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Bonds with embedded options. Callable Bonds. A problem with traditional pricing is that it ignores options imbedded in the bond such as a call option. The call feature increases reinvestment rate risk since the bond will be called if rates are low, especially if lower than the coupon rate.

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callable bonds
Callable Bonds
  • A problem with traditional pricing is that it ignores options imbedded in the bond such as a call option.
  • The call feature increases reinvestment rate risk since the bond will be called if rates are low, especially if lower than the coupon rate.
  • As the yield decreases the price increase lessens because there is a higher probability of the bond being called (price compression)
valuing a callable bond
Valuing a Callable Bond
  • You can think of a callable bond as having two components: A noncallable bond and a call option. The price of the callable bond would then be equal to the noncallable bond price minus the call option price.
valuation model review
Valuation Model Review
  • Remember from before that the appropriate rate to use is not a single rate, but the zero spot rate or the forward rates (example on next slide)
  • The value of the callable bond will be tied directly to the volatility of interest rates. To price the bond we will use a binomial tree model.
5 25 coupon bond 3 years to maturity yearly payments
5.25% coupon bond, 3 years to maturity, yearly payments
  • Assume you have the following observed yield curve, spot rates, and forward rates.

Maturity YTM Market Value Spot Rate Forward Rate

1 yr 3.5% 100 3.5% 3.5%

2 yr 4.0% 100 4.01% 4.5225%

3 yr 4.5% 100 4.531% 5.5792%

binomial tree model
Binomial Tree Model
  • We are going to represent the two possible paths of interest rates in a tree structure.
  • Let each time be denoted as a decision Node N with a subscript denoting whether it represent the higher or lower interest rate environment.
  • The current level of interest rates is r*, it may increase to state H or decrease to state L If the level of interest rates increases to H the bond will have a value of VH in the next period. Likewise if rates decrease to L the value will be VL
binomial tree model7
Binomial Tree Model

l

VH

NH

V

r*

l

N

l

VL

NL

Time 0

Time 1

value at time 0
Value at Time 0
  • The value of the bond at time 0 can be calculated assuming that there is an equal chance of obtaining either state.
  • The expected value at time 0 is then equal to the PV of total amount you would receive in each state multiplied by the probability of the state (in this case 1/2)
  • The total amount you would receive is the value or the bond plus any other cash flows received (For example the coupon payment)
binomial tree model9
Binomial Tree Model

VH

CH

l

NH

V0

r*

l

N

VL

CL

l

NL

Time 0

Time 1

simple example
Simple Example
  • Assume that the current level of interest rates is 3.5% as in our previous example.
  • If the higher interest rate price is $98 with a coupon of $5 and the lower interest rate price is $102 with the same $5 of coupon the value at time 0 would be
binomial tree model continued
Binomial Tree Model continued
  • Starting today we want to think about the future path of interest rates.
  • Start with the time 0 (today) and think about the future path of interest rates. We will assume that over the next year there are two possible outcomes for the one year rate at time 1.
  • Let the lower rate be r1L and the higher rate be r1H
binomial tree method continued
Binomial Tree Method continued
  • Assuming the lower rate in the next period the higher rate can be found from the equation.

r1H=e2sr1L

where: e = natural logarithm 2.71828

(x = lny y=ex)

For example let r1L=4.5% and s=10%

then r1H = .045e2(.10)=.054963

binomial tree model13
Binomial Tree Model

VH

CH

r1H=.05496

l

NH

V0

r*

l

N

VL

CL

r1L=.045

l

NL

Time 0

Time 1

extending the model
Extending the model
  • It is easy to extend the model to add a second year.
  • From each of the decision nodes NH and NL you can just repeat the same tree.
binomial tree model15
Binomial Tree Model

VHH

CHH

r2HH

l

VH

CH

r1H=.05496

NHH

l

VHL

CHL

r2HL

NH

V0

r=.035

l

l

N

NHL

VL

CL

r1L=.045

l

NL

VLL

CLL

r2LL

l

NLL

Time 0

Time 1

Time 2

the two year bond
The Two Year Bond
  • Using the observed yield curve from before, the two year bond would have a 4% coupon rate implying $4 coupon payments each year.
  • At maturity the bond will have a value of $100
  • Substitute the value in for VHH, VHL,and VLL. Let the coupon be $4 in each period.
binomial tree model17
Binomial Tree Model

