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           Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Vol. 18, No. 181



RAGHSA SA: Moody's Revises Outlook to Pos.; Affirms B3 CFR


DEWEY & LEBOUEF: No Need to Visit Prior Rulings, Gov't Lawyers Say
JBS SA: Batista to Turn in Passport After Plea Deal in Jeopardy
JBS SA: Former Chairman Surrenders to Authorities


GEOPARK LIMITED: Fitch to Rate Proposed Sr Notes Issuance 'B(EXP)'


* MEXICO: Earthquake Death Toll Climbs to 90


CFG PERU: Soliciting Bids for Two of its Subsidiaries

P U E R T O    R I C O

MINI MASTER: Allowed Unsecured Claims Amount Increased to $1.1MM
PUERTO RICO: Peerless Oil Takes Ferrovial Agroman's Place in Panel
SAN MIGUEL INDUSTRIAS: Fitch Rates $300MM Sr. Unsec. Notes BB+

T R I N I D A D  &  T O B A G O

TRINIDAD  &  TOBAGO: Close Eye on Irma's Potential Damage


RASSINI AUTOMOTRIZ: Fitch Affirms BB- IDR; Outlook Stable
VENEZUELA: Opposition Participation Exceeds Expectations
VENEZUELA: Seeks Support from the Islamic World Amid Spat With US


LATAM: Irma Leaves Battered Caribbean in Its Wake

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RAGHSA SA: Moody's Revises Outlook to Pos.; Affirms B3 CFR
Moody's Investors Service has affirmed Raghsa S.A.'s B3 Corporate
Family rating and B3 rating of its USD119 million senior unsecured
notes due in 2024 and USD38 million due in 2021. The outlook of
all ratings was changed to positive from stable.

Approximately USD158.7 million in rated debt instruments affected.


Rahgsa's outlook change to positive from stable reflects the
company's good liquidity profile and good prospects for the
premium office market in the City of Buenos Aires. Moody's expects
an increase in average leased area in upcoming quarters to around
92 thousand m2 from the 81 thousand as of fiscal year ended in
February 2017, particularly as recently finished Madero Riverside
building increases its occupancy rate, which will support cash
generation and Ebitda growth. Raghsa has no significant debt
maturities until July 2020, which supports its good liquidity

The B3/ ratings and positive outlook reflect also Raghsa's
strong brand name and position in the local market, good asset
quality and its management's solid track record in the industry.
The company's high occupancy rates and healthy tenants base also
supports the ratings and business model.

Raghsa has exposure to FX risk because most of its debt is
denominated in US dollars, but this is mitigated by the fact that
lease fees are set in US dollars but are payable in Argentine
pesos and by its high holdings of marketable securities in US
dollars. As of May 2017, Raghsa's cash and marketable securities
in foreign currency amounted to USD106 million, compared to a
total debt in foreign currency of USD159 million, with no
maturities until July 2020. However, Moody's estimates Raghsa's
foreign currency holdings of marketable securities to be reduced
by capital expenditures needs to finish the "Centro Empresarial
Libertador" office building, expected to be finished by mid-2019,
and by further acquisitions of land bank.

Key rating challenges are Raghsa's small size relative to industry
peers, its portfolio concentration in the city of Buenos Aires and
historical margin volatility. Upcoming cash needs for capital
expenditures and land bank acquisition will temporarily tighten
the company's liquidity profile until the project in the pipeline
increases its cash generation base by fiscal year end February
2020, but Raghsa has some flexibility over the timing of this
expected expenses. Also, available high quality investment assets
provide a good source of alternative liquidity.

The ratings could experience upward pressure if Argentina's
government bond rating (B3 positive) would be upgraded. In
addition, upward rating momentum could occur should the company
continue to make progress in its growth strategy accompanied by an
adequate liquidity profile. Quantitatively a rating upgrade would
require that total assets remain above USD500 million (USD747
million as of May 31, 2017), with net debt to Ebitda as adjusted
by Moody's below 8.0x (4.7x as of the last twelve months ended
May 31, 2017) and debt to total gross assets below 50% (21.5% as
of May 31, 2017). Interest coverage as measured by EBITDA to
interest expenses should remain above 2.0x (4.9x as of the last
twelve months ended May 31, 2017).

A rating downgrade would likely result from a significant
deterioration in Raghsa's liquidity profile. Any significant
increase in leverage or encumbering of its portfolio of assets
could also prompt a rating downgrade. In particular, if debt to
adjusted EBITDA exceeds 8.0x or if the ratio of EBITDA to interest
expense falls below 1.5x, the ratings could be subject to downward

Raghsa S.A. is an Argentine family owned fully integrated
developer that has been committed to the construction,
development, ownership and leasing of premium office, commercial
and residential buildings for more than 45 years. Management
skills and track record in the industry are key factors for its
business model. For the last twelve month period ended on May 31,
2017, Raghsa's reported total assets of ARS 12.05 billion
(approximately USD747 million) and adjusted EBITDA of ARS530
million (approximately USD34.8 million).

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Global Rating
Methodology for REITs and Other Commercial Property Firms
published in July 2010.


DEWEY & LEBOUEF: No Need to Visit Prior Rulings, Gov't Lawyers Say
Stewart Bishop, writing for Bankruptcy Law360, reports that
Manhattan prosecutors told a New York state judge that former
Dewey & LeBoeuf Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders is just
rehashing already-decided arguments.  According to Law360, Mr.
Sanders is trying to nix his conviction for fraud and conspiracy.
Law360 states that the government lawyers contend that it's clear
their case at trial was legally sufficient, and there's no reason
to revisit the court's prior rulings finding the case up to snuff.

                     About Dewey & LeBoeuf

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.
Case No. 12-12321) in 2012 to complete the wind-down of its
operations.  The Firm had struggled with high debt and partner
defections.  Dewey disclosed debt of $245 million and assets of
$193 million in its Chapter 11 filing late evening on May 29,
2012.  The petition was signed by Jonathan A. Mitchell, chief
restructuring officer.

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP operated as a prestigious, New York City-
based, law firm that traced its roots to the 2007 merger of Dewey
Ballantine LLP -- originally founded in 1909 as Root, Clark & Bird
-- and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Green & MacCrae LLP originally founded in
1929.  In recent years, more than 1,400 lawyers worked at the firm
in numerous domestic and foreign offices.

At its peak, Dewey employed about 2,000 people with 1,300 lawyers
in 25 offices across the globe. When it filed for bankruptcy, only
150 employees were left to complete the wind-down of the business.

Dewey's offices in Hong Kong and Beijing are being wound down.

