Thursday, December 30, 2010

$2.6 billion in loan guarantees vs. 13,000 jobs

Right after the U.S.-Panama Tax Information Exchange Agreement was signed by Vice-President Juan Carlos Varela, he attended the signing of an agreement for the US $2.6 billion purchase by COPA airline (NYSE: CPA) of 32 Boeing (NYSE: BA) airplanes, with financing guaranteed by the U.S. Export-Import Bank .

The same day that 13,000 jobs of the Panama financial center are put in jeopardy, a Panamanian multinational secures financing guaranteed by the U.S. taxpayer. Quid pro quo?

Copa and Boeing sign largest ever Panama-US business deal

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 17:35

Panama's principle airline Copa, and the Boeing aircraft company signed a $2.6 billion dollars agreement for the purchase of 32 aircraft onTuesday (November 30).

It was the largest ever business transaction between the U.S. and Panama

The ceremony took place at the U.S. Department of Commerce, soon after the signing of a tax disclosure agreement between the two countries.
Panamanian vice president and foreign minister, Juan Carlos Varela represented the government at the ceremony along with the chief executives of both companies: Pedro Heilbron of Copa Airlines, and Jim Albaugh of Boeing.

The 32 aircraft will be delivered between 2015 and 2018, and are part of the planned growth of the company, said Heilbron.

Copa Holding's president, Stanley Motta, and Vice President of Finance, Victor Vial, shared details of the funding for the deal, which was supported by a group of international banks such as Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, BNP Paribas, and Bank Exim.

Motta said the loan was agreed at very low rates for the guarantees provided by the Exim Bank.

Largest Ever Ex-Im Bank Transaction To This Country

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is providing a $113 million long-term guarantee to support the $132 million export by The Boeing Co., Seattle, WA, of four B737-700 aircraft plus two spare engines made by CFM International, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, to Compania Panamena de Aviacion, S.A. (COPA), Panama City. Each Boeing aircraft is also equipped with two CFM engines.

"This is the largest transaction ever authorized by Ex-Im Bank for a company in Panama," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman James A. Harmon. "We are delighted to finance US exports that support economic growth in this important Central American market while sustaining US jobs at thousands of Boeing subsuppliers at home."

Ex-Im Bank has supported Panamanian customers for over 50 years. This latest transaction is more than double the previous record-setter, a $60 million financing of a gas turbine export in fiscal 1994.
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