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             Friday, March 10, 2017, Vol. 18, No. 50


                            Headlines



A R G E N T I N A

YPF SA: Signs Vaca Muerta Shale Agreement with Shell


B R A Z I L

CHINA CONSTRUCTION: S&P Maintains 'B+/B' Ratings on Watch Negative
MARFRIG GLOBAL: Fitch Rates Proposed USD750MM Notes Issuance BB-
MARB BONDCO: S&P Assigns 'B+' Rating on Proposed Sr. Notes
OI SA: Orascom Gives Firm One Month to Amend Reorganization Plan


C A Y M A N  I S L A N D S

AIS SELECT: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
AIS SELECT MASTER: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
ALPHA4X CAPITAL: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
ALPHA4X OFFSHORE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
ALPHA4X OFFSHORE 2: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report

CLINTON MAGNOLIA: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
CLINTON MAGNOLIA MASTER: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
FULL CIRCLE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
FURFOUR (CAYMAN): Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
FURFIVE (CAYMAN): Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report

FURTHREE (CAYMAN): Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
GOCM OFFSHORE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
MIDWOOD CAPITAL: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
MIDWOOD CAPITAL MASTER: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
NIGHTWATCH CAPITAL: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report

SSCG AFRICA: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
TELLURIAN COMMODITY: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
TELLURIAN COMMODITY MASTER: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
VELA ENTERPRISES: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
WATERSTONE MARKET: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report


D O M I N I C A N   R E P U B L I C

DOMINICAN REP: Valle Nuevo's recovery 'Can't be Halted Any Longer'


J A M A I C A

CABLE & WIRELESS: Another Financial Loss for Jamaica Unit
JAMAICA: May Get Add'l US$170MM from Economic Program with IMF


M E X I C O

BANCO AHORRO: Fitch Cuts Counterparty Risk Ratings to 'BB(mex)'
BANCO MERCANTIL: S&P Raises Rating on $120MM Hybrid Notes to 'BB+'


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YPF SA: Signs Vaca Muerta Shale Agreement with Shell
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Yahoo News reports that Argentina's state-controlled energy
company YPF S.A. recently signed a preliminary agreement with the
Anglo Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC RDS.A.  The move aims
to ramp up the development of Vaca Muerta Shale's oil and gas
assets, according to Yahoo News.

A pilot project has been planned in Bajada de Anelo area of Vaca
Muerta Shale, the report notes.  The project will be equally owned
by Shell and YPF, the report relates.  Shell will invest $300
million, in two phases, in the project, the report discloses.  The
deal is subject to approval of provincial authorities.

The report says that the preliminary deal was announced a month
after the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, signed an
agreement with the oil companies aiming to boost investment in
Vaca Muerta Shale.  The deal is likely to reduce imports of costly
gas and lower the nation's energy deficit, the report notes.

A total of $5 billion investment has been made to tap energy
sources in Vaca Muerta shale by oil companies like Chevron Corp.
CVX, BP plc BP and Total S.A. along with YPF and Shell, the report
notes.

YPF intends to invest $2.3 billion in Vaca Muerta Shale this year,
according to Yahoo News.

Shell would be investing $300 million every year till 2020 in
Argentina for exploration, refining, distribution and marketing of
oil and gas, the report notes.  It is expected that that this deal
will boost Shell's strong and diversified portfolio of global
energy by providing ample growth opportunities, the report
discloses.

YPF is a vertically integrated company, engaged in the production,
exploration, refining and marketing of gas and petroleum products,
the report adds. The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3
(Hold).

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
Jan. 20, 2017, Fitch Ratings affirmed the Foreign and Local
Currency (LC/FC) Issuer Default Ratings of YPF S.A. at 'B'.  The
Rating Outlook is Stable.

Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the company's long-term
international senior unsecured bonds at 'B/RR4'.


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CHINA CONSTRUCTION: S&P Maintains 'B+/B' Ratings on Watch Negative
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S&P Global Ratings maintained its 'B+/B' global scale and 'brBBB'
national scale ratings on China Construction Bank (Brasil) Banco
Multiplo S.A. (CCB Brasil) on CreditWatch developing.

