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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-02-24

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Greece announces invitation to bondholders for PSI participation

  • [01] Greece announces invitation to bondholders for PSI participation

    AMNA / The Greek government on Friday announced the terms of invitations to be made to private sector bond holders to participate in an exchange of Greek state bonds under a Public Sector Involvement (PSI) programme approved by a Eurogroup meeting on Tuesday. amna

    Under the terms of the invitation, Greece will seek consent of bond holders to the amendment of their bonds in reliance on a law enacted by the Greek Parliament on Feb. 23. The proposed amendments provide for the redemption of the affected bonds in exchange for the PSI consideration described above. Under the collective action procedures introduced by the Greek Bondholder Act, the proposed amendments will become binding on the holders if at least two thirds approve the proposed amendments.

    More analytically, the invitation released by the Greek government says:

    ďThe Ministerial Council of the Hellenic Republic approved the terms of invitations to be made to private sector holders outside the United States of bonds issued or guaranteed by the Republic and selected to participate in the exchange offers and/or consent solicitations to be made by the Republic in furtherance of the 26 October 2011 Euro Summit Statement and the 21 Feb. 2012 Eurogroup Statement, referred to as the Private Sector Involvement. The bonds invited to participate in PSI (listed by series in Annex I) have an aggregate outstanding face amount of approximately Euro 206 billion. www.amna.gr

    The exchange offers and/or consent solicitations will permit private sector holders to exchange bonds selected to participate in PSI for (i) new bonds to be issued by the Republic on the PSI settlement date having a face amount equal to 31.5 percent of the face amount of their exchanged bonds, (ii) European Financial Stability Facility notes with a maturity date of two years or less from the PSI settlement date and having a face amount equal to 15 percent of the face amount of their exchanged bonds, and (iii) detachable GDP-linked securities issued by the Republic having a notional amount equal to the face amount of each holderís new bonds. On the PSI settlement date, the Republic will also deliver short-term EFSF notes in discharge of all unpaid interest accrued up to 24 Feb. 2012 on exchanged bonds. The terms of the new bonds, GDP-linked securities and EFSF notes are summarized in Annex II. The consent solicitation relating to Greek-law governed bonds issued by the Republic prior to 31 December, 2011 (having an aggregate outstanding amount of approximately Euro 177 billion) will seek the consent of the affected holders to the amendment of these bonds in reliance on Law 4050/2012 (the Greek Bondholder Act) enacted by the Greek Parliament on 23 Feb. 2012. The proposed amendments provide for the redemption of the affected bonds in exchange for the PSI consideration described above. amna

    Under the collective action procedures introduced by the Greek Bondholder Act, the proposed amendments will become binding on the holders of all the Republicís Greek-law governed bonds issued prior to 31 December 2011 identified in the act of the Ministerial Council approving the PSI invitations, if at least two thirds by face amount of a quorum of these bonds, voting collectively without distinction by series, approve the proposed amendments. One half by face amount of all the Republicís bonds subject to the collective action procedures will constitute a quorum for these purposes. The Republic will also separately solicit consents in favour of equivalent amendments from the holders of its foreign-law governed bonds and its foreign-law guaranteed bonds in accordance with the terms of those bonds.

    To satisfy regulatory requirements applicable in a number of jurisdictions, the Republic will invite the holders of certain series of bonds to participate in the Republicís exchange offer but not its consent solicitation, and holders of the Republicís Swiss-law governed bonds may not exchange their bonds but will be solicited to consent to their amendment. Holders will receive substantially the same consideration irrespective of whether they participate in the exchange offer and/or a consent solicitation. The Republic also intends to invite holders in the United States of America to participate in a concurrent exchange offer and consent solicitation on substantially the same terms. The Republic will not, however, deliver any EFSF notes to holders in the United States of America, who will instead be paid the cash proceeds realized from the sale of the EFSF notes they would otherwise have received.

    The full terms of each invitation will be made available in electronic form only through www.greekbonds.gr.


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