Unformatted text preview: Corporate Bonds,
“The borrower is servant to the lender.”
—Proverbs 22:7 Turmoil in the Corporate Bond Market
In 2008 and 2009 the corporate bond market was in great turmoil. The
financial crisis was raging. Investors were dumping riskier investments and
were buying safer investments such as U.S. Treasury securities instead. This
flight to quality made for tough times in the corporate bond market.
Companies with other than the very highest bond ratings found that
they had to pay very high interest rates to succesfully issue new bonds, if
there were buyers to be found anywhere. Since the required rate of return
on corporate bonds was soaring in this environment the prices of already
existing bonds with less than near-perfect credit ratings dropped like a stone
in the secondary market.
In 2007 low rated “junk bonds” had been trading at prices that gave
market interest rates about 2 to 3 percentage points above the rate on
10-year Treasury notes. In 2009 this spread was over 12 percentage
points. This so-called “quality spread” had exploded in the turbulence of
the financial crisis.
What will happen in the coming years as corporations with less than
the highest bond ratings have their bonds coming due? Will they be able
to finance this debt? If so, what will be the interest rates these companies
will have to pay? These are some of the questions with answers that depend
on how much and how quickly we come out of the financial crisis. 414 © Steffen Foerster (http://www.fotolia.com/p/7365) Chapter Overview Learning Objectives In Chapter 2, we examined the basic characteristics and terminology of corporate
bonds. In Chapter 12, we learned how to estimate the value of bonds. In this
chapter we investigate how corporate bonds and preferred stock play a role in
the financing decisions of a corporation. We also explore how leasing decisions
affect a firm’s finances. Bond Basics
A corporate bond is a security that represents a promise by the issuing corporation
to make certain payments to the owner of the bond, according to a certain schedule.
The corporation that issues a bond is the debtor, and the investor who buys the
bond is the creditor.
The indenture is the contract between the issuing corporation and the bond’s
purchaser. It spells out the various provisions of the bond issue, including the
face value, coupon interest rate, interest payment dates, maturity date, and other
details. The yield to maturity is not in the indenture because it is market determined
and changes with market conditions. The major features of bond indentures are
described in the next section.
The investment bankers who underwrite the new bond issue help the firm set
the terms of that issue. This usually means obtaining a rating for the bonds from one
or more of the major rating companies, such as Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s.
Bond ratings shown in Table 14-1 reflect the likelihood that the issuer will make
415 After reading this chapter,
you should be able to: 1. Describe the contract
terms of a bond issue. 2. Distinguish the various
types of bonds and
describe their major
characteristics. 2. Describe the key features of
preferred stock. 3. Compare and contrast
a genuine lease and
a disguised purchase
contract. 4. Explain why some leases
must be shown on the
balance sheet. 416 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions Table 14-1 Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s Bond Rating Categories Moody’s Standard & Poor’s Aaa AAA Aa1 AA+ Aa2 AA Aa3 AA2 A1 A+ A2 A A3 BBB Baa3 BBB2 Ba1 High Quality BBB+ Baa2 Best Quality A2 Baa1 BB+ Ba2 BB Ba3 B B3 B2 Caa CCC Ca CC C C D Medium Grade B+ B2 Upper Medium Grade BB2 B1 Interactive Module
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In Default the promised interest and principal payments on time. Many institutional investors,
the main purchasers of bonds, are prohibited, either by law or by client demands, from
purchasing unrated bonds.
Bonds rated Baa3 or above by Moody’s and BBB2 or above by Standard & Poor’s
are called investment-grade bonds. Bonds with lower than investment-grade ratings
(Ba1 or below by Moody’s and BB+ or below by Standard & Poor’s) are called junk
bonds. We’ll have more to say about junk bonds later in the chapter. Features of Bond Indentures
In addition to the basic characteristics of the bond (interest, principal, maturity, and
specific payment dates), the bond indenture specifies other features of the bond issue.
These features include:
• ny security to be turned over to the bond’s owner in the event the issuing corporation
defaults • The plan for paying off the bonds at maturity
• Any provisions for paying off the bonds ahead of time
Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing • Any restrictions the issuing company places on itself to provide an extra measure of
safety to the bondholder T
• he name of an independent trustee to oversee the bond issue
Thus, every key feature of the bond issue is spelled out in the bond indenture. Security
A person who buys a newly issued bond is, in effect, lending money to the issuing
corporation for a specified period of time. Like other creditors, bondholders are concerned
about getting their money back. A provision in the loan agreement (the indenture)
that provides security1 to the lender in case of default will increase the bond’s value,
compared with a loan agreement without a security provision. The value of the bond
is higher because the investor has an extra measure of protection. A bond that has a
security provision in the indenture is a secured bond. A bond that does not pledge any
specific asset(s) as security is a debenture. Debentures are backed only by the company’s
ability and willingness to pay.
Plans for Paying Off Bond Issues
Bonds are paid off, or retired, by a variety of means. Some of the more popular methods
include staggered maturities, sinking funds, and call provisions.
Staggered Maturities Some bond issues are packaged as a series of different bonds with
different or staggered maturities. Every few years a portion of the bond issue matures
and is paid off. Staggering maturities in this fashion allows the issuing company to retire
the debt in an orderly fashion without facing a large one-time need for cash, as would
be the case if the entire issue were to mature at once. Serial payments pay off bonds
according to a staggered maturity schedule.
Sinking Funds Although sinking is not an appealing word, sending your debt to the
bottom of the ocean has its appeal. When a sinking fund provision is included in the
bond’s indenture, the issuing company makes regular contributions2 to a fund that is
used to buy back outstanding bonds. Putting aside a little money at a time in this fashion
ensures that the amount needed to pay off the bonds will be available.
Call Provisions Many corporate bonds have a provision in their indentures that allows
the issuing corporation to pay off the bonds before the stated maturity date, at some
stated price. This is known as a call provision. The price at which the bonds can be
purchased before the scheduled maturity date is the call price.
Call provisions allow issuing corporations to refinance their debt if interest rates
fall, just as homeowners refinance their mortgage loans when interest rates fall. For
example, a company that issued bonds in 2009 with a 9 percent coupon interest rate
Chapter 2 used a different definition of security (a financial claim such as a stock or bond). Security has another definition, as
used here. This definition is any asset (such as a piece of equipment, real estate, or a claim on future profits) that is promised to
the investor in the event of a default. 1 These are called “contributions” in the same sense that the government refers to the money you pay into the Social Security
system as contributions. You have no choice; you must pay. If a company fails to make its required contributions to a sinking
fund as described in the indenture, the bond issue can be declared to be in default. 2 417 418 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions would be making annual interest payments of 9 percent of $1,000, or $90 on each bond.
Suppose that in 2010 the market rate of the company’s bonds were to fall to 7 percent.
If the bond indenture contained a call provision,3 the company could issue 7 percent
bonds in 2010 and use the proceeds from the issue to “call in” or pay off the 9 percent
bonds. The company’s new interest payments would be only 7 percent of $1,000, or
$70, thus saving the company $20 on each bond each year.
When bonds are called, convention is that the call price the issuer must pay is
generally more than the face value. This excess of the call price over the face value is
known as the call premium. The call premium may be expressed as a dollar amount
or as a percentage of par.
Issuing new bonds to replace old bonds is known as a refunding operation.
Remember, the option to call a bond is held by the issuing corporation. The owners of
the bonds have no choice in the matter. If investors don’t turn in their bonds when the
bonds are called, they receive no further interest payments.
