Fitch Solutions: Tighter PDVSA CDS Mirrors Venezuela; CDS Liquidity Up

NEW YORK--()--Recent credit default swap (CDS) spread movement for Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) is emulating that of Venezuela, this despite credit protection for the oil giant still being priced at stressed levels, according to Fitch Solutions in its latest CDS Case Study Snapshot.

Five-year CDS on PDVSA have tightened 38% since mid-February and 19% over the past month, a trajectory similar to Venezuela. 'The CDS market is currently charging a 24% premium for credit protection on PDVSA's debt, as compared to the sovereign, up from 17%,' said Director Diana Allmendinger.

Though CDS spreads on PDVSA are coming in significantly, CDS liquidity is actually increasing. PDVSA has moved from trading in the 15th global percentile to the sixth percentile. 'the higher liquidity indicates growing market uncertainty over the future direction of CDS pricing for PDVSA,' said Allmendinger.

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Contacts

Fitch Solutions
Diana Allmendinger, +1-212-908-0848
Director
Fitch Solutions, 33 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004
Media Relations
Sandro Scenga, +1-212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com

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Contacts

Fitch Solutions
Diana Allmendinger, +1-212-908-0848
Director
Fitch Solutions, 33 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004
Media Relations
Sandro Scenga, +1-212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com