Scotiabank Plans To Finance $10 Billion In Oil Energy Projects In Mexico Over Four Years

construction cranesFox News Latino, 4/6/14

Canadian banking giant Scotiabank plans to finance oil industry projects worth $10 billion in Mexico over the next four years, a high-level executive said. Oil giants BP and ExxonMobil are among the companies interested in developing projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Scotiabank’s Latin America director, Paul D’Agata, told Efe.

A large number of mid-sized firms will participate in the huge oil projects, D’Agata, who attended the 77th Mexican Bankers Association, or ABM, annual convention in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, said. Scotiabank has provided financing for some of the world’s largest companies in the mining, infrastructure, automotive and other industries, the banker said.

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Scotiabank to Increase Small Loans in Mexico

Bloomberg, 1/18/2013

Pesos by Flickr user AleiexBank of Nova Scotia says it can boost small loans in Mexico as much as 20 percent in a push for business in Latin America, where lending margins are double the Canadian average. Canada’s third-largest bank expects to add to a C$3 billion ($3 billion) micro-loan portfolio with credit to consumers and small businesses ranging from $300 to $3,000. The bank will target clients in the 240 Mexico branches it acquired last year from Citigroup Inc. (C)’s Banamex unit.

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Bank of Nova Scotia to Offer Consumer Loans, Cards, Through Mexico Stores

Bloomberg, 1/10/2011

Bank of Nova ScotiaCanada’s third- largest bank, plans to offer small loans and credit cards to consumers in Mexico with little or no banking history to increase its share of business in the country.

Scotiabank, which operates in about 50 nations, has consumer-finance operations in Peru,Chile, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, said Wendy Hannam, executive vice president, sales and service, products and marketing for the lender’s international-banking unit.

“We are looking right now at Mexico, because it’s the single-biggest population base for that business,” Hannam said in an interview in Toronto. “We’re at the early stages of building out that capability.”

About half of the 100 million people in Mexico, where Scotiabank runs the nation’s seventh-largest commercial bank, are “underbanked,” Hannam said. The company would offer its products through retail stores, as it does in countries such as Peru, and would target households with monthly income of less than $750.

In Peru, “we have arrangements with the stores to offer small, tiny loans to purchase the good that the consumer is looking at, whether it’s a TV or a purchase of five, six hundred dollars,” said Hannam, who was promoted to the position in September 2009 and has been with Scotiabank since 1983. “That would be a good way for us to enter that market in Mexico.”

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