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Bladex's Full Year Net Income Nearly Doubles to $83.2 Million, or $2.25 Per Share; Fourth Quarter Net Income Increases 52% to $24.8 Million, or $0.67 Per Share

Mr. Jaime Rivera, Bladex's Chief Executive Officer, stated the following regarding the Bank's results: "Financially, fourth quarter 2011 results capped, in a particularly convincing manner, a remarkable year for Bladex, with fourth quarter ROE exceeding 13%, and Tier 1 capitalization of nearly 19%. As a whole, 2011's average commercial portfolio grew more than 38%, disbursements rose 42%, intermediation margins widened 11 bps, the Asset Management Unit returned to historical levels of profitability, and the Region retained a good deal of momentum despite the global economic slowdown.

Beyond the dollar figures, however, Bladex is especially encouraged as 2011 results validate the soundness of two strategic principles that have underpinned the Bank's actions since 2008: First, Latin America has become an essential and key supplier of much of the food, minerals, energy and, in some cases, manufactured goods an evolving world requires as emerging nations develop and established economies transform. Second, as a result of the Bank's investments over the past two years, Bladex is both ideally and uniquely positioned to profit from the resulting growth in foreign trade that this process has brought about. During 2012, Bladex will continue to execute based on these strategic principles.
In conclusion, Bladex's fourth quarter and full-year 2011 results confirm the essence of the Bank's business: Trade Finance in Latin America. While Latin America is neither immune nor indifferent to events affecting European Union financial institutions, Bladex has effectively positioned its business in one of the sweeter and more resilient spots of the global economy, Latin America's growing trade flows."...


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