Oil deal of the year: Mexico set for $6 billion windfall

Mexico locked in 2015 oil sales at $76.40 a barrel with banks.
Mexico locked in 2015 oil sales at $76.40 a barrel with banks.

By Javier Blas / Bloomberg

Mexico is set to get a record payout of at least $6 billion from its oil hedges this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The Latin American country locks in oil sales as a shield against price declines through a series of financial deals with banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. For 2015, Mexico guaranteed sales at almost $30 a barrel higher than average prices over the past year.

The 2015 payment, due next month, is set to surpass the record from 2009, when the Mexican government said it received $5.1 billion after prices plunged with the global financial crisis. The country’s crude has fallen by almost half over the hedging period so far this year. Crude sales historically cover about a third of the government budget.

“The windfall is huge,” said Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects Ltd., a London-based consulting company. “This gives Mexico breathing space.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-23/oil-deal-of-the-year-mexico-set-for-6-billion-hedging-windfall

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