"We're maintaining the ratings on CreditWatch developing because
we're still analyzing CCB Brasil's capital plan that seeks to
improve its Tier I regulatory capital ratio above minimum required
level.  According to the central bank's September 2016 figures,
CCB Brasil's Tier I ratio was exactly at the regulatory minimum of
6.0%.  The ratio's decline was due to the bank's losses in the
past three years, stemming from deleveraging of its portfolio amid
asset quality deterioration.  However, the ratio doesn't include
the deferred tax assets' impairment as part of the June 2016
financial statement.  We estimate that after the adjustment, CCB
Brasil's Tier I ratio should be around 5.0%, thus lower than the
regulatory minimum.  Still, CCB Brasil has been taking several
actions to enhance its capital position with the support of its
parent, which could return the former's Tier I ratios above the
minimum by the end of 2016," S&P said.

S&P continues to consider that CCB Brasil has strategic importance
to China Construction Bank Corp. (A/Stable/A-1) because S&P
believes that the subsidiary provides a key channel for the group
to operate in the Brazilian market, where it intends to explore
business opportunities with companies that are engaged in the
large-scale trade between Brazil and China.  Therefore, S&P
expects the parent to provide extraordinary support to its
Brazilian subsidiary in order to recapitalize its Tier I ratio.


MARFRIG GLOBAL: Fitch Rates Proposed USD750MM Notes Issuance BB-
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Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BB-(EXP)' rating to Marfrig Global
Foods S.A.'s proposed USD750 million issuance of global notes. The
proposed senior unsecured global notes will mature in 2024. The
notes will be issued through its wholly owned subsidiary, MARB
BondCo PLC and will be unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed
by Marfrig, Marfrig Holdings (Europe) BV and Marfrig Overseas.
Proceeds will be used to refinance the notes due in 2018 and 2020
and for general corporate purposes.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Positive FCF

Fitch expects Marfrig's free cash flow (FCF) to be around BRL100
million in 2017 compared to the reported BRL 44 million in 2016.
Factors driving the improvement will be lower overall interest
expenses due to refinancing, interest savings from the mandatory
debt conversion to equity, and improved performance of the
Keystone division.

Favorable Business Profile

Marfrig's ratings continue to incorporate its broad product and
geographic diversification, which help to reduce risks related to
disease, trade restrictions and currency fluctuation. The company
is structured in two business units. Beef (45% of EBITDA in 2016)
is one of the world's largest beef producers, and Keystone Foods
(55% of EBITDA in 2016) is a global supplier to foodservice
restaurant chains (McDonald's represents about 56% of sales).

Challenging Domestic Environment for Beef
The rising Brazilian real against the U.S. dollar, the weak
consumer environment in Brazil, and the high cost of cattle in
that market made 2016 challenging for companies in the Brazilian
protein sector. The industry adjusted to this environment by
reducing capacity in an effort to improve utilization rates.
Prices have also been increasing to offset the high cost faced by
protein companies. Price adjustments should drive gradual recovery
in margin in 2017. Keystone's revenues increased by 4,4% to BRL9.4
billion in 2016 while margins improved to 9.3% from 8.0% a year
ago.

No Major Acquisitions Anticipated
Fitch does not foresee any major acquisitions for Marfrig over the
next 12 months. The company's management is focused on
deleveraging its balance sheet, improving free cash flow
generation and reducing interest expense. Key initiatives will be
the optimization of plants and distribution by Beef and the
geographic expansion of Keystone while reducing interest expenses.

KEY ASSUMPTIONS

-- Total revenues of about BRL19.8 billion in 2017;
-- EBITDA margin stabilizes at around 9%;
-- Steady capex in 2017 compared to 2016;
-- Cash interest paid reduction of BRL280 million after 2017
    reflecting the conversion of the debentures in January 2017;
-- Net debt/EBITDA around 3x in the next couple of years.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

A downgrade could be precipitated by Marfrig's inability to
improve FCF over the next 24 months and maintain net leverage
above 5x on a sustainable basis.

