Puerto Rico in Distress

ABI Analysis

The U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico asked a federal court to dismiss as premature a lawsuit filed by U.S. mutual funds that sought to strike down a recently enacted Puerto Rican law that the funds said posed a threat to American investors, Reuters reported yesterday.

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority may miss a January interest payment to investors, according to Municipal Market Advisors, potentially triggering the largest restructuring ever of state and local debt, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. The agency, called Prepa, used $41.6 million of reserve funds to help make a $417.6 million payment to bondholders on July 1.

Puerto Rico’s non-voting representative in the U.S. Congress is exploring changes to federal law that would allow the commonwealth’s municipal agencies to file for bankruptcy to restructure their debts, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. Pedro Pierluisi, whose formal title is resident commissioner, will ask congressional leaders about introducing a bill that would alter the U.S.

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said Monday that it reached agreements with banks allowing it to defer certain payments until the end of the month, giving breathing space to the cash-strapped utility, the Wall Street Journal reported today. The power authority said that it "may delay certain payments currently due until July 31, 2014," according to a news release yesterday.

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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.