VHH = 100

CHH = 4

r2HH

l

VH

CH = 4

r1H=.05496

NHH

l

VHL = 100

CHL = 4

r2HL

NH

V0

r=.035

l

l

N

NHL

VL

CL = 4

r1L=.045

l

NL

VLL= 100

CLL= 4

r2LL

l

NLL

Time 0

Time 1

Time 2

finding v h and v l
Finding VH and VL
  • The values of the bond can be found at time 1 by applying the earlier formula
binomial tree model19
Binomial Tree Model

VHH = 100

CHH = 4

r2HH

l

VH=98.852

CH = 4

r1H=.05496

NHH

l

VHL = 100

CHL = 4

r2HL

NH

V0

r=.035

l

l

N

NHL

VL=99.522

CL = 4

r1L=.045

l

NL

VLL= 100

CLL= 4

r2LL

l

NLL

Time 0

Time 1

Time 2

iterative procedure
Iterative Procedure
  • We assumed an interest rate of 4.5% for r1L this is the correct rate IF V0 can be found given the current values it the tree and V0 is equal to the market price of 100
  • Since the price from the tree is too low, the rate r1L must be lower to increase the price. Try a new price and repeat until the correct price 4.074% is found
iterative procedure21
Iterative procedure
  • Given the rate of 4.074 the expected value of the two possible changes in interest rates is equal to the current value, in other words it is “fairly priced.”
  • The change in rates requires finding new values for r1H and for VH and VL
binomial tree model22
Binomial Tree Model

VHH = 100

CHH = 4

r2HH

l

VH=99.071

CH = 4

r1H=.04976

NHH

l

VHL = 100

CHL = 4

r2HL

NH

V0

r=.035

l

l

N

NHL

VL=99.929

CL = 4

r1L=.04074

l

NL

VLL= 100

CLL= 4

r2LL

l

NLL

Time 0

Time 1

Time 2

interpretations
Interpretations
  • r1H and r1Lare a set of forward rates from time 1 to time 2 or 1f1 as it was previously called.
  • Notice that since the change in rates makes a difference in the value of the bond, for each forward rate we will have a different value of the bond.
the next step time 3
The next step, time 3
  • The model could be extended again to include the next year. The YTM for the three year treasury was 4.5% so the coupons at every time period become 4.50.
  • The goal is to find a value for r2LL that will allow us to move from right to left through the tree to produce a value of 100 again at V0
  • r2HL=r2LLe2s as before and r2HH=r2HLe2s=r2LLe4s
  • the correct rate is then 4.53%
binomial tree model25
Binomial Tree Model

VHH = 97.886

CHH = 4.50

r2HH=.06757

l

VH =98.074

CH= 4.50

r1H=.04976

NHH

l

VHL = 99.022

CHL= 4.50

r2HL=.05532

NH

V0

r=.035

l

l

N

NHL

VL=99.926

CL= 4.50

r1L=.04074

l

NL

VLL= 100

CLL= 4.50

r2LL=.0453

l

NLL

Time 0

Time 1

Time 2

valuing an option free bond
Valuing an Option Free Bond
  • The rates in the binomial tree now represent the correct rates for the on the run treasury yield curve that we started with. It is now possible to use it to value the three year 5.25% coupon bond.
  • Starting with year three the values VHH, VHL, and VLL can be found then we can work right to left through the tree
binomial tree model27
Binomial Tree Model

VHH = 98.588

CHH = 5.25

r2HH=.06757

l

VH =99.461

CH = 5.25

r1H=.04976

NHH

l

VHL= 99.732

CHL= 5.25

r2HL =.05532

NH

V0

r=.035

l

l

N

NHL

VL=101.333

CL= 5.25

r1L=.04074

l

NL

VLL= 100.689

CLL= 5.25

r2LL=.0453

l

NLL

Time 0

Time 1

Time 2

value of the bond
Value of the bond

The same value as we calculated before!!!

valuing a call option
Valuing a Call Option
  • Assume that the the bond can be called at the end of the first year or later for a call price of $100.
  • If the value at a node is greater than $100 then the bond will be called (the yield is less than the coupon) and the firm can refinance at a lower rate. Starting on the right, if the value exceeds 100 it needs to be replaced, then the tree is worked right to left again.
binomial tree model30
Binomial Tree Model

