October 24, 2019 / 4:13 PM / 20 days ago

Fitch says Argentina's debt challenges go beyond liquidity

Oct 24 (Reuters) - Ratings agency Fitch said on Thursday Argentina’s weak credit fundamentals, in terms of both liquidity and solvency, limit the scope for a debt exchange that minimizes losses for investors beyond maturity extensions.

The Latin American country has been struggling with a major debt crisis after a market crash in August hammered its peso currency and sovereign bonds, forcing it to delay payments on about $100 billion of debt.

Fitch said a deal that offers the country minimal debt relief focused on liquidity rather than sustainability would require too much of a fiscal adjustment to be politically or economically viable.

The passage of such a deal would come with a high risk of renewed debt distress in the future if there is no unforeseen positive economic shock in Argentina, the ratings agency said.

Fitch said it believes a deal that offers permanent debt relief via a haircut or coupon reduction, rather than just postponement of debt service, could be needed to more fully mitigate Argentina’s debt sustainability challenges. (Reporting by Nishara Karuvalli Pathikkal; Editing by Maju Samuel)

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below