Brazil's OAS may face 1.5 bln reais in early debt claims -paper

domingo 18 de enero de 2015 13:35 GYT

BRASILIA Jan 18 (Reuters) - Creditors of Brazilian engineering firm OAS SA could demand early repayment of around 1.5 billion reais ($572 million) in debt after it failed to pay interest on bonds earlier this month, newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo reported on Sunday citing an OAS document.

The company's cash and marketable securities were estimated at 1 billion reais as of Dec. 31, 2014, according to Fitch Ratings. The agency downgraded OAS debt by five notches to 'C' after it missed a coupon payment on its bonds maturing 2021.

OAS estimated the total debt eligible for early repayment claims in a letter to one of its bondholders, Credito Corporativo Brasil, to explain its efforts to restructure obligations with its creditors, Estado said.

OAS spokespeople did not respond to a request for comment.

($1 = 2.62 Brazilian reais) (Reporting by Silvio Cascione)