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            Friday, July 20, 2012, Vol. 13, No. 144


                            Headlines



A R G E N T I N A

AUTOSERVICIO MAYORISTA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 8
CILIN EXPRESS: Requests Opening of Bankruptcy Proceedings
CRISTALMED SRL: Requests Opening of Bankruptcy Proceedings
DOLCE GROUP: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 27
GRABO GREEK: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 14

MOMENTO 24 SA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 6
NUTRAMIN SA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Sept. 5
TRASUP SA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Sept. 6
UNIPLUS TELEFONIA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 7


B A H A M A S

CLICO (BAHAMAS): Parent Company's Bid for Probe Denied


B R A Z I L

BRENNAND ENERGIA: Moody's Rates BRL165MM Sr. Sec. Debentures 'B1'


C A Y M A N   I S L A N D S

BIORIGIN INGREDIENTS: Shareholder to Hear Report on Aug. 3
CLEPSYDRA SHORT-TERM: Members' Final Meeting Set for July 25
CPMS HOLDINGS: Shareholder to Receive Wind-Up Report on Aug. 10
CREF NO.1 LIMITED: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on Aug. 10
CREF NO.4 LIMITED: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on Aug. 10

MK GLOBAL: Shareholder to Receive Wind-Up Report on Aug. 3
TOKYOR FUND: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on Aug. 2
YINGLIU INT'L: Shareholders' Final Meeting Set for July 24


B E R M U D A

I.P.C. (BERMUDA): Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due July 27
I.P.C. (BERMUDA): Member to Receive Wind-Up Report on Aug. 17


J A M A I C A

AIR JAMAICA: Gov't Yet to Get Official Word on Brand Decision


M E X I C O

GRUPO ELEKTRA: Fitch Affirms 'BB' Rating on $550MM Senior Notes


T R I N I D A D  &  T O B A G O

* TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Tourism Economy is Hurting, Minister Admits


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AUTOSERVICIO MAYORISTA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 8
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Juan Kuklis, the court-appointed trustee for Autoservicio
Mayorista El Triang SA's bankruptcy proceedings, will be
verifying creditors' proofs of claim until Aug. 8, 2012.

Mr. Kuklis will present the validated claims in court as
individual reports.  The National Commercial Court of First
Instance No. 18 in Buenos Aires, with the assistance of Clerk
No. 36, will determine if the verified claims are admissible,
taking into account the trustee's opinion, and the objections and
challenges that will be raised by the company and its creditors.

The Trustee can be reached at:

         Juan Kuklis
         Uruguay 390


CILIN EXPRESS: Requests Opening of Bankruptcy Proceedings
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Cilin Express SRL requested the opening of bankruptcy
proceedings.


CRISTALMED SRL: Requests Opening of Bankruptcy Proceedings
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Cristalmed SRL requested the opening of bankruptcy proceedings.
The company defaulted its payments last March 12.


DOLCE GROUP: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 27
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Pablo Alberto Amante, the court-appointed trustee for Dolce Group
SRL's bankruptcy proceedings, will be verifying creditors' proofs
of claim until Aug. 27, 2012.

Mr. Amante will present the validated claims in court as
individual reports.  The National Commercial Court of First
Instance No. 8 in Buenos Aires, with the assistance of Clerk
No. 16, will determine if the verified claims are admissible,
taking into account the trustee's opinion, and the objections and
challenges that will be raised by the company and its creditors.

The Trustee can be reached at:

         Pablo Alberto Amante
         Lavalle 1537
         Argentina


GRABO GREEK: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 14
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Miriam Graciela de Luca, the court-appointed trustee for Grabo
Greek SA's bankruptcy proceedings, will be verifying creditors'
proofs of claim until Aug. 14, 2012.

Ms. de Luca will present the validated claims in court as
individual reports.  The National Commercial Court of First
Instance No. 14 in Buenos Aires, with the assistance of Clerk
No. 28, will determine if the verified claims are admissible,
taking into account the trustee's opinion, and the objections and
challenges that will be raised by the company and its creditors.

The Trustee can be reached at:

         Miriam Graciela de Luca
         Viamonte 1785
         Argentina


MOMENTO 24 SA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 6
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Juan Carlos Chacker, the court-appointed trustee for Momento 24
SA's bankruptcy proceedings, will be verifying creditors' proofs
of claim until Aug. 6, 2012.

