$70 billion in the hole and counting,
Puerto Rico, Bondholders Remain at Odds. Commonwealth and creditors are still far apart, as they seek to resolve a standoff over $70 billion in debt
Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank on Tuesday disclosed terms of various restructuring proposals discussed in negotiations that have ended. The talks included a committee representing investors in the commonwealth’s general obligation bonds, a group holding senior sales-tax-backed, or “Cofina,” bonds, and a single investor with large holdings of general obligation bonds and junior Cofina bonds, according to the disclosure.
Uncertainty about a looming U.S. congressional vote on a restructuring framework for Puerto Rico has made it difficult for the island to come to terms with the various creditor groups, investors and analysts said. Neither the island nor its bondholders are likely to agree to a deal until rules are worked out on Capitol Hill, they said.
Meanwhile, some general obligation bondholders filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Puerto Rico’s April debt moratorium law, which allows the commonwealth to suspend bond payments while it addresses its financial crisis. Plaintiffs in the suit are Jaçana Holdings, Lex Claims, MPR Investors and RRW I.
Caveat emptor, indeed.