UPDATE 3-Argentina seals $5 bln bank loan as heads into holdout talks

viernes 29 de enero de 2016 18:00 GYT

* Argentina gets $5 bln loan from int'l banks to bolster reserves

* Deal strengthens negotiating hand as goes into debt talks (Adds increase in reserves, paragraph 6)

By Walter Bianchi and Sarah Marsh

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Argentina's central bank said on Friday it had sealed a deal for a $5 billion, one-year loan from international private banks, bolstering its low foreign reserves as the country heads into talks with creditors suing over unpaid debt.

The South American country is virtually shut out of global credit markets because of its long-running legal dispute in U.S. courts with creditors over debt it defaulted on in 2002.

President Mauricio Macri, who took office last month, has said he hopes to reach an agreement early this year, enabling Argentina to re-gain access to capital markets. In the meantime, his government has secured alternative financing.

This commercial bank loan "facilitates the central bank's capacity to confront external shocks and thereby avoid disruption in the local market," the regulator said in a statement.

The loan will be backed by Bonar 2022, Bonar 2025 and Bonar 2027 notes in the central bank's portfolio, it added.

Argentina's foreign reserves rose to $30.071 billion on Friday from $25.241 billion the previous day, the central bank said in a separate statement after the local markets' close.   Continuación...