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            Friday, October 17, 2014, Vol. 15, No. 206


                            Headlines



A N T I G U A  &  B A R B U D A

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: Gonzalo Wreaks Havoc on Farming


B R A Z I L

CEMIG DISTRIBUICAO: Moody's Affirms Ba1 Global Scale Issuer Rating
MMX MINERACAO: Follows Oil Unit in Bankruptcy Protection
PETROLEO BRASILEIRO: Refinery 60% Over Budget, Audit Court Says


C A Y M A N  I S L A N D S

ALUXA INVESTMENTS: Members' Final Meeting Set for Oct. 20
ARMS PARK: Placed Under Voluntary Wind-Up
GUOTAI JUNAN: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Oct. 22
LYONROSS LIQUID: Commences Liquidation Proceedings
PMCM LIMITED: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Oct. 22

RIVERSIDE GLOBAL: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
SKYBASE HOLDINGS: Shareholder to Receive Wind-Up Report on Nov. 22
SMC TRANSPORATION: Members' Final Meeting Set for Oct. 14
VINCI GAS: Placed Under Voluntary Wind-Up
VINCI GAS MASTER: Placed Under Voluntary Wind-Up


C O L O M B I A

BANCO GNB: Moody's Affirms B1 Long Term FC Sub. Debt Rating


D O M I N I C A N   R E P U B L I C

DOMINICAN REP: Taxpayers Foot Subsidy as Road's Tolls Slump


J A M A I C A

KINGSTON CONTAINER: Negotiations Underway for Sale of Terminal


V E N E Z U E L A

PETROLEOS DE VENEZUELA: ConocoPhillips Files for Arbitration
VENEZUELA: Debt Insurance Costs Surge on Oil Price Drop


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ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: Gonzalo Wreaks Havoc on Farming
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The Daily Observer reports that the official assessment from the
passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo in Antigua & Barbuda is not yet
complete, but the unofficial report card for the agricultural
sector is that the storm decimated most of the crops on island.

Extension Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Owalabi
Elabanjo, gave his assessment following consultations with several
farmers and visits to a number of farms immediately after the
passage of Gonzalo, which battered the island on Oct. 13,
according to The Daily Observer.

Mr. Elabanjo said it was the wind and not the water, which caused
most of the damage, the report notes.

"We did not have much flooding but the wind did us bad," Mr.
Elabanjo said, the report notes.  "We visited McKinnons, Carlisle,
Cassada Gardens, Pares Village and other areas and a lot of
vegetables have been affected, especially crops like banana,
mango, cashew, avocado and other crops like sweet peppers."

The agriculture extension officer also indicated that the crop
devastation is likely to further affect the existing shortage of
some vegetable and fruits, the report relays.

"In the Old Road area and Body Ponds, where they grow banana
trees, it's a total loss for some farmers," Mr. Elabanjo said, the
report notes.  "Bananas, once you cut them, it will probably take
a few months before they grow back."

"Right now, we have a short supply of some of the vegetables like
sweet peppers and tomatoes.  I know a lot of farmers would have
just planted their tomatoes, but when this type of weather comes
in, it knocks them out," Mr. Elabanjo added, the report relays.
"Based on the information on the ground, we will be providing
information to the public as to the likely shortage of whatever
commodity or food crop will be in short supply."

Backyard farmers, too, were said to be affected by the storm, but
Mr. Elabanjo said farmers in this category will be able to rebound
in quick time, the report says.

Mr. Elabanjo told The Daily Observer that he and his colleagues
will continue visiting farms throughout the week to determine the
exact dollar value of the crops lost due to the recent storm.

He also said once the assessment is completed, the Ministry of
Agriculture will be seeking to provide technical assistance to
those in need, the report adds.

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As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
September 23, 2014, The Daily Observer said that Antigua & Barbuda
could soon find itself in the company of Japan, Zimbabwe, and
Greece, the countries with the highest national debts.

In the January 2014 budget presentation, the former administration
indicated that the nation's debt was 87 per cent of GDP, according
to The Daily Observer.  However, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has
disputed the figure, deeming it to be as high as 130 per cent, the
report noted.

Minister Browne said while his government's increased borrowing is
pushing up the nation's debt-to-GDP ratio, it is necessary to
solve the country's problems, the report related.


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CEMIG DISTRIBUICAO: Moody's Affirms Ba1 Global Scale Issuer Rating
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Moody's America Latina took the following rating actions related
to Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (CEMIG, the Holding
Company), CEMIG Distribuicao S.A.(CEMIG-D), and CEMIG Geracao e
Transmissao S.A. (CEMIG-GT):

(i) CEMIG (Holding Company): issuer ratings affirmed at Ba1
(global scale) and Aa2.br (national scale); outlook changed to
negative from stable.

