The government of Argentina's Chubut province will seek to delay payments on debt after Buenos Aires province, Argentina's largest, also asked its creditors for extensions as the country grapples with a debt crisis, local media reported on Friday.
The provincial government of Chubut, located in the Patagonian region, plans to submit a restructuring proposal to its local legislature that aims to defer debt payments over the next four years and reduce the size of the district's public administration, the reports said.
Chubut's total public debt amounts to about US$ 855 million, 85% of which is denominated in U.S. dollars and backed by oil royalties, Chubut Economy Minister Oscar Antonena told state news agency Telam.
The debt deferment plan addresses an acute situation in finance that forces us to propose a restructuring, he said.
Details of the debt restructuring proposal were not immediately available, and Antonena could not be reached for immediate comment.
Argentina has been spiraling into a debt crisis since 2018. The administration of President Alberto Fernandez, who took office on Dec. 10, is in talks with bondholders and other creditors, including the International Monetary Fund, to renegotiate about US$ 100 billion in sovereign debt.
The province of Buenos Aires has asked for an extension on a more than US$ 250 million debt payment due later this month.
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The Bondholders of the Chubut 7.75% 2026 secured (oil & gas royalty payments) bonds are NEVER going to agree to subordinate their security and collateral (oil & gas royalty trust payments) so that the mismanaged and bloated Province can spend the bondholders (money) security. The Province of Chubut better move to plan B and bring their excess expenditures under control by reducing staffing and expenses.Jan 18th, 2020 - 06:51 pm 0