An upgrade could result from a track record of generating positive
FCF, demonstrating the resilience of its group's operating margin
in its Beef business in Brazil and substantial decrease in gross
and net leverage to below 4.5x and 3.0x, respectively, on a
sustained basis

LIQUIDITY

Marfrig's liquidity is strong after its divestment cycle. As of
December 2016, the group held BRL5.3 billion of cash and
marketable securities compared with short-term debt of BRL1.5
billion. The company continues to be actively engaged in liability
management to reduce debt and interest expense. In the first half
of 2016, Marfrig issued USD1 billion to refinance existing bonds.
Around 94% of the company's debt is in U.S. dollars and foreign
currencies (excluding the real) while 75% of its EBITDA is pegged
to currencies other than the BRL.

FULL LIST OF RATING ACTIONS

Fitch currently rates Marfrig as follows:

Marfrig Global Foods S.A.:
-- Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings
    'BB-'; Outlook Stable;
-- Long-Term National Scale rating 'A(bra)'; Outlook Stable.

MARB BondCo PLC:
-- Notes due 2024 'BB-(EXP) '.

Marfrig Holdings (Europe) B.V.:
-- Notes due 2018, 2019, 2021, 2023 'BB-'.


MARB BONDCO: S&P Assigns 'B+' Rating on Proposed Sr. Notes
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S&P Global Ratings assigned its 'B+' issue-level rating and
recovery rating of '4' to MARB BondCo Plc.'s proposed senior
unsecured notes.  The parent, Marfrig Global Foods S.A.
(B+/Positive/--), will fully and unconditionally guarantee the
notes, and will use the net proceeds for debt refinancing and to
fund the announced tender offers for any and all of Marfrig
Holdings Europe B.V.'s outstanding notes due 2018 and Marfrig
Overseas Ltd.'s notes due 2020.  Marfrig will use any remaining
cash proceeds to repay more expensive debt and extend debt
maturity profile.  Therefore, S&P don't expect the issuance to
affect Marfrig's leverage ratios.

S&P don't expect significant changes in the company's capital
structure and in the premises of S&P's recovery analysis from last
review in Oct. 21, 2016.  Therefore, the recovery rating assigned
to the proposed unsecured notes is '4', which indicates an average
recovery expectation between 30%-50%.

RATINGS LIST

Marfrig Global Foods S.A.
  Corporate credit rating           B+/Positive/--

Ratings Assigned

MARB BondCo Plc.
  Sr. unsec. notes                  B+
  Recovery rating                   4(30%)


OI SA: Orascom Gives Firm One Month to Amend Reorganization Plan
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Ana Mano at Reuters reports that Orascom TMT Holdings SAE and a
group of bondholders have given Oi SA another month to amend a
reorganization plan, in a move that could help accelerate the
Brazilian telephone carrier's exit from bankruptcy protection.

In a joint statement, Orascom and the bondholders said a list of
suggestions to amend the plan will be valid through March 31,
according to Reuters.  The suggestions had expired on Feb. 28.

Reuters reported the one-month extension earlier. The Oi media
office declined to comment.

Under terms of the December proposal, Orascom and the bondholders,
who are represented by Moelis & Co, vowed to pump as much as $1.25
billion into Oi, take immediate control of the carrier and
reorganize the company, the report notes.  Other creditor groups
have lashed out at the proposal, saying it only seeks to favor
one, smaller class of Oi bondholders, the report relays.

Extending the deadline should buy time for the bond firms and
billionaire Naguib Sawiris, who controls Orascom, to discuss the
fate of the carrier with shareholders, trumping rival offers for
Oi, the report discloses.

Orascom and the bondholders "are currently considering potential
refinements to the alternative plan based on input received from
other creditors and stakeholders," the statement said, the report
notes.

The group, however, remains "concerned with the deterioration of
the company's business . . . . and the impact that further delays
could have on the prospects for a successful turnaround,"
according to the statement obtained by the news agency.

The Oi reorganization process, which began in June, has been
marked by a series of disputes between creditors and shareholders
over the fate of Brazil's No. 4 wireless carrier, the report
notes.  The government has threatened to intervene should Oi
stakeholders fail to reach an agreement, the report discloses.

The Orascom-bondholder group has committed to underwriting the
entire capital injection if no other investors step forward, the
report relays.  In exchange, the new money providers would be
entitled to a 7.5 percent backstop fee, the report discloses.

