El Salvador is ready to launch its own crypto bonds
El Salvador is ready to launch its own crypto bonds
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El Salvador is ready to launch its own crypto bonds

By Vincenzo Cacioppoli - 22 Feb 2022

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Since mid-November, Bitcoin has lost about half its value, and for El Salvador, the first country in the world to make it legal tender, it is a matter of having to record losses in the millions.

However, President Nayib Bukele does not seem too worried by these generalized falls in the crypto market. 

He has announced on several occasions that the State would buy new quantities of Bitcoin, as it did last January, when the Central Bank bought $100 million worth of Bitcoin.

In January, the president also announced the first crypto bond issue to finance the first tax-free Bitcoin city.

The issuance of the bond will be for $1 billion, managed by the company Blockstream, which a few days ago reportedly announced that it had reached an initial acceptance in principle for about half of the amount. The issuance is expected to take place between 15 and 20 March. The expected yield is around 6.5%.

However, the debt situation in El Salvador does not seem optimal, following the warning issued at the end of January by the International Monetary Fund, which not surprisingly sent the country to abandon the legal bitcoin project. 

“Policy differences related to the government’s embrace of bitcoin have lowered the probability that an IMF deal will be reached in time to address the government’s upcoming January 2023 $800 million bond maturity”

analysts at rating agency Moody’s wrote on 22 January. 

Ever since El Salvador decided in September to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, the 10-year bond due next year has lost more than 40% of its value.

President Bukele scoffed via Twitter at the IMF’s formal request to the country to abandon the project that recognized Bitcoin as legal tender.

Indeed, according to some analysts, Bitcoin itself would be the solution for the South American country’s limited access to ordinary sources of finance. 

“The effective liquidity management over the next few months and successful launch of a (bitcoin) bond may allow for a pull to par on the 2023s and perhaps even residual positive impact on the curve on the demonstrated ‘willingness to pay'”

wrote Siobhan Morden, chief investment strategist for Latin America at Amherst Pierpont Securities.

But the risks associated with this crypto bond issue are certainly very high. Negative market conditions and the new city project to be built pose serious unknowns about the full success of the deal.

 

Vincenzo Cacioppoli

Vincenzo was born in Genova but lived most of his life in Milan. He has a degree in political science. He is a journalist, blogger, writer, and marketing and digital advertising expert. After a long experience in traditional marketing, he started working with the web and digital advertising in 2011, creating a company called Le enfants. Passionate about the web and innovation, in 2018 he started exploring the topics related to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Independent cryptocurrency trader since March 2018, he now collaborates with companies in the sector as a content marketing specialist. In his blog. mediateccando.blogspot.com, he has long been primarily focused on blockchain, which he considers to be the greatest technological innovation after the Internet. His first book about blockchain and fintech is scheduled for release in November.

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