazilian stock exchange has increased of 26.9% in dollar.
The number of millionaires in Brazil increased again in 2016, after two consecutive years of decline, according to a study by Capgemini, from 148.5 thousand to 164.5 thousand people, which corresponds to a 10.7% increase. According to the 2017 World Wealth Report, the increase in Brazil surpassed the global average of 7.5% and of Russia (20%), Sweden (13%) and Taiwan (12%). The report considers as millionaires those with $ 1 million or more in assets available for investment or that can be easily sold, excluding residences in residences and collectibles and durable consumer goods. According to the study, the wealth accumulated by Brazilian millionaires increased from US $ 3.7 trillion in 2015 to US $ 4.2 trillion in 2016. Among the explanations for the growth of the number of millionaires in Brazil is the significant improvement of the Brazilian stock market. In 2016, the Ibovespa rose 66.46% in dollar, according to data from financial information provider Economatica. By 2014 and 2015, the index had accumulated losses of 14.37% and 41.03%, respectively. In 2017, until September closing, the Brazilian stock exchange has increased of 26.9% in dollar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Google inaugurates first company cloud computing center in Brazil

The time the information takes to travel between the data center and the user should be 80% to 95% faster than the US. 

Google, the Alphabet holding company, has opened a data center in São Paulo, the company's first in South America and one of eight announced by the company in 2016 as part of a plan to boost its presence in the cloud computing segment in the country and in the world.
With a combination of price reductions, service availability and increased speed, Google hopes to establish itself in Brazil in a segment where it contests globally with other major technology companies such as Amazon and Microsoft.

The opening of the local center - called the Cloud São Paulo region - was aligned with the possibility of payment of services in reais to Brazilian clients, with taxes included, in the first strategy of the type made by Google in the world.
To attract customers, Google says the opening of the center in São Paulo will allow for a reduction in latency - or the time it takes the information to travel between the data center and the user - that should be 80% to 95% faster in relation to the USA.
In tests conducted by Google, the latency of access to the cloud region of São Paulo was on average 36 milliseconds, compared to 170 ms for connection to the center of the company in the North American state of South Carolina, the closest to Brazil.

In addition to Brazilian customers, Google's cloud region is prepared to serve the public in Chile and Argentina, the company said.
The company did not disclose the size or capacity of the Brazilian cloud computing center, but said that "capacity can be broadly expanded," since it connects to the other 11 exchanges held by Google around the world via the network fiber optics.
The time the information takes to travel between the data center and the user should be 80% to 95% faster than the US. Google, the Alphabet holding company, has opened a data center in São Paulo, the company’s first in South America and one of eight announced by the company in 2016 as part of a plan to boost its presence in the cloud computing segment in the country and in the world. With a combination of price reductions, service availability and increased speed, Google hopes to establish itself in Brazil in a segment where it contests globally with other major technology companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. The opening of the local center – called the Cloud São Paulo region – was aligned with the possibility of payment of services in reais to Brazilian clients, with taxes included, in the first strategy of the type made by Google in the world. To attract customers, Google says the opening of the center in São Paulo will allow for a reduction in latency – or the time it takes the information to travel between the data center and the user – that should be 80% to 95% faster in relation to the USA. In tests conducted by Google, the latency of access to the cloud region of São Paulo was on average 36 milliseconds, compared to 170 ms for connection to the center of the company in the North American state of South Carolina, the closest to Brazil. In addition to Brazilian customers, Google’s cloud region is prepared to serve the public in Chile and Argentina, the company said. The company did not disclose the size or capacity of the Brazilian cloud computing center, but said that “capacity can be broadly expanded,” since it connects to the other 11 exchanges held by Google around the world via the network fiber optics.

