Fitch Downgrades 13 Greek Government Bonds, Keeps Country’s Overall Rating Unchanged

Fitch ratings agency has downgraded a series of Greek government bonds exchanged under a massive debt relief deal, but has left the country’s overall rating unchanged.

A Fitch statement says Greece’s long-term rating remains at “B” with a stable outlook. The agency said Thursday it downgraded 13 Greek foreign-law sovereign bonds, whose exchange was completed on April 11, from C to D. It said the ratings of the affected securities will be withdrawn on Friday, when the new deadline expires for a last batch of bondholders to participate in the bond swap.

If carried out, the exchange will complete the biggest debt writedown in history, forgiving crisis-hit Greece just over half its 205 billion euro ($268.4 billion) debt held by banks, pension funds and other private investors.

(source: AP)


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