Mr. Chacker will present the validated claims in court as
individual reports.  The National Commercial Court of First
Instance No. 19 in Buenos Aires, with the assistance of Clerk
No. 38, will determine if the verified claims are admissible,
taking into account the trustee's opinion, and the objections and
challenges that will be raised by the company and its creditors.

The Trustee can be reached at:

         Juan Carlos Chacker
         Teniente General Juan Domingo Peron 315
         Argentina


NUTRAMIN SA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Sept. 5
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Olga Ester Fagnani, the court-appointed trustee for Nutramin SA's
reorganization proceedings, will be verifying creditors' proofs
of claim until Sept. 5, 2012.

Ms. Fagnani will present the validated claims in court as
individual reports.  The National Commercial Court of First
Instance No. 12 in Buenos Aires, with the assistance of Clerk
No. 23, will determine if the verified claims are admissible,
taking into account the trustee's opinion, and the objections and
challenges that will be raised by the company and its creditors.

The Trustee can be reached at:

         Olga Ester Fagnani
         Montevideo 596
         Argentina


TRASUP SA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Sept. 6
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Miguel Angel Troisi, the court-appointed trustee for Trasup SA's
reorganization proceedings, will be verifying creditors' proofs
of claim until Sept. 6, 2012.

Mr. Troisi will present the validated claims in court as
individual reports.  The National Commercial Court of First
Instance No. 12 in Buenos Aires, with the assistance of Clerk
No. 24, will determine if the verified claims are admissible,
taking into account the trustee's opinion, and the objections and
challenges that will be raised by the company and its creditors.

Creditors will vote to ratify the completed settlement plan
during the assembly on June 12, 2013.

The Trustee can be reached at:

         Miguel Angel Troisi
         Cerrito 146
         Argentina


UNIPLUS TELEFONIA: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Aug. 7
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Teresa N. Fiscina, the court-appointed trustee for Uniplus
Telefonia SA's bankruptcy proceedings, will be verifying
creditors' proofs of claim until Aug. 7, 2012.

Ms. Fiscina will present the validated claims in court as
individual reports.  The National Commercial Court of First
Instance No. 16 in Buenos Aires, with the assistance of Clerk
No. 32, will determine if the verified claims are admissible,
taking into account the trustee's opinion, and the objections and
challenges that will be raised by the company and its creditors.

The Trustee can be reached at:

         Teresa N. Fiscina
         Avenida Montes de Oca 630
         Argentina



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CLICO (BAHAMAS): Parent Company's Bid for Probe Denied
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Jeffrey Todd at Guardian Business reports that the U.S. attorney
for CLICO (Bahamas) Limited has successfully squashed CLICO
(Trinidad)'s bid to investigate its activities in an ongoing
liquidation.

The report relates that Ronald G. Neiwirth, fresh off a hearing
in West Palm Beach, Florida, said the motion for a protective
order has been successful, effectively thwarting the parent
company's move for discovery.

According to the report, CLICO (Trinidad) requested a number of
documents concerning CLICO (Bahamas), its wholly-owned subsidiary
CLICO Enterprises and Florida-based real estate project
Wellington Preserve.

Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez, a partner at Baker Tilly Gomez in Nassau,
and court-appointed liquidator of CLICO (Bahamas), would have
been questioned under oath had the discovery been successful,
notes Guardian Business.

According to Guardian Business, CLICO (Bahamas) is now in the
process of selling off parcels of land at Wellington Preserve as
part of the entity's liquidation.

While the exact motivation behind the parent company's probe is
unclear, Guardian Business understands that CLICO (Trinidad)
hoped to monitor and perhaps claim the funds earmarked for CLICO
(Bahamas), and subsequently Bahamian policyholders.

Mr. Neiwirth said if CLICO (Trinidad) wants to pursue a discovery
of documents, it will now have to take it up with Bahamian
courts, Guardian Business adds.

Mr. Neiwirth told Guardian Business that the discovery and
subpoena have been distractions to the liquidation, and now that
the matter is resolved, stakeholders can go back to business.

                       About Clico (Bahamas)

Clico (Bahamas) Limited is a Bahamian company that was involved
in life and health insurance, pensions and annuities.

