Argentina – Grupo Clarn Breaks up its Operating Divisions in Line With Government Orders, New Report Launched

Argentina has one of the more advanced telecom infrastructures in Latin America, with a large number of companies licensed to provide services. Telecom revenue is expected to have reached more than $17.8 billion in 2013. Mobile revenue accounts for more than two thirds of the total, and this proportion continues to rise at the expense of fixed-line sales.

Telefnica Argentina and Telecom Argentina are the largest telcos in terms of subscribers and revenue, followed by Claro and Grupo Clarn.

The country’s regulatory framework encourages competition and supports smaller telecom players. Argentina has adopted a single licence system (Licencia nica), which telcos must obtain regardless of the services they provide. Operators must list in their licence applications which services they wish to offer, but can at any time register for additional ones. However, broadband competition is weak, and the wholesale market is poorly regulated.

Argentina’s fixed-line teledensity is the fourth highest in South America after Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil. As in other countries, fixed-to-mobile substitution has adversely affected the fixed-line market, leading to lower revenue while teledensity has shrunk by 2.7 percentage points since peaking at 24.5% in 2005.

The local fixed-line market is dominated by Telecom and Telefnica Argentina. Some 400 smaller telcos, mostly cooperatives, are also active, as well as a few cable TV companies which provide fixed telephony over their networks as part of bundled service offerings. While long distance services are highly competitive, in the local telephony sector, despite the large number of operators, meaningful competition has yet to develop. Telefnica Argentina and Telecom own respectively 52% and 45% of the country’s fixed lines in service.

Unlike other countries where triple play has helped boost the flagging fixed-line sector, the only company that could have made a difference – Grupo Clarn – has not been allowed to offer telephony services.

Although Argentina’s broadband penetration is the third highest in Latin America, after Uruguay and Chile, economic and political difficulties during the last decade have impacted on sector investments, with the result that average download speeds, at about 5.5Mb/s, are relatively low for the region. The average speed ranks Argentina 120th of 190 countries.

To boost fixed broadband uptake, further regulatory measures are needed to promote competition. Telefnica Argentina and Telecom dominate the DSL market, offering similar services and together controlling about 68% of all broadband connections. Competition from Grupo Clarn, via its cable network, has been complicated by disputes between the company and government, which obliged Grupo Clarn to separate its operations, including its broadband division Cablevisin (providing services branded as FiberTel) into separate entities as part of new media legislation introduced in 2013.

A national connectivity plan, dubbed ‘Argentina Conectada’ and launched in late 2010, involves the deployment of broadband services and free-to-air digital TV to underserved parts of the country. The plan, to be completed by the end of 2015, is being undertaken by the state-owned satellite company Arsat.

Argentina’s pay TV market is the most mature in Latin America. The country has one of the highest pay TV penetration rates in the region, with about two-thirds of homes subscribing to services. Pay TV households are evenly distributed, with penetration in the major cities only slightly higher than in the rest of the country.

Grupo Clarn’s Cablevisin is the country’s leading pay TV operator with about 36% of the market; DirecTV is the second largest player, followed by Supercanal, Telecentro, and Red Intercable. About a quarter of the market is shared among small local companies and cooperatives.

Argentina also has one of the most dynamic mobile markets in the region, with the third largest number of subscribers after Brazil and Mexico. Three mobile operators compete and a small number of other players, with Amrica Mvil’s Claro the market leader, followed by Telecom Personal (the mobile unit of Telecom Argentina) and Telefnica’s Movistar. Argentina’s smartphone penetration is relatively high for the region, though it continues to be held back by the high cost of devices.

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Travel and Tourism in Argentina to 2018, New Report Launched

The Argentine travel and tourism sector is undergoing a tourism imbalance due to fewer inbound arrivals and more international departures. While outbound tourists increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.35% during the review period (2009–2013), inbound tourists increased at a slower CAGR of 6.16%. Outbound tourists are increasingly using credit cards to make purchases in foreign currencies with the aim of buying goods at cheaper rates; this has had a negative impact on the economy and consumer confidence.