(ii) CEMIG-D: issuer ratings affirmed at Ba1 (global scale)and
Aa2.br (national scale); senior unsecured guaranteed debenture
ratings downgraded 1 notch to Ba1 (global scale) and Aa2.br
(national scale); outlook remains negative

(iii) CEMIG-GT: issuer ratings affirmed at Baa3 (global scale) and
Aa1.br (national scale); senior unsecured guaranteed debenture
ratings affirmed at Baa3 (global scale) and Aa1.br (national
scale); outlook changed to negative from stable.

Ratings Rationale

The change in the outlooks to negative reflects primarily Moody's
action on September 16, 2014, that changed the outlook of the
State of Minas Gerais to negative from stable. The downgrade of
CEMIG-D's senior unsecured guaranteed debentures reflects the
deteriorating credit metrics of CEMIG-D on a stand-alone basis and
the expected weakening of CEMIG's consolidated financial position
amid the increasing level of uncertainties for the Brazilian
electricity sector as a whole due to the negative impact of
declining hydro conditions and high thermal power costs due to the
persistent drought conditions of the last two years.

According to Moody's standard adjustments, from the last twelve
months ended on December 31, 2011 (FY2011) to the last twelve
months ended on June 30, 2014 (LTM 06/30/2014), CEMIG-D's Cash
Flow from Operations pre-Working Capital (CFO pre-W/C) has fallen
nearly 47%, from BRL1,543.5 million to BRL830.4 million, while
indebtedness relative to EBITDA (Debt/EBITDA) has steadily
deteriorated from 2.8 times to 7.7 times. During this period: (i)
(CFO pre-W/C)-to-Debt decreased to 10.2% from 29.2%; (ii) (CFO
pre-W/C minus Dividends-to-Debt) ratio fell to 5.5% from 22%; and
(iii) (CFO pre-WC + Interest)/Interest (or CFO pre-WC Interest
Coverage) declined to 2.9x from 5.2x.

During this same period some of CEMIG's metrics on a consolidated
basis deteriorated primarily due to the performance of CEMIG-D as
well as less conservative dividend distributions such that: (i)
CFO pre-W/C decreased to BRL 4.29 billion from BRL 4.87 billion;
(ii) CFO pre-W/C minus Dividends-to-Debt ratio fell to 5.5% from
15.2%; (iii) CFO pre-W/C-to-Debt increased slightly to 28.2% from
26.1%; and (iv) CFO pre-W/C Interest Coverage increased to 6.1x
from 4.4x. For the LTM period ended on 6/30/2014, CEMIG had
consolidated net operating revenues of BRL 16,138 million
(excluding construction revenues) and EBITDA of BRL 6,752 million,
an increase of 18.2% and 18.4%, respectively, when compared with
the LTM period ended 12/31/2013 principally due to the high prices
received by CEMIG-GT from energy sales made on the spot market.

The affirmation of CEMIG-GT's Baa3 and Aa1.br issuer and senior
unsecured guaranteed debenture ratings reflects the current
stronger standalone financial position of CEMIG-GT versus CEMIG's
consolidated financial position. During the same period, according
to Moody's standard adjustments, CEMIG-GT's: (i) CFO pre-W/C
increased to BRL 3,290.6. million from BRL1,596.3 million, a 106%
increase; (ii) CFO pre-W/C minus Dividends-to-Debt ratio increased
to 25.5% from 3.5%; (iii) CFO pre-WC Interest Coverage increased
to 10.0x from 3.0x; (iv) CFO pre-WC-to-Debt increased to 51.5%
from 17.7%; and (v) Debt/EBITDA decreased to 1.3 times from 2.9
times.

CEMIG is a GRI as defined in Moody's rating methodology
"Government-Related Issuers: Methodology Update", published in
July 2010. Moody's methodology for GRIs is to systematically
incorporate into the rating both the stand-alone credit risk
profile or Baseline Credit Assessment (BCA) of the company as well
as an assessment of the likelihood that its government owner would
provide extraordinary support to the company's obligations. The
BCA of a GRI is expressed on a 1-21 scale or as a range within the
1-21 scale, according to the issuer's preference, where one
represents the equivalent risk of an Aaa, two a Aa1, three a Aa2
and so forth.