A company approaches a bond refunding the same way it does any capital budgeting
decision. The primary incremental cash inflows come from the interest savings realized
when old high-interest debt is replaced with new low-interest debt. The primary
incremental cash outflows are the call premium, if any, and the flotation costs associated
with the new bond issue. All these variables must be adjusted for taxes and then evaluated
by the firm. If the net present value of the incremental cash flows associated with the
refunding is greater than or equal to zero, the refunding is done. If the NPV is negative,
the company allows the old bonds to remain outstanding. This is the same thing you do
when deciding whether to refinance a mortgage loan on a home.
Occasionally, a corporation will refund a bond issue even though there are no
significant interest savings to be had. If the outstanding bonds have indenture provisions
that the issuing company now finds oppressive or too limiting, the old bonds could be
called and new bonds issued without the offending features. Let’s go through a typical
bond refunding decision. A Sample Bond Refunding Problem
Suppose the Mega-Chip Corporation has $50 million worth of bonds outstanding with
an annual coupon interest rate of 10 percent. However, market interest rates have fallen
to 8 percent since the bonds were issued five years ago. Accordingly, the Mega-Chip
Corporation would like to replace the old 10 percent bonds with a new issue of 8 percent
bonds. In so doing, the firm could save 2 percent × $50 million = $1 million a year in
interest payments. The original maturity of the 10 percent bonds was 20 years. The
relevant financial data are summarized in Table 14-2.
The Mega-Chip Corporation will be issuing new bonds having the same maturity
as the number of years remaining to maturity on the old bonds (15 years). The call
premium on the old bonds is the amount specified in the original bond indenture that
the company must pay the bond owners if the bonds are called. The call premium is
expressed as a percentage of the bond’s face value. Thus, in this case, Mega-Chip will
have to pay the old bondholders 5 percent of $50 million, or $2.5 million, in addition
to the face value of the bonds, if it calls the bonds in.
If a bond issue is callable, there is usually a certain amount of time that must pass before the bonds can be called. This is known
as a deferred call provision. The indenture specifies the call date. The issuer can call bonds in from investors on, or after, this
call date. 3 Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing Table 14-2 Mega-Chip Bond Refunding Problem
Old Bond Issue: $50,000,000; 10% annual interest rate; interest
paid annually; 20 years original maturity.
15 years emaining to maturity Call Premium on Old Bond: 5% Underwriting Costs on
Old Bonds When Issued
5 Years Ago: 2% of amount issued New Bond Issue: $50,000,000; 8% annual interest rate;
interest paid semiannually; 15 years to maturity Underwriting Costs on New Bonds: 3% of amount issued Marginal Tax Rate: 40% After-Tax Cost of Debt: AT kd = 4.8% The amount of the underwriting costs and the interest savings realized as a result of
the refund are numbers that are essentially certain, so a very low discount rate is called
for in this capital budgeting problem. The usual custom is to use the after-tax cost of
debt for the discount rate. In this case the number is 4.8 percent.4
The calculations for this refunding capital budgeting problem are shown in
The cash outflows in Table 14-3 are fairly straightforward. The 5 percent call
premium on the old bonds and the 3 percent underwriting costs on the new bonds add
up to a total outflow of $4 million.
The cash inflows are more complicated. There is an annual interest savings of $1
million per year for 15 years. This amounts to $600,000 after taxes. The present value
of these after-tax annual savings is $6,312,840, using the after-tax cost of debt of 4.8
percent as the discount rate. The tax savings on the call premium paid on the old bonds
is $701,426.70. The tax deductions from the underwriting costs on the old bonds were
amortized over the original 20-year scheduled life of the bond. Thus, if the bonds are
called now, the entire balance of the underwriting costs not yet claimed as a tax deduction
will become immediately deductible.
The difference between the immediate tax savings from this deduction and the
present value of the tax savings that would have been realized over the next 15 years
is the incremental cash inflow relating to these underwriting costs. That figure is
shown to be $89,572 in this case. We see from our calculations, then, that the present
value of the tax savings from the amortization of the underwriting costs on the new
bonds is $420,856. This number was found using Equation 9-1. Mega-Chip’s current before-tax cost of debt is 8 percent and its marginal tax rate is
40 percent. Per Equation 9-1, its after-tax cost of debt is: 4 After-Tax kd = Before-Tax kd × (1 – Tax Rate)
= .08 × (1 – .40)
= .048, or 4.8% 419 420 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions Table 14-3 Mega-Chip Bond Refunding Calculations
Cash Outflows Calculations Call Premium Paid $50,000,000 x .05 = Incremental Cash Flows
2 New Bond Underwriting Costs $50,000,000 x .03 = $ ,500,000
1 Total Outflows $ ,000,000
4 Cash Inflows
Interest Savings Interest on old bonds: $50,000,000 x .10 = 5,000,000
$ Interest on new bonds: $50,000,000 x .08 = 4,000,000
$ $1,000,000 difference each year for 15 years Less taxes on the additional Income at 40%: $1,000,000 x .40 = ($400,000) Net Savings = $600,000 per year Present value of the net savings for 15 years at 4.8%: 1 1 −
15 1.048 = $600,000 × 10.5214 = $600,000 × .048 $ ,312,840
6 Tax Savings on Call Premium Paid
(the call premium is a tax
deductible expense amortized
over the life of the bond issue) $50,000,000 x .05 x .04 = $1,000,000 Amortized over 15 years = $1,000,000/15 years = $66,666.67 per year Present value of the savings for 15 years at 4.8%: Tax Savings from Writing Off
Balance of Old Bond
Underwriting Costs $66,666.67 x 10.5214 = $ 701,427 Unamortized Amount = $50,000,000 x .02 x (15/20)a
= $750,000 Immediate Deduction PV of unamortized amount if bond is not called:a ($750,000/15) x 10.5214 = $526,070 Net Tax Savings = ($750,000 - 526,070) x .4 = $ 89,572 Tax Savings from New Bond
Underwriting Costs ($50,000,000 x .03)/15 = $100,000 per Year Write-off Tax Savings = $100,000 x .4 = $40,000
PV of Tax Savings = $40,000 x 10.5214 = $ 420,856 Total Inflows $ ,524,695
7 Net Present Value = $7,524,695 - $4,000,000 = $ ,524,695
3 Note: There are 5 of the original 20 years’ worth of underwriting costs on the old bonds that have been written off. This leaves 15 of the 20 years, which is all written off immediately if the
bonds are refunded.
This is the PV of the tax savings you would have received anyhow without the refunding. The difference is the incremental cash flow from the refunding associated with the underwriting
costs on the old bonds that have not yet been written off. Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing Netting out all the incremental cash outflows and inflows gives a net present value
figure of $3,524,695. Because this NPV figure is greater than zero, Mega-Chip will
accept the project and proceed with the bond refunding.5 Restrictive Covenants
A company that seeks to raise debt capital by issuing new bonds often makes certain
promises to would-be investors to convince them to buy the bonds being offered or
to make it possible to issue the bonds at a lower interest rate. These promises made
by the issuer to the investor, to the benefit of the investor, are restrictive covenants.
They represent something like a courtship. If the suitor does not give certain assurances
about the way the other party will be treated, there is little chance the relationship
In a bond issuer–bond investor relationship, these assurances may include limitations
on future borrowings, restrictions on dividends, and minimum levels of working capital
that must be maintained.
