It was only a week ago that we were conjecturing about the prospects for Austrian mega-bank Raiffeisen (OTC:RAIFF). This being Zero Hedge of course, we came to the conclusion that the prospects were not that hot. Some readers vehemently disagreed. Maybe news Monday out of RZB will make them a tad less skeptical: the bank announced that it was scrapping the exchange offer without providing much of a reason.
Among some percolating speculations as to the reason why are:
- Complete lack of investor interest
- Concerns about what would happen once the lack of interest is made public
- Trouble with accountants
- Rating agency getting back to the bank that this would be treated as a distressed exchange (as Zero Hedge speculated), putting the company into an Event of Default.
Then again, the real reason is probably much more innocuous, and has to do with the bank discovering a buried gold treasure in its back yard which will be used to satisfy the several hundred billion in toxic assets as a result of chicken coops built in Transylvania at a 180% LTV (in a JV possibly with GE Capital).
And in order to bring even more seriousness to this grave situation, I present Google's erudite translation of the German text provided by RZB to explain the exchange offer pull (about as legible as the 2930 line, non-broken sentence from the latest MGM Grand indenture).
RZB Finance (Jersey) IV Limited announces the withdrawal of the exchange offer the EUR 500,000,000 Non-cumulative Subordinated Perpetual Callable Step-up Fixed to Capital Floating Rate Notes (ISIN / Common Code XS0253262025/025326202) to RZB Finance (Jersey) Limited IV invited on 18 June 2009 to holders of the above.
Debt, the existing debt into new "Non-cumulative Subordinated Perpetual Callable Fixed to Floating Rate Capital Notes "to the issuer exchange offer (the" Exchange Offer "). The Exchange offer was based on the conditions of the Exchange Offer Memorandum of 18. June 2009. The new bonds were, as the existing Bonds, with a supporting statement of the Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB) equipped..