The report provides detailed market analysis, information and insights, including:

  • Historic and forecast tourist volumes covering the entire Argentinian travel and tourism sector
  • Detailed analysis of tourist spending patterns in Argentina for various categories in the travel and tourism sector, such as accommodation, sightseeing and entertainment, foodservice, transportation, retail, travel intermediaries and others
  • Detailed market classification across each category, with analysis using similar metrics
  • Detailed analysis of the airline, hotel, car rental and travel intermediaries industries

Scope

This report provides an extensive analysis related to the tourism demands and flows in Argentina:

  • It details historical values for the Argentinian tourism sector for 2009–2013, along with forecast figures for 2014–2018
  • It provides comprehensive analysis of  travel and tourism demand factors, with values for both the 2009–2013 review period and the 2014–2018 forecast period
  • The report provides a detailed analysis and forecast of domestic, inbound and outbound tourist flows in Argentina.
  • It provides comprehensive analysis of the trends in the airline, hotel, car rental and travel intermediaries industries, with values for both the 2009–2013 review period and the 2014–2018 forecast period

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Key Highlights

  • The Argentinean government has been making efforts to promote domestic tourism. The Ministry of Tourism launched a promotional campaign in the 2013 summer season to increase domestic tourism at seaside cities along the Atlantic coast. The campaign compares food and rent prices in Argentine resorts to similar options in Uruguay, Brazil and Chile.
  • By the end of March 2014, Aerolíneas Argentinas is planning to increase the flight frequency on its Buenos Aires to Barcelona route from five times a week to six, and its Buenos Aires to Rome route from four times a week to six. This is expected to increase to daily flights from July 2014. Aerolíneas Argentinas is also planning to introduce a daily flight from Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz de la Sierra from April 2014. In October 2013, Aerolíneas Argentinas ordered 20 next-generation 737-800 Boeing aircraft, valued at US$1.8 billion for the expansion of these routes. Additionally, Conviasa plans to introduce a Porlamar to Buenos Aires international route in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Amérian, a leading hotel chain, is constructing five hotels in the country and plans to have a portfolio of 21 properties by 2015. In addition to its existing 20 hotels, Fën Hoteles is planning to open 10 new properties in the country by 2014. P Hotels acquired Arelauquen Golf & Country Club in April 2013 and transformed the lodge into a luxury hotel, which opened in November 2013.
  • In December 2012, Chile introduced a system for the entry and exit of tourists from Argentina with the temporary admission of rental cars. The validity of these car rentals in both countries encourages and promotes binational tourism and has led to an increase in the number of tourists renting vehicles.
  • Travel intermediaries assist tourists when making trips, such as tours of the town of Las Flores in Buenos Aires Province, which is the birthplace of Pope Francis. Other important destinations include churches and other cities where masses were conducted, particularly Catedral Metropolitana.

Spanning Over 124 pages, 125 tables, 76 figures, “Travel and Tourism in Argentina to 2018” report covering the Travel and Tourism Sector In Context, Country Fact Sheet, Tourism Flows, Airlines, Hotels, Car Rental, Travel Intermediaries, Tourism Board Profile, Airport Profiles, Company Profiles – Airlines, Company Profiles – HOTELS, Company Profiles – Car Rental, Company Profiles – Travel Intermediaries, Market Data Anlaysis, Appendix. The report covered 19 companies – Aerolíneas, Argentinas SA, LAN Argentina SA, Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes Argentina, Iberia Airlines Argentina, Wyndham Hotels Argentina, Amerian Hoteles, Fën Hoteles SA, NH Hoteles Argentina, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Argentina, Europcar Argentina, Hertz Car Rental Argentina, Avis Car Rental Argentina, Sixt Rent a Car Argentina, Budget Car Rental Argentina, Say Hueque, Oyikil Argentina, Covitour, Kallpa Tour Operator SRL, Dos Manos Argentina.

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Challenges and Opportunities for the Wealth Sector in Argentina 2014, New Report Launched

This report is a thorough analysis of Argentina’s Wealth Management and Private Banking sector, and the opportunities and challenges that it faces.

