Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira admitted, earlier on February, the extension of credit moratoria or other solutions to support the payment of these credits. “We are discussing what to do about the debt that exists and, eventually, an extension of maturities may be justified in this sector,” the minister said in a webinar.
The minister admitted that he is discussing the issue of moratoria with the Bank of Portugal (BoP) and the Portuguese Banking Association (APB). On the table “it is being discussed not only the suspension of payments that we determined until September,” but the “extension of even the term of the remaining debt.
He added: “It’s something that we have to see to what extent it is justified, and with what scope”.
The minister’s statements open the door to extending the term of loans, a form of credit restructuring, as some business associations are considering.
Admitting that company reserves are “exhausted” and equity “further destroyed”, Siza Vieira said that the Government “is aware that it will need to launch corporate capitalisation instruments”. “We will need to make a supplementary effort on the public and private side to endure these months,” he added.
In relation to instruments to support this recapitalisation, the minister said that “quasi-equity, convertible debt, or participating loans” solutions were being studied.At the same online conference held on Tuesday, 9 February, promoted by the Portuguese Tourism Confederation, the chairman of BCP Miguel Maya had already advocated strengthening measures to support tourism, including the continuation of credit moratoria for companies and workers in the sector.
Original Story: Público | Rosa Soares
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