NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Weaker Latin American currencies and regulatory issues are leading to widening credit default swap (CDS) spreads for two telecom giants in Mexico, according to Fitch Solutions in its latest CDS Case Study Snapshot.
Five-year CDS on America Movil and Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex) widened 28% and 29% last week, respectively. Additionally, CDS referencing both companies' debt are pricing at the widest levels observed since August 2013 with the parent company (America Movil) CDS testing below investment grade spread levels.
'CDS widening for America Movil and Telmex likely reflects market concerns stemming from weaker Latin American currencies as well as expected penalties resulting from the anti-monopoly regulations enacted by Mexico last year,' said Director Diana Allmendinger.
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