The disbursements of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) totaled R$ 38 billion between January and September 2019, a decrease of 13% compared to the first nine months of 2018. In 12 months, the amount reached R$ 63.8 billion, remaining stable compared with the previous period. In turn, the approvals of new financing by BNDES in the first three quarters reached R$ 32.3 billion (a reduction of 35% compared to the same period in 2018). Considering 12 months, the amount totals R$ 77.4 billion, an increase of 4% compared to the previous period.
In line with the Bank’s strategic priorities, the infrastructure sector remained prominent among disbursements, having received R$ 17.36 billion, or 45.6% of the total resources. The performance in the segment was pulled by electricity and transport projects — responsible, respectively, for 22.4% and 20.7% of the volume of funds released. Considering the last 12 months, disbursements for infrastructure reached R$ 30.2 billion, a 14% increase over the previous period.
The agricultural sector also stood out, with R$ 10.2 billion disbursed between January and September (an increase of 9% compared with the first three quarters of the previous year) and R$ 15.5 billion in the last 12 months (a 16% increase).
MSMEs – Between January and September 2019, BNDES disbursed R$ 19.3 billion for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME), an amount equivalent to 50.7% of all Bank releases, the largest percentage share of the group in the first nine months of the year since 1995. In the period, 97.5% of the 192,000 credit operations were carried out with this segment of smaller companies.
Regions – From the regional point of view, the highlight was the expansion of the volume disbursed to the Northern region, which, driven by the electricity sector, received R$ 2.2 billion in the period, with growth of 97%. The region’s participation in BNDES’s disbursements was 5.8% of the total, higher than its share in GDP, which is 5.4%.
Disbursements to the Southern region remained stable, with R$ 10.8 billion disbursed (+1%), 28.4% of the total released by BNDES. The amount also exceeds the region’s share of GDP (17% of GDP).
The Southeast region, which accounts for 53.2% of GDP, received R$ 14.9 billion in disbursements (39.3% of the total released), a volume 13% lower than in the first nine months of 2018. Disbursements to the Northeast (14.3% of GDP) reached R$ 5.45 billion (14.3% of the total disbursed), 38% lower than in the same period of 2018. Finally, the Midwest (10.1% of GDP) received R$ 4.7 billion (12.3% of the total released by BNDES), with a negative variation of 17%.