Puerto Rico in Distress
The Puerto Rico Oversight Board sought on Tuesday to restart suits on $6.4 billion of revenue bonds and to set the central government bankruptcy disclosure hearing for June 16, The Bond Buyer reported. The board also extended a deadline for the bond insurers to withdraw their support of the debt deal.
Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory still in the midst of a four-year-long bankruptcy, is seizing on demand for risky bonds, Bloomberg News reported. The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, the island’s main water supplier, is planning to refinance as much as $1.8 billion of debt after the yield penalty it faces in the bond market tumbled.
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.