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PDVSA Offers Citgo Backing to Sweeten $7 Billion Bond Swap

  • Company wants to exchange bonds due in 2017 for 2020 debt
  • PDVSA to offer new bonds at 1:1 ratio to old until Sept. 29
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Venezuela’s state-owned oil company says it won’t pay bond investors any more than face value to exchange their debt for longer-maturity notes. Instead, it proposes offering half its U.S. refining arm as collateral.

Petroleos de Venezuela SA will offer to swap $7 billion of bonds maturing in April and November next year for new 8.5 percent notes with payments staggered over the next four years. The new bonds will be backed by a 50.1 percent stake in Citgo Holding Inc., the unit that owns its U.S. refining arm.