As part of the Orascom-backed plan, Oi was asked to agree to a
debt-for-equity swap involving BRL24.82 billion ($7.9 billion)
worth of bond debt, which would be exchanged for a 95 percent
stake in the debt-laden carrier, the report adds.

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As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
Feb. 24, 2017, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'D' corporate
credit and issue-level global and national scale ratings on Oi
S.A.  At the same time, S&P withdrew the recovery ratings on the
company's rated debt, until it has an updated capital structure
once Oi emerges from judicial reorganization.


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AIS SELECT: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of AIS Select - Commodities Limited received on
Jan. 25, 2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Matthew Wright
          c/o Omar Grant
          Windward 1, Regatta Office Park
          P.O. Box 897 Grand Cayman KY1-1103
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 949-7576
          Facsimile: (345) 949-8295


AIS SELECT MASTER: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of AIS Select - Commodities Master Limited
received on Jan. 25, 2017, the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Matthew Wright
          c/o Omar Grant
          Windward 1, Regatta Office Park
          P.O. Box 897 Grand Cayman KY1-1103
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 949-7576
          Facsimile: (345) 949-8295


ALPHA4X CAPITAL: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Alpha4x Capital Growth Fund received on
Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


ALPHA4X OFFSHORE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Alpha4x Offshore Feeder Fund received on
Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


ALPHA4X OFFSHORE 2: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Alpha4x Offshore Feeder Fund 2 received on
Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


CLINTON MAGNOLIA: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Clinton Magnolia Fund, Ltd. received on
Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


CLINTON MAGNOLIA MASTER: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Clinton Magnolia Master Fund, Ltd. received on
Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


FULL CIRCLE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Full Circle Fund, Ltd. received on Jan. 30,
2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up proceedings
and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


FURFOUR (CAYMAN): Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Furfour (Cayman) Limited received on Jan. 26,
2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up proceedings
and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Matthew Wright
          c/o Omar Grant
          Windward 1, Regatta Office Park
          P.O. Box 897 Grand Cayman KY1-1103
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 949-7576
          Facsimile: (345) 949-8295


FURFIVE (CAYMAN): Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Furfive (Cayman) Limited received on Jan. 26,
2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up proceedings
and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Matthew Wright
          c/o Omar Grant
          Windward 1, Regatta Office Park
          P.O. Box 897 Grand Cayman KY1-1103
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 949-7576
          Facsimile: (345) 949-8295


FURTHREE (CAYMAN): Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Furthree (Cayman) Limited received on Jan. 26,
2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up proceedings
and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          Matthew Wright
          c/o Omar Grant
          Windward 1, Regatta Office Park
          P.O. Box 897 Grand Cayman KY1-1103
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 949-7576
          Facsimile: (345) 949-8295


GOCM OFFSHORE: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of GOCM Offshore Fund, Ltd. received on Jan. 30,
2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up proceedings
and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


MIDWOOD CAPITAL: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Midwood Capital Partners Offshore Fund, Ltd.
received on Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


MIDWOOD CAPITAL MASTER: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Midwood Capital Partners Master Fund, LP
received on Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


NIGHTWATCH CAPITAL: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Nightwatch Capital Partners (Cayman) Ltd.
received on Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


SSCG AFRICA: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of SSCG Africa Opportunities Fund Ltd. received
on Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up
proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


TELLURIAN COMMODITY: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Tellurian Commodity Ascend Fund Limited
received on Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


TELLURIAN COMMODITY MASTER: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Tellurian Commodity Ascend Master Fund Limited
received on Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


VELA ENTERPRISES: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Vela Enterprises Limited received on Jan. 30,
2017, the liquidator's report on the company's wind-up proceedings
and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House, 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


WATERSTONE MARKET: Shareholders Receive Wind-Up Report
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The shareholders of Waterstone Market Neutral Offshore Fund, Ltd.
received on Jan. 30, 2017, the liquidator's report on the
company's wind-up proceedings and property disposal.

