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ECONOMY | 27-04-2020 08:17

Officials begin 'virtual' roadshow as part of debt restructuring efforts

Officials from national and Buenos Aires Province governments to call on about 20 institutions and funds to present their offer to restructure more than US$79 billion in debt.

Officials from the national government and the Buenos Aires Province government will start setting up virtual meetings this week with institutional investors as they continue the process of restructuring more than US$72 billion in debt, according to people familiar with the plan.

The national government will call on about 20 institutions and funds – including BlackRock, Ashmore and Fintech’s David Martínez – to present its offer to restructure US$65 billion in debt, the people said asking not to be named because the the plan isn’t public yet.

The main objective of the meetings will be to seek the investors’ opinion about the formal offer. No negotiations will be held.

Buenos Aires Province plans to call their own bondholders on Wednesday or Thursday to proceed with a similar roadshow to restructure at least US$7 billion in obligations, the people said.

While both administrations are telling their financial advisers – including Bank of America Corp., HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc. and Lazard Ltd. – that there won’t be a sweetener, the situation may change if the gap between their offers and investor demands are close after May 8.

Spokespersons for the Economy Ministry and Buenos Aires Province both declined to comment.

While creditor groups rejected the offer after it was presented, bond prices rose. That’s because, even if estimates vary, the value of the offer is seen as higher than where the bonds were trading in secondary markets previously, said the people. Government, adviser and creditor calculations of the offer’s net present value vary in a range between 46 cents and 33 cents on the dollar, the people added.

A group of holders of bonds of the Province of Buenos Aires also rejected the official offer on Monday, according to an emailed statement.


by Pablo González & Ignacio Olivera Doll, Bloomberg


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