Cyprus Bailout Size Increases By 35% In One Month To €23 Billion, 120% Of GDP

Tyler Durden's picture

As was reported in the previously presented Cypriot Debt Sustainability Analysis, which among other things had this stunner inside of it, things in Cyprus have gone from bad to worse in the brief span of a month. 35% worse to be exact, because this is how much the total bailout of Cyprus has grown by in a few shorts weeks, from €17 to €23 billion, which happened because just as we predicted the stealth outflow from banks was much worse (read bigger) than previously reported, leaving banks with a far bigger hole to plug. This is problematic because at least previously the bailout as a percentage of GDP was in the double digits. No longer so, as the latest (and soon to be re-revised higher) bailout figure now stands at over 120% of the country's €18.8 billion GDP (which itself is about to tumble following the collapse of the economy).

From the Guardian:

Crisis-hit Cyprus will be forced to find an extra €6bn (£5.1bn) to contribute to its own bailout under leaked updated plans for the rescue.


In total, the bill for the bailout has risen to €23bn, from an original estimate of €17bn, less than a month after the deal was agreed – and the entire extra cost will be imposed on Nicosia.


Cyprus's politicians had already faced intense domestic political pressure for agreeing to impose hefty losses on savers at two struggling banks in order to fulfil its eurozone partners' demands of contributing €7bn.


But after a more detailed "debt sustainability analysis" showed that the black hole in the island nation's finances is far deeper than first thought, the total bill for Cypriot taxpayers and depositors has now been set at €13bn. The €23bn overall bill is larger than the size of the Cypriot economy.


The document, leaked on Wednesday night, underlines the botched nature of the initial bailout agreement, which was hurriedly cobbled together in March and had to be redrawn after Europe's finance ministers rejected the idea that depositors holding less than €100,000 – whose savings are meant to be insured – would face deep losses.


Under the new plan, which is likely to spark fresh public outrage, Cyprus will be forced to sell €400m-worth of gold reserves, renegotiate the terms of a loan with Russia and "bail-in" creditors of the Bank of Cyprus, to claw back some of the cost of the rescue.

Furthermore, as we also forecast, Cyprus will soon be forced to engage in some form of Greek-like PSA, or other "consensual" exchange offer, with the details still murky, but the outcome clear: convert yet another debt instrument into a "perpetual PIK" never to pay interest or be repaid again.

There was also a suggestion that holders of €1bn-worth of Cypriot government bonds could be urged to agree to a debt swap, reducing the country's repayments. That could signal a messy period of negotiation and uncertainty.

Finally, the DSA had the following clause, which was also previously reporterd:

Sale of excess gold reserves: The Cypriot authorities have committed to sell the excess amount of gold reserves owned by the Republic. This is estimated to generate one-off revenues to the state of EUR 0.4 bn via an extraordinary pay-out of central bank profits

Yet somehow this happened without the actual "Cypriot authorities" knowledge, because the entire morning has been spent by them denying they had any idea this has happened. Alas, when one has ceded all sovereignty to the Troika, the word "authority" has a far looser meaning.

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SeverinSlade's picture

The European Commission demands MOAR gold.

JPM Hater001's picture

"The Rothchilds demand MOAR gold."

There - fixed.

GetZeeGold's picture



They entertained the offer from the Rothchilds......then they said screw'em.

Abraxas's picture

I wish Stephen Leeb, John Embry, James Turk and Jim Sinclair would stop calling the bottom in gold and silver and resumption of the bull just around the corner. Don't get me wrong, I believe in PMs more than ever and I am patiently waiting, but these continuous calls for the new highs just in front of us are not helping at all, because they look just like MSM talking up the equities. What I'm saying is that they should stick to the fundamentals and leave the psychic stuff to the clowns in the MSM.

GetZeeGold's picture



I am patiently waiting


So is a buddy of mine from ten years ago. I love him like a brother...but that guy never gets off his ass and actually does anything.

Peter Pan's picture

People need to watch the stock market and ask themselves, "can this really be happening?"

The answer is "no".

The same applies to the downward price of gold.

There is a disconnect between fundamentals and reality on the one hand and manipulation and delusion on the other.

The situation is resolved simply by the passage of time which tends to weed out imbalances by letting them collapse by the sheer weight of their mathematical foolishness.

eclectic syncretist's picture

Those guys make their money selling you the idea that gold and silver are going higher, much more so than any investments in the PM's themselves, so you should ignore them.  They are like car salemen and realtors who never say anything but "it's a great time to buy".

Regardless of the apparent bull market in equities, volume on up and down days suggest distribution is already occurring.  Look at the market tops in 2000 and 2007.  Both took several months of distribution before a downtrend started.  You are definitely right to be patient.  So few people have this important skill anymore.

The Fed can print and, at least hypothetically, adjust the market to be anything they want, but they can't make jobs.  I mean jobs as in true economic prosperity going-forward capitalistic democratic society type jobs.  The Fed exists only to print money for the government and to skim a hefty portion of it for the banks, and nothing else.  Oh, I almost forgot, the Feds money creation and transfer activities are paid for by the taxpayers and are an immediate drain upon the economy, so what the Fed is doing now is only going to exacerbate/accelerate the economic problems we already have.

GetZeeGold's picture



Yeah......but it's a faith based system.


You can only sell hot air for so long.

new game's picture

but gold isn't money - hey buffon accross the pond - someone is calling ya out to da street.

i ask the great bafoon and shalom; is gold money?

