Peru signs deal to purchase 12 million additional doses of Pfizer vaccine

Peru President Francisco Sagasti announced a fresh deal with Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE to purchase an additional 12 million doses of their vaccine against COVID-19 as a fierce second wave of the virus ravages the country. The president said on social media the additional shots would be delivered by year’s end. Peru’s vaccination drive has been slow to get started and fraught with allegations of corruption, with just under 4% of the population inoculated with at least one dose to date, according to a Reuters tabulation.

JetSMART begins certification to operate in Peru

Low-cost airline JetSMART, controlled by US investment fund Indigo Partners, formally started the certification process to operate domestic flights in Peru. The airline has been operating domestic flights in Chile since 2017 and in Argentina since 2018 and already operates international routes to Peru with flights connecting Lima, Arequipa and Trujillo with Santiago de Chile.

Oil companies paid $228 mn in royalties in Q1 2021

The payment of royalties by companies operating in the hydrocarbon sector in Peru amounted to $228 million at the end of 2021's first quarter, 66.8% more than the first quarter of 2020, reported the National Society of Mining, Oil, and Energy (SNMPE). The guild said that the evolution of royalties has been supported by an increase in international hydrocarbon prices. It added that the amount of royalties for oil production is still below pre-pandemic levels.

Camposol files for $450 mn IPO

Camposol Holding filed to raise up to $450 million in an initial public offering (IPO) with the SEC. The company plans to dual list on the Lima Stock Exchange.  Camposol is a global provider of fresh produce with farming facilities in Peru, Colombia, Chile, and Uruguay. The location of Camposol's fields allow them to produce year-round, shipping to international markets when supply is low. Among its core products are blueberries, mangoes, avocados, tangerines, and grapes.

Fitch affirms Pacifico at ‘BBB+’; outlook stable

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Pacifico Compañia de Seguros y Reaseguros S.A.'s Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) at 'BBB+'. The outlook is stable. The rating action considered the company's strong business profile, its favorable financial performance, and capitalization and leverage ratios aligned to Fitch guidelines for the current rating.

Fidelity Minerals says encouraged by sampling results at Porphyritic copper project in Peru

Fidelity Minerals Corp has reported positive sampling results from its wholly-owned Porphyritic copper project in Peru, despite a limited amount of work undertaken due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eleven rock samples were taken and highlight results showed anomalous copper concentrations reaching 1.94% of the red metal over 0.30 metres (m) in one canal sample and 1.56% copper over 0.60 m in another. The first sample was also characterized by an anomalous gold concentration of 0.82 grams per ton (g/t) gold, the company noted.

AFP Integra to invest $90 mn in ESG fund

AFP Integra announced a $90 million investment in an ESG fund in what it believes is a long-term investment in companies that will be better prepared for the future. The pension fund manager migrated part of the investments it had in European markets to this fund, which invests in companies that are better facing the energy transition, climate risks, and sustainable development goals.