Bloomberg — Mexico’s state oil giant Petróleos Mexicanos received 70 billion pesos ($4.2 billion) from the Finance Ministry as the company seeks to pay off mounting debts.
The Finance Ministry gave the company the funds in a capital injection, according to two people familiar with the situation who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.
The funding comes after Pemex Chief Executive Officer Octavio Romero said on Wednesday that the government would refinance the company’s debt since it would be cheaper than if the state oil giant goes to the market itself. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Deputy Finance Minister Gabriel Yorio also reiterated the government’s support for Pemex on Thursday, without giving specifics.
The Pemex press office and the Finance Ministry didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment after regular office hours. Pemex will report second quarter earnings July 28.
The company’s bonds were among the best performers in emerging-market corporate debt Friday. Bonds due in 2033 jumped 1.1 cent to 92.3 cents on the dollar, the highest since July 17, according to Trace data.
Pemex is the world’s most indebted oil company, with $107.4 billion in financial debt at the end of March. Fitch Ratings Inc. cut the company deeper into junk territory on July 14, while Moody’s Investors Service Inc. put Pemex on a negative outlook for a potential downgrade last week, citing increased credit risks.
It’s not the first time the government has given the oil company direct financial support. In 2021, it gave Pemex a $3.5 billion cash injection, and in 2019 it transferred $5 billion. In total, support under Lopez Obrador has amounted to nearly $49 billion in capitalizations, tax breaks and other assistance.
--With assistance from Michael O’Boyle.
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