MercadoLibre Gets $193 Million in Sale of Brazil Real Estate Bonds

Latin American e-commerce retailer and fintech provider MercadoLibre Inc. has tapped Brazil’s local debt market as it seeks to fund its largest investment plan for the nation yet

The firm raised 1 billion reais ($193 million) in local bonds.
By Vinícius Andrade
September 01, 2022 | 09:08 AM

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Bloomberg — Latin American e-commerce retailer and fintech provider MercadoLibre Inc. (MELI) has tapped Brazil’s local debt market as it seeks to fund its largest investment plan for the nation yet.

The firm raised 1 billion reais ($193 million) in local bonds that are backed by real-estate receivables known locally as CRIs, according to a statement. The transaction was led by Banco Itau BBA SA, Bradesco BBI SA and Banco Safra SA.

MercadoLibre plans to use the proceeds to expand and revamp its logistics network in Brazil, where it gets the majority of its revenues. The company had previously unveiled a plan to invest a record 17 billion reais in the country this year.

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The deal takes place amid increased demand from investors for private-credit instruments as rates rise rates in Latin America’s largest economy.

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