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UBS to restructure Mexican ops; Banco Votorantim investing in fintech startups

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Broadband Only Homes Skyrocket In 2018 Validating Top MSOs Connectivity Pivot

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2019 Credit Risk Perspectives: Is The Credit Cycle Turning? A Fundamentals View


UBS to restructure Mexican ops; Banco Votorantim investing in fintech startups

* UBS Group AG intendsfor its Mexican brokerage unit, UBS Casa de Bolsa, to assume the operations of localbanking subsidiary UBS Bank MéxicoSA Institución de Banca Múltiple UBS Grupo Financiero over the nextyear, Reuters reported, citing an internal memo. Due to the planned restructuring,which is subject to regulatory approval, UBS will not seek to renew its bankinglicense in Mexico, "a person familiar with the matter" told the newswire.

* Banco Votorantim SAis investing an initial 3 million reais in MicrosoftCorp.'s BR Startups fund in a partnership to make jointinvestments in Brazilian financial technology startups, Reuters reported. "We'relooking for startups that have passed the validation and product development stageand need capital to scale up and gain traction in the market," said GabrielFerreira, Banco Votorantim's head of strategy, planning and retail lending.

MEXICO ANDCENTRAL AMERICA

* FitchRatings placed its AA(GTM)national rating on Aseguradora GeneralSA on Rating Watch Negative. The decision is based on the announcedsale agreement of Generali's 51% stake in the insurer, subject to regulatory approval.

* The sevenlargest banks in Mexico, also known as the G-7 banks, are among the financial sectorentities that have the highest riskof exposure to money laundering and terrorism financing, El Economista reported, citing a study by the government's financialintelligence unit.

* Moody's saidthe 25 billion Mexican pesos investment recently announced by Citigroup Inc. for Mexican unit Banco Nacional de México SA will make the subsidiary morecompetitiveby boosting its market position and improving operational efficiency, El Economista reported.

* said it has introducedNear Field Communication technology to help its clients make wireless payments inshops across Mexico, El Economista reported.

* plans to raiseup to 3 billion Mexican pesos by issuing debt on the local stock exchange, El Economista reported, citing CEO Luis Barroso.The company will use the proceeds for its working capital and to generate new business.

BRAZIL

* FitchRatings withdrew 's "higheststandards" asset manager rating due to the business unit's reorganization andthe incorporation of its parent company, HSBCBank Brasil SA - Banco Múltiplo, by Banco Bradesco SA.

* Brazil's lowerhouse of Congress voted 366 to 111 in favor of approvingPresident Michel Temer's proposal to limit increases in public expenditure to theinflation rate, Reuters reported. The measure is still subject to another super-majorityvote in the lower house and two such votes in the Senate.

* Italy-basedAzimut Holding SpA willsoon announce a mergerof its Brazilian subsidiaries, AZ Quest Investimentos Ltda. and AZ Legan Asset ManagementLtda., Reuters reported, citing "two people with direct knowledge of the deal."The merged entity could have approximately 4.3 billion reais in assets under management.

* Prosecutorsin Brazil filed additional corruptioncharges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Oct. 10, Reutersreported. Lula already faces other accusations in a wide-ranging corruption investigationat state-run oil firm Petrobras.

* Both the Brazilianreal and the country's benchmark Ibovespa equities index have turned in strong performancesso far in 2016, and many analysts believe Brazil is poised for more gainsas the new government implements economic reforms, the Financial Times reported. "Brazil is the most promising marketin Latin America right now, more so than Argentina, given the low valuations andthe policy direction," said Walter Molano of BCP Securities.

* UBS GroupAG has partnered with real estate consultancy Real Estate Capital to cater to risingdemand among institutional investors for opportunities in the Brazilian real estatemarket, Reuters reported. The partnershipwill mainly target investments in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

* appointed Victor Schabbel,a former analyst at Credit SuisseGroup AG, as its new head of investor relations, Valor Econômico reported. Schabbel replacesRoberta Noronha, who has left the Brazilian credit and debit card operator.

