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– Not an ownership interest – Creditors do not have voting rights – Interest is considered a cost of doing business and is tax deductible – Creditors have legal recourse if interest or principal payments are missed – Excess debt can lead to financial distress and bankruptcy
– Ownership interest – Common stockholders vote for the board of directors and other issues – Dividends are not considered a cost of doing business and are not tax deductible – Dividends are not a liability of the firm and stockholders have no legal recourse if dividends are not paid – An all equity firm can not go bankrupt
The Bond Indenture
• Contract between the company and the bondholders and includes
– – – – – – The basic terms of the bonds The total amount of bonds issued A description of property used as security, if applicable Sinking fund provisions Call provisions Details of protective covenants
• Registered vs. Bearer Forms • Security
– Collateral – secured by financial securities – Mortgage – secured by real property, normally land or buildings – Debentures – unsecured – Notes – unsecured debt with original maturity less than 10 years
Bond Characteristics and Required Returns
• The coupon rate depends on the risk characteristics of the bond when issued • Which bonds will have the higher coupon, all else equal?
– – – – Secured debt versus a debenture Subordinated debenture versus senior debt A bond with a sinking fund versus one without A callable bond versus a non-callable bond
How does adding a “call provision” affect a bond?
• Issuer can refund if rates decline. That helps the issuer but hurts the investor. • Therefore, borrowers are willing to pay more, and lenders require more, on callable bonds. • Most bonds have a deferred call and a declining call premium.
When would bonds be called?
• In general, if a bond sells at a premium, then (1) coupon > kd, so (2) a call is likely. • So, expect to earn:
– YTC on premium bonds. – YTM on par & discount bonds.
What’s a sinking fund?
• Provision to pay off a loan over its life rather than all at maturity. • Similar to amortization on a term loan. • Reduces risk to investor, shortens average maturity. • But not good for investors if rates decline after issuance.
Sinking funds are generally handled in 2 ways 1. Call x% at par per year for sinking fund purposes. 2. Buy bonds on open market. Company would call if kd is below the coupon rate and bond sells at a premium. Use open market purchase if kd is above coupon rate and bond sells at a discount.
• Agreements to protect bondholders • Negative covenant: Thou shalt not: – pay dividends beyond specified amount – sell more senior debt & amount of new debt is limited – refund existing bond issue with new bonds paying lower interest rate – buy another company’s bonds • Positive covenant: Thou shalt: – use proceeds from sale of assets for other assets – allow redemption in event of merger or spinoff – maintain good condition of assets – provide audited financial information
Bond Ratings – Investment Quality
• High Grade
– Moody’s Aaa and S&P AAA – capacity to pay is extremely strong – Moody’s Aa and S&P AA – capacity to pay is very strong
• Medium Grade
– Moody’s A and S&P A – capacity to pay is strong, but more susceptible to changes in circumstances – Moody’s Baa and S&P BBB – capacity to pay is adequate, adverse conditions will have more impact on the firm’s ability to pay
Bond Ratings - Speculative
• Low Grade
– Moody’s Ba, B, Caa and Ca – S&P BB, B, CCC, CC – Considered speculative with respect to capacity to pay. The “B” ratings are the lowest degree of speculation.
• Very Low Grade
– Moody’s C and S&P C – income bonds with no interest being paid – Moody’s D and S&P D – in default with principal and interest in arrears
What factors affect default risk and bond ratings?
• Financial performance
– Debt ratio – TIE, FCC ratios – Current ratios
• Provisions in the bond contract
– – – – – Secured vs. unsecured debt Senior vs. subordinated debt Guarantee provisions Sinking fund provisions Debt maturity
• Other factors
– – – – Earnings stability Regulatory environment Potential product liability Accounting policies
Importance of bond ratings
• Bond interest rate, cost of debt capital • Clientele
Key Features of a Bond
– Contract under which a borrower agrees to make payments of principal and interest on specific dates to the holders of the bond
• Bonds are the most common form of financing
Key Features of a Bond
1. 2. Par value: Face amount; paid at maturity. Assume $1,000. Coupon interest rate: Stated interest rate. Multiply by par to get $ of interest. Generally fixed.
