BMI View: We believe Brazil will struggle to sustain a rebound in construction sector growth over the medium term. Despite maintaining our outlook that growth will pick up between 2014 and 2018 as concessions enter construction and the residential market continues to rebound , we anticipate a longer term slowdown as fundamental weaknesses emerge and financing sources are exhausted.
Despite a four year BRL959bn PAC II investment programme, which according to June 2014 data was 86% executed as of April 2014 when the programme ended, the construction sector has continued to see only weak growth.
However, we believe the USD235bn concessions programme will generate higher growth over the medium term, as construction gets under way on major road and airport projects. Over the coming year, additional port and rail projects will also be tendered. In 2013, BRL80bn in concessions were awarded, followed by BRL12.3bn in the first four months of 2014, and BRL111bn more are expect before the end of the year - although delays are likely given legal hurdles related to port concessions and plans to re-design the rail tenders into smaller packages. As such, we are forecasting growth to average 4% between 2014 and 2017, compared to an average of 2.2% between 2011 and 2013.
Residential construction rebound
Despite continued growth in the housing market over 2012, with house prices and mortgage applications reporting strong expansion, the construction of new residential properties stagnated. Housing starts fell by 37% y-o-y in 2012. This trend has reversed in line with expectations during 2013, as homebuilders rebuilt their balance sheets, improving cashflow, and cost pressures eased, allowing them to focus again on subsidised mortgage housing. This end of the market is crucial for homebuilders, considering interest rates have been hiked following a steep easing cycle in 2012 and that the Minha Casa Minha Vida programme has been extended for a third phase in June 2014. In line...
The Brazil Infrastructure Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.
BMI's Brazil Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Brazilian infrastructure and construction industry.
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering infrastructure and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.
These are broken down into Construction (social, commercial and residential), Transport (roads, railways, ports, airports etc), and Energy & Utilities (powerplants, renewable projects, pipelines and so on).
Analysis of latest projects across the infrastructure sector (covering the transport, utilities and commercial construction sub-sectors) - including:
Market Overview:Analysis of the key elements driving developments, including evaluations of current capacity and future requirements.
Building Materials Overview
The building materials overview provides industry trend analysis on the global and regional demands for building materials and the impact of this on the emerging and developed markets.
Business Environment Rankings
BMI's Infrastructure Business Environment Rankings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (construction companies, suppliers and partners) in the regional infrastructure market.
The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data point.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the infrastructure and construction sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
BMI Industry & Economic Forecasts
Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecast. Indicators include:
Construction: Industry value (US$bn); contribution to GDP (%); employment (`000); real growth (%).
Infrastructure: Value (US$bn); contribution to construction industry (%); real growth (%) of transport infrastructure (broken down by railways, airports, roads and bridges, ports and harbours) and energy and utilities (broken down by power plants and transmission grids, oil and gas pipelines, and water infrastructure).
Economy: Economic growth (%); nominal GDP (US$bn); unemployment (%); interest rates (%); exchange rate (against US$).
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.