                         *     *     *

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter on April 30, 2009,
Clico (Bahamas) Limited filed for bankruptcy protection under
Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code before the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court for the Southern District of Florida (Miami).   Chapter 15
allows a company to seek protection from creditors in the United
States while its primary bankruptcy case is pending in another
country.

Clico commenced insolvency proceedings before the Commercial
Division of the Supreme Court of the Bahamas.  The TCR, citing a
Bloomberg report, said Clico listed assets and debt of as much as
$500 million each.  The Company, Bloomberg said, citing court
papers, loaned more than $70 million to affiliated companies
which Clico's liquidator "believes has found its way into real
estate developments."

Craig A. Gomez was appointed by the Bahamian court as liquidator
of Clico, Bloomberg reported, citing court documents.



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BRENNAND ENERGIA: Moody's Rates BRL165MM Sr. Sec. Debentures 'B1'
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Moody's America Latina Ltda has assigned B1 local currency rating
on the global scale and Baa1.br on the Brazilian national scale
to BRL165 million senior secured debentures to be issued by
Brennand Energia S.A (BESA, Ba3/A3.br, Stable). The outlook is
stable.

Ratings Rationale

BESA has strong credit metrics for its current Ba3/A3.br
corporate family rating, but Moody's expects metrics to
deteriorate over the next three years as BESA takes on debt to
fund its capital expenditure program. The ratings reflect the
company's proven expertise on the construction and operation of
small hydro facilities and the relatively stable and predictable
cash flows based on existing medium to long-term electricity
supply contracts, mostly to free consumers.

The B1/Baa1.br ratings of the debentures are one notch lower than
the Ba3/A3.br corporate family ratings of BESA to reflect the
structural subordination of the debt at the level of the holding
company to that of their operating subsidiaries. Lenders to
operating subsidiaries generally have superior claims on cash
flow generated at the operating level than debt holders at the
holding company.

The debentures will be fully acquired by Caixa Economica Federal
(CEF), subject to final credit approval process, through its
Infrastructure Investment Fund (FI-FGTS). CEF is a major
Brazilian federal bank, which holds a leading position in the
financing of housing and infrastructure projects mainly in the
water and sewage, urban transportation and renewable energy
sectors.

The guarantees for the debentures include: (i) a corporate
guarantee of BESA's direct and indirect shareholders while the
issuance rating is below A1.br, (ii) the pledge of the shares of
Indiavai Energetica S.A. (Indiavai), the holding company which
fully controls the small hydroelectric power plant Indiavai
(which has 28MW Total Capacity, 24.9MW Assured Energy, with
exploitation rights expiring in 2031, and BRL44 million annual
revenues), (iii) the pledge of exploitation rights of Indiavai,
(iv) the pledge of PPA proceeds from Indiavai, and (v) a 3-month
debt service reserve account. Indiavai is fully controlled by
BESA.

The relatively short track record of the BESA's operating history
as a holding company constrains the ratings as do the company's
embryonic corporate governance practices, sizeable capital
expenditure program and the uncertainties on securing adequate
financing to meet their current expansion program.

The rating action factors in Moody's expectation that BESA will
obtain most of the funding for its capital expenditures program
from CEF and BNDES. Management states that the investment program
will require around BRL355 million in 2012.

The stable outlook reflects Moody's expectation that BESA will
secure adequate long-term financing on a timely basis, allowing
it to maintain healthy liquidity during the construction and
completion phases of the small hydro power plants and wind farms.
While Moody's foresees a deterioration of credit metrics from
2012 through 2014 due to the planned expansion, the metrics
should remain adequate for the rating category.

BESA is a holding company controlled by a diverse number of
holding companies that represent the interests of certain members
of the Ricardo Brennand family. BESA was formed in 2006 and
currently controls eight small hydro-power plants with an
installed capacity of 180 MW and assured energy of 130 MW. In
2011, BESA posted net consolidated sales of BRL206 million
(US$123 million) and net profit of BRL70 million (US$42 million).