  • This report is the result of Publisher’s extensive research covering the high net worth individual (HNWI) population and wealth management market in Argentina.
  • The report focuses on HNWI performance between the end of 2008 (the peak before the global financial crisis) and the end of 2013. This enables us to determine how well the country’s HNWIs have performed through the crisis.

Scope

  • Independent market sizing of Argentina HNWIs across five wealth bands
  • HNWI volume and wealth trends from 2009 to 2013
  • HNWI volume and wealth forecasts to 2018
  • HNWI and UHNWI asset allocations across 13 asset classes
  • Number of UHNWIs in each state and all major cities
  • Fastest growing cities and states for UHNWIs (2009-2013)
  • Insights into the drivers of HNWI wealth

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  • The Intelligence Center also includes tracking of wealth and liquidity events as they happen and detailed profiles of major private banks, wealth managers and family offices in each market.
  • With the Database as the foundation for our research and analysis, we are able obtain an unsurpassed level of granularity, insight and authority on the HNWI and wealth management universe in each of the countries and regions we cover.
  • Report includes comprehensive forecasts to 2018.

Key Highlights

  • At the end of 2013, Argentinian HNWIs held 36.0% (US$57 billion) of their wealth outside their home country, significantly higher than the worldwide average of 20–30%.
  • Publisher expects foreign asset holdings to increase to US$84 billion by 2018, accounting for 34.1% of total HNWI assets.
  • In 2013, Latin America accounted for 49.3% of Argentinian HNWIs’ foreign assets.
  • It was followed by North America with 24.9%, Asia-Pacific with 11.7%, Europe with 10.6%, Africa with 2.0% and the Middle East with 1.4%.
  • Argentinian HNWI allocations to Latin America increased sharply compared with other regions during the review period, from 43.0% in 2009 to 49.3% in 2013. North America and Asia-Pacific were the emerging regions in terms of global investments.
  • Over the forecast period, HNWIs are expected to further increase their levels of investment in Latin America to 51.7% of foreign HNWI assets by 2018, with investments increasingly being diverted to emerging economies.

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Argentina 2014 Wealth Book, New Report Launched

This report reviews the performance and asset allocations of HNWIs and Ultra HNWIs in Argentina. It also includes an evaluation of the local wealth management market.

This report is the result of Publisher’s extensive research covering the high net worth individual (HNWI) population and wealth management market in Argentina.

Scope

  • Independent market sizing of Argentine HNWIs across five wealth bands
  • HNWI volume, wealth and allocation trends from 2009 to 2013
  • HNWI volume, wealth and allocation forecasts to 2018
  • HNWI and UHNWI asset allocations across 13 asset classes
  • Geographical breakdown of all foreign assets
  • Alternative breakdown of liquid vs. investable assets
  • Number of UHNWIs in major cities
  • Number of wealth managers in each city
  • City wise ratings of wealth management saturation and potential
  • Details of the development, challenges and opportunities of the wealth management and private banking sector in Argentina
  • Size of the Argentina wealth management industry
  • Largest domestic private banks by AuM
  • Detailed wealth management and family office information
  • Insights into the drivers of HNWI wealth

Reasons To Buy

  • The Publisher Intelligence Center Database is an unparalleled resource and the leading resource of its kind. Compiled and curated by a team of expert research specialists, the database comprises dossiers on over 85,000 HNWIs from around the world.
  • The Intelligence Center also includes tracking of wealth and liquidity events as they happen and detailed profiles of major private banks, wealth managers and family offices in each market.
  • With the Database as the foundation for our research and analysis, we are able obtain an unsurpassed level of granularity, insight and authority on the HNWI and wealth management universe in each of the countries and regions we cover.
  • Report includes comprehensive forecasts to 2018.
  • Also provides detailed information on UHNWIs in each major city.

