Ad Hoc Group of Sri Lanka Bondholders Submits Restructuring Proposal

LONDON and NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders (the “Group“) of the Republic of Sri Lanka (“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.

Consistent with the Group’s February 3, 2023 statement of financing assurances, and in line with the objectives which have been expressed by official and private sector participants in the Global Sovereign Debt Roundtable to facilitate more efficient and equitable sovereign debt restructuring processes, 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.

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” (“MLB“).

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 terms of the MLB included in the Group’s proposal delivered to the Sri Lankan authorities are attached as Annex I and II hereto.

The Group is advised by Rothschild & Co and White & Case LLP, as financial and legal advisors, respectively.

Questions may be directed to:

Rothschild & Co: [email protected]
White & Case LLP: [email protected]

Media inquiries should be directed to Greenbrook Advisory at the addresses below:

Email / Telephone: [email protected] / +44 (0) 20 7952 2000

Annex I: Group Macro-Linked Bond Indicative Proposal

Terms of the MLBs

The debt restructuring will be consummated through an exchange offer to all holders of the 11 series of international bonds issued by the Republic of Sri Lanka (the “Republic”) (collectively, the “Existing Bonds”).

Holders that elect to receive the MLBs in exchange for their Existing Bonds will receive US$800 in principal amount of MLBs for each $1,000 in principal amount of Existing Bonds exchanged (i.e. 20% haircut).

[10] series of MLBs will be issued by the Republic and delivered to holders of Existing Bonds that so elect to receive such MLBs. Each series of MLBs will mature on successive years, with the first series maturing on December 31, 2027 and the final series maturing on December 31, 2036. Alternately the MLBs will be issued in the form of one or more amortizing bonds to ensure adequate liquidity and index eligibility for each new series.

Interest shall be payable on each series of MLBs on a [semi-annual] basis in arrears, on [December 31] and [June 30] of each year, at the following annual rates, subject to the satisfaction of the Adjustment Condition (as defined below):

Series maturing in

Rate of Interest

2024-2027

Rate of
Interest
from 2028

Cash

PIK

Cash

Dec-27

3.75 %

4.00 %

Dec-28

3.75 %

4.00 %

8.00 %

Dec-29

3.00 %

4.00 %

8.00 %

Dec-30

3.00 %

4.00 %

8.00 %

Dec-31

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.00 %

Dec-32

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.00 %

Dec-33

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.00 %

Dec-34

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.50 %

Dec-35

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.50 %

Dec-36

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.50 %

 

Coupons will be paid [semi-annually] using a 30/360 day-count. The first coupon will accrue from the issue date of each series of MLBs and will be paid on [June 30], 2024.

Under the terms of the MLBs, if the Adjustment Condition has been met (and the Republic has delivered an officer’s certificate to the Trustee certifying the same), then from and including 31 [●], 2028 up to and excluding 31 [●], 2032, the interest rate and/or principal payable on the MLBs shall be decreased as indicated in Annex II. For series maturing between 2033 and 2036, coupons will revert to their original level from 2033 onwards.

The Adjustment Condition shall be met if, when measured on [●] 2028, the Republic’s gross domestic product at current prices in Dollars averaged for 2026/2027 (as published in World Economic Outlook) is below U.S.$[98.9] billion. In the event that GDP at current prices in Dollars is not published in the World Economic Outlook, no adjustment shall be applied.

 

Annex II – Adjustment to the terms of the MLB

MLB Initial Terms (without adjustment)

MLB adjustment depending on the level of USD GDP at current prices for 2026-2027 average

#

Series maturing in1

Coupon rate

$[98.9]bn and above

$[96.4]bn – $[93]bn

$[93]bn – $[89.5]bn

$[89.5]bn – $[86.1]bn

$[86.1]bn – $[83.1]bn

$[83.1]bn and below

Up to 2027

2028 onwards (Cash)

Coupon Adjustment for 2028-2032²

Principal Reduction

Coupon Adjustment for 2028-2032²

Principal Reduction

Coupon Adjustment for 2028-2032²

Principal Reduction

Coupon Adjustment for 2028-2032²

Principal Reduction

Coupon Adjustment for 2028-2032²

Principal Reduction

Coupon Adjustment for 2028-2032²

Principal Reduction

Cash

PIK

1

2027

3.75 %

4.00 %

n.r.

n.r. 

n.r.

n.r. 

n.r.

n.r. 

n.r.

n.r. 

n.r.

n.r. 

n.r.

n.r. 

n.r.

2

2028

3.75 %

4.00 %

8.00 %

5 %

10 %

20 %

3

2029

3.00 %

4.00 %

8.00 %

5 %

10 %

20 %

4

2030

3.00 %

4.00 %

8.00 %

5 %

15 %

25 %

5

2031

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.00 %

(2.50 %)

(4.25 %)

(6.00 %)

5 %

(6.00 %)

15 %

(6.00 %)

25 %

6

2032

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.00 %

(2.50 %)

(4.25 %)

(6.00 %)

5 %

(6.00 %)

15 %

(6.00 %)

25 %

7

2033

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.00 %

(2.50 %)

(4.25 %)

(6.00 %)

(6.00 %)

15 %

(6.00 %)

25 %

8

2034

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.50 %

(2.50 %)

(4.25 %)

(6.00 %)

(6.00 %)

15 %

(6.00 %)

25 %

9

2035

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.50 %

(2.50 %)

(4.33 %)

(6.00 %)

(6.00 %)

15 %

(6.00 %)

25 %

10

2036

3.00 %

4.00 %

9.50 %

(2.50 %)

(4.50 %)

(6.00 %)

(6.00 %)

15 %

(6.00 %)

25 %

Note 1. Indicative. Some of the individual series could be consolidated to have a soft amortizing structure (as opposed to bullet)

Note 2. Downward coupon adjustment applied over 2028-2032. For series maturing between 2033 and 2036, MLB coupons will revert to their initial level from 2033 onwards

 

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