Another arm of the Ricardo Brennand family controls Brennand
Investimentos S.A. (BISA, Ba3/A3.br, Stable). BISA is a holding
company controlled by a group of holding companies. BISA was
founded in 2000 and controls two hydro-power plants and five
small hydro-power plants with an installed capacity of 155 MW and
assured energy of 111 MW. In 2011, BISA posted net sales of
BRL178 million (US$107 million) and net profit of BRL69 million
(US$41 million). Currently, BISA is very liquid given the
slowdown in its capital expenditure program. As of December 31,
2011 BISA held BRL75 million in cash.

The ratings could be upgraded if BESA and BISA improve their
corporate governance practices. Helpful actions would include the
publication of quarterly financial statements the assurance that
no material inter-company loans will be executed and extending
their track record of operations. Quantitatively, the ratings
could be upgraded if the cash-from-operations-before-working-
capital (CFO Pre WC) to debt ratio stays above 12% and interest
coverage becomes higher than 3.0x both on a sustainable basis.

The ratings could be downgraded if BESA and BISA do not secure
adequate long-term funding as scheduled or if there is a
considerable delay in the construction of the power plants.
Ratings could also be downgraded if the company takes on
additional capital expenditures so that there is a deterioration
in liquidity or leverage increases beyond what Moody's is
forecasting. Quantitatively, the ratings could be downgraded if
the CFO pre WC to debt ratio falls below 8% and interest coverage
becomes lower than 1.8x for a prolonged period.



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BIORIGIN INGREDIENTS: Shareholder to Hear Report on Aug. 3
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The shareholder of Biorigin Ingredients Ltd. will receive on
Aug. 3, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

         Ogier
         c/o Jacqueline Haynes
         Telephone: (345) 815-1803
         Facsimile: (345) 949-9877


CLEPSYDRA SHORT-TERM: Members' Final Meeting Set for July 25
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The members of Clepsydra Short-Term Trade Finance Fund Limited
will hold their final meeting on July 25, 2012, at 8:00 a.m., to
receive the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

         Ian Stokoe
         c/o Aaron Gardner
         Telephone: (345) 914 8655
         Facsimile: (345) 945 4237
         PO Box 258 Grand Cayman KY1-1104
         Cayman Islands


CPMS HOLDINGS: Shareholder to Receive Wind-Up Report on Aug. 10
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The shareholder of CPMS Holdings will receive on Aug. 10, 2012,
at 9:00 a.m., the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

         Linburgh Martin
         Intertrust (Cayman) Limited
         Harbour Place, Fourth Floor
         P.O. Box 1034, Grand Cayman, KYI-1102
         Cayman Islands


CREF NO.1 LIMITED: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on Aug. 10
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The shareholder of CREF No.1 Limited will receive on Aug. 10,
2012, at 9:00 a.m., the liquidator's report on the company's
wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

         Linburgh Martin
         Intertrust (Cayman) Limited
         Harbour Place, Fourth Floor
         P.O. Box 1034, Grand Cayman, KYI-1102
         Cayman Islands


CREF NO.4 LIMITED: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on Aug. 10
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The shareholder of CREF No.4 Limited will receive on Aug. 10,
2012, at 9:00 a.m., the liquidator's report on the company's
wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

         Linburgh Martin
         Intertrust (Cayman) Limited
         Harbour Place, Fourth Floor
         P.O. Box 1034, Grand Cayman, KYI-1102
         Cayman Islands


MK GLOBAL: Shareholder to Receive Wind-Up Report on Aug. 3
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The shareholder of MK Global Developing Markets Offshore, Ltd.
will receive on Aug. 3, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., the liquidator's
report on the company's wind-up proceedings and property
disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

         Ogier
         c/o Sarah Federspiel
         Telephone: (345) 815-1833
         Facsimile: (345) 949-9877


TOKYOR FUND: Shareholder to Hear Wind-Up Report on Aug. 2
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The shareholder of Tokyor Fund will receive on Aug. 2, 2012, at
9:30 a.m., the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

         Ogier
         c/o Jacqueline Haynes
         Telephone: (345) 815-1803
         Facsimile: (345) 949-9877


YINGLIU INT'L: Shareholders' Final Meeting Set for July 24
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The shareholders of Yingliu International Holdings Limited will
hold their final meeting on July 24, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., to
receive the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

         Du Yingliu
         Mr. Du Yingliu
         No.28 Xinxiao Road, Hengshan
         Huoshan, Anhui Province, PRC



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I.P.C. (BERMUDA): Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due July 27
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The creditors of I.P.C. (Bermuda) Limited are required to file
their proofs of debt by July 27, 2012, to be included in the
company's dividend distribution.

