Venezuela's PDVSA default probable: Fitch
Petroleumworld.com 02 02 2017
A default at PDVSA is probable as the Venezuelan oil company faces a weak liquidity position and relatively high amoritzation schedule in 2017, Fitch said in a report on Tuesday.
The state-own entity's EBITDA after royalties and social expenditures for the last 12 months ending June 2016 was negative, the rating agency calculated.
With a default probable, Fitch expects average recovery rates on the company's bond to be between 31%-50%.
"Should oil prices remain around current levels, average recovery may lead to additional future defaults to further reduce obligations and allow for necessary transfers to the government," said Lucas Aristizabal, a senior director at Fitch, said.
Story by Paul Kilby; editing by Shankar Ramakrishnan from Reuters
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