The partners of the separate partnership in England are in process
of winding down the business in London and Paris, and
administration proceedings in England were commenced May 28.  All
lawyers in the Madrid and Brussels offices have departed.  Nearly
all of the lawyers and staff of the Frankfurt office have
departed, and the remaining personnel are preparing for the
closure.  The firm's office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is being
prepared for closure and the liquidation of the firm's local
affiliate.  The partners of the firm in the Johannesburg office,
South Africa, are planning to wind down the practice.

The firm's ownership interest in its practice in Warsaw, Poland,
was sold to the firm of Greenberg Traurig PA for $6 million.  The
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. took $2 million of the proceeds as
part of a settlement.

Judge Martin Glenn oversees the case.

Albert Togut, Esq., at Togut, Segal & Segal LLP, represents the
Debtor.  Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions LLC serves as claims and notice

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Revolver Agent on behalf of the
lenders under the Revolver Agreement, hired Kramer Levin Naftalis
& Frankel LLP.  JPMorgan, as Collateral Agent for the Revolver
Lenders and the Noteholders, hired FTI Consulting and Gulf
Atlantic Capital, as financial advisors.  The Noteholders hired
Bingham McCutchen LLP as counsel.

The U.S. Trustee formed two committees -- one to represent
unsecured creditors and the second to represent former Dewey
partners.  The creditors committee hired Brown Rudnick LLP led by
Edward S. Weisfelner, Esq., as counsel.  The Former Partners hired
Tracy L. Klestadt, Esq., and Sean C. Southard, Esq., at Klestadt &
Winters, LLP, as counsel.

FTI Consulting, Inc., was appointed secured lender trustee for the
Secured Lender Trust.  Alan Jacobs of AMJ Advisors LLC, was named
Dewey's liquidation trustee.  Scott E. Ratner, Esq., Frank A.
Oswald, Esq., David A. Paul, Esq., Steven S. Flores, Esq., at
Togut, Segal & Segal LLP, serve as counsel to the Liquidation

Dewey's liquidating Chapter 11 plan was approved by the bankruptcy
court in February 2013 and implemented in March.  The plan created
a trust to collect and distribute remaining assets.  The firm
estimated that midpoint recoveries for secured and unsecured
creditors under the plan would be 58.4 percent and 9.1%,

JBS SA: Batista to Turn in Passport After Plea Deal in Jeopardy
Luciana Magalhaes and Jeffrey T. Lewis at The Wall Street Journal
report that the former chairman of Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS
SA, Joesley Batista, offered to turn his passport over to legal
authorities and has requested a hearing with the country's Supreme
Court following reports that a blockbuster plea deal he signed
earlier this year could soon fall apart, according to a member of
his legal team.

Brazilian news media reported that Brazil's attorney general,
Rodrigo Janot, asked the Supreme Court to throw out at least parts
of the deal and have Mr. Batista arrested, citing a failure to
provide all the information they had regarding corrupt practices,
according to The Wall Street Journal.

Neither the Supreme Court nor the Attorney General's office could
confirm or deny that Mr. Janot had asked to revoke Mr. Batista's
criminal immunity, as the details of the probe aren't public, the
report notes.

Mr. Batista's brother, JBS Chief Executive Wesley Batista, also
signed the agreement, and so far there's no indication his deal is
in jeopardy, the report relays.

Mr. Janot earlier said a recording, possibly delivered by mistake
along with other evidence by Joesley Batista and executives,
suggested that some of them omitted evidence and that they
illegally got help from a law-enforcement official to arrange the
deal that allowed them to escape prosecution, the report notes.

Mr. Batista, still a major shareholder in JBS, could face jail
time if his deal is partially or completely overturned, the report
discloses.  The controversial agreement granted him and other JBS
executives full criminal immunity for paying millions of dollars
in bribes to nearly 2,000 Brazilian officials over at least the
past decade, in return for their complete cooperation, the report

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
July 31, 2017, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'B+' global scale
corporate credit ratings on JBS S.A. and JBS USA and its 'brBBB-'
national scale rating on JBS. S&P also affirmed the 'B+' senior
unsecured debt ratings on JBS and JBS USA and the 'BB' senior
secured debt ratings on JBS USA. At the same time, S&P removed all
ratings from CreditWatch. The outlook is negative.

JBS SA: Former Chairman Surrenders to Authorities
Luciana Magalhaes and Jeffrey T. Lewis at The Wall Street Journal
report that Joesley Batista, the former chairman of meatpacking
giant JBS SA, turned himself over to Brazil's legal authorities
after the country's Supreme Court approved his arrest for
allegedly reneging on the terms of a plea-bargain agreement.

High court Justice Edson Fachin approved the arrest following a
request from Attorney General Rodrigo Janot, according to
documents made public, The Wall Street Journal notes.

In his decision, Mr. Fachin said there are multiple indications
that Mr. Batista is "part of an organization dedicated to the
systematic practice of crimes against the public administration
and money laundering" and agreed to partially suspend some legal
benefits that had been granted to him, making his arrest possible,
according to The Wall Street Journal.

The report notes that Mr. Batista and other JBS executives signed
the plea deal in April after admitting to paying millions of
dollars in bribes to nearly 2,000 Brazilian officials over at
least the past decade.  The controversial agreement granted them
immunity for their criminal acts in return for their full
cooperation with legal authorities, the report relays.

Mr. Janot recently said a recording, possibly delivered by mistake
along with other evidence by Joesley Batista and executives,
suggested that some of them omitted evidence and that they
illegally got help from a law-enforcement official to arrange the
deal that allowed them to escape prosecution, the report says.

As part of his agreement, the former chairman of JBS provided
evidence that sparked criminal charges earlier this year against
President Michel Temer, who he taped in a secret conversation. Mr.
Temer was accused of accepting bribes and has denied wrongdoing.
The charges against the president were shelved by a vote in
Congress, the report discloses.

Mr. Batista said in a note that he surrendered voluntarily and
denied having omitted evidence related to his plea agreement, the
report notes.

His brother, JBS Chief Executive Wesley Batista, also signed the
agreement, and so far there is no indication his deal is in
jeopardy, the report adds.

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
July 31, 2017, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'B+' global scale
corporate credit ratings on JBS S.A. and JBS USA and its 'brBBB-'
national scale rating on JBS. S&P also affirmed the 'B+' senior
unsecured debt ratings on JBS and JBS USA and the 'BB' senior
secured debt ratings on JBS USA. At the same time, S&P removed all
ratings from CreditWatch. The outlook is negative.


