How the mighty are fallen. Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil giant, once a goliath on the global energy scene, is now dependent on state aid to meet its day-to-day needs. Mexico’s Finance Ministry announced a series of measures aimed at loosening Pemex’s financial strains, giving the state-owned giant a decidedly short-term $4.2 billion liquidity boost.
That includes a capital injection of $1.5 billion, as well as a credit facility for a further €2.7 billion to pay down pension costs this year. The company will also receive tax breaks that will allow it to deduct more of its exploration and production costs.
But it’s a mere drop in the barrel compared to the $30.3 billion in losses the company racked up last year, its $90.5 billion in pension liabilities, and its debt which is expected to surpass $100 billion later this year…
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