In accordance with Moody's methodology for government related
issuers, or GRIs, the implied Ba1consolidated rating of CEMIG
reflects the combination of the following inputs:

- Baseline Credit Assessment (BCA) of 11 (previously 10 -- now
mapping to a ba1)

- High Level of Dependence (70%) - unchanged

- Strong Level of Support (51%-70%) - unchanged

- The Baa3 rating of the State of Minas Gerais -- negative outlook
(previously stable)

Rating Outlooks

The negative outlooks reflect the current negative outlook for the
State of Minas Gerais, majority owner of CEMIG, and our
expectations that the electricity sector overall in Brazil will
continue to suffer a decline in operating margins and credit
metrics for the remainder of the year and likely into 2015 given
the drought conditions and the uncertainties regarding the
government's future actions with respect to cost recoveries.
Furthermore, the potential return of large generation concessions
in the short to medium term could potentially weaken the company's
overall liquidity position.

What Could Change the Rating - Up

In light of the expected continuation of deterioration in the
company's credit metrics in 2014 and potentially into 2015, an
upgrade rating action is very unlikely in the short-to medium term
despite the current high prices being realized by CEMIG-GT in the
spot market . A stabilization of the outlook could be considered
in the case of:

CEMIG: (i) Cash flow interest coverage ratio stays above 4.0x, and
(ii) Retained Cash Flow / Debt remains above 15% on a sustainable
basis.

CEMIG-D: (i) Cash flow interest coverage ratio stays above 3.0x,
and (ii) Retained Cash Flow / Debt remains above 9% on a
sustainable basis.

CEMIG-GT: (i) Cash flow interest coverage ratio stays above 4.0x,
and (ii) Retained Cash Flow / Debt remains above 15% on a
sustainable basis.

What Could Change the Rating - Down

We would consider downgrading the ratings if there was a material
deterioration in the company's credit metrics. Quantitatively,
there would be pressure for a downgrade in the case of:

CEMIG: (i) Cash flow interest coverage ratio fell below 3.5x, and
(ii) Retained Cash Flow / Debt stayed below 10% for an extended
period.

CEMIG-D: (i) Cash flow interest coverage ratio fell below 2.5x,
and (ii) Retained Cash Flow / Debt stayed below 5% for an extended
period.

CEMIG-GT: (i) Cash flow interest coverage ratio fell below 4.0x,
and (ii) Retained Cash Flow / Debt stayed below 15% for an
extended period.

A downgrade of the State of Minas Gerais could also potentially
precipitate consideration of a downgrade rating action.

CEMIG is an integrated power utility group, with equity stakes in
more than 200 companies, operating in the electricity generation,
transmission and distribution sectors. CEMIG is publicly traded on
the local (BM&FBOVESPA), New York (NYSE) and Madrid (LATIBEX)
stock exchanges. The government of the State of Minas Gerais holds
50.96% of CEMIG's voting capital and 22% of its total capital.
CEMIG is currently the largest integrated electricity utility in
Brazil.

CEMIG-D is one of the largest distribution companies in Brazil,
with a total concession area of 567,478 square kilometers (Km2),
serving 774 cities, and 7.9 million consumers. As of 2013, after
Moody's standard adjustments, CEMIG-D accounted for 61% of CEMIG's
consolidated net sales, 35% of consolidated EBITDA, and 59% of
consolidated indebtedness. CEMIG-D is CEMIG's second largest
company in terms of EBITDA, following CEMIG-GT, which accounts for
approximately 61% of CEMIG's consolidated EBITDA. CEMIG is
currently one of the largest Brazilian electricity generation
groups, with total installed capacity of 7,468 MW. CEMIG controls
CEMIG-D and CEMIG-GT owning 100% of their voting capital.

The principal methodologies used in this rating were Regulated
Electric and Gas Utilities Rating Methodology published in
December 2013. Other methodologies used include the Government
Related Issuers: Methodology Update published in July 2010.


MMX MINERACAO: Follows Oil Unit in Bankruptcy Protection
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Juan Pablo Spinetto at Bloomberg News report that Eike Batista's
main mining unit became the third of his companies to file for
bankruptcy protection in a year after the Brazilian entrepreneur
lost his fortune.

MMX Mineracao & Metalicos SA said in a statement its subsidiary
MMX Sudeste Mineracao SA decided to request protection from
creditors in a Belo Horizonte court, according to Bloomberg News.

MMX Sudeste is a wholly owned MMX subsidiary that controls the
Serra Azul and Bom Sucesso ventures and is the company's main
source of revenue.

Bloomberg News notes that the request marks another chapter in the
demise of Mr. Batista.