* Ronaldo Cury,vice president of public housing at São Paulo's construction industry association,said the recent announcement that CaixaEconômica Federal has 34 billion reais available for mortgage loansfor the rest of 2016 is not enough to jump-start activityin the housing sector, Valor Econômicoreported. According to Cury, the government must also lower interest rates in orderto boost demand for the loans.

* The totalvolumeof deals in Brazil's capital markets reached 42.98 billion reais in the third quarter,more than double the volume in the year-ago period, Valor Econômico reported, citing data from financial and capital marketsassociation Anbima.

ANDEAN

* TheColombian government will begin peacetalks with the National Liberation Army, the second-largest rebel group in thecountry after FARC, on Oct. 27, Reuters reported. The talks come after Colombiansvoted to reject a peace deal the government had reached with FARC rebels.

* CitigroupInc. is expected to sellits Colombian retail banking business to a bank that is already established in thecountry, such as Banco DaviviendaSA, Banco GNB SudamerisSA, Banco Colpatria MultibancaColpatria SA and BancoCorpBanca Colombia SA, Portafolioreported. Citi has already announced deals to sell its retail operations in Braziland Argentina.

* Peruvian insurerLa Positiva Seguros y Reaseguros SAexpects to issue 15,000 agricultural insurance policiesfor small and medium-scale farmers in the country during 2016, up 20% from 2015,Gestión reported.

SOUTHERNCONE

* Felipe Carvallo, a vice president and senior analyst at Moody's, said2016 could be the worst year for Chile's banking sector in recent history due toa deterioratingoperating environment, worsening asset quality and pressure on profitability, Diario Financiero reported. The rating agencyexpects loan delinquencies in the sector to rise to more than 2.6% in the next 12to 18 months from 1.6% in June.

* Bank lendingto the manufacturing sector in Uruguay increased 6.8% in the 12 months through August,while financing for the services sector jumped 11.4% in the same period, El Observador reported, citing central bankdata.

IN OTHERPARTS OF THE WORLD

* Asia-Pacific:India to restructure 300B rupees ofloans; China to swap bad debt for equity

* Middle East& Africa: QNB posts Q3 result;Kenyan bank gets CEO; Moza Banco future on table

* Europe:

Matthew Crazecontributed to this article.

The DailyDose has an editorial deadline of 8:00 a.m. São Paulo time, and scans news sourcespublished in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Some external links may require asubscription.


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Broadband Only Homes Skyrocket In 2018 Validating Top MSOs Connectivity Pivot

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The segment stood at an estimated 23.6 million as of Dec. 31, 2018, accounting for 24% of all wireline high-speed data homes.

The following post comes from Kagan, a research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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Mar. 20 2019 — The U.S. broadband-only home segment logged its largest net adds on record in 2018, validating Comcast Corp.'s and Charter Communications Inc.'s moves to make broadband, or connectivity, the keystone of their cable communication businesses.

The size and momentum of the segment also put in perspective the recent high-profile online-video video announcements by the top two cable operators as well as AT&T Inc.'s WarnerMedia shake-up and plans to go toe-to-toe with Netflix in the subscription video-on-demand arena in the next 12 months.

We estimate that wireline broadband households not subscribing to traditional multichannel, or broadband-only homes, rose by nearly 4.3 million in 2018, topping the gains from the previous year by roughly 22%. Overall, the segment stood at an estimated 23.6 million as of Dec. 31, 2018, accounting for 24% of all wireline high-speed data homes.

For perspective, broadband-only homes stood at an estimated 11.3 million a mere four years ago, accounting for 13% of residential cable and telco broadband subscribers.

The once all-powerful, must-have live linear TV model, which individuals and families essentially treated as a utility upon moving into a new residence, increasingly is viewed as too expensive and unwieldy in the era of affordable, nimble internet-based video alternatives. This has resulted in a sizable drop in penetration of occupied households.

As a result, continued legacy cord cutting is baked in and broadband-only homes are expected to continue to rise at a fast clip, with the segment's momentum in the next few years compounded by Comcast's, Charter's and AT&T's ambitious moves into online-video territory.

Note: we revised historical broadband-only home estimates as part of our fourth-quarter 2018, following restatements of historical telco broadband subscriber figures and residential traditional multichannel subscriber adjustments.

