ANNOUNCEMENT 06 Dec 2017
The Argentine Government announced the launch of a new credit line specifically for the software and IT sector, to finance equipment investments, acquisitions, exports and trade guarantees.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Ministry of Production and Employment. Ministerio de Producción y Trabajo. Noticias. "Innovadora línea bancaria de créditos exclusiva para el sector de software y servicios informáticos" Available at: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/noticias/innovadora-linea-bancaria-de-creditos-exclusiva-para-el-sector-de-software-y-servicios
Ministry of Production. Ministerio de Producción. Créditos para empresas de Software y Servicios Informáticos. Diciembre 2017. Available at: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/sites/default/files/presentacion_ssi_021517_v2.pdf
On 6 December 2017, the Argentine Ministry of Production announced the launch of a new credit line exclusively for local software and IT services companies.
The new credit line is divided into different instruments, two of which consist of loans directed to a) to finalize projects and invest in hiring employees and the acquisition of technological equipment, and b) for the acquisition of software and IT companies located inside or outside Argentina.
In the case of the first loan, companies can obtain up to 75% of the costs of the new project with a limit in ARS 15 million (circa USD 866,500 at the time of the announcement). The repayment period is 12 months and the interest rate is of badlar + 4.5% to 6.5% (the Ministry of Production will bonify between 4% to 6% of the total interest rate).
As for the loans for acquisitions, Argentine software companies will be able to access up to 80% of the costs, with maximum amounts set at ARS 80 million (USD 4.6 million) in the case of SMEs and ARS 200 million (circa USD 11.6 million) in the case of big companies. The maximum repayment period is 15 years if the loan has been in Argentine pesos and 10 years for loans in American dollars. The interest rates will be calculated based on the badlar + spread for credits in the local currency and libor + spread depending on the repayment period.
The Argentine Foreign Trade and Investment Bank (BICE by its Spanish acronym) will be the financial institution managing these credit lines.
The Argentine Ministry of Production also announced on 6 December 2017, that software and IT services companies will count with a special credit line to finance exports.
The financial institution responsible for these credit lines will be the BICE which will offer credits of up to 75% of the total value of the contract with a repayment period of 360 days and a fixed interest rate of 1.5%. The minimum amount will be set at USD 20,000 and the maximum at USD 5 million per operation.
In addition, the BICE will offer other trade economic guarantees like Letters of Credits and other instruments to minimize the risks related to foreign transactions.
Furthermore, during the announcement concerning the new credit lines for software and IT services companies made by the Ministry of Production on 6 December 2017, it was also stated that the interest rates of the loans directed to hiring employees and the acquisition of technological equipment, will count with a bonification of 4% to 6%, leaving the final interest rate at badlar + 0.5%. This bonification will be provided by the Ministry of Production.