Enel targets energy business in Brazil and wants to be a consolidator

Enel is analyzing opportunities such as the sale of Light by Cemig and the privatization of concessionaires of state-owned Eletrobras.
The Italian group Enel wants to expand its energy business in Brazil and evaluates several investment opportunities, both in renewable generation and in the electricity transmission and distribution sectors, with the aim of establishing itself as one of the big companies that will dominate the Brazilian market in future.
Enel's director for Brazil, Carlo Zorzoli, said that the company wants to establish itself among the leaders at a time when the country's electricity sector undergoes changes, with a gradual increase in the participation of large international companies amid the sale of assets mainly by state or local groups.
This consolidation movement has been mainly seen in the distribution business, and Enel is prepared to gain space in the segment, which should include the analysis of opportunities such as the sale of Light by Cemig and the privatization of state-owned Eletrobras dealers operating in the North and Northeast, which the government wants to complete until the beginning of 2018.
Enel is analyzing opportunities such as the sale of Light by Cemig and the privatization of concessionaires of state-owned Eletrobras. The Italian group Enel wants to expand its energy business in Brazil and evaluates several investment opportunities, both in renewable generation and in the electricity transmission and distribution sectors, with the aim of establishing itself as one of the big companies that will dominate the Brazilian market in future. Enel’s director for Brazil, Carlo Zorzoli, said that the company wants to establish itself among the leaders at a time when the country’s electricity sector undergoes changes, with a gradual increase in the participation of large international companies amid the sale of assets mainly by state or local groups. This consolidation movement has been mainly seen in the distribution business, and Enel is prepared to gain space in the segment, which should include the analysis of opportunities such as the sale of Light by Cemig and the privatization of state-owned Eletrobras dealers operating in the North and Northeast, which the government wants to complete until the beginning of 2018.

Unilever buys Brazilian organic company Mother Earth

Value of the business was not informed; this is the company's third acquisition in less than a month.

Unilever announced the purchase of the Brazilian company of natural and organic food Mother Earth, for an undisclosed amount. It is the company's third acquisition in less than a month.
Mother Earth grows 30% a year, according to a statement from Unilever, and has been selling organic and nutritious food in Brazil since it was created in 1979.
She acts in several categories with a portfolio that includes organic cereals, cookies, snacks and culinary products. This market moves more than 8 billion euros in the country, according to Euromonitor data released by Unilever.
The buying strategy is in line with the trend of the major food companies, which go through a wave of acquisitions of smaller players to complement the product scope and meet new consumer demand.
In the food business, Unilever bought the British tea company Pukka Herbs on September 9, 2017, also without informing the financial volume applied to the operation.
"Mother Earth has a great follow-up in Brazil and strengthens our food portfolio, allowing us to accelerate our expansion in the growing natural and organic segment," Unilever Brasil president Fernando Fernandez said in a statement.
The president of Mother Earth said that Unilever will help the company "accelerate the mission of bringing natural and organic food to more people in Brazil." He will continue to be the managing director of the brand.
Mother Earth has a portfolio of about 120 products and employs approximately 300 employees. Unilever owns over 400 brands of food and consumer goods (such as Hellmanns', Knorr, Omo and Rexona) and more than 169,000 employees worldwide.
Value of the business was not informed; this is the company’s third acquisition in less than a month. Unilever announced the purchase of the Brazilian company of natural and organic food Mother Earth, for an undisclosed amount. It is the company’s third acquisition in less than a month. Mother Earth grows 30% a year, according to a statement from Unilever, and has been selling organic and nutritious food in Brazil since it was created in 1979. She acts in several categories with a portfolio that includes organic cereals, cookies, snacks and culinary products. This market moves more than 8 billion euros in the country, according to Euromonitor data released by Unilever. The buying strategy is in line with the trend of the major food companies, which go through a wave of acquisitions of smaller players to complement the product scope and meet new consumer demand. In the food business, Unilever bought the British tea company Pukka Herbs on September 9, 2017, also without informing the financial volume applied to the operation. “Mother Earth has a great follow-up in Brazil and strengthens our food portfolio, allowing us to accelerate our expansion in the growing natural and organic segment,” Unilever Brasil president Fernando Fernandez said in a statement. The president of Mother Earth said that Unilever will help the company “accelerate the mission of bringing natural and organic food to more people in Brazil.” He will continue to be the managing director of the brand. Mother Earth has a portfolio of about 120 products and employs approximately 300 employees. Unilever owns over 400 brands of food and consumer goods (such as Hellmanns’, Knorr, Omo and Rexona) and more than 169,000 employees worldwide.