Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Euro Summit Statement

by Bill McBride on 10/26/2011 10:49:00 PM


The Private Sector Involvement (PSI) has a vital role in establishing the sustainability of the Greek debt. Therefore we welcome the current discussion between Greece and its private investors to find a solution for a deeper PSI. Together with an ambitious reform programme for the Greek economy, the PSI should secure the decline of the Greek debt to GDP ratio with an objective of reaching 120% by 2020. To this end we invite Greece, private investors and all parties concerned to develop a voluntary bond exchange with a nominal discount of 50% on notional Greek debt held by private investors. The Euro zone Member States would contribute to the PSI package up to 30 bn euro. On that basis, the official sector stands ready to provide additional programme financing of up to 100 bn euro until 2014, including the required recapitalisation of Greek banks. The new programme should be agreed by the end of 2011 and the exchange of bonds should be implemented at the beginning of 2012. We call on the IMF to continue to contribute to the financing of the new Greek programme.
We agree that the capacity of the extended EFSF shall be used with a view to maximizing the available resources in the following framework:
• the objective is to support market access for euro area Member States faced with market pressures and to ensure the proper functioning of the euro area sovereign debt market, while fully preserving the high credit standing of the EFSF. These measures are needed to ensure financial stability and provide sufficient ringfencing to fight contagion;
• this will be done without extending the guarantees underpinning the facility and within the rules of the Treaty and the terms and conditions of the current framework agreement, operating in the context of the agreed instruments, and entailing appropriate conditionality and surveillance.

19. We agree on two basic options to leverage the resources of the EFSF:
• providing credit enhancement to new debt issued by Member States, thus reducing the funding cost. Purchasing this risk insurance would be offered to private investors as an option when buying bonds in the primary market;
• maximising the funding arrangements of the EFSF with a combination of resources from private and public financial institutions and investors, which can be arranged through Special Purpose Vehicles. This will enlarge the amount of resources available to extend loans, for bank recapitalization and for buying bonds in the primary and secondary markets.

20. The EFSF will have the flexibility to use these two options simultaneously, deploying them depending on the specific objective pursued and on market circumstances. The leverage effect of each option will vary, depending on their specific features and market conditions, but could be up to four or five.
UPDATE: IIF Statement: (ht Brian)
Institute of International Finance

October 27, 2011 – Brussels, Belgium:

The following statement was issued by Mr. Charles Dallara, Managing Director
of the Institute of International Finance:

We welcome the announcement by the leaders of the Euro Area of a
comprehensive package of measures to stabilize Europe, to strengthen the
European banking system and to support Greece's reform effort. On behalf of
the private investor community, the IIF agrees to work with Greece, Euro
Area authorities and the IMF to develop a concrete voluntary agreement on
the firm basis of a nominal discount of 50% on notional Greek debt held by
private investors with the support of a 30 billion Euro official PSI
package. This should set the basis for the decline of the Greek debt to GDP
ratio with an objective of reaching 120% by 2020.

The specific terms and conditions of the voluntary PSI will be agreed by all
relevant parties in the coming period and implemented with immediacy and
force. The structure of the new Greek claims will need to be based on terms
and conditions that ensure an NPV loss for investors fully consistent with a
voluntary agreement.