Financial and commercial services
BBVA and Pestana Hotel Group have reached a new milestone in the sustainable finance market, issuing the world’s first green bond in the hotel industry, according to the International Capital Markets Association’s (ICMA) Green Bond Principles. The €60 million bond has a maturity of 6 years and was placed among professional institutional investors.
Good financial health is a growing and serious concern. Individuals who exhibit financial vulnerability may spread negative effects to their households, compromising their well-being. It is therefore critical to understand financial health and the extent to which it can contribute to improved financial resilience. According to a recent report by BBVA Research, digitalization and financial education are key elements to be included in any public or private measures intended to help improve individual financial resilience.
16 Sep 2019
Garanti BBVA continues to contribute to the Turkish national economy by providing exporters the expert guidance they need to break into new markets.
30 Aug 2019
Each individual can play a part in the fight against climate change, to one degree or another. With small, daily gestures, it is possible to contribute to the conservation of the environment. Large corporations, through different debt instruments, bonds, and even specific transactions, also play a role in supporting this campaign, a campaign that concerns every corner of society. More specifically, what impact do businesses have on the environment, and what can they do to offset it?
29 Aug 2019
Within the different types of sustainable loans, Revolving Credit Facilities (RCF), the already known financing product, have become increasingly popular in recent months. Today we know that this type of product can also be sustainable, but what exactly is a Revolving Credit Facility?
22 Aug 2019
The markets have an endless supply of opportunities. Every investor’s dream is to know how to identify and take advantage of them. In order to do so, real-time information on everything taking place in the stock market and access to the analyses of different experts is paramount. If you also have useful tools to design an investment strategy, multiply it at no additional cost, and manage the risks, it is much easier to make the right decision. All of this is possible with BBVA Trader, the trading platform for customers and non-customers.
24 Jul 2019
BBVA served as sole sustainable agent in the first syndicated revolving credit facility in Latin America, signed with Fibra Uno, a strategic client for the bank. The transaction is also the first sustainable transaction by a real estate business in the region and the first facility to be arranged in accordance with the ‘Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles’ in Latin America. BBVA was also the joint bookrunner and lead arranger in the transaction, which involved a total of 11 banks.
18 Jul 2019
CIE Automotive wanted to benefit from BBVA’s experience and advice in its first sustainable financing with a commercial bank. The international industrial group formalized an €80 million bilateral sustainable loan with the bank.
Atlantic Copper, with the support of BBVA, has made its debut in the sustainable financing market by drawing up of two bilateral financing deals worth a combined total of €44 million. This activity confirms both companies’ strategic commitment to become aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.
16 Jul 2019
The agribusiness company COFCO International has signed the first syndicated sustainability-linked facility arranged by a Chinese corporate with the help of BBVA. The financing is for a total of $2.1 billion comprising three tranches – a 1-year revolving credit facility (RCF), a 3-year RCF and a 3-year term loan – each tied to sustainability criteria.
02 Jul 2019
The potential of open banking to change the face of financial service provision has been laid bare in a new deal between car-hailing giants Uber and digitally focused global bank BBVA.
BBVA and Uber, leaders in their respective markets in Mexico, announced their alliance, which sees BBVA launching an entirely new financial experience by making its services available in a third party platform for the benefit of Uber driver and delivery partners and their families.
17 Jun 2019
10 Jun 2019
How is the electricity market changing with the arrival of renewable energy? How will green energy and its marketing evolve? Are companies advancing in the transition to a decarbonized economy at the pace the planet needs? These are some of the questions posed in the event organized by the newspaper El País “Marketing renewable energy” on June 6th.
30 May 2019
BBVA’s venture capital business Propel Venture Partners has led the funding round into one of the three finalists of the bank’s Open Talent competition, just a year after the business scooped a top award.
29 May 2019
In recent years, society has become increasingly aware of the importance of climate change. The not so remote hazards it poses to our current way of life make changes in current policies necessary. The financial industry is joining forces in the fight against climate change through sustainable finance. Sustainable loans are one of the key tools, and banks play a decisive role when they act as sustainable agents for these loans. But what does this actually entail?
