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Fitch says Argentina's weak credit fundamentals limit debt exchange scope: suggests a “haircut”

Friday, October 25th 2019 - 09:52 UTC
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Argentina has been struggling with a major debt crisis after a market crash in August, forcing it to delay payments on about US$ 100 billion of debt. Argentina has been struggling with a major debt crisis after a market crash in August, forcing it to delay payments on about US$ 100 billion of debt.

Rating agency Fitch said on Thursday that Argentina’s weak credit fundamentals, in terms of both liquidity and solvency, limit the scope for a debt exchange that minimizes losses for investors beyond maturity extensions.

Argentina has been struggling with a major debt crisis after a market crash in August hammered its peso currency and sovereign bonds, forcing it to delay payments on about US$ 100 billion of debt.

Fitch said a deal that offers the country minimal debt relief focused on liquidity rather than sustainability would require too much of a fiscal adjustment to be politically or economically viable.

The passage of such a deal would come with a high risk of renewed debt distress in the future if there is no unforeseen positive economic shock in Argentina, the ratings agency said.

Fitch said it believes a deal that offers permanent debt relief via a haircut or coupon reduction, rather than just postponement of debt service, could be needed to more fully mitigate

Argentina’s debt sustainability challenges.

Categories: Economy, Argentina.

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  • Enrique Massot

    They said it first!

    I mean the need for a haircut.

    Or, are they just softening the ground for what they know is inevitable?

    Oct 27th, 2019 - 04:34 am 0
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