Banco Latinoamericano De Comercio Exterior (BLX)

Jorge Salas Chief Executive Officer
Ana Graciela de Méndez Chief Financial Officer
Sam Canineu Chief Commercial Officer
Jim Marrone Singular Research
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Hello, everyone, and welcome to Bladex's Third Quarter 2021 Conference call on this the 29th day of October 2021. This call is being recorded and is for investors and analysts only.

If you are a member of the media you are invited to listen only. Bladex has prepared a PowerPoint presentation to accompany their discussion. It is available through the webcast and on the bank's corporate website at www.bladex.com.

Mr. are today us Joining Jorge Salas, and Executive Officer; Miss. Chief Financial Graciela de Chief Méndez, Ana Officer. be earnings corporate on issued comments based Their will the and available earlier is release, on the website. today was which made pursuant in and of described Securities Section The following of Private statement to Safe Securities forward-looking the of Harbor Act Reform XXXX. the the Litigation XXE statements for XXXX Act is Exchange trends will such results, we communications, make the anticipated as plans regarding these that condition. forward-looking, certain its In are affecting future statements Bladex's and financial results in markets statements and day statements the call, forward-looking are undertake based These Bladex's does knowledge. expectations events Bladex broadcast conference to on the this subsequent these expectations on of of update not initial and or the the filings bank's press Various uncertainties risks, releases Securities Exchange in with Commission. and assumptions detailed and and are communications. or results more Should any differ our underlying one or results or prove these expressed significantly implied of of may materialize should actual these incorrect, assumptions from or uncertainties risks in to over And I'm the to with pleased Mr. that, turn call Salas presentation. for his

Jorge Salas

Thank us quarter to a team. you, members Annie, with of discuss everyone, CFO few our joining morning I'm here third my results. our executive And good Stephanie. and

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Ana Graciela de Méndez

Thank you, to morning Good Jorge. everyone.

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Jorge Salas

Thank you, Annie.

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up for to that, I it open like questions. So with Stephanie? will now


from Jim comes Thank first with Our you. Marrone Singular Instructions] [Operator question Research.

Jim Marrone

Yes, good questions. two morning. I have

And The Annie, question, Jorge. I direct if may. first to one it for is the second then I'll

variant prepared pressure. headwinds. particularly – in didn't your a began South the reputation The as regards I you you hyperinflation. the Central with know America, you And hear some history mentioning to to regards of with Jorge, a has anything COVID I mentioned just headwind, comments, mentioned So inflationary and American inflation, it

So supply Bladex how other regards sense are I'm providing get borrowers pressure recently, on inflation your be a reporting to just lower inflationary it they're may to from on breakdowns. you how based pressure, hearing impact of their based I business? on in trying perhaps, some are well, inflationary and guidance as may affecting the know companies chain that anything

supply chain you're from if and the And you a to, pressure. to in lend inflationary that companies so just regards issues I'm hearing getting sense

Jorge Salas

It’s several then question. a is demand of recovery the mentioned price you as good that Commodity one So disruption. very rising let question. reasons. is answer supply chain and for Inflation them, me

we shareholders responding inflationary banks where are So pressures. are to in Latin central basically America, seeing our strongly

We are adjusted seeing the tighter monetary rates. upward already have Brazil, region. interest Chile, Mexico, policy Peru, throughout

hard is this seeing increasing that demand for Bladex. Now is turn, in obviously currency what favors – financing we're that

goods As trade volumes rebounded and trade disruptions, this year. far sharply have global as

and the Now said, next And to Also fright said, significant in to supply significant shipping shortage many Do in Officer year. But Canineu, nearly may this Sam grow with the – I expected Latin levels. risk. side want COVID you trade see continue sent to XX% add rates transport disruption American our supply well. I risk, year has that poses chain XX% we induced here have semiconductor is industries to whole disruption a record in a flows Chief as perform Commercial to something. want of

Sam Canineu

you thank No, Yeah. Jorge.

– would – on inflationary have been some is that on say looking say to for to And capital, I I'll let's and prepared to choice, disruption. preempt deal results. FI capitalized inventory for our is also seeing that on see the hearing build and – the a – think that delayed clients. higher to could they the of well also that work which think which and what clients their capital, we'll positive higher – future freights say And disruption, for deliveries. working the is trend I Just we're it's any do for to favors are a this that on inflation also can that an working the of with lack positive increase overall, or net, of we've from in our course if I'd trigger I us. that by demand than the another we pressures, more this demand And rates, companies leading also us. I And continues triggers complimenting say with even they clients. that negative in are the mean,

Jorge Salas

I that answers if question? your don’t know

Jim Marrone

excellent. Yeah,

away material that of take that monetary based sheet favor actually Is on nothing Bladex. your yet terms as hit make? what policy can can really think And has could borrowers, increased is I balance I fair income I as a in or statement. comment really recap, rates that a of just interest

Jorge Salas

of will That's that a a of is I inflation good. mean, little as as I see control now. Obviously, we long inflation risk comment. bit but out don't dangerous, fair inflation of be mean, – a

Jim Marrone

Okay, thank you.

is my And to second so Annie. question directed

provide in operating to some you expenses bit more the above did the sizeable a the were think color can the to year-over-year, in Annie, you expense. I regards But So drivers why increase expenses? the noticed operating operating little higher spell relatively of – I out just

Ana Graciela de Méndez

practically took last I our a from I we decrease said, basically, expenses other at measures time work included we the saving in cost compensation, salaries in why home, the certain decrease of item that Sure, of year, last and and like that's And variable – instance, some mean, general of for line you Yeah, Jeremy. same in see expenses. year. most the

did that investments. And certain focused we on paralyzed on So – put all business to that We really also is pick well That's you year's hold see We several pandemic, year. this started showing are prior travelling. we – the very we similar levels. what year some it. on actually expense on up to and quarter. And reductions. from now that levels resulted what last expense for which other continuity a are basically, We've this had

Jim Marrone

work Okay, as so result and a basically, of right. attributed G&A the from as like, to it's well salaries as just home

Ana Graciela de Méndez

exactly. Right,

Jim Marrone

questions the then. have you. Thank all that's Okay, I

Ana Graciela de Méndez

Thank Jeremy. you,


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Jorge Salas

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the in remittances in would other access also Republic, say, good I the the External level Dominican by record all in US in and These difficult recovery the we've case favored America, the, And are are campaigns. Central On proven that of Panama. as successful and on they're even have DR. vaccination contained had. Guatemala had international the countries favored countries Guatemala to research of track the risks times vulnerability markets by

Mexico, despite to Brazil, with trade, related markets and to macro financial great Chile, mean, exposure these short-term resilient we exporters have are notch there Paraguay Uruguay related there. stability. comfortable and we challenges, foreign either with course, countries, Colombia, even recent important is economies I Peru. political top in and Of our institutions performance the or Smaller mostly feel

So but – know seeing was – I we're don't how that's that's if that it.

Next question.


Thank are time. questions at this no There additional you.

Jorge Salas

Alright, much and opportunity the safe. you then, very thank stay for

Ana Graciela de Méndez

you. Thank

Sam Canineu

Thank you.


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