The company commenced wind-up proceedings on July 9, 2012.

The company's liquidator is:

         Robin J. Mayor
         Clarendon House, 2 Church Street
         Hamilton HM 11
         Bermuda


I.P.C. (BERMUDA): Member to Receive Wind-Up Report on Aug. 17
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The member of I.P.C. (Bermuda) Limited will receive on Aug. 17,
2012, at 9:30 a.m., the liquidator's report on the company's
wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company commenced wind-up proceedings on July 9, 2012.

The company's liquidator is:

         Robin J. Mayor
         Clarendon House, 2 Church Street
         Hamilton HM 11
         Bermuda



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AIR JAMAICA: Gov't Yet to Get Official Word on Brand Decision
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Ingrid Brown at Jamaica Observer reports that the government is
yet to be officially informed about the decision to remove the
Air Jamaica Limited logo from Caribbean Airlines Limited planes,
days after reports that the Civil Aviation Authority in Trinidad
had instructed the airline to drop the Air Jamaica brand.

"Cabinet has not been notified formally and we have not seen any
reports, so I would not want to comment on that," Information
Minister Sandrea Falconer told journalists at the weekly Jamaica
House press briefing, according to Jamaica Observer.

Jamaica Observer says that Sunday Express said earlier that the
directive was given because the use of the Air Jamaica brand did
not comply with CAL's airline operator's certificate.

The report notes that CAL, the article said, is not licensed to
operate two brands, despite doing so for over a year, following
its acquisition of Air Jamaica routes.  It said for CAL to use
the Air Jamaica brand, it would have to register a new airline in
the name of Air Jamaica, the report says.

Jamaica Observer notes that the article said CAL was alerted
about the disparity by the CAA a few months ago, as it sought to
improve its systems ahead of a planned audit by the International
Federal Aviation Authority.

The report discloses that CAL's head of Corporate Communications
Clint Williams had confirmed that CAL had received
recommendations from CAA and that these had been passed to its
new line minister, who is in charge of all state enterprises.

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
May 24, 2012, Jamaica Observer said that Air Jamaica Limited's
divestment team is crafting a response to the growing criticisms
being leveled at the company and its owners, Caribbean Airlines
Limited.  The Gleaner said that Air Jamaica Limited continues
to incur losses under its new owner, Caribbean Airlines Limited.
Still, Air Jamaica's US$38 million loss was a 75% improvement
over the previous year when the airline lost some US$150 million,
the project manager on the divestment committee and a union
expert said.

                       About Air Jamaica

Headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, Air Jamaica Limited --
http://www.airjamaica.com/-- was founded in 1969.  It flies
passengers and cargo to almost 30 destinations in the Caribbean,
Europe, and North America.

                        *     *     *

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
June 23, 2010, Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Airline on May 1,
2010, acquired Air Jamaica for US$50 million and operated six Air
Jamaica aircraft and eight of its routes.  Jamaica got a 16%
stake in the merged operation, with CAL owning 84%.  According to
a TCR-LA report on June 29, 2009, RadioJamaica News said the
Jamaican government indicated it will name a buyer for cash-
strapped Air Jamaica.  RadioJamaica related the airline has been
hemorrhaging over US$150 million per annum and the government has
had to foot the massive bill.  In addition, RadioJamaica said,
Air Jamaica currently has over US$600 million in loans
outstanding.



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GRUPO ELEKTRA: Fitch Affirms 'BB' Rating on $550MM Senior Notes
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Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following ratings of Grupo
Elektra, S.A.B. de C.V.:

  -- Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at
     'BB-';
  -- Long-term National Scale Rating at 'A(mex)';
  -- Short-term National Scale Rating at 'F2(mex)';
  -- USD $550 million senior notes due 2018 at 'BB-';
  -- MXN $3 billion long-term Certificados Bursatiles issuances
     (ELEKTRA10-2 and ELEKTRA11) at 'A(mex)';
  -- Short and long-term Certificados Bursatiles program for up
     to MXN $5 billion at 'F2(mex)' and 'A(mex)', respectively.

