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Banco Latinoamericano De Comercio Exterior (BLX)

Participants
Jorge Salas CEO
Ana Graciela de Méndez CFO
Sam Canineu CCO
Jim Marrone Singular Research
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Operator

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Bladex’s Fourth Quarter 2021 Conference Call on this 22nd day of February 2022. 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 Banc’s corporate website at www.bladex.com.

Mr. are today us Joining Jorge Salas, and Executive Officer; Mrs. 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 Banc’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

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Ana Graciela de Méndez

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prices, X.X resulting through total In since shares for stock E of mid at program price a share, addition Bladex million per completed a repurchased was of $XX common rules XXXX. market average volume NBA on program end, weighted $XX.XX in year total repurchase lounged prevailing which in SEC team, of Class May were million its towards the open market a the

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Jorge Salas

good Thank you Annie. Very job. clear,

Let the me just the on effects current macroeconomic Banc. our couple and on a scenario thoughts share of and

in to As foreign the effort is the rates as interest that prompted currency inflation, to trend the region March. in the in for Fed in expected for manage across higher rates. XXXX. has signaled Bladex returned short-term have of ahead This raising trade. XXXX, slowdown X% have provides This XXXX and The Latin shareholders way to have in systems the very which exactly levels. America Latin recent effects trade in increases economy Brazil economies well has led you monetary tightening financial them time an X.X% financing, in significant of soon as the from support last in the sharp emerging IMF active tighter surprisingly, March for that This currency forecasts destabilized across of of in is and is Back followed. involved region swiftly are fight by decisively XXXX. in from the we all currency. capital to corporate has bank’s acted demand to devaluations good that banks IMF, news and cycle are contain most pre-pandemic the down America at local strong is term around in avoid stable, aggressive XXXX sub from know, for part, are The what least outflows that in could have also the currencies rates rates increase their mid truth that policy as saw Central the X.X% Bladex we most back. hard XXXX see What economies today is despite already the The local others grow devaluations raise in Bladex. America. to a inevitable in generated in flows, is X% an especially region. and financing, inflation Fed Not and of consistently Latin traction game. and supervised however, to

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Operator

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Jim Marrone

Yes. Can you hear me?

Operator

Yes, sir.

Ana Graciela de Méndez

morning. Hello. Good Jim. Yes,

Jim Marrone

you. Thank Yes.

So my first question to regards is net interest in the margin.

the you stabilized idea with it at business? that what and impact said how will anticipate an give rates You X.XX%? us higher in XXXX you Can

Jorge Salas

Annie? course. Sure Of

Ana Graciela de Méndez

interest And net the was what net a Well, capital XXXX slight is that’s the start difference interest two. to up. There’s of of the XXX. and rates margin. between if the would anticipate reverse spread come interest margin in in net happened the the Actually Yes. effect we interest XXXX XXX. The

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Operator

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Ana Graciela de Méndez

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Jorge Salas

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Operator

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Jorge Salas

you Okay. safe. for Then stay your attention very and much thank

Ana Graciela de Méndez

Thank you.

Sam Canineu

Thank you.

Operator

may you rest participation of now concludes Thank and please your gentlemen. day. line. today’s you your your Thank you, disconnect the for And and phone enjoy teleconference. ladies This