Limitations on Future Borrowings Investors who lend money to a corporation by
buying its bonds expect that the corporation will not borrow excessively in the future. A
company in too much debt may be unable to pay bond principal and interest payments
on time. Bond investors would be worried if, after buying the bonds of a firm with a 20
percent debt to total assets ratio, the company then issued $100 million of additional
bonds, increasing that ratio to over 90 percent. The new debt would make the earlierissued bonds instantly more risky and would lower their price in the market.
A restrictive covenant in which the corporation promises not to issue a large
amount of future debt would protect the company’s current bondholders from falling
bond ratings and plunging market prices. A bond issue with this restriction in the
indenture will have more value than a bond issue without this guarantee. As a result,
the bonds could be issued at a lower coupon interest rate than bonds without the
restriction in the indenture.
Restrictions on Dividends An indenture may also include restrictions on the payment
of common stock dividends if a firm’s times interest earned ratio drops below a
specified level. This restriction protects the bondholders against the risk of the common
stockholders withdrawing value (cash for dividends that may be needed to make future
interest payments) from the firm during difficult times. The bondholders are supposed
to have priority over common stockholders. A bond issue with this sort of protection
for investors can be issued at a lower interest rate than a bond issue without it.
Minimum Levels of Working Capital Current assets can generally be quickly and
easily converted to cash to pay bills. Having a good liquidity position protects all
creditors, including bondholders. Minimum working capital guarantees in an indenture
provide an additional margin of protection for bondholders and, therefore, reduce the
interest rate required on such bonds. This assumes that the management of Mega-Chip Corporation does not expect interest rates to fall further in the months to
come. If managers are confident in a forecast for even lower interest rates to come, they may wait, expecting an even greater
NPV in the near future. 5 421 422 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions The Independent Trustee of the Bond Issue
Violations of any of the provisions included in the indenture could constitute a default.
Therefore, an independent trustee is named in the indenture to oversee the bond issue
and to make sure all the provisions spelled out in the indenture are adhered to. The
trustee is usually a commercial bank.
Most people think a default is a failure to make a scheduled interest or principal
payment on time. Actually, this is only one possible type of default because the promise
to pay interest and principal on their due dates is only part of the promise made by the
bond issuer in the indenture. Failure to keep any of the substantive promises mentioned
in the indenture constitutes a default. Types of Bonds
Some of the more innovative new financial instruments have been developed in the bond
market. Let’s now look more closely at the many kinds of bonds, both traditional and new. Secured Bonds
A secured bond is backed by specific assets pledged by the issuing corporation. In the
event of a default, the investors in these secured bonds would have a claim on these assets.
Mortgage Bonds A bond backed by real assets (not financial assets) is known as a
mortgage bond. When you buy a house and finance the purchase with a mortgage loan,
you are pledging your house (a real asset) as collateral for that loan. You are issuing a
mortgage bond to the lender. That is what corporations do when they pledge real assets,
such as airplanes and railroad cars, as collateral for the bonds issued to purchase those
Different mortgage bonds can be issued that pledge the same real assets as
collateral. Different classes of mortgage bonds signal the priority each investor has on
the asset. An investor in a first-mortgage bond has first claim on the proceeds from
the sale of the pledged assets if there is a default. A later lender may be an investor in
a second-mortgage bond. In the event of default, the holder of the second mortgage
receives proceeds from the sale of the pledged assets only after the first-mortgage
bond investors have received all payments due to them. Similarly, third-mortgage
bonds, fourth-mortgage bonds, and so forth can be issued with correspondingly lower
priorities. Unsecured Bonds (Debentures)
A bond that is not backed by any collateral is called a debenture. A debenture is backed
only by the ability and willingness of the issuing corporation to make the promised
interest and principal payments as scheduled. If a debenture were to go into default,
the bondholders would be unsecured creditors. They would only have a general claim
on the issuing company, not a right to the firm’s specific assets.
There may be different classes of debentures. Certain issues may have a higher
priority for payment than others. If bond issue A has priority for payment over bond
issue B, according to their respective indentures, then bond issue A is said to be a senior 423 More Risk Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing Common Stock
Senior Debentures Less Risk 2nd Mortgage Bonds Figure 14-1 The Risk 1st Mortgage Bonds Higher Priority Hierarchy Lower Priority Priority of Claims on Issuing Company debenture and bond issue B is said to be a subordinated debenture. A senior debenture
has a prior claim to the earnings and liquidation proceeds from the general assets of the
firm (those assets not specifically pledged as security for other bonds) relative to the
claim of subordinated debenture investors.
Subordinated debentures have a lower-priority claim on the firm’s earnings and
assets. Because subordinated debentures are riskier than senior debentures, investors
demand and issuers pay higher interest rates on them. This higher interest rate is
consistent with the risk–return relationship—the greater the risk of a security, the
greater the required rate of return. Holders of first-mortgage bonds assume less risk
than holders of second-mortgage bonds. Debenture holders have more risk than secured
bondholders, and subordinated debenture holders have more risk than senior debenture
holders. Preferred stock investors take more risk than a bond investor, and common
stock investors take more risk still for a given company. This risk hierarchy, reflecting
the relative priority of claims, is shown in Figure 14-1. Convertible Bonds
One of the special types of bonds available is called a convertible bond. A convertible
bond is a bond that may be converted, at the option of the bond’s owner, into a certain
amount of another security issued by the same company. In the vast majority of the
cases, the other security is common stock.6 This means that the investor who bought
the convertible bond may send it back to the issuing company and “convert” it into a
certain number of shares of that company’s common stock. Some convertible bonds can be converted into a certain amount of preferred stock or some other security issued by the
company. 6 Figure 14-1 shows the
different priorities of claims that
creditors and investors have
on a company in default. First
mortgage bondholders are
paid first, whereas common
stockholders are paid last. 424 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions Table 14-4 Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Convertible Bond Characteristics
Maturity Date: August 14, 2024 Face Value: $1,000 Type of Interest: Semiannual, paid on February 15 and August 15 Coupon Interest Rate: 3% Conversion Ratio: 12.5392 Source: www.mergentinvestoredge.com, June 30, 2009 Features of Convertible Bonds Convertible bonds have a face value, coupon rate,
interest payment frequency, and maturity spelled out in their indenture, as do regular
nonconvertible bonds. The indenture also spells out the terms of conversion, if the investor
chooses to exercise that option. If the bond’s owner elects not to convert the bond, the
owner continues to receive interest and principal payments as with any other bond.
The Conversion Ratio Each convertible bond has a conversion ratio. The conversion
ratio is the number of shares of common stock that an investor would get if the
convertible bond were converted. For example, Alliant Techsystems, Inc., issued a
convertible $1,000 bond that matures in 2024, with a conversion ratio of 12.5392 (see
details in Table 14-4). That means the bond’s owner can trade in the bond for 12.5392
shares of Alliant Techsystems common stock at any time.
The Conversion Value To find the conversion value of a bond, multiply the conversion
ratio by the market price per share of the company’s common stock, as shown in
Conversion Value of a Convertible Bond Conversion Value = Conversion Ratio × Stock Price (14-1) The conversion value is the amount of money bond owners receive if they convert
the bond to common stock and then sell the common stock. For example, if Alliant
Techsystems, Inc., common stock were selling for $80, then the conversion value of
the convertible bond described in Table 14-4 would be as follows: Conversion Value = Conversion Ratio × Stock Price = 12.5392 × $80 = $1,003.14 Equation 14-1 shows us that at a rate of $80 per common stock share, the conversion
value of the convertible bond is $1,003.14.
