Faced with big debts and falling revenues, companies across the world are hiring experts and pondering options.
One option is to swap old bonds for new, exchanging looming maturities for redemptions a few years off. Another is to buy back debts trading at discounted prices.
ITV said today that 54 percent of holders of its 2011 bonds were happy to swap their holdings for a mix of cash and new bonds, maturing in 2014. A moderate success, said analysts.
However, this result came only after the company sweetened the deal with an increase in the coupon after sobering talks with some big investors.