Key Highlights

  • There were 36,860 HNWIs in Argentina in 2013. These HNWIs held US$160 billion in wealth, and wealth per capita was US$11,679.
  • In 2013, Argentinian HNWI numbers rose by 5.3%, following a 5.5% increase in 2012.
  • Growth in HNWI wealth and volumes is expected to improve over the forecast period. The number of Argentinian HNWIs is forecast to grow by 30% to reach 52,111 by 2018, and HNWI wealth is expected to grow by 38% to reach US$246 billion by 2018.
  • At the end of 2013, Argentine HNWIs held 36.0% (US$57 billion) of their wealth outside their home country, significantly higher than the worldwide average of 20–30%.

Spanning Over 119 pages, 51 tables, 50 figures, “Argentina 2014 Wealth Book” report covering the Wealth Sector Fundamentals, Findings from the WealthInsight HNWI Database, Analysis of Argentinian HNWI Investments, Competitive Landscape of the Wealth Sector, Appendix. The report covered 9 companies – Banco de la Nación Argentina, Banco Provincia, Banco de Galicia, Banco Macro, Banco Ciudad, Banco Hipotecario, Banco Credicoop, Banco Patagonia, Nuevo Banco de Santa Fe.

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Argentina’s Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape, New Report Launched

The Argentinian card payments channel grew both in volume and value terms during the review period. In terms of volume, the card payments channel grew at a CAGR of 14.51% from 35.0 million cards in 2008 to 60.2 million in 2012. Growth is anticipated to continue at a forecast-period CAGR of 6.27% to reach 86.5 million cards in circulation by 2017.

In terms of card volume, credit cards accounted for a 46.4% share in 2012, followed by debit cards with 45.1%. In terms of value, the card payments channel grew from ARS265.4 billion (US$84.4 billion) in 2008 to ARS561.6 billion (US$123.8 billion) in 2012, at a CAGR of 20.61%. The channel is expected to reach ARS839.2 billion (US$102.3 billion) in 2017, representative of a forecast-period CAGR of 7.03%. Growth in the channel is expected to be driven by an increasing demand for charge cards and credit cards, a better regulatory framework, an increasing e-commerce market and a positive economic outlook.

The implementation of improved security measures and advanced technology has changed the dynamics of the cards and payments industry in Argentina. EMV is a chip-based technology superior to magnetic strip based cards in terms of security and transaction speed. EMV technology supported by NFC-enabled contactless payment systems will significantly reduce the processing speed of transactions, saving time and money for customers and retailers.

The report provides top-level market analysis, information and insights on Argentina’s cards and payments industry, including:

  • Current and forecast values for each category of Argentina’s cards and payments industry, including debit cards, credit cards and prepaid cards
  • Comprehensive analysis of the industry’s market attractiveness and future growth areas
  • Analysis of various market drivers and regulations governing Argentina’s cards and payments industry
  • Detailed analysis of the marketing strategies adopted for selling debit, credit and prepaid cards used by various bankers and other institutions in the market
  • Comprehensive analysis of consumer attitude and their buying preferences for cards
  • The competitive landscape of Argentina’s cards and payments industry

Scope

  • This report provides a comprehensive analysis of Argentina’s cards and payments industry.
  • It provides current values for Argentina’s cards and payments industry for 2012, and forecast figures for 2017.
  • It details the different economic, infrastructural and business drivers affecting Argentina’s cards and payments industry.
  • It outlines the current regulatory framework in the industry.
  • It details the marketing strategies used by various banks and other institutions.
  • It profiles the major banks in Argentina’s cards and payments industry.

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  • Make strategic business decisions using top-level historic and forecast market data related to Argentina’s cards and payments industry and each market within it.
  • Understand the key market trends and growth opportunities within Argentina’s cards and payments industry.
  • Assess the competitive dynamics in Argentina’s cards and payments industry.
  • Gain insights in to the marketing strategies used for selling various card types in Argentina.
  • Gain insights into key regulations governing Argentina’s cards and payments industry.

