A group of investors with combined assets of more than 1.5 trillion US dollars (£1.23 trillion) have written to five of Europe's biggest banks, including Barclays, urging them to stop lending to fossil fuel firms.
A historic crash in oil prices and fallout from the coronavirus pandemic will accelerate asset sales in the Middle East and open up a gap for sovereign wealth funds to make “opportunistic investments,” according to HSBC Holdings Plc.
Saudi Arabia’s economy is set to grow this year at the slowest pace since 2002 as the oil-price plunge drains the kingdom’s finances, according to projections released by the International Monetary Fund and HSBC.
In the months since Brazil’s largest bribery scandal broke, bond investors have fled companies tied to the alleged kickbacks. They’ve been far too hasty, according to HSBC Holdings Plc and Mizuho Securities USA.
Odebrecht Offshore Drilling and Queiroz Galvao Oil & Gas Constellation are a case in point. Their securities have plunged at least 27% since November 13, when federal police said they found “strong evidence” that at least seven builders, including the parent companies of the two oil-rig providers, formed a cartel to win public contracts.
To Mizuho’s John Haugh, the bonds are now a buy because the terms that govern them will likely shield the issuers from any punishment the parent companies may face if they’re found guilty of bribing Petroleos Brasileiro SA, the state oil company.