23 May 2019
BBVA has rolled out an innovative dynamic portfolio DIY-management solution for wholesale clients. BBVA has incorporated a new platform into its systems: Euroclear Quantessence, a tool that allows clients to easily set and change their portfolio’s parameters. The software also allows clients to visualize the changes made to said settings in real time.
22 May 2019
A bond is a debt instrument used by companies as a source of financing. Depending on the issuer’s credit quality, a bond can be classified as investment grade or high yield. But what are their main differences?
15 May 2019
Garanti has introduced three new inflation-indexed products that will peg the Turkish lira to inflation thereby helping its customers achieve their savings goals while also making a positive contribution to the national savings rate.
08 May 2019
BBVA recently held the ninth edition of its ‘BBVA Latin America Conference’ in New York. The annual event gathered private and public debt issuers from Latin America and investors from North America to explore new joint business opportunities in the region. The political and economic situation as well as the impact of the elections, especially in Mexico and Argentina, were two of the main topics covered during the conference.
30 Apr 2019
We interview Jon Groch,
23 Apr 2019
“Hello! Finally, we meet! I have been specifically designed to help you better understand the ins and outs of your daily finances. I am always available and crunching the numbers is one of my favorite tasks.”
This could be the start of a friendship, a virtual friendship, because the virtual assistant is a “bot” enabled in BBVA’s app whose express mission is to better control customer finances. “We call it a ‘pseudo-bot’ … initially resembling conversational interfaces,” explains Sergio Ruiz Navarro, who is responsible for the design/UX of this endearing creature whose mission is to understand if customers do a good job (or not) of managing their money.
22 Apr 2019
As the General Manager of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Agustín Carstens, said, “New technology is not the same as better, or more efficient technology.” However, you don’t have to be a techno-optimist to recognize that the evolution of technology is unstoppable and improvements can be expected to address things like the volatility of cryptocurrencies. In fact, solutions are already being considered for this problem, such as stable digital currency, or “stablecoins”.
07 Mar 2019
BBVA Compass has named banking industry veteran James Ligman as its Orange County City President, bolstering the bank’s California presence by promoting from within.
27 Feb 2019
BBVA Compass Colorado CEO Andy Wykstra has been named one of the Colorado Bankers Association’s Bankers of Distinction.
21 Feb 2019
Susana Valencia led the charge long before she earned the position of head banker in BBVA Compass’ Laredo market.
19 Feb 2019
BBVA Group issued the first structured green bond using blockchain technology to negotiate the terms and conditions. It is a private placement in which MAPFRE invested €35 million six year term bond linked to the evolution of the five year euro swap rate. With this bond issue, the BBVA Group demonstrates that it has the means, knowledge, and commitment to provide its clients cutting-edge products based on the latest technologies and innovative sustainable solutions.
14 Feb 2019
We interview James Short , BBVA Compass Director of Food Franchise Financing
05 Feb 2019
04 Feb 2019
In 2018, there was declining activity in the bond business due to an increase in market volatility. In Europe, the total volume of issued bonds totalled €1.47 trillion, approximately 10% less than in 2017. Furthermore, 2018 witnessed the consolidation of trends like green bonds – which have been on the market for more than ten years now – and the emergence of products related to new technologies.
29 Jan 2019
Che Goff knows Corpus Christi. One could surmise that the newly-appointed BBVA Compass Corpus Christi City President got to where he is because of his attachment to the place he calls home.
18 Dec 2018
BBVA Compass has increased its Net Promoter Score (NPS) among Commercial clients across its footprint, according to a recent Voice of the Customer study by market intelligence provider Greenwich Associates.
13 Dec 2018
AENA and a group of banks led by BBVA have closed an €800 million ESG-linked revolving credit facility (an “ESG-linked RCF”). With this sustainable credit facility – intended to fund general corporate needs – AENA becomes the world’s first airport operator to resort to this type of funding arrangement. BBVA led the transaction as lead arranger and sustainable facility agent.