The Rating Outlook is Stable.

Elektra's ratings reflect its operation's geographical
diversification, its market position both in the retail and
finance business, the latter including Banco Azteca (BAZ; rated
'A(mex)' by Fitch), as well as the linkage between both
operations.  On the retail side, the ratings are supported by
strong growth in revenues, same store sales (SSS) and EBITDA, and
by an extensive retail network across Mexico and, increasingly,
in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador,
Peru, Brazil and Argentina.  Grupo Elektra's retail operations
are linked to those of Banco Azteca because of its retail
business strategy of selling on credit (approximately 60% of
sales).  BAZ's stronger credit quality is supported by its
management expertise in consumer credit, asset quality, strong
liquidity and the credit risk of its portfolio.

The ratings incorporate the company's approach of offering
financial services to low-income retail customers, a retail
division's leverage (retail division's total debt to EBITDA) of
2.5x over the long term.  They also take into consideration the
controlling ownership by the Salinas family and track record of
transactions with related entities.  Additionally, the ratings
are tempered by the higher business risk profile of the recently
acquired payday lending subsidiary, Advance America (formerly
NYSE: AEA).

Fitch believes that the retail operation, by diversifying
geographically across Latin America, somewhat mitigates revenue
concentration (operations in Mexico, both retail and financial,
still generate about 86% of the Group's consolidated revenues).
Fitch expects continued solid sales and EBITDA generation for
2012, based on moderate growth of the Mexican economy.  Over the
last few quarters, Elektra's SSS grew at a broadly similar rate
as the department store segment, as measured by ANTAD, an
industry group.  As of 1Q'12, measured over last 12 months (LTM),
retail sales grew by 10% above previous year's levels.  Operating
margins stayed generally stable, at 21% in 1Q'12 LTM (1Q'11 LTM:
22%).

Banco Azteca's ratings reflect its broad experience and
competitive advantage in consumer finance, an ample stream of
recurring revenues, adequate capitalization, as well as an ample,
stable and diversified base of core customer deposits that allow
the bank to maintain a good operating performance and robust
liquidity.  The ratings also consider the challenges associated
in maintaining asset quality metrics amid a less favorable
economic environment (although impairment levels and reserve
coverage ratios have remained stable during 2011 and early months
of 2012), as well as the weak operating efficiency ratios arising
from the high management costs in the consumer finance business
(cost-to-income ratio of 80.3% in 1Q'12).  Core profitability
continues to improve and most ratios shows some stability, given
better contained credit costs (1Q'12: 63.8% of pre-impairment
operating profits) and a higher contribution of other revenues
such as fees and trading income.  This has allowed Banco Azteca
to gradually rebuild the performance ratios from the very weak
metrics reported in the 2008 period.

BAZ's loan portfolio has gradually diversified, reducing the
relative contribution of consumer loans (65.3% of total as of
1Q'12) and increasing the share of commercial loans, although
these remain highly concentrated by borrower.  Despite the
adverse operating environment in recent years, the bank's
management has successfully contained its impact on overall asset
quality.  Past-due loans as of 1Q'12 were 4.76% of total loans
(historical peak in 2009: 8.28%), although write-off levels are
still high.  Borrower concentration is high, although this risk
is partially mitigated by conservative collateral requirements.
Capital ratios remain reasonable despite material lending
resumption in 2010 and 2011 (Fitch core capital accounted for
11.58% of risk weighted assets as of 1Q'12, while the equivalent
Mexican regulatory capital ratio was 12.42% of risk weighted
assets for the same period).  The securities portfolio had
moderate credit and market risk, but further enhances the bank's
sound funding and liquidity profile.

At the same time, Elektra's recent acquisition of Advance
America, a cash advance provider with operations mainly in the
United States, has lowered creditworthiness.  As previously
stated by Fitch (Feb 16th, 2012), the acquisition of Advance
America, which has a higher business risk profile than Elektra,
and the fact that its acquisition was partially funded with debt,
weakens the company's credit quality within its rating category.
As of 2011, Advance America generated revenues USD $626 million
and EBITDA of USD $123 million.

