Ukraine buys debt relief, bringing some good news

After five months of talks with private creditors and the unpredictable consequence of a debt moratorium looming, Ukrainian finance minister Natalie Jaresko triumphantly announced on August 27 that she had achieved a write-down of up to $3.8 billion of the nation’s debt.

In addition to securing a 20 per cent write-down on $19 billion worth of government eurobonds, Ukraine obtained a four-year freeze on principal payments from a group of bondholders that own about half the government’s sovereign and sovereign-guaranteed debt.

Chicago native Jaresko managed to get the debt rolled over into nine new bonds that will be repaid in equal amounts each year starting in 2019, with a coupon of 7.75 per cent. “Less of the government’s scarce financial resources will be spent servicing high debt levels taken on by previous governments,” the finance ministry said in a statement. “And more will be available for critical social spending and national defense.”

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(Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2015. Photo: World Economic Forum/