GEOPARK LIMITED: Fitch to Rate Proposed Sr Notes Issuance 'B(EXP)'
Fitch Ratings expects to rate GeoPark Limited's proposed issuance
of senior notes due 2024 'B'(EXP)/'RR4'. The issuance will be
collateralized by a pledge of approximately 80% of the shares of
its operating companies in Chile and Colombia (GeoPark Chile S.A.
and GeoPark Colombia Cooperatie U.A, "the Collateral"). The notes
will rank effectively junior to any future secured obligations of
the GeoPark Limited and its subsidiaries with a security interest
on assets not constituting collateral for the proposed debt
issuance. Fitch has also assigned Long-Term Foreign and Local
Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of 'B' to GeoPark. The
Rating Outlook is Stable.

Simultaneously with the issuance, the company launched a tender
offer to repurchase the 2020 notes issued by its wholly owned
subsidiary GeoPark Latin America Limited Agencia en Chile
(GeoPark). Net proceeds from the issuance will be used to fund the
tender, to finance the redemption of 2020 notes, as well as for
capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes. Fitch
expects the net impact of the issuance and tender will be neutral
to GeoPark's credit profile.

GeoPark's ratings reflect the company's increased production and
improved reserve life and its ability to implement an effective
cost reduction plan. Fitch expects GeoPark will remain a low cost
producer while significantly increasing production levels to above
30,000 by 2017 and 60,000 boed by 2020. Despite improved operating
metrics, the rating is constrained by the company's relatively
small size and low diversification of oil fields. Increase in
production to the aforementioned levels while maintaining reserve
life and capital structure unaffected would bode positively for
GeoPark's credit quality.

The rating also reflects Fitch's expectations that GeoPark will
continue strengthening its capital structure with a rapid
deleveraging process that would result in the company's gross
leverage declining to approximately 2.0x in the short term
considering Fitch's revised oil price deck assumptions. Fitch's
price deck expectations for Brent prices are USD52.5/bbl in 2017,
$55/bbl in 2018, $60/bbl in 2019 and $65/bbl in the long term.


Neutral Cash Flow Generation: Fitch expects GeoPark to report
neutral to positive free cash flow (FCF) generation over the
medium term, supported by growing production, relatively low capex
and no dividends payment. Fitch expects that GeoPark will generate
enough cash flow from operations (CFFO) after interest expenses to
cover capex requirements. GeoPark's financial profile benefits
from stable cash flow from the natural gas contract sales in Chile
and Brazil, the prolific oilfields in which it operates in
Colombia and its low costs structure.

Expected Production Increase: Fitch expects GeoPark's daily
production to increase by 30% year-over-year (yoy), reaching close
to 30,000 boe/d by 2017 and to approximately 60,000 by 2020. These
expectations assume a modest crude oil price increase in the long
term towards USD65/bbl Brent. During the second quarter of 2017
(2Q17), the company's output increased by 24% yoy to 26,132 boed
and is expected to reach 30,000 by the end of 2017. Despite
growing production, GeoPark's ratings are constrained by its small
size and low diversification of oilfields.

Effective Cost Reduction Plan: Fitch expects that the company will
maintain the cost-reduction efforts implemented during the low oil
price environment. GeoPark's competitive advantages are derived
from its operations in onshore and growing oilfields which results
in lower exploration costs than big players in the region. In
2016, it reduced its half cycle cost by almost 8% yoy to
$16.4/bboe. Since 2015, the company has focused on lower risk
projects and concentrated production in Colombia, specifically in
the Tigana and Jacana oil fields in the Llanos 34 block. In 2016,
the company continued focusing on preserving a solid cash position
by reducing capex, drilling costs and operating expenses. Under
Fitch's oil price assumptions, Fitch forecasts the company will
record a netback of USD20 to USD32 per barrel, significantly
increasing the company's EBITDA to USD140 million in 2017 and to
around USD250 million by 2019.

Adequate Reserve Life: GeoPark maintains an adequate reserve life
and it is currently not considered a constraining factor for the
company's ratings. As of Dec. 31, 2016, GeoPark had proved,
developed and producing (PDP) oil and gas reserves of 19.4 million
barrels of equivalent (mmboe), while it's proved reserves (1P)
totalled 78.3 mmboe. This translates into a 1P reserve life of 9.5
years. Certified reserves in Peru were incorporated by the end of
December 2016 following GeoPark's closing of the acquisition of
75% of the Morona field and formal approval of the government of
Peru under supreme decree.

Improving Credit Profile: Fitch expects GeoPark's EBITDA to be
approximately USD140 million for a total debt/EBITDA of 2.1x in
2017. Considering production will reach around 30,000 boed in 2017
and above 60,000 boed by 2020, Fitch expects the company could
repay its debt with its own cash flow generation. GeoPark's credit
metrics deteriorated significantly during 2015-2016 as a result of
the decrease in oil prices. During 2015 and 2016, total
debt/EBITDA increased to 5.8x and 5.3x, respectively, from 1.7x in
2014. Debt on a reserve basis remain adequate as Fitch estimates
that total debt/1P reserves stands close to $4.6/boe after the
incorporation of the reserves in Peru.


GeoPark's ratings reflect the company's stable production amid the
downturn in the oil and gas industry, and its ability to maintain
an effective cost reduction plan in growing oilfields. The ratings
also reflect Fitch's expectation that the company will be able to
maintain reduced production costs and increase production in the
medium and long term and continue with the operational momentum in
an improving oil and gas price environment.

GeoPark production size is comparable with other 'B' rated oil and
gas E&P producers, constraining its ratings. These peers include
Kosmos Energy Ltd (B/Stable) and Compania General de Combustibles
(CGC, B/Stable), although Fitch expects production to
significantly increase as oil prices recover. GeoPark is well
positioned compared with its peers in terms of reserves with a
healthy reserve life of close to 10 years which Fitch considers
optimal and gives the company more flexibility to reduce capex
investments if necessary.

GeoPark's capital structure is expected to significantly improve
after 2017 and be strong for the rating category. Fitch expects
gross leverage to decline to approximately 2.1x in 2017 as a
result of increased production and improved prices. Peers with
similar gross leverage levels include CGC with expected gross
leverage to be maintained around 2.0x for the next two years and
Pacific Exploration and Production Corporation with an expected
gross leverage of approximately 1.0x during the forecasted period.
No Country Ceiling, parent/subsidiary and operating environment
aspects affect GeoPark's ratings.


Fitch's key assumptions within the rating case for this issuer

-- Fitch's price deck per barrel of Brent oil of: USD52.5 for
    2017, USD55 for 2018, USD60 for 2019 and USD65 thereafter;
-- Average realized oil price of $31.8 for 2017 and $34.3 for
-- 2017 production of approx. 27,500 bboepd in line with
    management work program indications for Brent of USD50 or
-- Annual production increasing at a similar pace for the next
    four years;
-- Half cycle costs between $16 and $18 with EBITDA per boe of


Future Developments That May, Individually or Collectively, Lead
to Positive Rating Action

-- Net production rising consistently to 35,000 to 40,000 boe/d
    on a sustained basis;
-- Reserve life is unaffected as a result of production increase
    at approximately 10 years;
-- Company's ability to maintain a conservative financial
    profile  with gross leverage of 2.0x or below;
-- Diversification of operations and improvements in realized
    oil and gas differentials.