For the LTM ended March 31, 2012 consolidated debt to EBITDA
(including bank deposits), has diminished to 8.2x, compared to
9.9x over the same period the previous year.  Nonetheless, with
regards to the retail operation's leverage (which excludes BAZ
and other financial businesses); Fitch estimates that total debt
to EBITDA (1Q12 LTM) is about 2.5x (about 3.4x adjusted debt to
EBITDAR), higher than the same period the previous year. Fitch
also estimates that this ratio is around 2.5x (about 2.3x for
covenant purposes), on a pro forma basis, when Advance America's
operations and debt related to its acquisition are taken into
account.  The ratings incorporate that, over the long term, total
debt to EBITDA, excluding BAZ and other Latin American financial
businesses, should fluctuate around 2.5x.  The prospect of
leverage above 2.5x could pressure the ratings. Fitch also
anticipates that Elektra will not allocate further funds to
Advance America in the future.

As of March 2012, the retail business' total debt (excluding BAZ
and other financial businesses) amounted to MXN$13.9 billion, 26%
above the same period in 2011.  This amount does not take into
account the MXN$2.7 billion Certificados Bursatiles Fiduciarios
issuance (DINEXCB-12) by Intra Mexicana, a subsidiary, which took
place in 2Q12, nor the assorted bank debt totaling MXN$ 1.35
billion which came due in 2Q12.  Debt is made up of bank loans,
debt issuances and structured issuances.  Furthermore, Fitch
estimates off-balance sheet debt related to operating leases at
about MXN$ 13.8 billion, when taking into account Advance
America's leases.  Elektra has paid annual dividends of about MXN
$480 million and Fitch expects that this amount will grow
moderately.

Key Rating Drivers

Positive: Future developments that may, individually or
collectively, lead to positive rating actions include: A
sustained decrease in leverage, as well as a sustained
improvement in Banco Azteca's credit profile.

Negative: Future developments that may, individually or
collectively, lead to negative rating actions include: An
accelerated increase in debt, without a corresponding increase in
EBITDA on the commercial division, a decrease in EBITDA
generation or an increase in debt due to Advance America's
operations or contingencies, as well as deterioration in Banco
Azteca's creditworthiness.

Fitch also rates the following entities:
  -- Banco Azteca de Guatemala, S.A. 'BBB+(gtm)' and 'F2(gtm)';
  -- Banco Azteca (Panama), S.A. 'BBB(pan)' and 'F3(pan)';
  -- MXN $2.7 billion Certificados Bursatiles Fiduciarios
issuance
     (DINEXCB-12) by Intra Mexicana, a subsidiary of Grupo
     Elektra, 'AA-(mex)'.



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* TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Tourism Economy is Hurting, Minister Admits
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Trinidad & Tobago Newsday reports that Trinidad & Tobago Minister
of Tourism Stephen Cadiz admitted that the Tobago tourism economy
is hurting badly but government is committed "to making sure that
we not only revive the tourism business with international
arrivals to Tobago but have it really and truly prosper".

After seeing the figures on arrivals for Tobago, the issues
affecting Tobago are the air-bridge and sea-bridge which are
still problems as is the woefully inadequate terminal building at
the ANR Robinson International Airport which cannot meet the
standards or capacity of what the sector is looking forward to,
according to Trinidad and Tobago.

The report notes that Mr. Cadiz said the government loans
guarantee program will be launched within days and also the
tourism support fund for businesses in the Tobago sector that are
suffering as a result of the low arrivals.  The challenges are
not insurmountable but that they are putting a lot of effort into
tourism to make sure it is a viable industry not only for Tobago
but for Trinidad and Tobago, the report relates.

The report notes that another issue that was discussed was the
disconnection between what the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) was
doing and what the Tourism Development Company (TDC) was doing as
far as marketing was concerned.

The report notes that it has to cease Mr. Cadiz added and the
efforts must be coordinated into one plan so that the money will
be well spent since both parties are trying to attract the same
tourists.

He indicated that we are closer to a new budget, which in itself
provides a great opportunity to look at both the THA and the TDC
in order to marry what they have been doing so that greater
benefit and value comes to the country in the end.

The marketing and promotions according to Mr. Cadiz was not
particularly focused for Tobago, it has been spread too wide, the
report adds.


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insolvent balance sheets obtained by our editors based on the
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