VHH = 98.588

CHH = 5.25

r2HH=.06757

l

VH =99.461

CH = 5.25

r1H=.04976

NHH

l

VHL = 99.732

CHL = 5.25

r2HL =.05532

NH

V0

r=.035

l

l

N

NHL

VL=101.001

VL=100

CL = 5.25

r1L=.04074

l

NL

VLL= 100.689

VLL =100

CLL= 5.25

r2LL=.0453

l

NLL

Time 0

Time 1

Time 2

value of callable bond
Value of callable bond
  • The value has decreased because of the call option
  • The value of the call option is then

102.075-101.4302=0.6448

put option
Put option
  • The same model could be used to value a put option.
  • Now, you look at increases in rates that lower the price.
  • If the value of the bond at the node is less than the puttable value then the option would be exercised and the value of the bond becomes the put value.
  • Assume that our bond has a put option after year one with the puttable value being $100
binomial tree model put
Binomial Tree Model (Put)

VHH = 98.588

VHH=100

CHH = 5.25

r2HH=.06757

l

VH =100.261

CH = 5.25

r1H=.04976

NHH

l

VHL = 99.732

VHL=100

CHL = 5.25

r2HL =.05532

NH

V0

r=.035

l

l

N

NHL

VL=101.461

CL = 5.25

r1L=.04074

l

NL

VLL= 100.689

CLL= 5.25

r2LL=.0453

l

NLL

Time 0

Time 1

Time 2

value of puttable bond
Value of puttable bond
  • The value has increased because of the put option.
  • The value of the put option is

102.075 – 102.523= -0.448

modeling risk
Modeling Risk
  • Modeling risk is the risk that the valuation model has produced an incorrect result due to assumptions used in the model.
  • Higher volatility lowers the value of the call option (raises value of put)
  • Lower volatility raises the value of the a call option (lower the value of a put)
option adjusted spread
Option Adjusted Spread
  • The constant spread that when added to all the forward rates in the binomial tree will make the theoretical value equal to the market price.
oas intuition
OAS Intuition
  • Converts the difference between the valuation and the market price into a spread measure.
  • The key is the inputs in the model
    • If the tree uses the treasury spot curve, the OAS represents the richness or cheapness of the security plus a credit spread
    • If the tree uses issuer’s spot rate curve, then the credit risk is already incorporated.
oas and total yield spreads
OAS and total yield spreads
  • The OAS is attempting to separate the amount of the nominal spread that is the result of option risk. Therefore it reports a spread that is adjusted for the option.
  • Example: Assume you have calculated the OAS of a BBB callable corporate bond compared to non callable treasuries to be 120 Bp. would imply that the BBB pays 120 Bp more because of the liquidity and credit risk etc. the spread has removed the portion of the spread attributable to the option.
oas and benchmarks
OAS and benchmarks
  • In the previous example the OAS was a representation of credit and liquidity risks. If instead of using the on the run treasury as a benchmark we used the on the run issues for the same issuer (the issuer of the BBB). Then credit risk is also not part of the spread, only liquidity and other factors.
  • OAS is the spread after adjusting for options, what it actually represents however depends upon the benchmark being used…
oas in our example
OAS in our example
  • Assume that the 5.25% callable three year coupon bond is currently selling for $101.17
  • Previously we found the price to be $101.4302
  • The OAS would be the additional yield added to the binomial interest rate tree at every yield that produced a value for the bond of $101.17, in this case the OAS is 45 Bp
binomial tree model41
Binomial Tree Model

VHH = 102.6309

VHH = 100

CHH = 5.25

r2HH=.07208

l

VH =99.833

CH = 5.25

r1H=.005426

NHH

l

VHL = 103.817

VHL = 100

CHL = 5.25

r2HL =.0598

NH

V0

r=.035

l

l

N

NHL

VL=100.6946

VL=100

CL = 5.25

r1L=.04524

l

NL

VLL= 104.809

VLL =100

CLL= 5.25

r2LL=.0498

l

NLL

Time 0

Time 1

Time 2

funding cost as a benchmark
Funding Cost as a Benchmark
  • Often the on the run issues of the LIBOR is used as the benchmark.
  • LIBOR is used as a benchmark borrowing rate that the institution pays to obtain funds. It can then compare its cost of funding to LIBOR by looking at the spread above LIBOR it pays to obtain funds.
  • As long as the assets spread relative to LIBOR is greater than the spread the institution must pay to obtain funding, it is covering the funding cost.
effective duration and convexity
Effective Duration and Convexity
  • Effective Duration (option adjusted duration) allows a yield change to change the expected future cash flows.
quick approximation of duration and convexity
Quick approximation of duration and convexity