Future Developments That May, Individually or Collectively, Lead
to Negative Rating Action

-- An inability to maintain current operating costs and increase
    production levels;
-- A persistently weak oil and gas pricing environment that
    impairs the longer-term value of its reserve base or a
    reduction in reserves due to a change in the Peruvian

-- The recovery analysis assumes that Geopark would be
    in bankruptcy.
-- Fitch has assumed a 10% administrative claim.

Liquidation Approach
-- The liquidation estimate reflects Fitch's view of the value
    inventory and other assets that can be realized in a
    reorganization and distributed to creditors.
-- The 50% advance rate is typical of inventory liquidations for
    the Oil and Gas industry.
-- The $10 per barrel reflects the typical valuation of recent
    reorganizations in the oil & gas industry.
-- The waterfall results in a 100% recovery corresponding to
    'RR1' recovery for the senior secured notes ($300 million).
    However, Recovery Rating limited to 'B/RR4' due to the RR4
    soft cap for several countries where the company operates,
    such as Chile and Peru.


As of June 30, 2017, GeoPark had cash on hand totalling $77
million, which cover its debt maturities up to 2019. The company
does not have any major maturities until the USD300 million bond
comes due in 2020. During 2016, the company paid $25.5 million in
interest for its $300 million bond and bank loans.


Fitch rates GeoPark as follows:

-- Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency IDRs 'B'; Outlook Stable;
-- Senior secured notes due 2024 rating 'B(exp)/RR4'.


* MEXICO: Earthquake Death Toll Climbs to 90
EFE News reports that the death toll from the recent magnitude-8.2
earthquake that rocked southern Mexico rose from 65 to 90 after
the governor of Oaxaca said there had been 71 fatalities in his
state alone.

"In an assessment meeting, Gov. Alejandro Murat revealed that the
fatality figure from the earthquake had climbed to 71," Oaxaca's
Civil Protection Secretariat said on Twitter, according to EFE

The federal agrarian, territorial and urban development secretary,
Rosario Robles, said in an interview with Milenio Television that
she had accompanied the Oaxaca governor on a tour of several
municipalities in the state, the report notes.

Asked whether there was a confirmed number of fatalities, she put
the number at 71 in that state, the report relays.

The report discloses that the the national coordinator of Civil
Protection, Luis Felipe Puente, said in an interview with that
same media outlet that the preliminary death tally from the
earthquake was 65," of whom 15 were in Chiapas, 46 in Oaxaca and
four in Tabasco."

According to state and municipal sources, the municipality of
Juchitan de Zaragoza, in Oaxaca state, was the hardest hit with
around 60 deaths. But they warned that those figures remain
preliminary, the report relays.

The National Seismological Service said in its most recent report
that there had been 846 aftershocks of the magnitude-8.2
earthquake, which struck just off the coast of the southeastern
state of Chiapas, the report notes.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said that the earthquake, which was
felt by around 50 million people nationwide, was the most powerful
to hit Mexico in 100 years, the report adds.


CFG PERU: Soliciting Bids for Two of its Subsidiaries
Substantial strategic investment opportunities, linked to the
rising global demand for food, have been announced through a
special offering managed by Development Specialists, Inc.  The
harvest and processing of anchovies by Peruvian-based fishing
businesses produce superior quality fishmeal and fish oil that
meet the worldwide market demand for high-protein animal feed.
These products of Peru, carefully monitored through a rigorous
quality-control process, are marketed to feed farm-raised animals
and fish, all of which sustain and assure strong and lucrative
food chains in several of the world's most populous regions.

CFG Peru Investments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) is soliciting bids for
two of its subsidiaries, CFG Investment SAC and Corporacion
Pesquera Inca SAC. They hold a combined 16.9 percent quota in
Peru's North/Central fishing zone and 14.8 percent share in the
South fishing zone, giving them a larger share of anchovy fishing
rights in Peru's waters than any competitor.

DSI is directing the sale of CFG Investment and Copeinca, both of
which have intact management teams and fully operate during the
two fishing seasons per year. They own and operate a 50-vessel
fishing fleet and 10 processing plants throughout Peru. Qualified
bids are due Dec. 8 and an auction will be held Dec. 13. For more
information, contact Senior Managing Director Joseph J. Luzinski

"These companies offer a rare opportunity to invest in a commodity
that's seeing a worldwide increase in both demand and prices,"
said William A. Brandt Jr., trustee for CFG Peru Investments and
Executive Chairman of DSI, who is based in DSI's New York office.
"These companies have the most significant market position in Peru
and possess strong operating profit margins."

As the trustee of CFG Peru Investments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore),
Brandt has guided the companies through a portion of their post-
bankruptcy-filing operations as a part of a larger, complex
bankruptcy case involving multiple jurisdictions in multiple
countries. Today, CFG Peru Investments Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) owns
the two large fishing companies referenced above, as well as other
entities in Peru, all of which are affiliated with the China
Fishery Group, a larger multinational concern which filed for U.S.
Bankruptcy Court protection in mid-2016 in New York.

P U E R T O    R I C O

MINI MASTER: Allowed Unsecured Claims Amount Increased to $1.1MM
Mini Master Concrete Services, Inc., filed with the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico a second amended
disclosure statement to accompany its plan of reorganization.

Class 2 under the latest plan is the allowed claims of Wells
Fargo.  As agreed by and between WF and Debtor, WF's shall be paid
$575,000 from the proceeds of the sale of substantially all of
Debtor's assets, in full payment and release of all of its claims,
on or before the Effective Date. The previous plan proposed to pay
WF $695,895.

Class 4, the holders of allowed general unsecured claims, now has
an estimated amount of $1,114,383.72 in allowed claims. The
estimated amount of allowed claims in the previous plan is
$932,374.48. The treatment of this class remains the same as with
the previous plan.

With the sale of substantially all of its assets to Master
Concrete and Aggregates, LLC, the sale of other assets, as
approved by the Court and the transfer of the real estate, Debtor
will be able to satisfy the claims of Holders of Allowed
Administrative Expense Claims, Holders of Allowed Priority Tax
Claims, Holders of Other Priority Claims and to Classes 1, 2, 3, 4
and 5, as provided for in
the Plan.

