A positive tone continues for the credit quality of municipal bonds, and municipal performance has been strong as a result of low supply, high demand, and lower rates. (See John Mousseau’s “http://www.cumber.com/1q2019-review-tax-free-municipal-bond-a-shining-first-quarter-for-munis/.”) After some states reported revenues tracking well below projections in January, fears of a substantial drop-off in state tax collections are being allayed, […]
In a move that caught many observers by surprise, the Federal Oversight and Management Board (FOMB), which was created to oversee the restructuring of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has requested that Judge Swain invalidate more than $6 billion of the territory’s debt. The move would affect uninsured general-obligation bonds issued in 2012 and after. […]
It has been a busy quarter for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Milestones included a conclusion to the Title VI restructuring of the Government Development Bank (GDB) and a plan for the restructuring of the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation’s (COFINA), as well as the continued rebuilding from the damages wrought by Hurricane Maria […]
“A revised fiscal (plan) that shows more money for creditors and recognizes Puerto Rico’s ability to pay – that is driving GOs higher… There is still a lot of execution risk as the fiscal plan relies on some assumptions and policies being put in place,” said Shaun Burgess, a portfolio manager at Cumberland Advisors in Sarasota, Florida.
August has brought welcome news for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and for creditors eager to see a resolution to the bankruptcy process that started more than two years ago with the passage of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). There is now a restructuring agreement for Sales Tax (COFINA) bondholders […]
In mid-November Bloomberg News reported that the board’s chief lawyer, Martin Bienenstock of Proskauer Rose, said at a Nov. 15 Title III Puerto Rico bankruptcy hearing that a plan of adjustment for the debt might exclude any debt payments for five years. “I hope they do include debt service, but I think the commonwealth may […]
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico entered the fourth quarter having suffered one of the most devastating natural disasters in the island’s history. Hurricane Maria left billions of dollars in damage in its wake, including both infrastructure damage and economic losses. The human costs have been equally terrible, with millions of US citizens suffering. Three months […]
In a bizarre moment on Tuesday, President Donald Trump told Fox News that he was “gonna have to wipe out” Puerto Rico’s debt. The exchange sent Puerto Rico general obligation bonds into a tailspin, with bonds maturing in 2035 dropping over 13% to $0.38 on the dollar, according to Bloomberg data. “I wouldn’t start to […]