P- = the price if yield is decreased by x Bp

P+ = the price if yield is increased by x Bp

P0 = the initial price Dy=change in rate (x Bp in dec form)

calculating p and p
Calculating P+ and P-
  • Calculate the OAS
  • Shift the on the run yield curve by a small basis points
  • Construct a binomial interest rate tree based on the new yield curve
  • To each of the short rates add the OAS to adjust the tree
  • Use the adjusted tree to determine the value of P.
valuing a step up callable note
Valuing a Step Up Callable Note
  • The Binomial model can be expanded to cover other types of options.
  • One possibility is a note whose coupon rte changes over the life of the note. In this case the coupon rate may increase in the future.
  • Initially, the procedure is the same as before.
  • After developing the interest rate tree, the bond is valued using the coupon rates that correspond to what the bond will pay.
valuing a floating rate note
Valuing a Floating Rate Note
  • On a floating rate bond the payment at the end of the year is determined by the rate at the beginning of the year.
  • Therefore the coupon payment for each node will be based off of the interest rate for that node (the rate at the beginning of the period determines the coupon at the end of the period).
  • The valuation therefore uses the coupon for that node as the payment at the next point in time.
a capped floater
A Capped Floater
  • If the floating rate bond has a cap, then whenever the coupon is above the cap the value of the coupon will be based off of the cap.
analysis of convertible bonds
Analysis of Convertible Bonds
  • A convertible bond can allows the holder to convert the bond into a predetermined number of shares of common stock of the issuer.
  • It may also be callable and puttable.
  • Exchangeable securities allow conversion to the stock of another firm.
  • The conversion privilege may extend over the entire life of the of the issue or a portion of the issue
conversion ratio
Conversion Ratio
  • The conversion ratio is the number of shares the holder will receive if the conversion option is exercised.
  • Assume that the conversion ratio is 25, this would imply that you would receive 25 shares for each $1,000 of par value.
  • The conversion price is the price per share implied by the conversion ratio. In the example above this would be $1000/25 = $40
  • If not issued at par, the conversion price is found by dividing the issue price per 1000 by the conversion ratio.
other embedded options
Other embedded options
  • Often the convertible is also callable, usually with a non callable period at the beginning of the period of the issue
  • The issue may also be puttable. Hard Put – the issuer must redeem with cash Soft Put – the issuer may use common stock, cash, or subordinated notes, or a combination of the three
minimum value
Minimum Value
  • The conversion (or parity) value is the value of the security if it is converted immediately.
  • The minimum value is then the greater of 1) the conversion price and 2) its value as a security without the conversion option (also called the straight value or investment value).
  • If the security does not sell a the greater of the two, then there are arbitrage possibilities.
market conversion price
Market Conversion Price
  • If the convertible bond is bought then converted immediately into stock, the buyer is effectively paying a share price based on the value of the security.
  • The market conversion price is
market conversion price55
Market Conversion Price
  • If the actual market price increases above the market conversion price the value of the convertible bond should increase by the same percentage.
  • Buying the convertible bond rather than the underlying stock results in basically paying a premium for the stock an can be expressed as a ratio based on the market price.
why pay a premium
Why pay a premium?
  • The investor may be willing to pay the premium if there is an expectation of receiving a higher current income from the coupon payments than from possible dividends on the stock.
  • One way to address this is looking at the amount of time it takes to recover the premium paid (ignoring the time value of money)
premium payback period
Premium Payback Period
  • The amount of time to recover the premium is
downside risk
Downside Risk
  • It is often assumed that the price of the convertible security cannot fall below the straight value, therefore some participants look at the ratio of the market price to the straight value as a measure of downside risk.
  • However the straight value changes as interest rates change so this does not truly provide a good measure of downside risk .
up side potential
Up side potential
  • The up side depends upon the valuation of the common stock and the potential for gain the stock price.
  • If the straight value is significantly higher than the value implied by the common stock price then it is referred to as a fixed income equivalent or busted convertible.
  • If the conversion value from the stock price is higher than the straight value it is a common stock equivalent.
option based value
Option based value
  • We have ignored the true value of the security
  • The convertible security value should equal the straight value plus the value of a call option of the stock of the firm.
  • IF the bond has a call feature then the value becomes: the straight value plus the value of the cal option on the stock minus the value of the call option on the bond.
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