The Straight Bond Value If a convertible bond is not converted into stock, then it is
worth at least the sum of the present values of its interest and principal payments.7 The
value coming from the interest and principal is called the convertible bond’s straight bond
value. The discount rate used to compute this straight bond value is the required rate of
Equation 12-2 in Chapter 12 gives the present value of a bond’s interest and principal payments. 7 Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing 425 return for a nonconvertible bond having characteristics (risk, maturity, tax treatment,
and liquidity) similar to the convertible bond.
As shown in Table 14-4, Alliant Techsystem’s convertible bond has a coupon interest
rate of 3 percent and a maturity date of August 15, 2024. The bond was issued in 2004.
With a face value of $1,000, the annual interest payments will be $30 ($1,000 × .03).
Because interest is paid semiannually, actual interest payments of $15 ($30 ÷ 2) are
made twice a year. If the required rate of return on similar nonconvertible bonds is 8
percent annual interest (4 percent semiannually),8 then according to Equation 12-2, the
bond’s straight bond value as of August 15, 2009, follows:9 VB 1 1 − (1.04)30 = $15 × +
1.04 $1, 000 = ($15 x 17.2920333) + 3.24339751 = $259. 3804995 + $308.318668
= $567.70 We find that the present value of the interest and principal payments on a fifteen-year,
semiannual convertible bond with a face value of $1,000 and a 3 percent annual coupon
interest rate is $567.70.
A rational investor may convert a bond if it is advantageous but will not convert
it if it is disadvantageous. A convertible bond, then, is always worth the conversion
value or the straight bond value, whichever is greater. For this Alliant Techsystem bond
the conversion value of $1,003.14 is greater than the straight bond value of $567.70.
Because the converstion value is greater, this bond must sell for at least that higher
number of $1,003.14. Variable-Rate Bonds
Although most corporate bonds pay a fixed rate of interest (the coupon interest rate is
constant), some pay a variable rate. With a variable-rate bond, the initial coupon rate
is adjusted according to an established timetable and a market rate index.
The variable bond rates could be tied to any rate, such as a Treasury bond rate or
the London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR). Bond issuers check this market rate on
every adjustment date specified in the indenture and reset the coupon rate accordingly.
The variable rate protects investors from much of the interest rate risk inherent in
fixed-rate bonds. Rising inflation hurts investors in fixed-rate bonds because the price of
fixed-rate bonds falls as rising inflation increases an investor’s required rate of return. In
times of rising inflation, the price of a variable-rate bond does not fall as much because
the investor knows that a coupon rate adjustment will occur to adjust to new, higher
interest rates. However, investors who buy bonds with fixed coupon interest rates will
be better off when market interest rates are falling. A variable-rate bond would have its
coupon rate drop as market interest rates fell.
Actually, if 8 percent were the annual required market rate of return, then the corresponding semiannual required rate of return
would be 3.923 percent (1.039232 - 1 = .08 or 8 percent) and not 4 percent. We will round this to 4 percent to simplify the
calculation. 8 The number used for n in the equation is 30 because 30 semiannual periods remain until the bond matures. 9 Take Note
A convertible bond does
not have to be converted
to reap the benefits of a
high conversion value.
The mere fact that the
bond could be converted
into common stock having
a certain value makes the
convertible bond worth
at least that conversion
value. 426 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions An issuing corporation can benefit from issuing variable-rate bonds if market rates
are historically high and a drop in rates is expected. Of course, high rates can rise even
further, in which case the issuing company could lose money. Putable Bonds
A putable bond is a bond that can be cashed in before maturity at the option of the
bond’s owner. This is like the callable bond described earlier in the chapter except that
the positions of the issuer and the bond’s owner with respect to the option have been
reversed. Investors may exercise the option to redeem their bonds early when it is in
their best interest to do so. Investors usually redeem fixed-rate bonds if interest rates
have risen. The existing, lower-interest-rate bond can be redeemed and the proceeds
used to buy a new higher-interest-rate bond.
Another type of bond that has become popular (and controversial) is the junk bond.
Junk bonds, also known as high-yield bonds, have a bond rating below investment
grade. As shown earlier in this chapter, according to Moody’s ratings, a junk bond
would have a rating of Ba1 or below; according to Standard & Poor’s ratings, it
would have a rating of BB+ or below. The name junk is perhaps unfairly applied
because these bonds are usually not trash; they are simply riskier than bonds having
an investment grade. For instance, many bonds used to finance corporate takeovers
have below‑investment‑grade ratings.
Some junk bonds start out with investment-grade ratings but then suffer a
downgrade—the issuing company may have fallen on hard financial times or may have
gone through a major financial restructuring that increased the risk of the outstanding
bonds. Such junk bonds are known as fallen angels. One example of a fallen angel is
the May 2006 downgrade of General Motors bonds to BB+. Other companies whose
bonds have become fallen angels include Ford, Xerox, AT&T, Kodak, Maytag, Enron,
Tyco, Lucent, WorldCom, and RJR Nabisco.
An international bond is a bond sold in countries other than where the corporate
headquarters of the issuing company is located. The bonds may be denominated in the
currency of the issuing company’s country or in the currency of the country in which
the bonds are sold. Foreign corporations issue bonds in the United States, sometimes
denominated in their home currencies and sometimes in U.S. dollars. In turn, U.S.
corporations frequently issue bonds outside the United States. These bonds may be
denominated in U.S. dollars or in some other currency.
Eurobonds are bonds denominated in the currency of the issuing company’s home
country and sold in another country. For example, if General Motors issued a dollardenominated bond in Italy it would be called a Eurobond. Similarly, if Ferrari, an Italian
company, issued a euro-denominated bond in the United States, the bond would be
called a Eurobond. If the Ferrari bond were denominated in dollars instead of euros, it
would be referred to as a Yankee bond.
Super Long-Term Bonds
IBM, the Disney Corporation, Coca-Cola, and recently Nacional Electricidad SA, the
largest power company in Chile, have issued bonds with a maturity of 100 years, which Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing is a much longer maturity than is typical among corporate bond issuers. Investors who
purchase these bonds must have confidence in the future cash flow of these companies.
In this section we have described types of bonds. Next, we examine preferred stock,
its characteristics, and those who purchase it. Preferred Stock
Preferred stock is so called because owners of preferred stock have a priority claim over
common stockholders to the earnings and assets of a corporation. That is, preferred
stockholders receive their dividends before common stockholders. Preferred stock is
not issued by many corporations except in certain industries, such as public utilities.
The preferred stock dividend is usually permanently fixed, so the potential return on
investment for a preferred stockholder is not as high as it is for a common stockholder.
Common stockholders are entitled to all residual income of the firm (which could be
Preferred stock is known as a hybrid security. It is a hybrid because it has both
debt and equity characteristics. Preferred stock is like debt primarily because preferred
stockholders do not have an ownership claim, nor do they have any claim on the residual
income of the firm. It is also like equity because it has an infinite maturity and a lowerpriority claim against the firm than bondholders have. Preferred Stock Dividends
Issuers of preferred stock generally promise to pay a fixed dollar amount of dividends
to the investor. This promise, however, does not result in bankruptcy if it is broken.
Unlike failure to make a scheduled interest or principal payment to bondholders, failure
to pay a scheduled dividend to preferred stockholders is not grounds for bankruptcy of
the company that issued the preferred stock.
Occasionally, participating preferred stock is issued. This type of preferred stock
offers the chance for investors to share the benefits of rising earnings with the common
stockholders. This is quite rare, however.
