Guatemala Prepares $560 Million Bond Issue

The Finance Ministry will meet with potential investors this week and will decide how much to set aside for the domestic and international markets.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Decree 19-2010 was published in the official government newspaper, thus authorizing the Finance Ministry to issue the securities.

Juan Alberto Fuentes, Finance Minister, told newspaper that “Guatemala is well regarded internationally for its excellent payment reputation. He doesn’t see major complications for placing some of the debt in international markets, but they will also try to attend the domestic demand”

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Guatemala Issues $50 million in bonds

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The Ministry of Public Finance has placed more than $50 million in dollars and quetzals on the market.

The treasury bonds have been issued both in quetzales and dollars, each for various time periods.

A report by Byron Dardón to La Prensa Libre states: "Of the total registered bonds, 81.8% are from the private sector and 18.2% from the public sector .

Guatemala: Monetary Board Authorizes Bond Issue

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The Monetary Board approved the issuance of $ 673 million in securities to finance the 2011 budget.

The approval was unanimous, this time with the support of the private bank sector.

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Guatemala Launches Bond Issue

June 2010

On June 15 the Finance Ministry will start selling $560 million in Treasury Bonds in the domestic securities market.

They will use an auction-based method to sell the securities, and they are currently considering whether to offer the bonds in the international market.

“The issue will be split in 2-year, 5-year, 7-year, 10-year and 15-year securities, and the interest rates will be defined by the market.

Guatemala Could Sell $500 Million in Bonds

March 2010

A proposal will be sent to Congress next week, reported Juan Alberto Fuentes, Finance Minister.

The Monetary Board, part of the Central Bank, has green lighted this operation. It is now in the hands of Congress to decide if the country should issue these bonds.

“Miguel Gutierrez, analyst from think tank CABI explained that if the Government decides to move forward with this transaction, it must do so in the next four months, before the U.S. Federal Reserve changes its monetary policy, closing a now existing ‘liquidity window’”.

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