Mr. Batista's empire of commodities and logistics startups
collapsed last year, forcing his flagship oil unit along with his
shipbuilding unit into bankruptcy protection amid mounting debt, a
shortfall in revenue and a crisis of confidence among investors.

MMX, which was the first of six startups that Mr. Batista listed
in Sao Paulo from 2006 to 2012, has been selling assets, halting
producing units and shrinking operations to cut costs and bolster
cash as iron-ore prices slide to a five-year low, Bloomberg News
notes.

"Despite the management's efforts to negotiate with creditors and
seek potential investors, the bankruptcy protection request
appeared as the most adequate alternative given the company's
economic and financial situation," MMX said in the statement
obtained by Bloomberg News.

                           Face Trial

The company's chief executive officer and two board members
resigned in August, with MMX naming interim Chief Financial
Officer Ricardo Werneck Guimaraes as replacement, Bloomberg News
relates.

Mr. Batista is due to face trial next month for alleged insider
trading and market manipulation, notes the report.  Mr. Batista's
lawyer, Sergio Bermudes, has previously said the allegations
against his client were groundless.

MMX had record losses last year after putting on hold an expansion
of its flagship Serra Azul project and writing down the value of
assets, Bloomberg News notes.  In February, the company sold a
controlling stake in a key iron-ore port project in Rio state and
in July agreed to lease its Corumba mine to Vetria Mineracao SA,
Bloomberg News recalls.

The report said shares of MMX fell to a record low 48 centavos on
Oct. 10. The company has halted operations at Serra Azul, its only
producing unit, and is reviewing its business plan to bolster
cash, Bloomberg News relates.  Angra Partners, which is advising
Mr. Batista on the reorganization of his EBX Group Co. holding
company, was hired by MMX on June 23 to work on restructuring the
company's debt.

                        Controlling Stake

Veja magazine columnist Lauro Jardim wrote Aug. 18 that the
company would seek bankruptcy protection by the end of August,
Bloomberg News notes.  While MMX had no immediate plans to seek
court protection from creditors, it remained an option, a person
familiar with the strategy told Bloomberg News at the time.

The company was seeking to sell or lease its remaining assets, the
person said at the time, Bloomberg News says.  It still has 35
percent of a key iron-ore port project in Rio state after selling
in February a controlling stake to commodities trader Trafigura
Beheer BV and Mubadala Development Co. for US$400 million,
Bloomberg News relays.

MMX Mineracao e Metalicos S.A., together with its subsidiaries,
engages in the extraction, processing, research, and development
of minerals; and sale of iron ore in Brazil.


PETROLEO BRASILEIRO: Refinery 60% Over Budget, Audit Court Says
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Anna Edgerton and Sabrina Valle at Bloomberg News report that
Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), the Brazil-run producer being
probed for cost overruns, is set to spend 60 percent more than
budgeted at one of its refineries, according to the tribunal
overseeing state spending.

Petrobras will pay US$21.6 billion to complete the Comperj complex
that's scheduled to open in 2016, Jose Jorge, a member of the TCU
tribunal, said in documents released in Brasilia, according to
Bloomberg News.

Bloomberg News notes that Mr. Jorge said there are discrepancies
between different government agencies, as well as within different
Petrobras divisions, over investments needed for Comperj.
Management has been "reckless" with irregularities in the omission
of technical analysis, overpaying for contracts and a lack of
effective controls, according to the audit report, Bloomberg News
says.

"We're basically investigating how the structure of Petrobras can
undertake such a huge project in such a sloppy way," Mr. Jorge
told reporters after the tribunal session, Bloomberg News relays.

Mr. Jorge said there were irregularities in three contracts: two
that were overpaid and one that was signed in an "emergency" time-
frame that didn't allow other companies to bid, Bloomberg News
notes.  Other tribunal members asked for more time to analyze the
audit report and suggested issuing a warning to Petrobras to give
the company time to explain the discrepancies, reports Bloomberg
News.

Comperj will cost US$130,000 for each barrel of production
capacity, compared with US$80,000 at the northeastern Abreu e Lima
refinery which Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Graca Foster
called in 2012 "an experience Petrobras should never repeat" for
its increased costs and several changes in the project, Bloomberg
News notes.

                       Petrochemical Plans

Comperj was initially planned as an industrial complex that would
include petrochemical units, notes the report.  It now consists of
just two refineries. The original project would cost US$47.7
billion if fully executed, Mr. Jorge said, according to Bloomberg.