Key Highlights

  • The Argentinian card payments channel registered marginal growth during the review period (2008–2012). The number of cards in circulation recorded a review-period CAGR of 14.51%, supported by a positive economic outlook, a need for more sophisticated products in terms of prepaid and charge cards, the growth of retail commerce and increased demand for prepaid products.
  • During the review period, the size of the card payments channel, in terms of volume, increased at a CAGR of 14.51% to reach 60.2 million cards in 2012. In value terms, the Argentinian card payments channel grew from ARS265.4 billion (US$84.4 billion) in 2008 to ARS561.6 billion (US$123.8 billion) in 2012. Over the forecast period (2013–2017), card payments are expected to deliver strong growth as consumers increasingly move away from cash transactions.
  • Competition in the cards and payments industry has forced issuers to employ effective promotional strategies. Card transaction discounts and benefits, which create consumer satisfaction and increased customer loyalty, are available. Benefits include complementary insurance, interest-free credit, overseas medical and legal assistance, and information on transactions through e-statements. Many banks have competitive interest rates on credit cards with deferred interest. Also available is a 5% VAT rebate on purchases made with certain cards.
  • Technological advances in payment systems and its supporting infrastructure include EMV, NFC and contactless technology. EMV technology replaces magnetic strip-based cards with chip-based cards which store data and can be read with radio frequency identification device (RFID) or NFC devices, both of which enable contactless payment. These technologies have significantly reduced processing times and strengthened security measures, saving both consumers and retailers time and money. Overall growth in the Argentinian cards and payments industry is based on the adoption of advanced technology which will increase card use for transactions.
  • E-commerce consumers in Argentina prefer to use cards when making online payments, often encouraged by promotional offers. In Argentina, more than 30% of the country’s SMEs used e-commerce to make transactions including buying and selling of the products and services in 2013, and this trend is expected to continue over the forecast period, driving online card transactions.

Spanning over 101 pages, 60 tables and 66 figures Argentina’s Cards and Payments Industry: Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape” report covering the Analysis of the Market Environment, Key Trends and Drivers, Cards and Payments Industry Share Analysis, Regulatory Framework and Card Fraud Statistics, Emerging Consumer Attitudes and Trends, Analysis of Card Payments and Growth Prospects, Analysis of Credit Card Payments and Growth Prospects, Analysis of Debit Card Payments and Growth Prospects, Analysis of Charge Card Payments and Growth Prospects, Analysis of Prepaid Card Payments and Growth Prospects, Merchant Acquiring, Company Profiles of Card Issuers, Appendix. The report covering 7 companies – Banco de la Nación Argentina, Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires SA, Banco Macro SA, Banco Santander Río SA, Banco Patagonia, MasterCard, Visa.

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MarketResearchReports.com: Asia-Pacific Possesses Largest Technically Recoverable Shale Gas Resources Globally, Finds New Research Report

Argentina, Australia and Poland Emerge as Key Markets for Shale Gas Investment

Investment for shale development has been increasing in emerging countries such as Poland, Argentina, Australia, and China.

Argentina made substantial investments in shale gas, amounting to around US$2.05 billion, between 2009 and March 2013. In 2010, shale gas investment in Argentina amounted to an estimated US$513.85 MM, which increased to around US$1.42 billion in 2011. The Argentinean government has also introduced the Gas Plus Program in order to support gas shale development in the country. The program allows operators involved in shale gas development to sell natural gas at a higher price.  For more information visit: Gas Shale Development in Emerging Countries (Poland, China, Australia, Argentina and South Africa) – Market Analysis, Industry Scenario and Key Companies

In Australia, gas shale investment amounted to an estimated US$1.26 billion during the 2009-March 2013 period. In 2009, shale gas investment in Australia was estimated at around US$128 MM, which increased to around US$678.81 MM by 2012. At the end of March 2013, shale gas investment in the country was estimated at around US$376.01 MM.

In Poland, gas shale investment amounted to an estimated US$296.66 MM during the period 2009-March 2013. In 2009, shale gas investment was estimated at around US$21.33 MM. By 2012, shale gas investment had increased to around US$112.91 MM.

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In addition to covering the Introduction, Overview and Development Scenario of Gas Shales Globally, Gas Shales Development in Poland, Gas Shales Development in China, Gas Shales Development in Australia, Gas Shales Development in Argentina, Gas Shales Development in South Africa, the report also presents Gas Shale Development in Ukraine, Germany, France, Brazil and India.

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