Preferred stock can be either cumulative or noncumulative with respect to its
dividends. With cumulative preferred stock, if a dividend is missed, it must be paid at a
later date before dividends may resume to common stockholders. Seldom is any interest
paid, however, to compensate preferred stockholders for the fact that when dividends
are resumed, they are received later than when promised. Noncumulative preferred
stock does not make up missed dividends. If the dividends are skipped, they are lost
forever to the investors.
Preferred Stock Investors
Corporations can generally exclude 70 percent of the dividend income received on
preferred stock issued by another corporation from their taxable income. As a result,
corporations are the major investors in preferred stock. The tax exclusion is higher if
the investor corporation owns more than 20 percent of the common stock of the other
Because of the favorable tax treatment corporations receive on this dividend income,
they bid up the price on preferred stock, thus lowering the expected rate of return. The
lower expected rate of return is the price they pay for receiving the preferential tax
treatment. Individuals cannot exclude any dividend income on their personal tax returns 427 428 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions and must pay taxes on all of it, so preferred stock is not often recommended by financial
planners as a good investment for individuals. Convertible Preferred Stock
Occasionally companies issue preferred stock that is convertible into a fixed number
of shares of common stock. The convertible preferred stock may be either cumulative
or noncumulative, just like “regular” preferred stock. For example, in June, 2009, The
Callaway Golf Company raised approximately $134 million from an issue of 1,250,000
shares of 7.50 percent cumulative convertible preferred stock to MEHC Investment,
Inc. Each share of the preferred stock is convertible into 14.1844 shares of Callaway
In some cases, convertible preferred stock may also be exchanged for a certain
number of convertible bonds with the identical pre-tax cash flow and common stock
conversion terms. This type of stock is called convertible exchangeable preferred stock. Leasing
Debt is often incurred to acquire an asset. An alternative to borrowing and buying an
asset is to lease the asset. A lease is an arrangement in which one party that owns an
asset contracts with another party to use that asset for a specified period of time, without
conveying legal ownership of that asset. The party who owns the asset is known as the
lessor. The party who uses the asset is the lessee. The lessee makes lease payments to
the lessor for the right to use the asset for the specified time period.
A lease contract that is long term and noncancelable is very similar to a debt
obligation from the perspective of the lessee. Some contracts that look like genuine
leases are not, according to federal tax laws. There are different types of lease contracts.
These different types have different accounting treatments, which we turn to next. Genuine Leases versus Fakes
When a business leases an asset, the entire amount of the lease payments made by the
lessee to the lessor is tax deductible to the lessee. When bonds are issued, or a bank loan
obtained, only the interest portion of the loan payment is tax deductible. This sometimes
leads a company to enter into a contract that looks like a lease, to obtain the large tax
deductions, but which is not in fact a lease. The IRS is ever vigilant in ferreting out
these fake lease contracts and denying the associated deductions.
To illustrate, suppose you needed a new truck for your business. The purchase price
of the truck you want is $40,000. If you buy the truck and depreciate it over five years
(ignore the half-year convention), yo u would have tax-deductible depreciation expense
of $8,000 per year for five years. What if instead of buying the truck for $40,000, you
leased it from the truck dealer for $40,000 in up-front cash, followed by additional lease
payments of $1 per year for four years and then an option to buy the truck at the end of
five years for $10? The extra $14 paid, with the exercising of the purchase option, would
be a drop in the bucket compared to the tax savings you would realize in year 1 from the
$40,000 tax deduction for the “lease payments.” Because money has time value, a $40,000
deduction in year 1 is much preferred to deductions of $8,000 per year for five years.
Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20090615-905806.html?mod=wsjcrmain 10 Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing The foregoing lease is a sham, a fake. What we have here is an installment purchase,
disguised as a lease. In an audit, the IRS would deny the $40,000 year 1 “lease payment”
and reclassify the deduction as a (much lower) depreciation expense. Your business
would probably also be hit with interest charges and penalties.
The IRS standards for a genuine lease are as follows:
1. he remaining life of the asset at the end of the lease term must be the greater of
20 percent of the original useful life or one year.
2. he term of the lease must be 30 years or less.
3. he lease payments must provide the lessor with a reasonable rate of return.
4. enewal options must contain terms consistent with the market value of the asR
5. urchase options must be for an amount close to the asset’s fair market value at
the time the option is exercised.
6. he property must not be limited-use (custom made for only one firm’s use)
You can see immediately that in our truck example, the purchase option specifies a
price ($10) that is much lower than the fair market value of the truck in five years. The
IRS would consider this “lease” to be a sham. Operating and Financial (Capital) Leases
Once a lease passes the tests for being classified as a genuine lease, it must be further
classified for accounting purposes as an operating or financial (capital) lease. An
operating lease has a term substantially shorter than the useful life of the asset
and is usually cancelable by the lessee. A financial (capital) lease is long term and
noncancelable. The lessee uses up most of the economic value of the asset by the end
of the lease’s term with a financial lease.
If you went on a business trip and leased a car for the week to make your business
calls, this would be an operating lease. This same car will be leased again to many
other customers, and in one week you will use up a small fraction of the car’s economic
value. Your company, which is paying your travel expenses, would deduct these lease
payments as business expenses on the income statement.
If your company signed a 10-year, noncancelable lease on a $20 million
supercomputer, this is likely to be a financial lease (also known as a capital lease). After
10 years the supercomputer is likely to be obsolete. Your company would have used up
most, if not all, its economic value by the end of the 10-year lease period. The lessor
surely would demand lease payments high enough to recognize this fact and also to
compensate for the time value of money that is paid over a 10-year period. The fact that
the payments are spread out over time means that the lessor must be compensated for
the cost of the asset and for the delay in the receipt of the lease payments.
Accounting Treatment of Leases Both operating and financial (capital) lease payments
show up on the income statement. Assuming that a lease is genuine, payments made by
the lessee to the lessor are shown on the income statement as tax-deductible business
expenses for both types of leases. These are costs of doing business for the lessee. 429 430 . Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions Financial leases have another accounting impact, however, that operating leases
do not. A financial lease also shows up on the company’s balance sheet because it is
functionally equivalent to buying the asset and financing the purchase with borrowed
money. If the asset had been purchased and financed with debt, the asset and the
liability associated with the debt would both show up on the balance sheet. Because a
financial lease is functionally equivalent to a purchase financed with debt, the Financial
Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has ruled that the accounting treatment should
Failure to make a bond payment can lead to bankruptcy, as can failure to make a
contractual lease payment on a noncancelable lease. The leased asset is shown in the
asset section of the lessee’s balance sheet, with a corresponding liability entry in the
amount of the present value of all the lease payments owed to the lessor.
A lease is classified as a financial (capital) lease if it meets any one of the following
1. wnership of the asset is transferred to the lessee at the end of the lease’s term.
2. here is an option for the lessee to buy the asset at a bargain purchase price at
the end of the lease period.
3. he lease period is greater than or equal to 75 percent of the estimated useful life
of the asset.
4. he present value of the lease payments equals 90 percent or more of the fair
market value of the asset at the time the lease is originated, using the lower of the
lessee’s cost of debt or the lessor’s rate of return on the lease as the discount rate.
Only if none of these four criteria applies is the lease considered an operating lease,
with no balance sheet entry. Lease or Buy?
Leasing is growing in popularity. Whether an asset should be leased or bought depends
on the relative costs of the two alternatives. Leasing is most nearly comparable to a
buy–borrow alternative. Because signing a debt contract is similar to signing a lease
contract, comparisons are usually made between the lease option and the buy with
borrowed funds option.
The alternative that has the lower present value of after-tax costs is usually chosen.
