Ghana’s Eurobonds extend declines as restructuring hits snag

Ghana’s Eurobonds extended declines on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, after the country missed a self-imposed deadline to restructure its bilateral debt and S&P Global Ratings warned bondholders face larger losses than anticipated.

The nation’s 2032 dollar securities dropped 0.5% to 36.8 cents in the dollar by 8:18 a.m. in London, bringing their decline this week to 1.7%.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta wanted to reach a restructuring agreement with bilateral creditors by the end of February 2023 to help qualify for a $3 billion International Monetary Fund programme.

o far, Ghana has only partially completed the domestic-debt part of the exchange programme.

Meanwhile, S&P said Ghana may have to ask external creditors to write off as much as 50% of the debt it owes them — far higher than the 30% the government initially considered.


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