Puerto Rico in Distress

ABI Analysis

A plan to restructure $22 billion of Puerto Rico debt and fix the bankrupt island’s unfunded pension system won’t have the support of Governor Pedro Pierluisi, Bloomberg News reported. The governor intends to file an objection regarding the restructuring plan to the court overseeing Puerto Rico’s record bankruptcy, Pierluisi said in a statement yesterday.

Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board is aiming to get the commonwealth out of its record bankruptcy by the end of 2021, a move that is expected to help lift the island out of years of economic decline, Bloomberg News reported.

A bond insurer can access a limited pool of information explaining Puerto Rico's cash position amid ongoing efforts to restructure the commonwealth’s debt stack, but it is not entitled to more information related to the territory's real estate assets right now, a judge ruled on Monday, Reuters reported. U.S.

Puerto Rico is expected to post a cumulative budget surplus of $15.2 billion through 2035 as $123.5 billion of federal disaster funds and coronavirus relief money helps boost the local economy, according to the commonwealth’s latest fiscal plan and reported by Bloomberg.

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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.