Anasteus's picture

Cypriots gave 10 tons of gold to Europe (to the Rothschilds) and their debt immediately mounted up.

A good stroke of business!

Sudden Debt's picture

It's just a repeat of the Greek Scenario where they will finally end up demanding 10 times more than the original amount.

Nothing will go to the country, everything to the banks


something to think about when their people are looking for food in the trashcans...

Global Hunter's picture

after they save the Cypriotic banks they can incorporate  the Sudden Debt phrase "last one with a job is a queer" into their daily lives.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Next month when the bailout becomes more then the entire country is worth, do they send in Tommy D and Henry to bust out the joint?

Edward Fiatski's picture

Hey... I heard this story before! Prepare for the Summer of Fun!

EscapeKey's picture

I'm pretty sure they have a templated version of that document, and only the country name and numbers change.

Urban Redneck's picture

And if they had a sense of humor- it would be stamped PLAN B


Handful of Dust's picture

Edward, it's another summer of the 'jobless recovery.'

Edward Fiatski's picture

One of these Summers will see the jobless peasants shipped off to some Great War, just as had been done in the past.

Marshall Plan

Doubling of GDP for Everyone!*

*after your country gets decimated by thermonuclear warheads

j0nx's picture

Those impotent peons deserve what they get at this point. They should have exercised the rope and lamp post solution instead of whining a little and slinking into the night like little bitches. Give a bully your lunch money once and he will be back day after day until you knock him the fuck out.

JPM Hater001's picture

I would agree with you 100% if these weren't the things that lead to war.

JOYFUL's picture

Right now, over the eastern Mediterranean, we've enjoyed two consecutive days of nordic, clean air, nary a cloud in the night.

During the day you can watch the planes move in parallel lines over the western sky, belching the noxious clouds of chemtrailed toxins which have failed to form in the usual all encompassing fashion, due to the healthy blow from north...but soon nuff, the wind will shift, and the sun be all but blocked out a miasma of mood altering chemical control. Cypriot control. We all "Cypriots" now.

"impotent peons".....

man, you have no idea just how fucked you puta ni idea. You, cabroncito, unlike most of my brethern in the fallen lands, deserve exactly what's blowin yur way.

j0nx's picture

Your meds. Take them now.

JOYFUL's picture

Actually Chthonic One, the Med is my meds...or was until the clouds started rollin this way too...

don't need no meds no more...just bein free of poseur tuff guy folk like yu does wonders for the spirit. Please stay wherever you are and await your I was sayin, you deserves it mightily!

malikai's picture

Why not? Of course they're good for it.

Everyone loves being robbed and enslaved at the same time.

EscapeKey's picture


No-one was being robbed. You see, they all got shares in the banks when they willingly (and totally voluntarily) handed over a percentage of their deposits.

And shares in banks are as good as gold.

pods's picture

"But what if he shot me in the face?"

"That was a risk we were willing to take."


malikai's picture

I wonder if people miss the mob yet..

fonzannoon's picture

Are there still capital controls on insured deposits there? Are they still living off an atm withdrawal a day?

Navymugsy's picture

Yes. ATM withdrawls and charity soup.

I am more equal than others's picture

If you are merely printing the fiat to complete the bail out who cares what the amount is? Why not a trillion to the trillionth power; its only paper or electronic zeros and ones made up by fairly tale believing money elves. 

GetZeeGold's picture



......who cares what the amount is?


I'm not sure anyone even knows at this point.

EscapeKey's picture

At this rate of expansion, it will take the global GDP to bail out Cyprus by the end of the year.

HD's picture

Excess gold? How the hell can you have excess gold?

JPM Hater001's picture

Are you broke AND holding gold?

That's excess.

Detach - Debase - Defy.

Only chance.

new game's picture

HD- plus 100 = 101

at least as much as can be sewn in and not restrict movement...

Sudden Debt's picture

well... every man has EXCESS DICK... untill they want to do pooky pooky... than you need every inch you have...

new game's picture

somebody has to refuse to go to the back of the buss!

booboo's picture

It was always going to be more, bailouts are like remodeling estimates. Labor, material, overhead, profit............... then double it.

SWRichmond's picture

The number should be no surprise; recall, Barofsky estimated that the fed had spent, lent, or guaranteed some $24 Trillion at the height of the 2007/2008 "crisis" in the US.  Compare that number to US GDP.

pods's picture

Time for Cypriots to realize that their gold is worth more than their banks.

When that happens, shit starts burning.


Sudden Debt's picture

that's for their grandchildren to figure out.

For now, they are all still to dumbed down like 99% of the entire world population.

Temporalist's picture

Not certain but it seems to me that many Cypriots are retirees/expats and their children or grandchildren live in other countries. 

Cyprus is like Ibiza with crooked banks instead of nightclubs and ecstasy.

firstdivision's picture

Damn, I was off by 2B.  I guessed by now they would need 25B.  I guess over the weekend it'll hit 25B.  In reality they are going to need ~37B with the lack of internal capital to raid, especially due to local politicians and bankers that moved their funds out of the country prior to the seizure.

GetZeeGold's picture



The real numbers aren't in yet. I'd wait for the revisions.

jubber's picture

defaults on derivatives with Laiki bank ?

Sudden Debt's picture

Again, the Greek Scenario all over again.

They'll just change the rules and don't call it a event so nothing is triggered.


EscapeKey's picture

Laiki Bank collapsing is not a credit event.

Winston Churchill's picture

149 % haircut .

Spiderman towels are expensive.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Exponential growth, but not in a good way....bitchez