• Service: Advisory, Deal Advisory
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 2/19/2013

Introduction to the Americas 

Introduction to the Americas
Across the Americas, there are growing signs that the debt sales markets are heating up, particularly in North America. In the US market, activity picked up at the end of 2012 and through 2013. In Canada, the five major banks are well capitalized and fairly shielded from the challenges in the European market. For its part, Mexico seems to be on the cusp of further growth in sales volumes over the next year as the inventory of mortgage loans and commercial loans continues to grow. South America offers a much more mixed bag in debt sales. In the high growth market of Brazil, the pace and volume of debt sales seems to be continuing unabated. On the other hand, Argentina has been lowering the levels of bad loans to avoid jettisoning questionable portfolios.

Please see the following country sections for a more detailed analysis.
The United States - Global debt sales

The United States (PDF 2.41 MB)

After years of disappointing sales volumes, there is growing consensus that 2013–2014 could finally be the breakthrough years for US distressed loan portfolio transactions.

Canada - Global debt sales

Canada (PDF 2.10 MB)

Canadian banks continued to outperform their international peers in 2011, thanks largely to their conservative lending practices, relatively high capital ratios, low loan loss experiences and limited exposure to the debt crisis in Europe.

Brazil - Global debt sales

Brazil (PDF 2.33 MB)

We are entering a challenging year for the Brazilian banking sector, characterized by a slowdown in credit growth, higher rates of delinquency and significant margin compression.

Mexico - Global debt sales

Mexico (PDF 2.05 MB)

Mexico's banks are currently rather healthy, with non-performing loans (NPLs) as a percentage of total loans sitting at around 2.5 percent across the banking system.

Argentina - Global debt sales

Argentina (PDF 2.38 MB)

Since 2005, Argentina has seen continuous growth in both GDP and banking activity.


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