The company's liquidator is:

          DMS Corporate Services Ltd.
          c/o Norman Chan
          dms House 20 Genesis Close
          George Town
          P.O. Box 1344 KY1-1108
          Cayman Islands
          Telephone: (345) 946 7665
          Facsimile: (345) 949 2877


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DOMINICAN REP: Valle Nuevo's recovery 'Can't be Halted Any Longer'
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Dominican Today reports that Environment minister Francisco
Dominguez reiterated that Valle Nuevo's recovery can neither be
halted nor delayed any longer.

Minister Dominguez also warned that there'll be no new
constructions within the protected area, according to Dominican
Today.

"It's true that farmers who were dedicated to the extensive and
intensive production at Valle Nuevo have left, that they can no
longer do agriculture, that are dismantling all the pipes, but
even more true is the need for the Dominican Republic to protect
its waters because without water there is no life, there's no
future," said the official, the report notes.

Speaking in a gathering of the Dominican Republic Industries
Association (AIRD), Dominguez said business leaders have realized
that Valle Nuevo's situation is a national problem because 7 of
every 10 Dominicans is supplied with the water produced in Valle
Nuevo, the report relays.

                      Sustainable Development

AIRD President Campos de Moya and Dominguez headed a dialogue on
the environment and sustainable development, in which the
industrial sector stated its interest in the recovery of the
country's protected areas, specifically those most threatened: Los
Haitises, Sierra de Bahoruco and Sierra de Neiba national parks,
the report adds.

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
Nov. 22, 2016, Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating
actions on the Dominican Republic:

   -- Long-Term Foreign Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR)
      upgraded to 'BB-' from 'B+'; assigned Stable Outlook;

   -- Long-Term Local Currency IDR upgraded to 'BB-' from 'B+';
      assigned Stable Outlook;

   -- Senior unsecured Foreign and Local Currency bonds upgraded
      to 'BB-' from 'B+';

   -- Short-Term Foreign Currency IDR affirmed at 'B';

   -- Short-Term Local Currency IDR affirmed at 'B'.


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CABLE & WIRELESS: Another Financial Loss for Jamaica Unit
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RJR News reports that despite an increase in revenue during the
April to December period, Cable and Wireless Jamaica racked up
another big financial loss.

Revenues were up by more than J$2 billion, or twelve per cent,
primarily driven by a nine per cent growth in mobile subscribers,
according to RJR News.

However, Cable and Wireless ended the nine months with a J$1.5
billion loss, the report notes.

Operating costs were up by $1.8 billion or 15 per cent, due in
part to higher direct costs and an increase in administration,
marketing and selling expenses, the report relays.

While the company's mobile business recorded improved performance,
it was a different scenario for the broadband segment, with
revenues in the latter segment declined during the nine months,
the report discloses.

Fixed voice business was up four per cent due to a 63 per cent
increase in international revenue while national revenue declined
by 19 per cent, the report notes.

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
Sept. 12, 2016, Caribbean360.com reports that minority share-
holders of Cable & Wireless Jamaica have defied the board of
directors and voted against a resolution to set pay for auditor
KPMG.  Their move was aimed at making a wider point on
transparency.   Voting on the resolution was adjourned for 30 days
when C&WJ shareholders can vote via poll on the matter, according
to Caribbean360.com.

On Feb. 16, 2015, TCRLA, citing RJR News, reported that
restructuring and legal costs during the October to December
quarter resulted in Cable & Wireless Jamaica racking up a huge
financial loss.

The company incurred J$1.5 billion in operating exceptional items
during the three months, according to RJR News.  As a result, it
ended the period with a J$1.89 billion loss, the report relates.
Revenues increased by 14 per cent to J$5.6 billion.


JAMAICA: May Get Add'l US$170MM from Economic Program with IMF
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An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Uma
Ramakrishnan visited Jamaica from February 20 to March 3, 2017, to
conduct discussions on the first review of Jamaica's financial and
economic program supported by the IMF's precautionary Stand-By
Arrangement (SBA). The program was approved by the IMF's Executive
Board on November 11, 2016.

At the end of the visit, IMF Mission Chief, Ms. Ramakrishnan
issued the following statement in Kingston:

"The IMF team reached a preliminary agreement with the authorities
on a set of policies that aims at completing the first review
under the SBA. Consideration by the IMF's Executive Board is
tentatively scheduled for April 2017. Upon approval, an additional
SDR 126 million (about US$170 million) will be made available for
Jamaica, bringing the total accessible credit to about US$574
million. The Jamaican authorities continue to view the SBA as
precautionary, and use it as an insurance policy against
unforeseen external economic shocks beyond Jamaica's control.