The Troubled Company Reporter previously reported that the Plan
contemplates that substantially all of Debtor's assets securing
the claims will be sold, excepting the real properties of both
Debtor and those of the estate of Victor Maldonado Davila to be
transferred to Economic Development Bank of P.R.. With the
proceeds of the sale to Master Group P.R. Holdings, LLC  and the
other sales, the Debtor will be able to make the payments to
Holders of Allowed Administrative Expense Claims, Holders of
Allowed Priority Tax Claims, Holders of Other Priority Tax Claims
and to Classes 1, 2, 3, and 4.

A full-text copy of the Second Amended Disclosure Statement is
available at:

             About Mini Master Concrete Services

Mini Master Concrete Services, Inc. filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy
petition (Bankr. D.P.R. Case No. 16-09956) on December 22, 2016.
The Hon. Mildred Caban Flores over the case. Charles A. Cuprill,
PCS Law Offices represents the Debtor as counsel.

The Debtor disclosed total assets of $15.78 million and total
liabilities of $5.46 million. The petition was signed by Carmen M.
Betancourt, president.

PUERTO RICO: Peerless Oil Takes Ferrovial Agroman's Place in Panel
Guy Gebhardt, acting U.S. trustee for Region 21, on Aug. 31
appointed Peerless Oil & Chemicals, Inc., a creditor of both the
Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority and the Puerto
Rico Electric Power Authority, as a new member of the official
committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 9 cases of the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and three other debtors.

Ferrovial Agroman has resigned from the Committee.

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter on Aug. 30, 2017, the
Acting U.S. Trustee on Aug. 25 appointed Ferrovial Agroman and
Vitrol, Inc., as new members of the Committee.

The members of the Committee now include:

     (1) The American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
         Attn: Mark Richard, Counsel to the President of the AFT
         555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
         11th floor
         Washington, DC 20001

     (2) Doral Financial Corporation
         c/o Drivetrain LLC
         630 Third Avenue
         21st Floor
         New York, NY 10017

     (3) Genesis Security
         5900 Avenue Isla Verde
         L-2 PMB 438
         Carolina, PR 00979

     (4) Puerto Rico Hospital Supply
         Call Box 158
         Carolina, PR 00986-0158

     (5) Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
         1800 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
         Washington, D.C. 20036

     (6) Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp.
         Citi View Plaza Tower I
         48 Road 165 Oficina 803
         Guaynabo, PR 00968-8046

     (7) Unitech Engineering
         c/o Ramon Ortiz Carro
         Urb Sabanera
         40 Camino de la Cascada
         Cidra, Puerto Rico 00739

     (8) Vitol, Inc.
         2925 Richmond Avenue
         Houston, Texas 77098

     (9) Peerless Oil & Chemicals
         671 Road 337
         Penuelas PR 00624-7513

                       About Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth in association with
the United States that's facing a massive bond debt of $70
billion, a 68% debt-to-GDP ratio and negative economic growth in
nine of the last 10 years.

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has sought bankruptcy protection,
aiming to restructure its massive $74 billion debt-load and $49
billion in pension obligations.

The debt restructuring petition was filed by Puerto Rico's
financial oversight board in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico
(Case No. 17-01578) on May 3, 2017, and was made under Title III
of 2016's U.S. Congressional rescue law known as the Puerto Rico
Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act ("PROMESA").

The Financial Oversight and Management Board later commenced Title
III cases for the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation
(COFINA) on May 5, 2017, and the Employees Retirement System (ERS)
and the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority (HTA) on
May 21.  On July 2, 2017, a Title III case was commenced for the
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ("PREPA").
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts has appointed U.S. District Judge
Laura Taylor Swain to oversee the Title III cases.  The Honorable
Judith Dein, a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of
Massachusetts, has been designated to preside over matters that
may be referred to her by Judge Swain, including discovery
disputes, and management of other pretrial proceedings.

Joint administration of the Title III cases, under Lead Case No.
17-3283, was granted on June 29, 2017.

The Oversight Board has hired as advisors, Proskauer Rose LLP and
O'Neill & Borges LLC as legal counsel, McKinsey & Co. as strategic
consultant, Citigroup Global Markets as municipal investment
banker, and Ernst & Young, as financial advisor.

Martin J. Bienenstock, Esq., Scott K. Rutsky, Esq., and Philip M.
Abelson, Esq., of Proskauer Rose; and Hermann D. Bauer, Esq., at
O'Neill & Borges are onboard as attorneys.

McKinsey & Co. is the Board's strategic consultant, Ernst & Young
is the Board's financial advisor, and Citigroup Global Markets
Inc. is the Board's municipal investment banker.

Prime Clerk LLC is the claims and noticing agent.  Prime Clerk
maintains a case web site at:


Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions LLC is the service agent for ERS, HTA,
and PREPA.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is counsel to the Commonwealth's Puerto Rico
Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (AAFAF), the agency
responsible for negotiations with bondholders.

The Oversight Board named Professor Nancy B. Rapoport as fee
examiner and to chair a committee to review professionals' fees.

                      Bondholders' Attorneys

Toro, Colon, Mullet, Rivera & Sifre, P.S.C. and Kramer Levin
Naftalis & Frankel LLP serve as counsel to the Mutual Fund Group,
comprised of mutual funds managed by Oppenheimer Funds, Inc.,
Franklin Advisers, Inc., and the First Puerto Rico Family of
Funds, which collectively hold over $3.5 billion in COFINA Bonds
and over $2.9 billion in other bonds issued by Puerto Rico and
other instrumentalities, including over $1.8 billion of Puerto
Rico general obligation bonds ("GO Bonds").

White & Case LLP and Lopez Sanchez & Pirillo LLC represent the UBS
Family of Funds and the Puerto Rico Family of Funds, which hold
$613.3 million in COFINA bonds.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Robbins, Russell,
Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP, and Jimenez, Graffam &
Lausell are co-counsel to the ad hoc group of General Obligation
Bondholders, comprised of Aurelius Capital Management, LP,
Autonomy Capital (Jersey) LP, FCO Advisors LP, Franklin Mutual
Advisers LLC, Monarch Alternative Capital LP, Senator Investment
Group LP, and Stone Lion Capital Partners L.P.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Reichard & Escalera are
co-counsel to the ad hoc coalition of holders of senior bonds
issued by COFINA, comprised of at least 30 institutional holders,
including Canyon Capital Advisors LLC and Varde Investment
Partners, L.P.

Correa Acevedo & Abesada Law Offices, P.S.C., is counsel to Canyon
Capital Advisors, LLC, River Canyon Fund Management, LLC, Davidson
Kempner Capital Management LP, OZ Management, LP, and OZ
Management II LP (the QTCB Noteholder Group).


