The International Monetary Fund will send another mission to Buenos Aires on Monday to continue debt strategy talks and discuss “next steps,” an IMF spokesman said on Thursday, as Argentina seeks to renegotiate its $57 billion financing package. Julie Kozack, the IMF deputy director for the Western Hemisphere, and Luis Cubeddu, head of the IMF’s mission in Argentina, will lead the team. In their previous visit just over a week ago they said Argentina's sovereign debt was "unsustainable".
Economy Minister Martín Guzmán held in New York what he called "strategic meetings" with bank executives and investment funds that hold Argentine bonds under foreign law. Despite the total official secrecy, it was reported that representatives of BlackRock, Templeton, Pimco, Gramercy, Greylock, Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, Bank of American, Citibank and JP Morgan attended the meeting. Alberto Fernández' government is planning to determine next week the final structure of the sovereign debt restructuring offer.
Argentina Minister of Economy Martín Guzmán, meets today in New York with representatives of banks and investment funds holding sovereign bonds regulated under foreign law. The meeting follows another held yesterday in Washington with the Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Julie Kozack, and the head of the Argentine mission, the Venezuelan Luis Cubeddu, both members of the technical mission that visited Buenos Aires last week.
Argentina Economy Minister Martín Guzmán and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva agreed to start Article IV consultations, during conversations on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The Article IV review might pave the way to changing the terms of the IMF $56bn stand-by loan for a new program. Guzmán is travelling to Washington today to hold further meetings with IMF staff.
Argentine bond prices fell 1.3% on Thursday after an IMF technical mission essentially gave the government a green light to restructure about $100 billion in bonds and loans, including $44 billion owed to the IMF. Argentine bond prices are down 4.8% so far this year. Country risk spreads 11EMJ stood 82 basis points wider at 2,117 over safe-haven U.S. Treasury paper, indicating an increase in the perceived likelihood of default.
Argentina’s debt load is unsustainable, the International Monetary Fund said after completing a week of meetings in the country, paving the way for the government to ask private bondholders to take on losses as it prepares to renegotiate its obligations. A “meaningful contribution” will be necessary from private bondholders to restore the country’s debt sustainability, the IMF said at the end of its first technical mission in Buenos Aires under Alberto Fernandez’s presidency.
Economy Minister Martín Guzmán is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia on Thursday for a G20 meeting, where he will meet with IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva and hold a series of bilateral meetings to review Argentina’s debt restructuring plans. Georgieva will have on the table fresh data collected by the IMF mission lead by Julie Kozak and Luis Cubbedu that finishes today a week working in Buenos Aires.
The International Monetary Fund won’t offer Argentina a haircut on its $44 billion loan, according to Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. “Our legal construct is such that we cannot do measures that may be possible for others without this big global responsibility,” she said. An IMF technical mission is in Buenos Aires through Feb. 19 to meet with Argentina officials and assess the country’s debt sustainability. Talks with the IMF will be key for an even bigger negotiation with bondholders to avoid a default.
A technical mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrives on Wednesday whose report will be a vital tool for reprofiling payments of $44 billion stand-by credit. That same day, the minister of economy, Martín Guzmán, will address Congress on his plan for "sustainable debt" renegotiation which also involves $67 billion owed to private bondholders. On Thursday, about AR100 billion of the AF20 Dual Bond mature.
Argentina’s Senate voted unanimously in favour of a bill that grants power to the government of President Alberto Fernández to handle a massive debt restructuring of bonds issued in foreign currency. Buenos Aires is grappling with ca. $100 billion in sovereign debt it is seeking to restructure with its creditors, including the IMF. An IMF technical mission is expected to arrive in Argentina on Feb. 12 to continue talks.