Under plan, commonwealth would issue ‘superbond’ administered by Treasury or third party that would help restructure $72 billion of debt
Puerto Rico and U.S. officials are discussing the issuance of a “superbond” possibly administered by the U.S. Treasury Department that would help restructure the commonwealth’s $72 billion of debt, people familiar with the plan said.
The U.S. flag flies in front of Puerto Rico’s Capitol in
San Juan. The U.S. commonwealth is attempting to
restructure $72 billion of debt. AP
Under the plan, the Treasury or a designated third party would administer an account holding at least some of the island’s tax collections. Funds in the account would be used to pay holders of the superbond, which would be issued to existing Puerto Rico bondholders in exchange for outstanding debt at a negotiated ratio.
Investors would receive less debt, likely taking an effective “haircut” on the value of their holdings, but would have higher expectations for getting repaid.
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The proposal would mark an important change in Puerto Rico’s relationship with the U.S. government, which has resisted wading into the island’s debt morass. A superbond would need to clear high political hurdles in Washington and Puerto Rico to become a reality. Discussions with bondholders over the size of any haircut could present further challenges to reaching a deal.
Talks between Puerto Rico’s representatives and Treasury officials are preliminary, and any plan wouldn’t include financial aid or a U.S. guarantee of Puerto Rico debt, the people said. They said the proposed bond would be just one piece of a restructuring puzzle that the island’s government is trying to assemble, after admitting this year that it cannot pay its debt in full.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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