September 20, 2019 / 5:24 PM / a month ago

Argentine bonds rise after government unveils debt revamp framework

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Argentine bond prices rose and risk spreads tightened on Friday after the government submitted a debt renegotiation framework bill to Congress the night before, lending some clarity to how the country will respond to its latest financial crisis.

The price of over the counter government bonds rose 0.8% on average, almost regaining all the ground lost the day before, while risk spreads over safe-haven U.S. Treasury paper tightened 51 basis points to 2,064, according to JP Morgan’s Emerging Market Bond Index Plus.

President Mauricio Macri’s administration said last month it would renegotiate terms of local and international sovereign bonds, after a sharp crash in the peso currency in August left the country teetering on the edge of default.

The draft law reviewed by Reuters seeks to avoid a legally messy restructuring by including collective action clauses, which require amendments made to a single series of bonds be approved by holders of 75% of the capital. The remaining 25% of holders would then be obliged to accept the restructuring terms.

If the changes affect two or more bond series, then consent would be needed from 66.66% of bondholders and at least half of those for each individual series of bonds. If these levels were met, then all holders would have to choice but to comply.

Fitch Ratings expects holders of Argentina dollar bonds to have to write off part of their investments under the revamp of terms, one of the agency’s analysts said. (Reporting by Jorge Otaola and Hernan Nessi Writing by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by Tom Brown)

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