The tax factor considered for the lease alternative would be the tax deductibility of
the lease payments that would be made (assuming the lease is genuine and passes
IRS muster). The tax factors for the buy with borrowed funds alternative would come
primarily from two sources. One is the tax deduction that comes with the payment
of interest on the borrowed funds. The other is the tax deduction that comes with the
depreciation expense on the purchased asset.
A Lease or Buy Decision Example Let’s go through an example of a lease or buy
decision to illustrate the computations involved. For our example, we will use Mr. Sulu
in the Photon Manufacturing Company, whose project was described in Chapter 11.
Recall that Mr. Sulu was considering a project to install $3 million worth of new machine Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing tools in the company’s main torpedo manufacturing plant. According to the analysis in
Chapter 11, the NPV of the project was positive, so Mr. Sulu decided to obtain the new
machine tools. Now the decision about how to finance the acquisition must be made. For
simplicity, let us assume that two alternatives are available: (1) The machine tools can
be purchased using the proceeds from a $3 million, five-year, 10 percent interest rate
loan from a bank, or (2) the machine tools can be leased for $500,000 a year, payable
at the beginning of each of the next five years. At the end of the lease term, the tools
would be returned to the lessor for disposal.11 If the tools are purchased, they can be
sold for salvage at the end of five years for $800,000.
The decision to lease or to borrow and purchase the machine tools can be made by
comparing the present value of the cash flows associated with each alternative. Table
14-5 contains the analysis for Mr. Sulu’s new machine tools. Notice in Table 14-5 that
the analysis is conducted from the point of view of Photon Manufacturing’s stockholders,
so it is the incremental cash flows to equity that are relevant.
In the top portion of Table 14-5, the analysis of the buy option is presented, in which
the asset is purchased with borrowed funds. The analysis begins with the $3,000,000
cash outflow for the purchase of the tools, which is offset by a $3,000,000 cash inflow
from the proceeds from the loan, making the net cash flow at t0 zero dollars. Next, the
cash flows at the end of years 1 through 5 are considered. Depreciation expense will be
recorded at the end of years 1 through 4, because the tools fall into the MACRS threeyear asset class. The depreciation expense is tax-deductible, so at the end of years 1
through 4 the firm will experience tax savings equal to the depreciation expense times
the firm’s income tax rate of 40 percent. Depreciation is a noncash expense, but the
income tax savings represent real cash inflows to the firm at the end of years 1 through 4.
Interest payments on the loan in the amount of $3,000,000 times 10 percent must
be made at the end of years 1 through 5. Also at the end of year 5, the $3,000,000 must
be repaid. Finally, when the tools are sold for salvage at the end of the fifth year, their
book value is zero, so income tax must be paid on the $800,000. The amount to be paid
is $800,000 × 40 percent = $320,000.
When all the cash flows are added up, the net incremental cash flows are $219,600
in year 1, $354,000 in year 2, negative $2,400 in year 3, negative $91,200 in year 4, and
negative $2,700,000 in year 5, as shown in Table 14-5. To calculate the present value
of the cash flows, they are discounted at the after-tax cost of borrowing the $3,000,000,
which in this case is 10% × (1 – .40) = 6%. The results indicate that the total present
value of the cash flows associated with buying the machine tools is negative $1,569,623.
In the bottom portion of Table 14-5, the analysis of the lease option is presented.
In this case the only relevant cash flows are the lease payments and the associated tax
savings that occur because the lease payments are tax-deductible. The tax savings
are calculated by multiplying the lease payment ($500,000) by the firm’s tax rate (40
percent). Note that the five annual lease payments are made at the beginning of each year.
Adding the tax savings and the lease payment produces the net incremental cash flow
associated with leasing each year, which is $300,000. Because the cash flows associated
with leasing are almost certain, like the firm’s debt cash flows, the lease cash flows are
discounted at the after-tax cost of debt (6 percent) to calculate their present values. Their
total present value, as shown in Table 14-5, is negative $1,263,709. 11
For simplicity in this example, we will assume that the lease is a straightforward operating lease, so no other accounting
considerations are required. 431 432 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions Table 14-5 Photon Manufacturing Company Lease–Buy Analysis
PART 1, THE BUY OPTION
Cost of New Tools Expected Life Salvage Value 5 years $ 800,000 Amount to Be Borrowed $3,000,000
Interest Rate on Loan MACRS Depreciation
(3-Year Asset Class) 10%
Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4 33.3% 44.5% 14.8% 7.4% 6% (after-tax cost of debt) Discount Rate
Tax Rate 40% Estimated Incremental Cash Flows to Equity
0 Year Cost of New Tools Amount to Be Borrowed 1 2 3 4 5 $(3,000,000)
3,000,000 Depreciation on New Tools $ 999,000) ( $(1,335,000) $ 444,000) ( 399,500 534,000 177,600 88,800 $ 300,000) ( (300,000) (300,000) (300,000) 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 Repayment of Principal on Loan (3,000,000) Tax Savings on Depreciation Interest Payments on Loan Tax Savings on Interest $ 222,000) ( $ 0
(300,000) Salvage Value of New Tools 800,000 Tax on Gain (320,000) Net Incremental Cash Flows $ 0 $ 219,600 $ 354,000 $ (2,400) $ 91,200) $(2,700,000)
( PV of Cash Flows $ 0 $( 07,170) 2 $ 315,059 $ (2,015) $ 72,239) $(2,017,597)
( Total PV of Cash Flows Associated with the Buy Option $(1,569,623) Cost of Buying with Borrowed Funds $(1,569,623) PART 2, THE LEASE OPTION
Annual Lease Payment $(500,000) paid at the beginning of each year Lease Term 5 years Value at Termination of Lease $0 Estimated Incremental Cash Flows to Equity
0 1 2 3 4 $(500,000) $(500,000) $(500,000) $(500,000) $(500,000) $ 200,000 $ 200,000 $ 200,000 $ 200,000 $ 200,000 Cash Flows $(300,000) $(300,000) $(300,000) $(300,000) $(300,000) PV of Cash Flows $(283,019) $(266,999) $(251,886) $(237,628) $(224,177) Year Lease Payment 5 Tax Savings on Lease Payment Net Incremental Total PV of Cash Flows Associated with the Lease Option $(1,263,709) Cost of Leasing $ 1,263,709 Net Advantage to Leasing (NAL) = Total Cost of Buying with Borrowed Funds - Cost of Leasing $ 305,914) Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing To decide whether to lease or buy the new machine tools, Mr. Sulu compares the
present value of the cash flows associated with buying with the present value of the
cash flows associated with leasing:
Cost of Buying with Borrowed Funds $1,569,623 Cost of Leasing $1,263,709 Net Advantage to Leasing (NAL) $ 305,914 Observing that the cost of leasing is $305,914 less than the cost of buying with
borrowed funds, Mr. Sulu directs his staff to proceed with the leasing arrangements.
Companies that are likely to see a clear advantage to leasing instead of buying are
those that are losing money. Such companies, because they have negative taxable income,
pay no taxes. The deductions for interest and depreciation expenses could not be used
(subject to carry back and carry forward provisions of losses to earlier or later years).
If the asset is leased instead from a profitable lessor, the lessor can take advantage of
the interest and depreciation expense tax deductions and the lessee can negotiate a lease
payment that is lower than it otherwise would be, so that these tax benefits are shared
by the lessor and the lessee.
