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1 1 Part 6 – Structured convertibles Mandatory convertibles (with parallel debts arrangement) (also called Premium Exchangeable Participating Securities) Exchangeables Asset-backed convertibles CrEDIT structure (credit enhanced debt indexed to stock) Convertible stock notes Convertible preferred stocks Equity-linked securities Debt exchangeable for common stock

2 2 Mandatory convertible securities Product nature Mandatory convertible into common stock at maturity. They are effectively yield-enhanced common stock, and offer no downside protection to the investor apart from their higher yield. -100% equity participation on the downside move of the share price - reduced (say, 80%) equity participation on the upside move Appropriate for investors with a favorable view of the common stock and in need of high current income.

3 3 Mandatory convertible securities (cont’d) The conversion ratio at maturity changes depending on the price of the stock. Lower strike price: Usually, it is taken to be the same as the common stock price at the time of issue. When the stock price at maturity falls below, the investor suffer 100% equity participation of the downside loss. When the stock price at maturity shoots above the upper strike price, the investor starts to gain equity participation (reduced) of the upside growth.

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6 6 Performance based conversion premium 1.If the stock goes up from the issue price, the participation is at first delayed until the point of the upper strike, and then rises at a reduced rate equal to the upper conversion number. 2.On the downside, participation is one-for-one with the stock. Why it is called performance based premium? The investor does not actually pay the conversion premium up front. The declining ratio represents the conversion premium paid by the investor – paid only when the stock performs well. The 0.2 share difference represents the premium earned by the issuer.

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8 8 An MCS consists of the following pieces MCS =underlying common stock (stock price  lower conversion ratio) + (out-of-the-money call option on the underlying common stock struck at the upper strike price)  upper conversion ratio  at-the-money call option on the underlying common stock struck at the lower conversion ratio

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10 10 Perspective of the investor MCS involves the forward sale of equity at a price higher than the current stock price, but without the traditional downside support of investment value of a normal convertible. In return, the investor receives a higher dividend. Less interest rate sensitive but more equity sensitive compared to convertibles. Changes in interest rates affect the value of the “excess” coupon stream. To a less extent, the value of the two embedded options.

11 11 Sensitivity to volatility and gamma MCS consists of two call options, the long partial option is less expensive than the short option. Therefore, it is short volatility. This is in contrast to traditional convertible bonds, which are long volatility. Shorting gamma: holder participates in a portion of the upside, while sharing in all the downside of the underlying stock. The gamma profile is most dynamic at common price level between the lower and upper strike prices.

12 12 Numerical example Stock price at issue $20 Upper strike$25 Lower strike$20 Valuation Long stock value$20 Long 0.8 calls struck at $25$5.3 Short 1 call struck at $20-$8.2 Present value of dividend cash flow+$4.2 _______ Fair value$21.3

13 13 Parallel debt MCS The higher dividend paid by the issuer is not tax deductible. To get around the problem: pairing of the equity MCS with a debt security. All the proceeds from the sale of the MCS are invested in US Treasuries with maturities same as that of the MCS. The yield from the Treasuries is supplemented with an additional fee from the issuer to arrive at the stated yield on the MCS. Parallel debt The issuer enters the public debt market to issue an interest bearing note with a maturity and face amount similar to the terms of MCS.

14 14 Parallel debt MCS (cont’d) At maturity, the investor delivers either cash (the settlement fee) or the maturing Treasury note to satisfy the terms of the purchase contract of the MCS. He then receives the stocks, like usual MCS. At maturity, the issuer can use these proceeds to retire the corporate debt obligation. The Treasuries are owned by the investor – so the investor does not need to bear the default risk of the issuer. The investor also enjoys a tax benefit from this structure since that portion of the income received from the Treasury coupon payments is exempt from state and local taxes.

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17 17 Rationale for issuing exchangeables The issuer wants to monetize the value of a non-strategic asset in a tax-efficient manner. This is an alternative form of capital raising. The shares in a third company may be held due to aborted takeover.  The issuer receives the proceeds of the sale immediately (at a premium to the current share price and may gain advantage from higher volatility of share price prior to aborted takeover), but does not have to pay capital gains tax until the bonds are actually converted several years in the future.

18 18 Equity-linked securities (ELKS) In August 1994, Solomon Brothers issued an ELKS linked to the performance of Digital Equipment Corporation. In return for accepting the limitation on upside potential, the investor receives a yield premium of 6.75 percent over the common stock. At maturity, the value is settled in cash rather than through conversion to the common stock. Analogy to the covered call strategies Owner of a certain stock sells out-of-the-money call options against the stock to collect an upfront premium – here in the form of higher yield.