The U.S. Trustee formed a nine-member Official Committee of
Retirees and a seven-member Official Committee of Unsecured
Creditors of the Commonwealth.  The Retiree Committee tapped
Jenner & Block LLP and Bennazar, Garcia & Milian, C.S.P., as its
attorneys.   The Creditors Committee tapped Paul Hastings LLP and
O'Neill & Gilmore LLC as counsel.

SAN MIGUEL INDUSTRIAS: Fitch Rates $300MM Sr. Unsec. Notes BB+
Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BB+ (EXP)' rating to the proposed
USD300 million senior unsecured notes to be issued by San Miguel
Industrias PET S.A (SMI). The notes will be fully and
unconditionally guaranteed by its main subsidiaries in Ecuador,
Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador. Proceeds from the unsecured
proposed notes will be used to refinance existing debt.

Fitch upgraded SMI in June 2017. The upgrade reflected SMI's
improved business profile due to the successful renewal of its
long-term contracts with several key customers and its expansion
outside of Peru. Fitch expects to see rapid deleveraging over the
next 18 months, based mainly on the execution of existing and new
contracts (notably with Aje, Arca, and Plastiglas) and organic
growth. In addition, Fitch does not expect any large debt-funded
M&A over the next two years.


Leading Position in Peru: SMI is a leading Peruvian rigid plastic
company with injection, blowing and cap-molding operations in
Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala and
Mexico. It also has recycling operations in Peru and Colombia and
thermoforming business units, in line with the company's product
diversification strategies. The company has significantly
increased its scale and product diversification over the last
three years.

Geographical Diversification: SMI has lowered diversified its risk
exposure by expanding its operations in Colombia, Ecuador and
Central America during the last two years; 58% of the group's
volumes were generated outside Peru as of March 2017. This
geographical and product diversification enable SMI to bid for
international contracts and be more competitive. Fitch does not
expect SMI to enter new markets in the coming years as the company
is focused on executing its new contracts and recent acquisitions.

Contracted-Sales: About 95% of SMI's sales are based on long-term
contract agreements which have been renewed beneficially. The
average maturity of the company's contracts is now about eight
years, which ensures good predictability of cash flow.

Deleveraging Expected: SMI's deleveraging process has been slowed
due to higher capex. Fitch expects a reduction of net leverage
toward 3.0x by 2018 from 4.8x at fiscal year-end (FYE) 2016
(including only six months of Plastiglas) due to increased EBITDA
as a result of acquisitions made in 2016 and lower capex, notably
in 2018. Fitch understands that the group's medium-term leverage
policy is to operate under a gross leverage ratio below the
incurrence-debt covenant, which is at 3.5x.

Steady Operating Margin: Fitch expects EBITDA to grow
significantly over the next 18 months due to increased volumes
from long-term contracts recently signed with its main clients.
Fitch projects SMI to maintain its EBITDA margin at about 20%
because of its product mix and operating model, which is based on
highly contracted revenues, and its pass-through model that gives
margin protection against price volatility in resin (about 75% of
total costs) and the natural hedges against currency fluctuation,
as equipment and client contracts are in U.S. dollars.


SMI benefits from steady and high EBITDA margins compared with its
industry. The company is a pure player in PET business and
therefore its business model differentiates from Amcor Limited
('BBB+') or Ball Corporation ('BB+').SMI also produces caps and
high density polyethylene bottles. Fitch expects a rapid
deleveraging over the next 18 months due to recent acquisitions
and renewals of contracts, which position the company comfortably
in the 'BB' rating category for an industrial company.


Fitch's key assumptions within Fitch ratings case for the issuer

-- Double digit revenues growth;
-- EBITDA margin of about 19%-20%;
-- Capex of about USD70 million in 2017;
-- No dividend payment in 2017-2018.


Future Developments That May, Individually or Collectively, Lead
to Positive Rating Action
A positive rating action could result from a sustained
strengthening of the company's net leverage to below 2.5x on
a prolonged basis, strong FCF, and improved client diversification
while sustaining an EBITDA margin above 20%.

Future Developments That May, Individually or Collectively, Lead
to Negative Rating Action
Negative Rating Action: A negative rating action could be
triggered by net debt leverage above 4.0x or the nonrenewal
of a large supply contract.


The company had cash and cash equivalents of about USD17 million,
short-term debt of USD64million and total debt of USD317 million
as of June 2017. The short-term debt is mainly related to working
capital and promissory notes. The USD200 million senior unsecured
notes mature in 2020. SMI is a private company fully owned by
Nexus Group SA. Positive support from the shareholder is factored
into SMI's Issuer Default Rating (IDR).


Fitch has assigned the following expected rating:
San Miguel Industrias PET SA
-- Unsecured guaranteed notes 'BB+ (EXP).

T R I N I D A D  &  T O B A G O

TRINIDAD  &  TOBAGO: Close Eye on Irma's Potential Damage
Verne Burnett at Trinidad and Tobago Newsday report that Trinidad
and Tobago Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Catastrophe
Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), Isaac Anthony, said the facility
was looking closely at the damage that Tropical Storm Irma could
do to the facility's member countries in the Caribbean and Wider

He was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
with the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) at the ACS
Secretariat, Sweet Briar Road, St, according to Trinidad and
Tobago Newsday.

The report notes that Mr. Clair, during the formal opening of the
25th meeting of the ACS' Special Committee for Disaster Risk
Reduction, said, over the years the facility has entered into MOUs
with eight organisations, including the Caribbean Disaster
Emergency Management Agency; the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean
States; The University of the West Indies (The UWI); the United
Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
and the UWI Seismic Research Centre, the report relays.

Signing for the ACS was its secretary general Dr. June Soomer who
welcomed the initiative, saying the ACS works closely with all its
partners, the report notes.

Anthony said the facility was established in 2007 and seven years
later it was restructured to facilitate its expansion into new
products and geographic areas, the report discloses.  He said it
is the world's first regional fund using parametric insurance, a
type of insurance in which payout is triggered when specific
conditions, or parameters, are met, the report says.  Because the
parameters are already specified, experts say no loss adjusters
are needed, allowing for speedy payments and Anthony said the
CCRIF has consistently provided payments within 14 days of an
event, the report notes.  He said the parametric nature of the
policies allows for rapid payouts against losses and keeping
operational expenses to a minimum, the report relays.

He said that since 2007, CCRIF has made 22 payouts to ten member
governments totaling U.S. $70 million, the report notes.

The report says that after the passage of hurricane Matthew last
year, he said CCRIF paid U.S. $29.2 million to four member
countries affected by that hurricane: Haiti; Barbados; St. Lucia
and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and all the payments were made
within 14 days.

He said the majority of the payment -- US$23.4 million -- went to
Haiti under its Tropical Cyclone policy which covered wind and
storm surge and its excess rainfall policy, the report notes.

