Energy, hotel, pharmaceutical industries and consumer goods sectors increase investments as Brazil chooses a new president

Revista Exame Online | 08/10/2018
Equatorial Energia, which acquired Cepisa, distributor of Eletrobras in Piauí,  on an auction on Thursday, evaluates that it can obtain results faster in the company than in the power plants that the group already controls, in Maranhão (Cemar) and Pará (Celpa), also acquired in a difficult financial situation. In a conference call with shareholders and investors on the deal, Equatorial president Augusto Miranda said on Thursday that the company hopes to benefit from the experience gained in Cemar and Celpa's recovery work. "In Cemar itself… we have struggled a lot, we have learned a lot. The acquisition of Celpa was a great learning … in Celpa, we still took a little time, skated a little, and the result came. With this asset (Cepisa), the result will come much faster", affirmed.  Source: DCI

According to data from the General Balance Sheet of the Expansion and Reinforcement Plan (PAR), between 2017 and 2019 approximately 11 thousand km will be added to the transmission network, in addition to 166 new manufacturing units, totaling investments of approximately 16.0 billion BRL. Considering the outlook for the transmission and distribution sector, Lafis projects an average annual expansion of 7.3% between 2018 and 2022. Lafis Review: Maintaining the sector growth trend.

The costs of transmission lines are lower in Brazil, which allows cheaper investments in grid expansion. The energy transmission sector is of strategic importance for the country, since it provides access to agents in the electricity sector, interconnection of energy submarkets and promotes the development of the various productive sectors. The expansion of the transmission system has the objective of reliably meeting the increase in supply and demand for energy.

The operational performance of the transmission system in the National Interconnected System (SIN - Sistema Interligado Nacional) is higher than the Non-Distributed Energy Index even in the face of successive records in the consumption of electric energy. Brazil invests in the creation of electricity supply infrastructure and develops transmission technology over long distances and integration of electrical systems. Glencore Energy said it has signed an agreement to acquire 78% of Ale Combustíveis. Marcelo Alecrim, one of the founders of Ale, will maintain a 22% stake in the business.

The Pão de Açúcar group (GPA) inaugurated, on Thursday (9), the second unit of the Assaí Atacadista network in Minas Gerais. With investments of 21 million BRL, the store will be opened in Contagem, in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte (RMBH), marking the arrival of the flag, which is targeted at the self-service wholesale segment, the Great BH. The start of operations in Minas Gerais's lands began in the middle of last year, with the opening of a unit in Uberlândia, in the Triângulo. According to the president of the network, Belmiro Gomes, this is another conversion project from the Extra hypermarket to the Assaí flag. Since 2016, GPA has transformed some of its hypermarket-format stores scattered throughout the country in wholesale operations. According to him, the inauguration of the Contagem unit represents the 132nd store of the network in Brazil.

Suzano Papel e Celulose, represented by CNN Solution A97 Participações, took the cellulose terminal at the Port of Itaqui (MA). The planned investments are of the order of 214,873 million BRL and include a railroad diversion and a maritime access through the 99 cradle of the port.

Tecon Rio Grande, container terminal of the Wilson Sons Group, invested 1.5 million BRL in the acquisition of new warehouse equipment. Altogether, there are 11 forklifts, nine of them with cargo capacity of up to three tonnes, one for five tonnes and one for empty containers.

Biolab bought Actavis Brasil, which belonged to the israeli Teva, the largest generic manufacturer in the world. The value of the deal was not disclosed, but it is thought that Biolab would have paid something between 40 million BRL and 60 million BRL for the operation. According to Hendz Tabanês CMO of United HR, the pharmaceutical industry kept rising even in times of crisis.

Accor Hotels buys 50% of luxury network for US$ 319 million. Accor Hotels has announced the purchase of 50% of SBE Entertainment Group for US$ 125 million. The French network has also committed to invest another US$ 194 million in the settlement of preferential debt held in part by Cain International, which corresponds to a part of the 50% that will be sold - thereby ceasing to hold a stake in the company. The total investment will be US$ 319 million. Current US group owner Sam Nazarian will retain the remaining 50% of the SBE and will continue as CEO at its headquarters in New York City. The company currently manages 23 hotels under its high-end brands, which includes SLS Hotels & Residences, Mondrian, Delano, The Redbury and Morgans Originals. Nine projects under construction are expected to be opened in the next few years, one of them later this year, the Delano Dubai, which will be on Palm Jumierah Island.

With an investment of more than 200 million BRL, made by Senpar and the Incorporadora Praias, the construction of the complex was carried out in just over 40 months. Accor Hotels opened the Novotel Golf & Resort Itu, the first midscale resort in South America. With attractions such as bars and restaurants open to the public, swimming pool, spa and golf course, the complex is the only development of this size in the city of Itu, about 90 kilometers from the capital of São Paulo.

The confidence of the multinationals in promoting new investments and hirings returned to reach index similar to those registered before the economic crisis. This is revealed by the study developed by United HR that is located on Avenida Paulista. The consultancy is a world leader in recruiting and replacing executives. According to the survey, an increase of 32 percentage points was detected both for the generation of new jobs and for the allocation of financial resources. The study indicates that 50% bet on the expansion of the staff. The intentions of investments have risen in the same proportion: jumped from 32% last year to 53% in 2018, says Marcio Pereira, United HR Latam CEO.

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