GCL nears resolution of its $500m senior notes headache


Cross-defaulting Chinese polysilicon manufacturer GCL-Poly hopes a court process in Bermuda will rubber-stamp a proposed swap of senior notes, to reorganize the company's debts, next month.

GCL has been in cross default since $500 million of three-year senior notes failed to be settled upon maturity at the end of January. The company stated, in early February, the holders of almost 92% of the debt had signaled their intent to agree to swap their investments for new three-year notes and the company is now awaiting confirmation of that in the court of Bermuda, where the company is registered for tax reasons.

The manufacturer last week said it expects a directions hearing related to the debt restructure to be heard on the island nation on Thursday, with creditors set to sign up to the plan on June 4. If that progresses as expected, GCL said, it anticipates the debt restructure being signed off on June 11.

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