Brazil's Petrobras popped up on the ABS radar last year when a domestic deal came out that was backed by contracts between the oil giant and its suppliers. A receivable investment fund (FIDC), the transaction features senior shares rated 'AA(bra)' by Fitch Ratings and HSBC as the administrator. The deal is designed to facilitate the funding of small projects and services. A typical candidate would be a supplier that needs financing to assemble a machine for Petrobras.
Having a big name like Petrobras as an obligor is partly the point of the deal, although a degree of operational risk for the projects in question means that the creditworthiness of the transaction is weaker than Petrobras' risk.