Citibank resigning as pay agent on PDVSA bonds -sources
By Corina Pons
CARACAS Aug 31 (Reuters) - Citibank is stepping aside as the bank in charge of making payments on bonds issued by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter and a letter to bondholders seen by Reuters.
Citibank in July told bondholders PDVSA would need to name a new paying agent for seven outstanding dollar-denominated bonds that the bank has represented, according to three investors who asked not to be identified.
A letter from Citibank to bondholders seen by Reuters said the bank would no longer serve as paying agent for PDVSA's 2017N bond that bears an 8.5 percent coupon.
The letter did not describe the reason for the decision.
A spokeswoman for Citibank, a unit of Citigroup, confirmed the veracity of the letter but said the bank could not offer additional details, citing company policy of not commenting on issues involving clients. PDVSA did not respond to a request for comment.
Investors said they received similar letters from Citibank regarding bonds maturing in 2016, 2021, 2022, 2024, 2026 y 2035.
Citibank declined to comment on those letters.
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