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Country Risk Premiums Quarterly: Q2 2021

27 May 2021 Chris Suckling, Ph.D.

The Q2 2021 update of the Country Risk Investment Model (CRIM) Q2 2021 showed a decline in the potential costs over a project's lifecycle (development, production, and incomes phases) that are associated with the risks of infrastructure disruption and contract enforcement: costs reduced on average across all countries and sectors by USD1.32 million, USD0.31 million, and USD0.23 million, respectively. Still, state contract alteration risks deteriorated globally, increasing potential losses by USD0.63 million on average. The largest reductions in our overall Country Risk Premiums (CRPs) - the additional rate of return require to adjust for country risk - were concentrated in the Middle East and North Africa, and North America. Conversely, CRPs in the Asia-Pacific region worsened considerably, with risk-adjusted premiums increasing by just under 16 percentage points on average, primarily driven by an increase in strike and protest risks.

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Let's take a look at some of the risks behind the premiums.

Disruption to Papua New Guinea's LNG infrastructure

The development of Papua New Guinea's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector is at risk of disruption being caused by community unrest, blockades at project sites, and opposition from landowners. Armed landowner groups are willing to use violence, but the government is highly committed to developing the LNG sector and would provide for the regular deployment of security forces, with private operators also employing onsite security. Landowner groups are also disorganized and poorly trained, mitigating the risk of a major attack. According to the CRIM, the potential cash flow losses attributable to infrastructure disruption over the lifecycle of an LNG project in Papua New Guinea have declined USD335.05 million compared with the previous quarter.

Contract risks affecting mining projects in Mexico

The Mexican government deems that mining operations are 'non-essential', causing many miners to suspend their operations. Given the resulting increase in the risk of state contract alteration, the CRIM estimates that the potential losses to NPV caused by this risk over the lifecycle of a mining project in Mexico increased by USD312.6 million compared with the previous quarter, representing 52.8% of the potential total losses caused by all country risk factors. The government refuses to grant fiscal relief to businesses and any change of policy direction in this regard is unlikely to include mining.

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A key metric that should guide investment decisions is the country risk premium (CRP): the additional returns a project must generate to cover the risks arising from its particular operating environment. Our Country Risk Investment Model (CRIM) integrates the full spectrum of commercially relevant political, economic, legal, tax, operational, and security risks and models their impact on future cash flows by sector, and by project phase (development, production, and income), across 210 unique geographies.

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Posted 27 May 2021 by Chris Suckling, Ph.D., Principal Analyst, Economics & Country Risk, IHS Markit

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