Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Ivory Coast acts on defaulted debt

The Ivory Coast has reached a deal to restructure Euro 2.2bn of defaulted sovereign debt with the London Club of commercial creditors. Holders of the six Brady bonds will be able to swap the debt for a new USD denominated bond maturing 31 December 2032. The exchange is scheduled to take place no later than 31 March 2010 and follows an agreement with the Paris Club of sovereign creditors earlier this year.

The Ivory Coast is going to offer a discount of 20 percent on the exchangeable debt. There will be 34 semi-annual payments on the new bond, starting from 30 June 2016. Interest will begin to accrue from 31 December 2009. The outstanding debt consists of three Euro-denominated and three dollar-denominated bonds maturing in 2018 and 2028.