He said immediate access to liquidity is critical for governments
after a disaster and while the international community provides
relief, those funds are often slow to be released taking as much
as six to 12 months, the report relays.

Government borrowing and reallocation of funds in their budgets
also takes time and smaller governments such as those in the
Caribbean and most of the Small Island Developing States, with
their high debt burdens, can no longer afford to self-finance
disaster risk, the report adds.


RASSINI AUTOMOTRIZ: Fitch Affirms BB- IDR; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Rassini Automotriz, S.A. de C.V.'s (RA)
Foreign and Local Currency Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs)
at 'BB-'. The Rating Outlook is Stable.

The ratings reflect RA's business position as a Tier-1 supplier of
suspension and brake components, its geographic diversification,
efficient operations, low cost structure and improved financial
profile. The company's ratings are limited by the cyclicality of
the automotive industry as well as RA's regional and customer
concentration in North America, small scale and credit track


Strong Business Position: RA, a subsidiary of Rassini, S.A.B. de
C.V. (Rassini), manufactures suspension and brake components for
light and heavy vehicles, with leading positions in North America
and Brazil. The company's main product line, leaf springs, which
accounted for 58% of total sales as of the latest 12 months (LTM)
ended June 2017, has historically had a dominant market position
in North America.

Product Diversification: Rassini was awarded new contracts in
2014-2016, totalling about USD1.6 billion for the 2017-2021
period. Of these agreements, approximately 44% were related to
Rassini's brakes division, which has had the fastest revenue
growth. This division accounted for 31% of revenues as of the LTM
ended June 2017, compared with 31% as of the second quarter 2016.
The company also gained incremental business in coil springs.

Customer and Regional Concentration: Rassini is considered an
essential supplier to several original equipment manufacturers
(OEMs), including General Motors Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
N.V. and Ford Motor Co. Detroit's Big Three OEMs represented 75%
of Rassini's total revenues during 2016; North America accounted
for 91% and 98% of Rassini's total revenues and EBITDA,
respectively. Both regional and customer concentration have
increased in recent years due to organic growth in North America
as well as depressed vehicle demand in Brazil.

Low Leverage:  Rassini's total adjusted debt/EBITDAR for the LTM
ended June 30, 2017 was 1.2x which is slightly lower than the 1.3x
registered as of second-quarter 2016. The company is evaluating
multiple options to continue to grow, including organic
investments or potential acquisitions. Rassini's ratings consider
that the company's long-term capital structure will remain within
management's target of staying below 2x total debt/EBITDA.

Sound FFO Generation Expected: The company generated funds from
operations (FFO) of US130 million as of the LTM ended June 30,
2017, which positively compares with USD97 million during 2015.
Strong FFO has resulted from increasing penetration in brakes, a
shift in consumer preference for pickup trucks, and a strong
dollar relative to the Mexican peso. Rassini's FFO is not expected
to strengthen materially in the near term due to slowing north
American vehicle production growth.


Rassini's EBITDA is about a third of American Axle's (BB-/Stable)
and similar to smaller companies such as Tupy (BB/Stable).
Rassini's concentration to North America at around 90% of revenue
compares unfavourably to peers. Although Tupy and American Axle
have concentrations to the North American Market above 60% and
some exposure to South America, both have diversified their
revenue sources to Europe or Asia. Rassini's exposure to Detroit
Three OEMs is high at around 75% and compares unfavourably to
Tupy's more diversified customer portafolio and is somewhat
similar to American Axel's heavy concentration in one single OEM.
Positively Rassini's adjusted net leverage is at least 1x lower
than both peers and strong for the rating category. The company's
liquidity position relative to upcoming debt maturities, is
primarily supported by expectations of continued cash flow
generation and low leverage. Larger peers such as American Axle or
Nemak (BB+/Positive) enjoy greater financial market and banking
access, and typically hold committed credit facilities or large
cash balances relative to short term obligations.


Fitch's key assumptions within the rating case include:

-- Consolidated volumes remain relatively flat over the
    intermediate term.
-- Rassini's EBITDA remains above USD160 million over the
    intermediate term.
-- Total adjusted debt/EBITDAR stays at or below 2x over the
    intermediate term.
-- Rassini remains FCF positive over the intermediate term.


Future Developments That May, Individually or Collectively, Lead
to Positive Rating Action
-- Some combination of larger scale, increased customer or
    geographic diversification, and expectations of sustained
    leverage levels at or below 1x in conjunction with a strong
    liquidity profile could result in positive rating actions.

Future Developments That May, Individually or Collectively, Lead
to Negative Rating Action
-- A combination of lower volumes and profitability as a result
    of material deterioration in North American light vehicle
-- Sustained leverage above management's target of 2x.
-- Weak operating cash flow and deteriorating liquidity could
    also result in negative rating actions.


Rassini's sustainable liquidity is adequate and primarily
supported by solid cash flow generation and low debt levels, which
should allow the company to continue to manage upcoming debt
maturities. The company's financial debt was USD144 million as of
the second-quarter 2017. The majority of this debt matures over
the next two years and compares to estimated readily available
cash of USD109 million. The company also uses receivable factoring
facilities on average in an amount of USD40 million-USD50 million.
Fitch treats these facilities as debt for its ratio calculations
as immediate replacement funding is required if the receivables
financing shuts down or eligible receivables decline in quality
and the facility ceases to fund ongoing receivables.


Fitch has affirmed the following ratings:

-- Foreign Currency Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BB-
-- Local Currency Long-Term IDR at 'BB-'.

The Rating Outlook is Stable.

VENEZUELA: Opposition Participation Exceeds Expectations
EFE News reports that Venezuelan lawmaker Henry Ramos Allup said
that participation in the primaries being held by the opposition
MUD alliance to select single candidates for the gubernatorial
elections next month is "above expectations."

"The election commission will have to send more material
immediately, more ballots because in some locations the . . .
ballots have run out, meaning that participation is . . . above
expectations," said Ramos Allup at a press conference where he
provided an assessment of the opposition coalition's primaries
midway through election day, according to EFE News.

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
Sept. 1, 2017, Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating
actions on Venezuela's sovereign ratings:

-- Long-term foreign and local currency IDRs downgraded to 'CC'
    from 'CCC';
-- Senior unsecured debt downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC';
-- Short-term foreign and local currency IDRs affirmed at 'C';
-- Country ceiling downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC'.

VENEZUELA: Seeks Support from the Islamic World Amid Spat With US
EFE News reports that the president of Venezuela, during his
participation at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
summit in Astana, sought to rally the Islamic world's support for
his country in its confrontation with the United States.