"The SBA is off to a strong start -- program conditions through
December were met, with tax revenues and international reserves
exceeding expectations; and structural reforms are taking hold.

"With 7 consecutive quarters of positive growth, the Jamaican
economy is on track to reach a growth rate of 1.7 percent in
FY2016/17. Growth is projected to continue improving to 2.1
percent in FY2017/18, bolstered by construction, increased room
capacity in the tourism sector, business process outsourcing, and
a recovery in mining. The current account deficit is down to about
3 percent of GDP, supporting robust growth in non-borrowed
reserves, which reached almost US$1.8 billion by end-February.
Employment is steadily improving but the unemployment rate remains
high at 12.9 percent, reflecting an expanding labor force.

"The FY17/18 budget tabled in Parliament targets a central
government primary surplus of 7 percent of GDP. On the revenue
side, the shift from direct to indirect taxes continues with the
second phase of the personal income tax (PIT) reform that raises
the PIT exemption threshold to J$1.5 million. The government
underlined its commitment to supporting this reform with a
revenue-neutral tax package that maintains fairness, progressivity
and efficiency. To insulate Jamaica's poorest citizens from the
effects of these changes in tax policy, the government has
significantly increased its budget allocation for social
protection programs such as PATH. The budget also frees up
resources for growth-enhancing capital spending by continuing the
government's prudent approach to public sector wage and employment
policy.

"Steadfast implementation of the government's reform program is
essential for continued macroeconomic stability, growth and job
creation. This will require a sustained, multi-year focus on
improving public sector efficiency and maintaining the
government's wage bill on a firm downward path. Next steps include
passing the pension bill and rolling out an early retirement
program, finalizing the medium-term compensation policy for
government workers, consolidating public bodies, and accelerating
the introduction of the human resources software.

"Further enhancing financial sector supervision and crisis
preparedness, including through the adoption of a robust crisis
resolution framework, are near-term priorities.Increasing the
operational autonomy and accountability of the BOJ and improving
the ways in which it interacts in the currency markets to make
those interactions more efficient and more market-based will
support the intended transition to an inflation targeting
framework for monetary policy

"The IMF team met with Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Finance
Minister Audley Shaw, Bank of Jamaica Governor Brian Wynter, State
Minister Fayval Williams, Ambassador of Economic Affairs Nigel
Clarke, Financial Secretary Everton McFarlane, Planning Institute
Director General, Wayne Henry, senior government officials, as
well as members of the private sector, labor unions and civil
society. The mission would like to thank the Jamaican authorities
for their hospitality and collaboration."


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BANCO AHORRO: Fitch Cuts Counterparty Risk Ratings to 'BB(mex)'
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Fitch Ratings downgraded national scale counterparty risk ratings
for the long and short term of Banco Ahorro Famsa, SA, Multiple
Banking Institution (BAF) to 'BB (mex)' and 'B (Mex) 'from' BBB-
(mex) 'and' F3 (mex) ', respectively. The outlook for the long-
term rating is stable.

The decline in BAF's ratings and the stable outlook result from
the shares held by its ultimate holding company Famsa, SAB de CV
(Famsa Group) whose long-term rating on a global scale depreciated
to 'B-' from 'B ' and on a national scale to' BB (mex) 'from' BBB-
(mex) ', the Long-term Rating Outlook is Stable.

Stable Outlook "dated March 3, 2017. BAF's ratings are aligned
with those of Grupo Famsa as a fundamental subsidiary for the
latter. If the group continues to deteriorate it would also cause
detriments in the bank's intrinsic financial profile due to the
close link between its operations and business model. Therefore,
any rating action in the group would result in an action of the
same magnitude and meaning in BAF.

KEY FACTORS OF THE QUALIFICATIONS

BAF's ratings derive from Grupo Famsa's strong propensity to
support the bank, if required. However, Fitch believes that the
group's ability to support the bank is adjusted, given the
operational and financial challenges facing the corporate;
Situation that could limit the sufficiency and opportunity of
support if the bank required it.

