The Collapsing Greek Income Statement, Or Why Greece Is Doomed

With everyone focused exclusively on the Greek balance sheet, where apparently the market has now realized that you don't cure unmanageable debt with yet more debt (something the Troica will figure out just as soon as the eurozone breaks apart), a far more important statement is the country's P&L, or income statement. After all, if a country can not grow into its balance sheet with excess cash at the end of the day, all bailouts are completely irrelevant. Alas, as this historical and projected income from Egan-Jones shows, there is simply no hope for Greece as a "going concern", and if anything should the ECB and IMF continue pursuing bailout after bailout, the end result will be Greek bonds that will be a bigger paradox than Schrodinger's Cat: not bankrupt, yet trading at a price that when lim'ed to ∞ approaches zero. Sadly, there just is no way out, even if China pulls a White Knight for the 3rd time and triple down on good money after bad and worse.

Below is the one chart that everyone wishes to avoid, yet which is the biggest elephant in the room:

And Egan-Jones', a rating agency that has proven infinitely better at predicting the future than Moody's or S&P, summary of what to expect:

End of the line - although Greece is likely to receive additional funds, those funds might be senior to existing debt and both creditors and Greece's patience is waning. The rise in interest rates is likely to place an unbearable burden on the issuer and the austerity measures will further pressure GDP. The Hellenic Statistical Authority cited an accelerated contraction in domestic demand and a fall in consumer expenditures with the decline.

We expect that Greece will be forced to restructure its debt within the next 2 to 18 months; it cannot sustain significant additional budget cuts, the tepid economy, restricted capital raising, and 20+% interest rates. Greece's stated debt is EUR329B, GDP is EUR230B, and the federal budget deficit is EUR3.8B before interest expense and EUR16.4B after interest expense. The country has failed to meet its initial deficit target of 8.1% of GDP for 2010 as agreed to under the joint IMF-EU bailout terms in May 2010. Meanwhile, Greek debt (currently the highest in the EU at 127%) is projected to reach 160% of GDP in 2011. Austria withheld funds due to Greece after claiming the country has failed to meet its spoken commitments for the EU bailout package.