Commentary: If Puerto Rico Believes Bankruptcy Is a Much Better Option, It Has an Impolite Waking Up Coming!

One ought to look no more than the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (PREPA) pending bankruptcy.

All reputable monetary experts concur that PREPA just needs a little more than a 10% decrease in financial obligation service to continue paying its expenses and running as anticipated. Over a three-year duration, the energy worked out with their shareholders for a 15% decrease in financial obligation. This consensual arrangement provided the energy nearly 50% more than it had to return on track.

If the bankruptcy judges perform the hearings without personal or political predisposition, PREPA will get just exactly what it must run securely. That number ought to show a 10% decrease in financial obligation, far less than was provided to the energy in their consensual settlements with their bond holders.

For PREPA to get a more beneficial result in court they will need to form an argument based upon the list below aspects:

1. PREPA has supposedly been overcharging its consumers every year for high-quality petroleum while paying and taking shipment of sludge oil. The distinction in expense is numerous countless dollars each year. That money is unaccounted for. (BusinessWire 4-16-16, RICO Lawsuit).

2. PREPA needs to pay abnormally high accounting charges to KPMG to produce deceptive monetary declarations each year. (KPMG lead auditor, Puerto Rico Senate Hearing 6-24-15).

3. PREPA needs to pay abnormally high bond ranking charges each year to protect deceptive bond scores for their brand-new bond offerings. (Puerto Rico Monitor 4-5-16, FINRA Settlements, continuous SEC Investigations).

4. PREPA needs to pay abnormally high sales costs to the significant Wall Street Banks for them to intentionally market distressed bonds as safe financial investments. (Reuters 6-28-17).

5. PREPA spending plans numerous countless dollars each year for devices upkeep and the cash vanishes while the repair works are hardly ever done. (SEC Whistleblower Financial Audit 1-18-16).

6. The Puerto Rico Fiscal Control Board although mandated through legislation to authorize consensual arrangements with Puerto Rico’s financial institutions, the Board has chosen to overlook the legislation costing PREPA numerous millions in future litigation. (Puerto Rico Fiscal Control Board 6-27-17).

7. PREPA has a various lawsuit, FBI and SEC examinations going on now, costing PREPA 10s of millions in legal and consulting costs. (AlixPartners $28 million, and so on.).

8. PREPA has enormous unfunded pension responsibilities, although the pension contributions are allocated every year they hardly ever contribute exactly what was guaranteed.

The PREPA lawyers and accounting professionals will need to form an argument that if they are to preserve their existing level of mismanagement and impropriety, more money needs to be drawn from the innocent shareholders.

In a sincere legal system, PREPA is not likely to dominate.