Puerto Rico
In-depth country-focused analysis on Puerto Rico's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Our comprehensive assessment of Puerto Rico's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Puerto Rico, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Puerto Rico's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Puerto Rico before your competitors.

Country Risk

Puerto Rico Country Risk

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Core Views:

  • We believe that rising gold production, a gradually improving tourism sector, and stronger private consumption growth will drive robust real GDP growth rates in the Dominican Republic in the coming years.

  • We expect Puerto Rico to remain in a recession through fiscal year 2015 amid high unemployment and weak investment, and see a high likelihood of debt restructuring by the commonwealth's electric power authority (PREPA) this year.

  • We expect the Cuban economy to accelerate in the coming years, on the back of the government's drive to attract greater levels of investment, and on continued expansion of the consumer sector. This will help to offset weakness in the export sector, and rising demand for imports. 

Major Forecast Changes:

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Puerto Rico Country Risk

Puerto Rico Industry Coverage (4)

Food & Drink

Puerto Rico Food & Drink

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Though signs of growth are beginning to return to Caribbean states, many economies within the region continue to feel the spill-over effects of the 2009 financial crisis, which strongly shook the region's key industries of tourism and finance. Though the tourism industry is slowly regaining momentum in the region, we believe that it will take some time for pre-financial crisis growth. Furthermore, many regional economies continue to be heavily indebted which limits general investment. With this in mind, we forecast relatively slow food consumption growth in a majority of the Caribbean markets. Despite these difficulties, some markets, most notably Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, are expected to outperform over the forecast period. We highlight Puerto Rico and Barbados as the most precarious economies, which therefore have the greatest downside risks to our food & drink consumption forecasts.

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

Puerto Rico Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View:   Puerto Rico will continue to attract investment from multinational pharmaceutical companies due to its tax incentives, relatively low production costs and close ties with the US economy. Drugmakers can also capitalise on the government's promotion of the local production of generic medicines and biologic drugs .  

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals: USD3.02bn in 2013 to USD3.02bn in 2014; +0.2% in local currency terms. Forecast is the same as previous quarter's projection. 

  • Healthcare: USD7.76bn in 2013 to USD8.02bn in 2014; +3.4% in local currency terms. Forecast is the same as previous quarter's projection. 

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Telecommunications

Puerto Rico Telecommunications

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BMI View:   Investment opportunities are emerging all over the Caribbean, with many markets drawing attention from potential new players. In the Bahamas, BTC is under threat from new player from the end of its monopoly licence and is keen to enter the underdeveloped Haitian telecoms sector to offset the new competitive threat. Four players including Cable & Wireless Communications , Star Mobile Caribbean , Columbus Communications and Suriname's state-owned Telesur have all shown interest in acquiring a licence in Trinidad & Tobago after the regulator solicited bids during the auction of new spectrum. We've also highlighted Cuba as a market of to watch, as there are signs...

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Tourism

Puerto Rico Tourism

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BMI View: The Caribbean region is returning to sustained growth, with all countries expecting tourist arrivals to increase   in 2014 and 2015 . However, this is expected to remain below pre-2007 trend growth, with regional arrivals now averaging about 3.0% annual growth. Nonetheless, we expect that improving growth prospects will encourage greater investment in the region, particularly in the hotel sector.

Our tourism report for the Caribbean considers the impact of ongoing global economic uncertainty on the Caribbean tourism industry and how the region's fiscal issues are affecting its tourism arrivals. Following the decline of the financial services industry after the economic downturn hit in 2007, tourism has increased in...

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