The first of Comperj's units has the capacity to process 165,000
barrels a day.  Abreu e Lima, Petrobras' first new refinery in 30
years, is scheduled to be operational by next month and is
expected to cost US$18.5 billion, for two units with a total
processing capacity of 230,000 barrels a day, according to the
company's business plan, Bloomberg News notes.  The cost per
barrel is obtained by dividing the total cost by the refining
capacity.

                         Project Changes

"I think when Comperj is investigated thoroughly, the situation
will be more difficult than Abreu e Lima in the complexity of
resolving the problem," Mr. Jorge told reporters after the TCU
session, in reference to the other refinery, also being probed for
overspending, Bloomberg News notes.

Petrobras said in an April 16 statement that, just like Abreu e
Lima, Comperj suffered a series of changes in its initial project,
Bloomberg News recalls.  The cost in that statement was US$13.5
billion, the same estimate the company used in its business plan
for the period between 2014 and 2018, announced in February, the
report relays.

Mr. Jorge said he would review the suggestion to issue a warning
to Petrobras and present his recommendation in the tribunal's next
session on Oct. 22, Bloomberg News adds.

                        About Petroleo Brasileiro

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. --
Petrobras (Brazilian Petroleum Corporation) -- explores for oil
and gas and produces, refines, purchases, and transports oil
and gas products.  The Company has proved reserves of about 14.1
billion barrels of oil equivalent and operates 16 refineries, an
extensive pipeline network, and more than 8,000 gas stations.

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As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
Oct. 7, 2013, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Petroleo
Brasileiro's multiple seniority shelf to (P)Ba1 from (P)Baa3.


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ALUXA INVESTMENTS: Members' Final Meeting Set for Oct. 20
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The members of Aluxa Investments Ltd will hold their final meeting
on Oct. 20, 2014, to receive the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          CDL Company Ltd.
          P.O. Box 31106 Grand Cayman KY1-1205
          Cayman Islands


ARMS PARK: Placed Under Voluntary Wind-Up
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At an extraordinary general meeting held on Sept. 11, 2014, the
shareholder of Arms Park Leasing Limited resolved to voluntarily
wind up the company's operations.

Creditors are required to file their proofs of debt to be included
in the company's dividend distribution.

The company's liquidator is:

          Commerce Corporate Services Limited
          P.O. Box 694 Grand Cayman
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: 949 8666
          Facsimile: 949 0626


GUOTAI JUNAN: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Oct. 22
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The creditors of Guotai Junan Funds SPC are required to file their
proofs of debt by Oct. 22, 2014, to be included in the company's
dividend distribution.

The company commenced liquidation proceedings on Aug. 25, 2014.

The company's liquidator is:

          Stuart Sybersma
          c/o Darach E. Haughey
          Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
          One Pacific Place, 35th Floor
          88 Queensway
          Hong Kong
          Telephone: + (852) 2852 1659
          Facsimile: + (852) 2850 8362


LYONROSS LIQUID: Commences Liquidation Proceedings
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On Sept. 4, 2014, the sole shareholder of Lyonross Liquid
Strategies Fund Ltd resolved to voluntarily liquidate the
company's business.

Creditors are required to file their proofs of debt to be included
in the company's dividend distribution.

The company's liquidator is:

          Bruce Catania
          183 Madison Avenue, Suite 503
          New York, NY 10016
          United States of America
          c/o Walkers
          190 Elgin Avenue, George Town
          Grand Cayman KY1-9001
          Cayman Islands


PMCM LIMITED: Creditors' Proofs of Debt Due Oct. 22
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The creditors of PMCM Limited are required to file their proofs of
debt by Oct. 22, 2014, to be included in the company's dividend
distribution.

The company commenced wind-up proceedings on Sept. 11, 2014.

The company's liquidator is:

          Eagle Holdings Ltd.
          c/o Barclays Private Bank & Trust (Cayman) Limited
          FirstCaribbean House, 4th Floor
          P.O. Box 487 Grand Cayman KY1-1106
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: 345 949-7128


RIVERSIDE GLOBAL: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Riverside Global Value Fund received on
Oct. 15, 2014, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Mourant Ozannes Cayman Liquidators Limited
          94 Solaris Avenue Camana Bay
          P.O. Box 1348 Grand Cayman KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands


SKYBASE HOLDINGS: Shareholder to Receive Wind-Up Report on Nov. 22
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The sole shareholder of Skybase Holdings Limited will receive on
Nov. 22, 2014, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Chen Yong Hai
          c/o Michelle R. Bodden-Moxam
          Telephone: 345-946-6145
          Facsimile: 345-946-6145
          Portcullis TrustNet (Cayman) Ltd.
          The Grand Pavilion Commercial Centre
          Oleander Way, 802 West Bay Road
          P.O. Box 32052 Grand Cayman, KY1-1208
          Cayman Islands