Maturity: Years until bond must be repaid. Declines. Issue date: Date when bond was issued.
What’s “yield to maturity”?
• YTM is the rate of return earned on a bond held to maturity. • We will use the symbol rd or YTM to refer to yield to maturity • YTM is the appropriate discount rate for the bond. It represents the opportunity cost that could be earned on bonds of similar risk.
What’s the value of a 10-year, 10% coupon bond if rd = 10%?
0 10% V=? 100 100 1 2 10
100 + 1,000
(1 + r d )
+ . . . +
(1 + r d )
$1, 000 + r d )10 (1+
= $90.91 + = $1,000.
. . . + $38.55 + $385.54
The bond consists of a 10-year, 10% annuity of $100/year plus a $1,000 lump sum at t = 10: PV annuity = $ 614.46 PV maturity value = 385.54 PV annuity = $1,000.00
INPUTS OUTPUT 10 N 10 I/YR 100 PMT 1000 FV
The Bond-Pricing Equation
1 1 (1 + r ) t d Bond Value = C rd PAR + t (1 + rd )
What would happen if expected inflation rose by 3%, causing rd = 13%?
When rd rises, above the coupon rate, the bond’s value falls below par, so it sells at a discount.
What would happen if inflation fell, and rd declined to 7%?
INPUTS OUTPUT 10 N 7 100 I/YR PV PMT -1,210.71 1000 FV
Price rises above par, and bond sells at a premium, if coupon > rd.
The bond was issued 20 years ago and now has 10 years to maturity. What would happen to its value over time if the yield to maturity remained at 10%, or at 13%, or at 7%?
Bond Value ($)
rd = 7%.
1,000 837 775
rd = 10%.
rd = 13%.
20 15 10 5 0
Years remaining to Maturity
• At maturity, the value of any bond must equal its par value. • The value of a premium bond would decrease to $1,000. • The value of a discount bond would increase to $1,000. • A par bond stays at $1,000 if rd remains constant.
Valuing a Discount Bond with Annual Coupons
• Consider a bond with a coupon rate of 10% and coupons paid annually. The par value is $1000 and the bond has 5 years to maturity. The yield to maturity is 11%. What is the value of the bond? – Using the formula:
• B = PV of annuity + PV of lump sum • B = 100[1 – 1/(1.11)5] / .11 + 1000 / (1.11)5 • B = 369.59 + 593.45 = 963.04
– Using the calculator:
• N = 5; I/Y = 11; PMT = 100; FV = 1000 • CPT PV = -963.04
Valuing a Premium Bond with
• Suppose you are looking at a bond that has a 10% annual coupon and a face value of $1000. There are 20 years to maturity and the yield to maturity is 8%. What is the price of this bond?
– Using the formula:
• B = PV of annuity + PV of lump sum • B = 100[1 – 1/(1.08)20] / .08 + 1000 / (1.08)20 • B = 981.81 + 214.55 = 1196.36
– Using the calculator:
• N = 20; I/Y = 8; PMT = 100; FV = 1000 • CPT PV = -1196.36
• If coupon rate < rd, discount. • If coupon rate = rd, par bond. • If coupon rate > rd, premium. • If rd rises, price falls. • Price = par at maturity.
What’s the YTM on a 10-year, 9% annual coupon, $1,000 par value bond that sells for $887?
0 rd=? 1 90
10 90 1,000
PV1 . . . PV10 PVM
Find rd that “works”!
-887 I/YR PV 10.91
1.Multiply years by 2 to get periods = 2n. 2.Divide nominal rate by 2 to get periodic rate = rd/2. 3.Divide annual INT by 2 to get PMT = INT/2.
INPUTS OUTPUT 2n N
Find the value of 10-year, 10% coupon, semiannual bond if rd = 13%.
2(10) INPUTS 20 N OUTPUT
13/2 6.5 I/YR
100/2 50 PMT
YTM with Semiannual Coupons
• Suppose a bond with a 10% coupon rate and semiannual coupons, has a face value of $1000, 20 years to maturity and is selling for $1197.93.
