Puerto Rico in Distress

ABI Analysis

Fitch Ratings said yesterday that allowing Puerto Rico’s public corporations to file for chapter 9 protection would benefit holders of the agencies’ debt as well as the commonwealth, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. Pedro Pierluisi, a Democrat who represents Puerto Rico in the U.S. House, introduced a measure in July that would let the island’s agencies restructure debt in court. U.S.

Puerto Rico’s government-owned corporations could file for bankruptcy protection under a bill proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives by the delegate from the Caribbean territory, which is struggling to pay $73 billion in debt, Bloomberg News reported yesterday.

Lenders to Puerto Rico’s electric power authority are giving the beleaguered utility another two weeks before it has to make past-due payments on its lines of credit, the New York Times DealBook blog reported yesterday.

Momentum is building toward a deal that would make painful losses inevitable for investors holding about $20 billion in bonds issued by Puerto Rico's highway, water and electricity authorities, even as some big U.S. mutual funds launch a legal battle to squelch a new law that authorizes a restructuring, Reuters reported today.

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The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico was created under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the President of the United States and one ex officio member designated by the Governor of Puerto Rico. Access information on the Board, documents, videos of meetings, calendar of events and live webcasts by clicking here.