Expect to Be Paid in Spain? This Year? By the Government? Then Take a Haircut!

Expectto Be PaidinSpain? ThisYear? BytheGovernment? ThenTake a Haircut!

Here’s an interesting post about service providers in Spain, owed money and interest by the government. Via translation from Cinco Dias, please consider ProvidersWhoWantPaymentThisYearHavetoAccept a Haircut

The Delegate Commission for Economic Affairs gave the green light to the last phase of the plan to settle the commercial debt.

€6.5 billion has been allocated to settle unpaid debts to suppliers for outstanding bills prior to December 31, 2011.

The last phase corresponds to unpaid accrued invoices between January 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. Early estimates suggest that the total could exceed €14.0 billion.

The problem is that the government only has additional €1.7 billion in the current year to meet those debts. The remaining money will be paid starting January 1, 2014 and shall come primarily from Treasury reserves and surpluses that have accumulated in the various issues of bonds and notes recent months.

The government has chosen to prioritize payments to those companies that have major problems or liquidity needs. The Ministry of Finance and Public Administration has reached an agreement with the five big banks (Santander, BBVA, CaixaBank, Popular and Sabadell) to companies that want to get their invoices paid at a discount in December.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http://www.sitkapacific.com/account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

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