Many airlines are losing money. The next time you take a plane trip, look for a
small sign just inside the passenger entrance of the plane. It may say that the airplane
you are about to travel on is owned by a leasing company (the lessor) and leased by
the airline (the lessee). What’s Next
In this chapter we learned about the basic characteristics of bonds and the different
types of bonds available. We also examined preferred stock and leasing. In Chapter 15
we will discuss common stock, how it is issued, and the nature of the equity claim of
the common stockholders. Summary
1. escribe the contract terms of a bond issue.
The indenture is the contract that spells out the terms of the bond issue. A call provision
gives the issuer the option to buy back the bonds before the scheduled maturity date. A
conversion provision gives the bondholder the option to exchange the bond for a given
number of shares of stock. Restrictive covenants may include limits on future borrowings
by the issuer, minimum working capital levels that must be maintained, and restrictions
on dividends paid to common stockholders.
2. istinguish the various types of bonds and describe their major characteristics.
All bonds are debt instruments that give the holder a liability claim on the issuer. A
mortgage is a bond secured by real property. A debenture is an unsecured bond. A
convertible bond is convertible, at the option of the bondholder, into a certain number
of shares of common stock (sometimes preferred stock or another security).
A variable-rate bond has a coupon interest rate that is not fixed but is tied to a
market interest rate indicator. A putable bond can be cashed in by the bondholder before 433 434 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions maturity. Bonds that are below investment grade are junk bonds. An international bond,
a bond sold in a country other than the country of the corporate headquarters of the
issuing company, differs from a Eurobond. A Eurobond is a bond denominated in the
currency of the issuing company’s home country and sold in another country. A super
long-term bond is one that matures in 100 years.
3. escribe the key features of preferred stock.
Preferred stock is a hybrid security that has debt and equity characteristics. Preferred
stockholders have a superior claim relative to the common stockholders to a firm’s
earnings and assets, and their dividend payments are usually fixed. Those traits resemble
debt. In addition, preferred stock has an infinite maturity and lower-priority claim to
assets and earnings than bondholders. Because of the corporate tax exclusion of some
preferred stock dividends from taxable income, corporations are much more likely to
invest in stock than individuals.
4. ompare and contrast a genuine lease and a disguised purchase contract.
Because lease payments are entirely tax deductible, many attempt to disguise purchase
contracts as genuine leases. A lease is an arrangement in which the owner of an asset
contracts to allow another party the use of the asset over time. In order for the lease to
be genuine, the lessee (the party to whom the asset is leased) must not have an effective
ownership of the asset. The IRS has six standards that a lease must meet to qualify for
the lease tax deductions. Failure to comply with IRS rules will result in the less favorable
tax treatment of a purchase contract.
5. xplain why some leases must be shown on the balance sheet.
Operating leases are usually short term and cancelable. Financial (capital) leases are
long term and noncancelable. Both operating and financial leases appear on the income
statement of the lessee because they are tax-deductible business expenses. Because
financial leases are functionally equivalent to a purchase financed with debt, FASB rules
require that businesses treat them similarly for accounting purposes. Financial leases,
therefore, appear on the balance sheet. Equations Introduced in This Chapter
Conversion Value of a Convertible Bond:
Conversion Value = Conversion Ratio × Stock Price Self-Test
ST-1. xplain the features of a bond indenture.
ST-2. hat is a callable bond?
ST-3. hat is the straight bond value of a convertible
ST-4. hat is cumulative preferred stock?
W ST-5. hich financial statement(s) would a financial
lease affect? Why?
ST-6. hat is the conversion value of a convertible
bond having a current stock price of $15 and a
conversion ratio of 20? 435 Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing Review Questions
1. ow does a mortgage bond compare with a
2. ow does a sinking fund function in the retirement
of an outstanding bond issue?
3. hat are some examples of restrictive covenants
that might be specified in a bond’s indenture?
4. efine the following terms that relate to a
convertible bond: conversion ratio, conversion
value, and straight bond value. 5. If a convertible bond has a conversion ratio of 20,
a face value of $1,000, a coupon rate of 8 percent,
and the market price for the company’s stock is $15
per share, what is the convertible bond’s conversion
6. What is a callable bond? What is a putable
bond? How do each of these features affect their
respective market interest rates? Build Your Communication Skills
CS-1. elect a corporate bond and research its
indenture provisions. What must the issuer do
and what must the issuer not do? Write a brief
report of one to two pages on your findings. CS-2. Does a bond issuer owe potential investors full
disclosure of plans that might affect the value
of the bonds, or is the issuer’s duty to investors
only what is explicitly stated in the indenture
contract? Divide into small groups to debate
this issue. Problems
Sean Thornton has invested in a convertible bond issued by Cohan
Enterprises. The conversion ratio is 20. The market price of Cohan common
stock is $60 per share. The face value is $1,000. The coupon rate is 8
percent and the annual interest is paid until the maturity date 10 years from
now. Similar nonconvertible bonds are yielding 12 percent (YTM) in the
marketplace. Calculate the straight bond value of this bond. Straight Bond Value 14-2.
Use the same data given in problem 14-1. Now assume that interest is paid
semiannually ($40 every six months). Calculate the straight bond value. Straight Bond Value 14-3.
Using the data in problem 14-1, calculate the conversion value of the Cohan
Enterprises convertible bond. Conversion Value 14-4.
Jenessa Wilkens purchased 10 convertible bonds from Raingers in 2006 that
mature in 2016 with a conversion ratio of 26.5 each. Currently Raingers
stock is selling for $32 per share. Jenessa wants to convert six of her bonds.
What is the conversion value of these six bonds? Conversion Value 436 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions
Straight Bond Value 14-5.
Amear Kyle has a balance in his savings account of $10,000. He wants to invest
10 percent of this amount into a convertible bond issued by the Hamptom
Corp. The market price of Hamptom Corp. common stock is $85 per share. The
convertible bond has a conversion ratio of 30. This bond has a 9 percent annual
coupon rate (paid quarterly), a maturity of 15 years, and a face value of $1,000.
Nonconvertible bonds with similar attributes are yielding 15 percent. Calculate
the straight bond value for this bond. Conversion Value 14-6.
Using the values in 14-5, find the conversion value of this bond. 14-7.
Characteristics of Tanbs, Inc., convertible bonds. Straight Bond Value Conversion Ratio 25.885 Face Value $1,000 Maturity Date 15 years hence Coupon Interest Rate 6.75% annual Interest Paid semiannually
Calculate Tanbs, Inc.’s straight bond value on its convertible bonds. The current
market interest rate on similar nonconvertible bonds is 8 percent. Sinking Fund Call Provision Call Provision 14-10. company where J. B. Brooks works as the vice president of finance issued
20,000 bonds 10 years ago. The bonds had a face value of $1,000, annual
coupon rate of 10 percent, and a maturity of 20 years. This year the market
yield on the company’s bond is 8 percent. The bonds are callable after five
years at par. If Ms. Brooks decides in favor of exercising the call option,
financing it through a refunding operation, what would be the annual savings in
interest payments for the company? (Interest is paid annually.) Call Premium 14-11.
Use the same information given in problem 14-10. Now assume that the call
premium is 5 percent and the bonds were called back today. J. B. Brooks
purchased 10 bonds when they were originally issued at $950 per bond.
Calculate the realized rate of return for Brooks. 14-8.
Two years ago a company issued $10 million in bonds with a face value of
$1,000 and a maturity of 10 years. The company is supposed to put aside $1
million in a sinking fund each year to pay off the bonds. Dolly Frisco, the
finance manager of the company, has found out that the bonds are selling at
$800 apiece in the open market now when a deposit to the sinking fund is due.