SMC TRANSPORATION: Members' Final Meeting Set for Oct. 14
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The members of SMC Transporation Limited will hold their final
meeting on Oct. 14, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., to receive the
liquidator's report on the company's wind-up proceedings and
property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Richard Fear
          c/o Daniel Woolston
          Telephone: (345) 814 7782
          Facsimile: (345) 945 3902
          P.O. Box 2681 Grand Cayman KY1-1111
          Cayman Islands


VINCI GAS: Placed Under Voluntary Wind-Up
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On Sept. 12, 2014, the sole shareholder of Vinci Gas Long Biased
Fund resolved to voluntarily wind up the company's operations.

Creditors are required to file their proofs of debt to be included
in the company's dividend distribution.

The company's liquidator is:

          Ogier
          c/o Jonathan Turnham
          89 Nexus Way, Camana Bay
          Grand Cayman KY1-9007
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 949 9876
          Facsimile: (345) 949-9877


VINCI GAS MASTER: Placed Under Voluntary Wind-Up
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On Sept. 12, 2014, the sole shareholder of Vinci Gas Long Biased
Master Fund resolved to voluntarily wind up the company's
operations.

Creditors are required to file their proofs of debt to be included
in the company's dividend distribution.

The company's liquidator is:

          Ogier
          c/o Jonathan Turnham
          89 Nexus Way, Camana Bay
          Grand Cayman KY1-9007
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 949 9876
          Facsimile: (345) 949-9877


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BANCO GNB: Moody's Affirms B1 Long Term FC Sub. Debt Rating
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Moody's Investors Service affirmed Banco GNB Sudameris S.A.'s
(GNB) standalone bank financial strength rating (BFSR) of D-,
which maps to a standalone baseline credit assessment (BCA) which
remains at ba3, and changed the outlook to positive, from stable.
Moody's also affirmed with a positive outlook the B1 long-term
foreign currency subordinated debt rating. At the same time,
Moody's affirmed GNB's Ba1/Not Prime long-/short-term global local
and foreign currency deposit ratings and Ba1 long-term foreign
currency senior unsecured debt rating. The outlook on the deposit
and senior unsecured debt ratings remains stable.

List of affected ratings:

The following ratings were affirmed, with a positive outlook:

- Standalone bank financial strength rating of D-

- Long-term foreign currency subordinated debt rating of B1

The following ratings were affirmed, with a stable outlook:

- Long-term global local currency deposit rating of Ba1

- Short-term global local currency deposit rating of Not Prime

- Long-term foreign currency deposit rating of Ba1

- Short-term foreign currency deposit rating of Not Prime

- Long-term foreign currency senior debt rating of Ba1

Overall Outlook: Stable(m)

Ratings Rationale

In affirming the ratings and changing the outlook on GNB's
standalone rating to positive, from stable, Moody's acknowledges
the enhancements to GNB's franchise provided by its acquisitions
of HSBC subsidiaries in Colombia, Peru and Paraguay in the fourth
quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014, which increased its
loan book by 57% during that period. The acquisitions position the
bank well to take advantage of the favorable business prospects
offered by Colombia's healthy economic growth and Peru's robust
domestic demand. As GNB proceeds with the integration of the
former HSBC subsidiaries through end-2015, Moody's expects its
profitability to benefit from the opportunities for cost and
business synergies the merger has created. Asset quality and
capitalization for the consolidated entity remains adequate, and
loan loss reserves are ample.

GNB's operations in Colombia, its core market, will continue to
focus on small business lending and payroll-linked loans, in
addition to the bank's ownership of the country's third largest
ATM network. As for Peru and Paraguay, which are new markets for
GNB, the bank will be challenged to replicate its strategic focus
because of strong competition from much larger and more entrenched
local players. Management intends to leverage its Peruvian
operation for dealings with Colombian businesses; the potential
synergies from the Paraguayan acquisition, however, are less
evident.

Moody's noted that GNB's profitability will likely be boosted by
cost management opportunities as the Colombian operations are
integrated and revenue contribution increases. We expect operating
efficiency to return to pre-acquisition levels of 50% from its
current high 63% ratio. Nevertheless, because of GNB's
predominantly low risk asset mix, including a large 36% share of
liquid assets, its profitability has been modest relative to other
Colombian banks', as indicated by return on fully adjusted risk-
weighted assets at 0.9%, as of June 2014, down from 1.2%, at year-
end 2013. By way of comparison, the average return on assets for
Colombian banks is 1.7%.