"The Venezuelan people, especially in the last six months, have
witnessed invasions and interventions by the United States, but we
will resist those pressures by maintaining our unity," Nicolas
Maduro said during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani, according to EFE News.

As reported in the Troubled Company Reporter-Latin America on
Sept. 1, 2017, Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating
actions on Venezuela's sovereign ratings:

-- Long-term foreign and local currency IDRs downgraded to 'CC'
    from 'CCC';
-- Senior unsecured debt downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC';
-- Short-term foreign and local currency IDRs affirmed at 'C';
-- Country ceiling downgraded to 'CC' from 'CCC'.


LATAM: Irma Leaves Battered Caribbean in Its Wake
Dudley Althaus at The Wall Street Journal reports that Hurricane
Irma left widespread human and economic havoc in a string of
tourism dependent Caribbean islands as the storm pulsed into

Irma departed the last of those islands, Cuba, after scraping
along its northern coast, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Buildings collapsed, trees and power lines fell and roofs flew
away in the 130-mile-an-hour winds, the report notes.

Rain and seawater flooded towns and cities, including the colonial
center of Havana, the country's capital and a tourist magnet, the
report relays.  Communications were cut off, power was down and
infrastructure was damaged in some parts of the island.

The WSJ discloses that no deaths have yet been reported in Cuba,
as authorities evacuated thousands of residents and tourists ahead
of Irma's arrival.  But the hurricane killed at least 22 others
across the northern Caribbean in four days of torment, the report

The report notes that the storm's damage comes just a few months
before the beginning of the winter tourism season, which last year
pumped $56 billion into the regional economy and provided 725,000
jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, an
international industry group, the report says.

But Irma affected only a portion of the Caribbean, the report
discloses.  And while severe on some islands, the storm's
destruction was negligible in others, according to an early
assessment by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Damage so far appears to have been heaviest on St. Martin and
nearby islands in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the report
discloses.  U.S. President Donald Trump increased federal funding
for debris removal and emergency protective measures for the U.S.
Virgin Islands, the report says.

The storm's impact still hasn't been fully assessed in Cuba.
Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic seem to largely have been
spared, the report relays.

"For the countries that are badly affected, it will take some time
to get back on their feet," Hugh Riley, an official with the
Caribbean Tourism Organization, said.

The affected islands caught a break when Hurricane Jose, a
Category 4 storm that had been on track to follow Irma's path,
turned to the north without making a Caribbean landfall, notes the

Irma began its rampage far to the east of Cuba on Wednesday, Sept.
6, tearing into the small two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda
in the northern Leeward Islands, the report relays.  Antigua, the
larger of the two, was mostly spared by the storm.

Barbuda, famed for its pink sand beaches and several luxury
resorts, suffered widespread damage and the death of a toddler,
the report relays.  More than 90% of island's buildings suffered
extensive damage, officials say, the report adds.

Philmore Mullin, director of the tiny country's emergency-response
agency, told reporters that poor building practices were the main
cause for much of the damage, the report relates.  He said a
primary lesson from the devastation is that the island needs
"strict enforcement of the building codes," the report relays.

The storm's destruction was even worse on the islands to the west
of Barbuda, where at least 11 people were killed on St. Martin, a
small island jointly controlled by France and the Netherlands, the
report discloses.  Many of its hotels were badly damaged and
widespread looting was reported.

"The situation on the ground is dire.  It actually looks like a
war zone after a bombing raid," the reported quoted Alex Woolfall,
who was visiting St. Martin from London when the storm hit, as
saying.  "Everything is flattened and scorched. And the locals
have nothing."

"Hope to God Floridians take the warnings seriously," Mr. Woolfall
said by email after he was airlifted by the U.S. military to
Puerto Rico, the report adds.  "This is no average hurricane. It
will destroy everything."

The U.S. National Guard evacuated by aircraft some 500 of the more
than 5,000 American citizens who were on St. Martin when the storm
struck, the report notes.

St. Martin authorities declared a state of emergency, calling on
residents to remain indoors, according to the Dutch newswire ANP,
the report relays.  The state of emergency makes it easier for
security forces to more easily arrest suspected looters.
Authorities said that people with medical conditions are being
evacuated to Aruba and Curacao, notes the report.

Another storm, Hurricane Katia, hit Mexico's Gulf Coast, the
report notes.  Two people died in mudslides in the city of Xalapa
in Veracruz state after it was battered by high winds and heavy
rains, the report says.  The storm weakened quickly after it hit
and is now a tropical depression dropping rain on Mexico's coast
and central highlands, the report relays.

In the Caribbean, both St. Thomas and St. John, in the U.S. Virgin
Islands, were badly hit by Irma and remained under curfew
overnight, WSJ notes.  At least four people were killed on the
islands and many of its tourist hotels were badly damaged, the
report discloses.

After skirting north of both Puerto Rico and the island of
Hispaniola, shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Irma
closed in on the central Cuban coast, making landfall near idyllic
barrier islands where all-inclusive hotels serve foreign tourists,
the report discloses.  Some 5,000 tourists were evacuated from the
hotels as the storm approached, Cuban officials said, the report

Accoridng to WSJ, waves as high as 27 feet flooded seaside
communities across the northern coast, including in the historic
colonial section of Havana, the capital. Waves breached the
Malecon, the Cuban capital's famed sea wall, flooding the streets
of the colonial downtown.

Havana's downtown has become a major tourist draw in recent years,
but decades of neglect have left many its buildings prone to
collapse after even normal seasonal rains, the report relates.
Central Havana's streets remained flooded and wind gusts of up to
60 miles an hour were sweeping the Cuban capital, as rescue crews
in thigh-deep water evacuated people from city streets.

Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba's ruling Communist Party,
reported extensive damage from coastal communities at the center
of the island, in some cases with 90% of the homes destroyed, the
report says.

Photographs posted on the newspaper's website show Havana streets
shallowly flooded and more severe damage elsewhere-buildings
collapsed in Matanzas, the province home to the modern resort of
Varadero, and in Camaguey and other provinces further east,
according to WSJ. Floodwaters reached the tin roofs of wooden
shanties in one community, the report adds.

Still, Cubans pride themselves on being prepared for disasters,
the report relates. And some Havana residents said they took Irma
in stride, taking precautions but then settling in Saturday night
to ride out the worst of its wrath, the report relays.

"We Cubans aren't afraid of these storms, we're used to them,"
said Sara Artiles, who runs a bed-and-breakfast in Vedado, an
upscale district of Havana, the report notes.

Ms. Artiles said she spent the night sharing cocktails with her
business's five guests, the report notes.  Many of her friends
spent the storm in the same fashion, she added.


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
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or sell any security of any kind.  It is likely that some entity
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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
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