How much would Dolly save (before transaction costs) by purchasing 1,000 of
these bonds in the open market instead of calling them in at $1,000 each?
Five years ago BLK issued bonds with a 7 percent coupon interest rate. The
bond’s indenture stated that the bonds were callable after three years. So, four
years later interest rates fell to 5 percent, the company called the old bonds and
refunded at the 5 percent rate. If BLK issued 30,000 10–year bonds, how much
did BLK save in interest per year? 437 Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing 14-12. B. Brooks of problem 14-11, after getting her bonds called back by the
original issuing company, can now invest in a $1,000 par, 8 percent annual
coupon rate, 10-year maturity bond of equivalent risk selling at $950.
(Interest is paid annually.) a.
What is the overall return for Brooks over the 20 years, assuming
the bond is held until maturity? b.
Compare the overall return with the return on the bonds in problem
14-8 if they had not been called. Did Brooks welcome the recall? Total Return on Investment 14-13.
Captain Nathan Brittles invested in a $1,000 par, 20-year maturity, 9 percent
annual coupon rate convertible bond with a conversion ratio of 20 issued by
a company six years ago. What is the conversion value of Captain Brittles’s
investment if the current market price for the company’s common stock is
$70 per share? (Interest is paid annually.) 14-14.
Use the same information given in problem 14-13. If the current required
rate of return on a similar nonconvertible bond is 7 percent, what is the
straight bond value for the bond? Should Captain Brittles convert the bond
into common stock now? Straight Bond Value 14-15.
Tom Dunston invested in a $1,000 par, 10-year maturity, 11 percent coupon
rate convertible bond with a conversion ratio of 30 issued by a company five
years ago. The current market price for the company’s common stock is $30
per share. The current required rate of return on similar but nonconvertible
bonds is 13 percent. Should Mr. Dunston consider converting the bond into
common stock now? Bond Conversion 14-16. years ago Ruby Carter invested $1,000 in a $1,000 par, 20-year maturity,
9 percent annual coupon rate putable bond, which can be redeemed at $900
after five years. If the current required rate of return on similar bonds is 13
percent, should Ruby redeem the bond? What is the realized rate of return
after redeeming? (Interest is paid annually.) Putable Bond Five years ago Diana Troy invested $1,000 in a $1,000 par, 10-year maturity,
9 percent annual coupon rate putable bond, which can be redeemed at $900
after five years. If the current required rate of return on similar bonds is 14
percent, should Diana redeem the bond? What is the realized rate of return
after redeeming? If Diana reinvests the sum in a $1,000 par, five years to
maturity, 13 percent annual coupon rate bond selling at $900 and holds it
until maturity, what is her realized rate of return over the next five years?
What is her realized rate of return over the entire 10 years? Reinvesting Putable Bond Hot Box Insulators, a public company, initially issued investment-grade,
20-year maturity, 8 percent annual coupon rate bonds 10 years ago at $1,000
par. A group of investors bought all of Hot Box’s common stock through a
leveraged buyout, which turned the bonds overnight into junk bonds. Similar
junk bonds are currently yielding 25 percent in the market. Calculate the
current price of the original bonds. Challenge Problem Conversion Value 438 Part IV Long-Term Financing Decisions Priority of Claim 14-19.
Profit Unlimited Company is in bankruptcy. The company has the following
liability and equity claims:
First-Mortgage Bonds $ million
5 Second-Mortgage Bonds 5 million
m Senior Debentures Subordinated Debentures 4 million
Common Stock 10 illion (par value)
Mortgaged assets have been sold for $7 million and other assets for $13 million.
According to priority of claims, determine the distribution of $20 million
obtained from the sale proceeds. Bond Refunding 14-20.
Suppose the Builders-R-Us Real Estate Finance Corporation has $60 million
worth of bonds outstanding with an annual coupon interest rate of 8 percent.
However, market interest rates have fallen to 6 percent since the bonds were
issued 10 years ago. Accordingly, Builders-R-Us would like to replace the
old 8 percent bonds with a new issue of 6 percent bonds. The relevant financial data are summarized here:
Old Bond Issue $60,000,000, 8% annual interest rate,interest
paid semiannually, 20 years original maturity,
10 years remaining to maturity Call Premium on Old Bond 4% Underwriting Costs on Old Bonds
When Issued 5 Years Ago 2% of amount issued New Bond Issue $60,000,000, 6% annual interest rate, interest
paid semiannually, 10 years to maturity Underwriting Costs on New Bonds 3% of amount issued
Marginal Tax Rate 40% Discount Rate for Present Value
Analysis (After-Tax Cost of Debt) 3.6%
The Builders-R-Us Corporation will be issuing new bonds having the same
maturity as the number of years remaining to maturity on the old bonds. a.
What are the total cash outflows that Builders-R-Us will incur at time
zero if the company implements the proposed bond refunding program? b.
What is the annual before-tax savings in interest payments that BuildersR-Us would realize?
What is the annual after-tax savings in interest payments that Builders-R c.
Us would realize? d. hat is the present value of the annual after-tax interest savings?
What are the annual tax savings on the call premium that will be paid in
the refunding program? f.
What is the present value of the annual tax savings on the call premium? g.
What are the net tax savings from writing off the balance of the old bond
underwriting costs? h. hat are the tax savings from the new bond underwriting costs?
What is the present value of the tax savings from the new bond
underwriting costs? 439 Chapter 14 Corporate Bonds, Preferred Stock, and Leasing j.
What is the present value of the total cash inflows that will occur if the
bond refunding program is implemented? k. hat is the net present value of the proposed bond refunding program?
Would you advise Builders-R-Us to proceed with the program?
Regina Hitechia, the CIO of Aurora Glass Fibers, Inc., is considering
whether to lease or buy some new computers in the company’s
manufacturing plant. The new computers can be purchased for $800,000
with the proceeds from a 4-year, 10 percent interest rate loan, or leased for
$250,000 a year, payable at the beginning of each year for the next four
years. The computers fall into MACRS depreciation three-year asset class
and have an expected useful life of four years. The salvage value of the
computers at the end of the fourth year is $100,000. If the computers are
leased, they will be returned to the leasing company at the end of the fourth
year. Aurora’s marginal tax rate is 40 percent. a.
What is the present value of the cash flows associated with buying the
What is the present value of the cash flows associated with leasing the
Should Ms. Hitechia purchase or lease the new computers? Answers to Self-Test
ST-1. bond indenture is the contract that spells out the provisions of a bond
issue. It always contains the face value, coupon rate, interest payment
dates, and maturity date. It may also include terms of security in the case
of default, if any; the plan for paying off the bonds at maturity; provisions
for paying off the bonds ahead of time; restrictive covenants to protect
bondholders; and the trustee’s name.
ST-2. callable bond is a bond that can be paid off early by the issuer at the
ST-3. he straight bond value of a convertible bond is the value a convertible
bond would have without its conversion feature. It is the present value
of the interest and principal using the required rate of return on a similar
nonconvertible bond as the discount rate.
ST-4. umulative preferred stock is preferred stock for which missed dividends
must be made up (paid) by the issuing company before common stock
dividends may be resumed.
ST-5. financial (capital) lease would show up on both the income statement and
the balance sheet. Lease payments are business expenses that belong on the
income statement, and FASB rules call for financial leases to be reflected on
the balance sheet also.
ST-6. 15 market price of the stock × 20 conversion ratio = $300 conversion value
of the convertible bond. Lease-Buy Analysis ...
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