14 Nov 2018
Growing up in Pensacola, Fla., now residing in Jacksonville, Nelson Bradshaw is used to being close to the water and reeling in a big catch.
International publication Global Finance selected Garanti Bank as the ‘Best in Mobile Banking’ in the Western Europe category and the ‘Best Digital Bank in Turkey’, establishing the bank’s position as one of the world’s leading financial organizations this year.
06 Nov 2018
15 Oct 2018
BBVA Trader, a platform developed by BBVA entirely conceived for and devoted to trading, allows users to invest in different instruments, including warrants, one of the most popular. Warrants are publicly traded derivatives that leverage an investment on an underlying asset. BBVA Trader allows applying different investment strategies based on its users’ goals, be it just investing, obtaining liquidity, securing capital or hedging risks.
28 Aug 2018
There are virtually no BBVA Compass branches in the Los Angeles area. When Stephen Flynn accepted his position as the bank’s Los Angeles Market President in December, the client list was significantly smaller than it is today.
Companies, just as individuals, have financial needs related to the management of liquidity and working capital in the short term. The term ‘Working capital’ makes reference to those solutions, which include ‘factoring’, ‘confirming’, bilateral loan, commercial discount, guarantees, ‘leasing’ and ‘renting’.
24 Aug 2018
The BBVA Trader platform makes various tools and specialized content available to those customers who want to learn about the world of trading in more detail. Using leverage to trade stocks is a type of transaction that is supported by the BBVA Trader platform, which also provides the relevant must-know information for anyone embarking on this approach to trading.
14 Aug 2018
BBVA Compass Gainesville City President Robert McDaniel has seen a good amount in his seasoned career in the banking industry.
10 Aug 2018
Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) replicate the movement of a financial asset or basket of financial assets such as indexes, commodities or currencies. An ETP is an “investment vehicle” that combines the advantages of shares, in that they are traded in the continuous markets of exchanges with an investment in a group of financial assets. This characteristic has made ETPs a very popular alternative investment.
09 Aug 2018
BBVA Compass has announced the launch of BBVA Compass net cash™, an updated treasury management portal that helps clients manage their company’s cash position and banking transactions.
03 Aug 2018
25 Jul 2018
Garanti Bank has been driving digital banking growth for 20 years in Turkey, leading the development of mobile banking in the country. Bora Uludüz, Garanti’s senior vice-president of Digital Banking, says the Turkish bank set digitization as one of the pillars of its strategy, dedicating relevant resources to the development and deployment of new technologies.
23 Jul 2018
True to its commitment to innovation, BBVA announced the signing of a €35 million flexible term loan with spanish-based multinational Cosentino. This is the first time this format has been offered in the Spanish market, and was conceived by BBVA to meet the financing needs of its customers.
19 Jul 2018
BBVA Compass is an innovative leader and has placed itself on the forefront of the fast-paced digital revolution in the U.S. As such, another milestone in the bank’s innovative thinking came in the form of product launches announced recently in the treasury management arena.
17 Jul 2018
BBVA Compass has announced the launch of its industry-first BBVA Compass RealTime ARP™ and BBVA Compass RealTime Positive Pay™ products for commercial clients.
12 Jul 2018
In 2015, the ECB launched its Bank’s Integrated Reporting Dictionary, or BIRD, a project ultimately intended to organize the data that it gathers from EU financial institutions for its statistical area. This project is part of a broader strategic approach aimed at improving the system that banks and other players use to report statistics to the European supervisor, known as IReF (Integrated Reporting Framework). BIRD is one of the pivotal milestones in the list of achievements by the Statistical area of the ECB. And just as the rest of the organization, BIRD is celebrating its anniversary.
28 Jun 2018
In the Arizona desert, rainfall is few and far between. While the Valley of the Sun has a dearth of precipitation, banking solutions and digital innovation run together and flow consistently in this extremely hot corner of the country.