More banks join syndicate credit facility to Brazil power sector

SAO PAULO Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:40pm EDT

SAO PAULO Aug 13 (Reuters) - Another five commercial lenders agreed to join a syndicate of banks that will extend an additional 6.58 billion reais ($2.9 billion) in emergency credit to Brazilian electricity distributors as drought causes power rates to soar, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

The new banks include JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America Corp, Credit Suisse Group AG, banco do Estado de Rio Grande do Sul SA, and state bank Banco do Brasilia, the ministry said in a statement.

Banks originally participating in the loan syndication included Itaú Unibanco Holding SA, Banco Bradesco SA, Banco Santander Brasil SA, Grupo BTG Pactual SA, Citigroup Inc and state-run lenders BNDES, Banco do Brasil SA and Caixa Econômica Federal. (Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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