State Geothermal Company La Geo may issue Salvadoran Bitcoin bonds, but delays are possible

El Salvador’s Treasury Minister, Alejandro Zelaya, has given an update on the future of bitcoin bonds and the likelihood of them being issued by La Geo, the country’s national geothermal power business. Zelaya also mentioned the date of issuance of these instruments, implying that the bonds could be released to the market in May or perhaps July.

El Salvador is considering issuing Bitcoin bonds via La Geo

El Salvador’s Treasury Minister, Alejandro Zelaya, spoke about the issuing of bitcoin bonds and how they might be tied to La Geo, the country’s geothermal power firm. Zelaya claimed in an interview with a local television programme that the bitcoin bonds will be issued by La Geo, which will be responsible for backing the instrument.

Future investors can rest easy, however, because Zelaya explained that even under this scenario, the state would be accountable for bond issuance and would provide bondholders with warranties. In response, Zelaya stated:

Whether it is issued by La Geo or the Salvadoran government, it is always a government debt. We, as a state, contribute the entirety of the funds. These are state-owned enterprises.

The bitcoin bonds were offered by the country’s president, Nayib Bukele, as a way to raise funds for the construction of Bitcoin City, a geothermal-powered city. The first bond issuance would be backed by bitcoin and offer a 6.5 percent yield.

The date of issuance is still up in the air

Zelaya also addressed the precise day and time when these bonds will be issued, stating that, in his opinion, these bonds might be released to the market between the months of March and April. However, he stated that the current situation is unfavourable for this era. He also indicated that the months of May and June would be favourable for bond issuing.

Furthermore, the minister noted that there are slim chances for the issuance to have a significant influence beyond September. Zelaya also stated that they expect to be oversubscribed, and that the government expects to earn $1.5 billion from this programme.

Since January, when 20 bills were written to facilitate the issue of these bonds, the country has been preparing its legal framework for their introduction.

 

Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.

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