Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank, operating under a state of emergency imposed to halt an erosion of its dwindling cash, has filed with regulators to sell debt as officials negotiate with creditors about a $422 million payment owed at the start of May.
The GDB, which lent to the commonwealth and its agencies, filed to sell taxable securities that would mature May 2017, according to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s website, called EMMA. The notice doesn’t list the amount of the sale or the coupon. The commonwealth hasn’t been able to sell debt since last year.
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla declared the state of emergency April 9, allowing withdrawals from the GDB only to fund health, public safety and education services. The bank has $562 million of liquidity, according to a debt-moratorium law passed two weeks ago.