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2019 Credit Risk Perspectives: Is The Credit Cycle Turning? A Fundamentals View

Mar. 15 2019 — On November 20, 2018, a joint event hosted by S&P Global Market Intelligence and S&P Global Ratings took place in London, focusing on credit risk and 2019 perspectives.

Pascal Hartwig, Credit Product Specialist, and I provided a review of the latest trends observed across non-financial corporate firms through the lens of S&P Global Market Intelligence’s statistical models.1 In particular, Pascal focused on the outputs produced by a statistical model that uses market information to estimate credit risk of public companies; if you want to know more, you can visit here.

I focused on an analysis of how different Brexit scenarios may impact the credit risk of European Union (EU) private companies that are included on S&P Capital IQ platform.

Before, this, I looked at the evolution of their credit risk profile from 2013 to 2017, as shown in Figure 1. Scores were generated via Credit Analytics’ PD Model Fundamentals Private, a statistical model that uses company financials and other socio-economic factors to estimate the PD of private companies globally. Credit scores are mapped to PD values, which are based on/derived from S&P Global Ratings Observed Default Rates.

Figure 1: EU private company scores generated by PD Model Fundamentals Private, between 2013 and 2017.

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence.2 As of October 2018.

For any given year, the distribution of credit scores of EU private companies is concentrated below the ‘a’ level, due to the large number of small revenue and unrated firms on the S&P Capital IQ platform. An overall improvement of the risk profile is visible, with the score distribution moving leftwards between 2013 and 2017. A similar picture is visible when comparing companies by country or industry sector,3 confirming that there were no clear signs of a turning point in the credit cycle of private companies in any EU country or industry sector. However, this view is backward looking and does not take into account the potential effects of an imminent and major political and economic event in the (short) history of the EU: Brexit.

To this purpose, S&P Global Market Intelligence has developed a statistical model: the Credit Analytics Macro-scenario model enables users to study how potential future macroeconomic scenarios may affect the evolution of the credit risk profile of EU private companies. This model was developed by looking at the historical evolution of S&P Global Ratings’ rated companies under different macroeconomic conditions, and can be applied to smaller companies after the PD is mapped to a S&P Global Market Intelligence credit score.

“Soft Brexit” (Figure 2): This scenario is based on the baseline forecast made by economists at S&P Global Ratings and is characterized by a gentle slow-down of economic growth, a progressive monetary policy tightening, and low yet volatile stock-market growth.4

Figure 2: “Soft Brexit” macro scenario.5

Source: S&P Global Ratings Economists. As of October 2018.

Applying the Macro-scenario model, we analyze the evolution of the credit risk profile of EU companies over a three-year period from 2018 to 2020, by industry sector and by country:

  • Sector Analysis (Figure 3):
    • The median credit risk score within specific industry sectors (Aerospace & Defense, Pharmaceuticals, Telecoms, Utilities, and Real Estate) shows a good degree of resilience, rising by less than half a notch by 2020 and remaining comfortably below the ‘b+’ threshold.
    • The median credit score of the Retail and Consumer Products sectors, however, is severely impacted, breaching the high risk threshold (here defined at the ‘b-’ level).
    • The remaining industry sectors show various dynamics, but essentially remain within the intermediate risk band (here defined between the ‘b+’ and the ‘b-’ level).

Figure 3: “Soft Brexit” impact on the median credit risk level of EU private companies, by industry.

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence. As of October 2018.

  • Country Analysis (Figure 4):
    • Although the median credit risk score may not change significantly in certain countries, the associated default rates need to be adjusted for the impact of the credit cycle.6 The “spider-web plot” shows the median PD values for private companies within EU countries, adjusted for the credit cycle. Here we include only countries with a minimum number of private companies within the Credit Analytics pre-scored database, to ensure a robust statistical analysis.
    • Countries are ordered by increasing level of median PD, moving clock-wise from Netherlands to Greece.
    • Under a soft Brexit scenario, the PD of UK private companies increases between 2018 and 2020, but still remains below the yellow threshold (corresponding to a ‘b+’ level).
    • Interestingly, Italian private companies suffer more than their Spanish peers, albeit starting from a slightly lower PD level in 2017.