Notwithstanding its high operating costs, the acquisitions appear
to have adequate credit quality and relatively similar portfolio
compositions to that of GNB. Consequently, as of June 2014, GNB
continues to report stable consolidated past due loan ratio of
0.6% that remains among the lowest in the Colombian banking
system. GNB's consumer loans, which constitute 39% of its
portfolio, are repaid directly from workers' salaries, limiting
discretionary defaults. Even if asset quality declines somewhat as
a result of problems associated with the integration of its new
acquisitions or problems associated with its large exposures, GNB
maintains ample cushions against potential pitfalls, particularly
loan loss reserves totaling 552.6% of past due loans. In addition,
the bank's fully adjusted Tier 1 ratio of 7.1% is one of
Colombia's highest, although it remains quite low by regional
standards. As the acquisitions were acquired below book value and
were largely financed with capital injections from GNB's
shareholders, they had little impact on capital.

However, these credit strengths are offset by risks and costs
stemming from the bank's wholesale funding mix, which is sourced
almost 90% from institutional depositors and corporations and
exposes the bank to refinancing risk. Moreover, owing to the high
cost of this wholesale funding together with the bank's lower-
yielding, but lower risk, loan portfolio, its net interest margin
of 1.9% is narrower than that of its larger peers in Colombia.
Consequently, profitability is expected to remain limited despite
projected cost savings over the next 12-18 months.

GNB's Ba1 long-term global local and foreign currency deposit and
senior unsecured debt ratings benefit from two notches of uplift
from the bank's standalone BCA of ba3, as they incorporate Moody's
evaluation of a high probability of systemic support for GNB's
deposits and senior issuances. This evaluation takes into account
the bank's market shares in deposits and loans and Moody's
assessment of Colombia as a high support country. GNB held a
market share of 2.1% of gross loans in Colombia and 3.7% in
deposits, with a substantially higher 10.0% niche share of payroll
linked loans, as of June 2014. The ratings carry a stable outlook
as they are not expected to increase even if the bank's standalone
BCA increases to Ba2 as systemic support will only provide one
notch of uplift in such a scenario.

Upward pressure on the bank's standalone rating will increase if
the bank's efforts to generate cost and business synergies
associated with its recent acquisitions lead to an improvement in
its profitability. While the standalone rating is unlikely to face
downward pressure in the near term given the positive outlook, the
outlook could be revised to stable if profitability does not
improve or asset quality deteriorates meaningfully.

The principal methodology used in this rating was Global Banks
published in July 2014.

The date of the last rating action was on 18 April 2013 when
Moody's assigned ratings to GNB's senior debt issuance.

GNB is headquartered in Bogot , Distrito Capital, Colombia. As of
June 2014 the bank reported USD10.1 billion in assets, USD4.8
billion in gross loans, USD7.5 billion in deposits, USD661 million
in shareholders' equity and USD28 million in net income.


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DOMINICAN REP: Taxpayers Foot Subsidy as Road's Tolls Slump
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Dominican Today reports that the failed revenue projections for
the Santo Domingo-Samana road (John Paul II highway) forces the
government to continue its subsidy, as much as RD$2.5 billion
(US$58.1 million) next year, or a 101.77% jump.

Budget allocation to offset the low toll revenue will have
increased by more than 100% in just two years, according to
Dominican Today.

The budget allocation of RD$2.3 billion in this year's dubbed the
"shadow toll" is RD$933.0 million higher than in 2013, the report
notes.

Colombian contractor Autopistas del Noreste (highways of the
northeast) built the 106-kilometer road, under a contract to
collect the tolls during 30 years, the report adds.


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J A M A I C A
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KINGSTON CONTAINER: Negotiations Underway for Sale of Terminal
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RJR News reports that negotiations commenced on Oct. 14, with the
preferred bidder for the privatisation of Kingston Container
Terminal (KCT).

Jamaica Transport Minister Dr. Omar Davies told the House of
Representatives that the talks involved head of  the negotiating
team former Bank of Jamaica Governor Derick Latibeaudiere and the
bidder Terminal Link Consortium, according to RJR News.  Terminal
Link is jointly owned by international shipping companies CMA,
CGM, and China Merchant Marine.

The report notes that Dr. Davies has given the negotiating team a
month to report on the progress of the discussions.

