Noble's ballooning debt seen raising restructuring risk

Hong Kong

NOBLE Group Ltd's rising debt load is adding to speculation that it will need to restructure its obligations, even after the embattled commodity trader obtained a crucial covenant waiver that buys it more time.

"Noble's current capital structure is not sustainable," said Annisa Lee, head of Asia ex-Japan flow credit analysis at Nomura International (Hong Kong) Ltd. "It is still my base case that it will have to go for restructuring or liquidation eventually."

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