Moody's warns of Greece default despite debt deal
- 3 March 2012
- From the section Business
Moody's has cut Greece's credit rating again, citing a risk of default despite a recent debt write-off deal.
Moody's cut Greece's rating to "C" from "Ca", the lowest level on its scale.
The firm said on Friday: "Today's rating decision was prompted by the recently announced debt exchange proposals for Greece, which imply expected losses to investors in excess of 70%."
The deal writes off 107bn euros ($141.3bn; £89bn) of Greece's debt.
Moody's said the planned debt exchange, which involves private investors of Greek debt writing off much of the 206bn euros in Greek bonds they hold, "would constitute a distressed exchange, and hence a default".
The agency acknowledged that the deal was necessary to help stabilise Greece. But Moody's said: "The risk of a default even after the debt exchange has been completed remains high. Moody's believes that Greece will still face medium-term solvency challenges.
"The country is unlikely to be able to access the private market once the second assistance package runs out; and its planned fiscal and economic reforms will still face very significant implementation risks."
Earlier this week the Standard & Poor's agency classified Greek debt as in "selective default".