Debt-Ridden Odebrecht Branch Requests judicial Recovery

Atvos' defeat is setback for the group and its creditors, mainly public banks

Raquel Landim

With a debt of R$ 11.96 billion ($3 billion) Atvos, the sugar and alcohol arm of the Odebrecht group, filed for judicial recovery on Wednesday (29). The lawsuit was filed in São Paulo and approved by Judge João de Oliveira Rodrigues Filho.

The company's collapse is a major setback for the Odebrecht group and banks, especially the public banks. BNDES is its largest creditor, with R$ 4.1 billion ($1billion)  in loans. Next is Banco do Brasil, with R$ 3.8 billion ($950 million), Caixa Econômica Federal, with R$ 530 million ($133 million), Itaú with R$ 390 million ($98 million), and Bradesco, with R$ 260 million ($65 million).

View of the logo of Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) - AFP

With the approval of Justice, the company must present a recovery plan within 60 days. According to the report, the plan is likely to involve a significant loss for creditors because its capital structure does not contain more than R$ 5 billion ($1.25 billion) in debt.

In the request for reorganization, to which Folha had access, Atvos reports that it has been negotiating a "friendly exit" with the banks, but then it was surprised by an "attack" by one of the creditors.

According to the lawsuit, it is the US LoneStar fund, with which the company has a debt of R$ 1.1 billion ($276 million). Through the court, the Americans managed to receive a part of the revenue from the sale of ethanol, and this financially asphyxiated the company. With the bankruptcy, US LoneStar fund will stop receiving the money.


Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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