By:Staff WriterColombo (LNW): The Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders of Sri Lanka has taken note of the progress Sri Lanka has made with its official sector creditors towards reaching an agreement in principle on a debt treatment within the framework of its IMF Programme.
The Group remains committed to working with the Sri Lankan authorities as quickly as possible to find a sustainable solution to Sri Lanka’s debt challenges as they relate to its international bond debt.
This was in consistent with the Group’s February 3, 2023 statement of financing assurances.
The objectives have been expressed by official and private sector participants in the Global Sovereign Debt Round-table to facilitate more efficient and equitable sovereign debt restructuring processes,
To that end, the Group, acting through its Steering Committee, recently proactively submitted its own restructuring proposal relating to Sri Lanka’s outstanding international bonds.
The proposal, which provides upfront debt relief, includes a menu of new securities that would be offered to the holders of the existing bonds, including a “Macro-Linked Bond”.
The MLB is an innovative new instrument that is designed to be liquid and index-eligible and whose payouts are linked to the evolution of Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product.
This design seeks to ensure both that the instrument is acceptable to bond market participants and that its cash flows will at all times comply with the Debt Sustainability Analysis targets embedded in Sri Lanka’s IMF Programme in a range of future macroeconomic scenarios.
The Group believes that its proposal, including the MLB, will contribute to restoring Sri Lanka’s debt sustainability and, at the same time, will command broad support from existing holders of Sri Lanka’s international bonds.
The Group is advised by Rothschild & Co and White & Case LLP, as financial and legal advisors, respectively.