19 19 Debt Exchangeable for Common stock, DECS American Express used DECS to convert book assets to cash on its stake in First Data Corp. AE sold its stake at a conversion premium of 22 percent to the current market price and yet also deferred the capital gain. At the end of Year Three, investors receive of common stock if share price > $ one share of common stock if otherwise. The upside potential is 81.9 percent of the upside above conversion price. Upon redemption, issuer can choose to redeem in stock or cash.

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21 21 CrEDITS structure (Credit Enhanced Debt Indexed To Stock) Characteristic Principal and coupon payments are guaranteed by an irrevocable letter of credit from a highly rated financial institution. Issuer’s perspective Pay a lower coupon rate. Get the credit guarantee by paying amount less than the coupon rate differential. - Six percent coupon rate is reduced to four percent but with principal and income guaranteed by a high-rated third party. This works well if the protection requires less than the 2 percent coupon rate differential.

22 22 CrEDITS structure (cont’d) Attraction to investors 1. Upside potential of an emerging market or growth stock; 2. A name with high stock volatility; 3. High-quality downside protection that is uncorrelated to the shares. All Taiwan dollar CB issuance must be guaranteed by a financial institution. A lot of the issuance is fairly weak in credit.

23 23 Convertible stock notes Instead of paying interest and principal in cash, these notes pay in common stock or cash, at the issuer’s option (designed to give issuers flexibility in managing cash flow). They are typically issued by troubled companies. Companies facing bankruptcy often ask creditors to exchange debt for convertible stock notes (allowing for increased equity participation but forfeiting coupon incomes).

24 24 Example Anacomp - facing bankruptcy in the mid-1980s proposed to exchange the convertible 13 7 / 8 percent bonds for convertible stock notes with higher conversion ratio (increased to 250 shares per bond from ). As the stock price recovered to $8 (original conversion price was $17.50) in mid-1987, the new convertible stock notes had an intrinsic value of 200% of par. This illustrates the advantage of being a creditor rather than a shareholder when a company’s fortunes change.

25 25 Convertible preferred stock The holder has the right to convert to a specified number of shares of the underlying common stock at any time. It has a specified dividend rate that is declared by the board of directors, usually quarterly. Preferred shareholders take precedence over common shareholders for dividend payments. There is no maturity date, unlike the convertible bond. After the call protection expires, the company has the option of redeeming the issue at the stated par value or call price. Exchangeable feature: gives the company the additional option of exchanging the convertible preferred stock for convertible bonds.

26 26 Summary Term Sheet/Structure - Microsoft 2.75% Convertible Exchangeable Preferred Principal protection at par: $ par Dividend: 2.75% Dividend Settlement: Cash Conversion Prices: High Strike = $ ( Cap Price). Low Strike = $ (Floor Price). Conversion Premium: 28.0% ($ Cap Price vs. $ common price at issuance) Credit Rating: A1/AA- Issue Size: $1.0 Billion (12,519,562 shares)

27 27 Convertibility: Not before maturity (European style option) Hard Call: Non call life = 3.0 years (12/15/1999) Maturity: 12/15/1999 Maturity Settlement: Paid in stock and/or cash based on 20-trading day MSFT average close ending 2-trading days prior to maturity date. 1. If $ = $102.24, investor gets the number of MSFT shares equivalent in value to $ or the cash equivalent.

28 28 Exchangeability: Into MSFT 2.75% Convertible Notes due 1999 beginning 3/15/97 on any dividend date. Terms essentially are identical to MSFT 2.75% Cvt. Pfd. except for certain maturity settlement features (see below). Maturity Settlement (bond): Differs from MSFT 2.75% Cvt Pfd. in three respects: 1. Investors must elect conversion option or else the bond will be automatically redeemed for $ Investors receive an additional $0.40/share if they elect to convert at maturity. 3. If settled in stock, investors get the number of shares equal to 99.5% of the maturity settlement value.

29 29 Valuation of MSFT 2.5% Convertible Exchangeable Preferred At maturity The annualized minimum return on investment would be 2.75 percent if, in three years, the stock were worth $ or less. The maximum annualized return on investment over three years would be 11.4 percent if the stock were $ or greater. Within the life of the instrument, the equivalent synthetic is Long common stock at Long put on common stock at a strike price of , expiration December 15, Short call option with a strike of , expiration December 15, Yield advantage over common stock 2.75 percent.


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