The propensity to provide support is strong due to the strong
commercial, operational and financial synergies maintained by the
bank and the corporate. They also share business identity and
reputation risk. They also show a clear integration in terms of
corporate governance bodies. In addition, the propensity is also
evidenced by recurrent capital injections and the high linkage of
the business model of the bank with that of Grupo Famsa. About 40%
of its total revenues originate within the group for commissions
charged for the use of infrastructure, referencing customers,
buying at portfolio discount, collection rights, among others.

SENSITIVITY OF THE QUALIFICATIONS

BAF's ratings could be lowered due to a decrease in Grupo Famsa's
propensity for support. BAF's ratings will remain in line with
those of the group as long as, in Fitch's opinion, the bank is
considered as a fundamental subsidiary for its holding company, so
a change in Grupo Famsa's ratings would cause movements in the
same direction BAF.


BANCO MERCANTIL: S&P Raises Rating on $120MM Hybrid Notes to 'BB+'
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S&P Global Ratings said that it affirmed its 'BBB+' long-term and
'A-2' short-term global scale ratings on Banco Mercantil del Norte
S.A. Institucion de Banca Multiple Grupo Financiero Banorte
(Banorte).  S&P also affirmed its 'mxAAA' long-term and 'mxA-1+'
short-term national scale ratings.  The outlook on the global
scale ratings remains negative, which reflects that on the
sovereign, and on the national scale ratings remains stable.

As a result of its risk-adjusted capitalization strength, S&P is
revising Banorte's stand-alone credit profile (SACP) and the
unsupported group's credit profile (GCP) to 'bbb+' from 'bbb'.
Consequently, S&P is also raising its issue-level ratings on its
$120 million junior subordinated hybrid notes due 2020 to 'BB+'
from 'BB', because S&P uses the SACP as the reference point for
the notching of these notes.

Finally, S&P affirmed its 'mxAAA' long and 'mxA-1+' short-term
issuer credit ratings on its core entity and securities firm, Casa
de Bolsa Banorte Ixe, S.A. de C.V., Grupo Financiero Banorte y
Subsidiarias.  The outlook remains stable.

"The negative outlook on Banorte's global scale issuer credit
rating reflects that on the sovereign, because the ratings on the
former are at the same level as those on Mexico," said S&P Global
Ratings credit analyst Arturo Sanchez.

S&P's outlook also incorporates that Banorte will continue to grow
its business volumes in the next 18-24 months, NPAs and credit
losses will be manageable, and the bank won't undertake further
acquisitions.

In the next two years, a downgrade could occur if S&P was to lower
the sovereign ratings on Mexico.  A downgrade could also occur if
S&P revises Banorte's SACP downward by two or more notches.
Nonetheless, S&P views this scenario as unlikely over the next 24
months.

S&P could revise the outlook to stable over the next 18-24 months
if there is a similar action on the ratings on Mexico, while the
SACP remains unchanged.


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Monday's edition of the TCR-LA delivers a list of indicative
prices for bond issues that reportedly trade well below par.
Prices are obtained by TCR-LA editors from a variety of outside
sources during the prior week we think are reliable.   Those
sources may not, however, be complete or accurate.  The Monday
Bond Pricing table is compiled on the Friday prior to publication.
Prices reported are not intended to reflect actual trades.  Prices
for actual trades are probably different.  Our objective is to
share information, not make markets in publicly traded securities.
Nothing in the TCR-LA constitutes an offer or solicitation to buy
or sell any security of any kind.  It is likely that some entity
affiliated with a TCR-LA editor holds some position in the
issuers' public debt and equity securities about which we report.

Tuesday's edition of the TCR-LA features a list of companies with
insolvent balance sheets obtained by our editors based on the
latest balance sheets publicly available a day prior to
publication.  At first glance, this list may look like the
definitive compilation of stocks that are ideal to sell short.
Don't be fooled.  Assets, for example, reported at historical cost
net of depreciation may understate the true value of a firm's
assets.  A company may establish reserves on its balance sheet for
liabilities that may never materialize.  The prices at which
equity securities trade in public market are determined by more
than a balance sheet solvency test.

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