– – – – Is the YTM more or less than 10%? What is the semiannual coupon payment? How many periods are there? N = 40; PV = -1197.93; PMT = 50; FV = 1000; CPT I/Y = 4% (Is this the YTM?) – YTM = 4%*2 = 8%
What’s interest rate (or price) risk? Does a 1year or 10-year 10% bond have more risk? Interest rate risk: Rising rd causes bond’s price to fall. kd 10% 15% 1-year 1,000 956 Change 10-year Change +4.8% -4.4% $1,386 1,000 749 +38.6% -25.1%
Interest Rate Risk
• Price Risk
– Change in price due to changes in interest rates – Long-term bonds have more price risk than short-term bonds
• Reinvestment Rate Risk
– Uncertainty concerning rates at which cash flows can be reinvested – Short-term bonds have more reinvestment rate risk than long-term bonds
• Treasury Securities
– Federal government debt – T-bills – pure discount bonds with original maturity of one year or less – T-notes – coupon debt with original maturity between one and ten years – T-bonds coupon debt with original maturity greater than
• Municipal Securities
– Debt of state and local governments – Varying degrees of default risk, rated similar to corporate debt – Interest received is tax-exempt at the federal level
• A taxable bond has a yield of 8% and a municipal bond has a yield of 6%
– If you are in a 40% tax bracket, which bond do you prefer?
• 8%(1 - .4) = 4.8% • The after-tax return on the corporate bond is 4.8%, compared to a 6% return on the municipal
– At what tax rate would you be indifferent between the two bonds?
• 8%(1 – T) = 6% • T = 25%
• Make no periodic interest payments (coupon rate = 0%) • The entire yield-to-maturity comes from the difference between the purchase price and the par value • Cannot sell for more than par value • Sometimes called zeroes, or deep discount bonds • Treasury Bills and principal only Treasury strips are good examples of zeroes
Floating Rate Bonds
• Coupon rate floats depending on some index value • Examples – adjustable rate mortgages and inflation-linked Treasuries • There is less price risk with floating rate bonds
– The coupon floats, so it is less likely to differ substantially from the yield-to-maturity
• Coupons may have a “collar” – the rate cannot go above a specified “ceiling” or below a specified “floor”
• Conversion ratio:
– Number of shares of stock acquired by conversion
• Conversion price:
– Bond par value / Conversion ratio
• Conversion value:
– Price per share of stock x Conversion ratio
• In-the-money versus out-the-money
More on Convertibles
• Exchangeable bonds
– Convertible into a set number of shares of a third company’s common stock.
• Minimum (floor) value of convertible is the greater of:
– Straight or “intrinsic” bond value – Conversion value
• Conversion option value
– Bondholders pay for the conversion option by accepting a lower coupon rate on convertible bonds versus otherwise- identical nonconvertible bonds.
Inflation and Interest Rates
• Real rate of interest – change in purchasing power • Nominal rate of interest – quoted rate of interest, change in purchasing power and inflation • The ex ante nominal rate of interest includes our desired real rate of return plus an adjustment for expected inflation
The Fisher Effect
• The Fisher Effect defines the relationship between real rates, nominal rates and inflation • (1 + R) = (1 + r)(1 + h), where
– R = nominal rate – r = real rate – h = expected inflation rate
• If we require a 10% real return and we expect inflation to be 8%, what is the nominal rate? • R = (1.1)(1.08) – 1 = .188 = 18.8% • Approximation: R = 10% + 8% = 18% • Because the real return and expected inflation are relatively high, there is significant difference between the actual Fisher Effect and the approximation.
Term Structure of Interest Rates
• Term structure is the relationship between time to maturity and yields, all else equal • It is important to recognize that we pull out the effect of default risk, different coupons, etc. • Yield curve – graphical representation of the term structure
– Normal – upward-sloping, long-term yields are higher than short-term yields – Inverted – downward-sloping, long-term yields are lower than short-term yields