"Should these negotiations lead to a preliminary agreement, after
that month, which satisfies the criteria laid down by the GOJ,
steps will be taken to move towards a final agreement in the
shortest time possible," the report quoted Dr. Davies as saying.

Dr. Davies served notice, however, that should no such agreement
be arrived at, then the negotiating team will be authorized to
"initiate negotiations with other parties, which have expressed an
interest, subsequent to the termination of the previous tender
process," the report relates.

Dr. Davies declared that there will be no "fire sale" of KCT, the
report relates.  Dr. Davies said he has ensured that the facility
continues to improve its productivity "and to implement a series
of activities to ensure that the port is operated as a going
concern, capable of sustaining itself, in the event that there is
no satisfactory final agreement with a private sector entity," the
report discloses.


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PETROLEOS DE VENEZUELA: ConocoPhillips Files for Arbitration
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El Universal, citing Reuters, reports that the U.S. oil company
ConocoPhillips Co. said it has filed a request for arbitration
against state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) at
the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for the takeover of
its stake in heavy oil projects Petrozuata and Hamaca.

The filing with the ICC is separate from the Conoco arbitration
claim pending before the World Bank's International Center for
Settlement of Investment Disputes (Icsid), the oil company said,
according to EL Universal.

In 2007, the Venezuelan government took over ConocoPhillips'
investments without paying damages in full, the company claims,
the report recalls.

                             About PDVSA

Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. -- http://www.PDVSA.com/-- engages in
the exploration, production, refining, transport, and commerce of
hydrocarbons.  The company was founded in 1975 and is based in
Caracas, Venezuela.

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As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
Sept. 19, 2014, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its
long-term corporate credit and senior unsecured debt ratings on
Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) to 'CCC+' from 'B-'.  The
outlook remains negative.


VENEZUELA: Debt Insurance Costs Surge on Oil Price Drop
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Daniel Bases at Reuters reports that the cost for insuring
Venezuelan sovereign debt against default or restructuring surged
on Oct. 15 as global oil prices swooned to a 27-month low before
rebounding, illustrating rising investor concerns over the OPEC
member nation's ability to service its debt.

An investor wanting to insure a US$10 million trade for five years
would need to spend US$4.175 million as an up-front cost,
according to Reuters.  In addition, they would have to pay
US$500,000 annually, for the duration of the credit default swap
contract, according to data provider Markit, Reuters relates.

On Oct. 14, the up-front cost was US$3.868 million.

Reuters says that the cost to insure a portfolio of Venezuelan
sovereign debt for five years has nearly tripled in the last four
months.  The up-front cost was just below US$1.5 million in late
June.

"There's panic over whether they are going to be able to pay.
That great concern is reflected in the market with yields touching
30 percent," Russ Dallen, head of Caracas Capital Markets in
Miami, said in reference to yields on debt issued by state-owned
oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Reuters notes.

"Oil prices are being pushed to levels where we will find out how
low they can go for Venezuela to be able to still carry on," said
Mr. Dallen.

PDVSA debt maturing in April 2017 currently trades with a yield of
28.68 percent, notes the report.  The bond is down 5.75 points in
price with a bid at 60.25, according to Thomson Reuters data.

When the debt was issued in 2007, it sold at a premium and a
coupon of 5.25 percent, Reuters notes.

In the last 2-1/2 months, the bid price on Venezuela's benchmark
sovereign bond due 2027 has fallen 32.5 percent to 59.99 cents on
the dollar, Reuters discloses.  The yield has popped up to nearly
17 percent.

Looking across the Venezuelan sovereign curve, the yield spread
over benchmark U.S. Treasuries has widened to 1,693 basis points.

On Oct. 15, the spread increased by 1.37 percent and total returns
fell 6.38 percent, as measured by the JPMorgan Emerging Markets
Bond Index Plus, Reuters reports.

The report says the weakness in Venezuela has not occurred in a
vacuum with many markets under selling pressure, including global
stocks, peripheral European sovereign bonds and the U.S. dollar.

Increased worries over slowing global economic growth and a glut
of oil is exacerbated by rising incidences of the spread of the
deadly Ebola virus beyond its origins in West Africa, the report
relays.

"Bonds have been falling in recent days because of oil prices and
(Oct. 15) today especially out of fear that we're at the start of
a risk-aversion period," said Jorge Piedrahita, analyst at Torino
Capital in New York, citing worries about Ebola and the European
economy, the report adds.

"In this context there are many rumors going around ... I don't
think it will be a period of major risk-aversion.  I think it's a
spectacular opportunity to buy Venezuelan bonds," the report
quoted Mr. Piedrahita as saying.


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