So this one’s inexplicably flying under the Communicational Hegemon’s radar: Sidetur, the steelmaker and one-time Sivensa subsidiary expropriated back in 2010, missed its coupon payment on $100 million worth of bonds last week, putting at least one shard of the Venezuelan public sector behemoth deeper into outright default.
According to Deutsche Bank, Sidetur first missed a coupon payment back in January, so with this missed payment it’s just heading deeper into default-land.
The markets don’t seem to be entirely freaking out about this yet, even though the government’s line on this – we only seized Sidetur’s assets, it’s up to the folks we expropriated to answer for its liabilities – is just this side of bonkers.
As signals go, it’s just really not good.
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