Figure 4: “Soft Brexit” impact on the median credit risk level of EU private companies, by country.

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence. As of October 2018.

“Hard Brexit” (Figure 5): This scenario is extracted from the 2018 Stress-Testing exercise of the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the Bank of England.7 Under this scenario, both the EU and UK may go into a recession similar to the 2008 global crisis. Arguably, this may seem a harsh scenario for the whole of the EU, but a recent report by the Bank of England warned that a disorderly Brexit may trigger a UK crisis worse than 2008.8

Figure 5: “Hard Brexit” macro scenario.9

Sources:”2018 EU-wide stress test – methodological note” (European Banking Authority, November 2017) and “Stress Testing the UK Banking system: 2018 guidance for participating banks and building societies“ (Bank of England, March 2018).

Also in this case, we apply the Macro-scenario model to analyze the evolution of the credit risk profile of EU companies over the same three-year period, by industry sector and by country:

  • Sector Analysis (Figure 6):
    • Despite all industry sectors being severely impacted, the Pharmaceuticals and Utilities sectors remain below the ‘b+’ level (yellow threshold).
    • Conversely, the Airlines and Energy sectors join Retail and Consumer Products in the “danger zone” above the ‘b-’ level (red threshold).
    • The remaining industry sectors will either move into or remain within the intermediate risk band (here defined between the ‘b+’ and the ‘b-’ level).

Figure 6: “Hard Brexit” impact on the median credit risk level of EU private companies, by industry.

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence. As of October 2018.

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  • Country Analysis (Figure 7):
    • Under a hard Brexit scenario, the PD of UK private companies increases between 2017 and 2020, entering the intermediate risk band and suffering even more than its Irish peers.
    • Notably, by 2020 the French private sector may suffer more than the Italian private sector, reaching the attention threshold (here shown as a red circle, and corresponding to a ‘b-’ level).
    • While it is hard to do an exact like-for-like comparison, it is worth noting that our conclusions are broadly aligned with the findings from the 48 banks participating in the 2018 stress-testing exercise, as recently published by the EBA:10 the major share of 2018-2020 new credit risk losses in the stressed scenario will concentrate among counterparties in the UK, Italy, France, Spain, and Germany (leaving aside the usual suspects, such as Greece, Portugal, etc.).

Figure 7: “Hard Brexit” impact on the median credit risk level of EU private companies, by country.

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence. As of October 2018.

In conclusion: In Europe, the private companies’ credit risk landscape does not yet signal a distinct turning point, however Brexit may act as a pivot point and a catalyst for a credit cycle inversion, with an intensity that will be dependent on the Brexit type of landing (i.e., soft versus hard).

1 S&P Global Ratings does not contribute to or participate in the creation of credit scores generated by S&P Global Market Intelligence.
2 Lowercase nomenclature is used to differentiate S&P Global Market Intelligence credit scores from the credit ratings issued by S&P Global Ratings.
3 Not shown here.
4 Measured via Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Growth, Long-term / Short-term (L/S) European Central Bank Interest Rate Spread, and FTSE100 or STOXX50 stock market growth, respectively.
5 Macroeconomic forecast for 2018-2020 (end of year) by economists at S&P Global Ratings; the baseline case assumes the UK and the EU will reach a Brexit deal (e.g. a “soft Brexit”).
6 When the credit cycle deteriorates (improves), default rates are expected to increase (decrease).
7 Source: “2018 EU-wide stress test – methodological note” (EBA, November 2017) and “Stress Testing the UK Banking system: 2018 guidance for participating banks and building societies”. (Bank of England, March 2018).
8 Source: “EU withdrawal scenarios and monetary and financial stability – A response to the House of Commons Treasury Committee”. (Bank of England, November 2018).
9 As a hard Brexit scenario, we adopt the stressed scenario included in the 2018 stress testing exercise and defined by the EBA and the Bank of England.
10 See, for example, Figure 18 in “2018 EU-Wide Stress Test Result” (EBA November 2018), found at:https://eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/2419200/2018-EU-wide-stress-test-Results.pdf

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