BELIZE CITY Feb 15 Belize's central bank on
Friday launched an offer to restructure a $550 million
superbond, and said it would not close it unless bondholders
agreed to tender at least 75 percent of the outstanding 2029
Belize said this week it was confident creditors would
accept a restructuring of the superbond, which will mean a
longer maturity and lower interest payments.
Under the offer, the maturity will be extended by nine years
to 2038 and the interest rate will be set initially at 5 percent
for 4.5 years, stepping up to 6.767 percent for the remaining
term - a reduction from the current 8.5 percent rate.
The bank said creditors must tender their bonds no later
than March 8, and that the transaction was expected to close and
the new bonds were expected to be issued on or around March 20.
"Interest on the new bonds will commence accruing on March
20, 2013," the bank said.