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Warrants and Convertibles

Warrants and Convertibles. Francesca Cornelli Fall 1999 cornelli@wharton.upenn.edu. OUTLINE. Warrants: how to value a warrant Convertible Bonds: Main features How to value a convertible bond Why issue convertible bonds?. WARRANTS.

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Warrants and Convertibles

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  1. Warrants and Convertibles Francesca Cornelli Fall 1999 cornelli@wharton.upenn.edu

  2. OUTLINE • Warrants: • how to value a warrant • Convertible Bonds: • Main features • How to value a convertible bond • Why issue convertible bonds?

  3. WARRANTS • Warrants are similar to standard traded call options. The holder has the right to buy stock at the exercise price on or before the maturity date. There are, however, important differences. • When a warrant is issued, the purchase price is received by the company • When a warrant is exercised, the exercise price is received by the company • When a warrant is exercised, new shares are issued by the company.

  4. VALUING WARRANTS • Since exercising warrants increases the number of shares, exercise means that the firm’s assets and profits are spread over a larger number of shares. • Consider a firm with shares and warrants, each convertible into 1 share at an exercise price of K • Let be the value of the firm at maturity if warrants are not exercised • Payoff to warrants if exercised: • The dilution factor of the warrants is

  5. Value of warrants at maturity • Value of warrants =

  6. Consider a firm with n shares and m warrants, each convertible into r shares at an exercise price of K • Let V be the value of the firm at maturity if warrants are not exercised • Payoff to all warrants if exercised: • The dilution factor of the warrants is:

  7. Example of warrant pricing • All equity firm: • Shares (n) = 1 million • Number of warrants (m) with r =1 =100,000 • Exercise price (K) =10 • Time to maturity (t ) = 4 years • Value of assets = 12 million • Volatility ( ) = 40% • Risk-free rate ( ) = 10% per year • Value of warrants = • = .909 X 6.152mil = 559217

  8. Alternatively, the warrant can be viewed as a call on the equity on a per share basis. • Each warrant has a value at maturity: • Warrant value = where S is the “pseudo-share price” • In the previous example, the value of each warrant is: • = .909 X 6.152 = 5.59217

  9. CONVERTIBLE BONDS • Convertible bonds are bonds that can be converted into a specified number of shares at the bondholder discretion • A convertible bond is a package of an ordinary bond and a warrant

  10. EXAMPLE • A $1000 bond pays a coupon of $100 per year (10%) and can be converted at the option of the holder into 50 shares • CONVERSION RATIO : the number of shares received for each bond (50) • The conversion option may also be expressed in terms of the • CONVERSION PRICE = • The previous bond is said to be convertible into common shares at a conversion price of 1000/50 = 20

  11. It is customary to distinguish between the straight debt value and the conversion value. • STRAIGHT DEBT VALUE = Value as a corporate bond without the conversion option. That is, based on the convertible bond’s cash flows if not converted • CONVERSION VALUE = Value of the bond if it is converted immediately. It is given by: share price X conversion ratio • Since the bond is convertible at the option of the holder, its value can never fall below the greater of the straight debt and the conversion value.

  12. EXAMPLE • XYZ Convertible Bond • Maturity = 10 years • Coupon rate = 10% • Conversion ratio = 50 • Face value = 1000 • Current market price of XYZ convertible bond = $950 • Current market price of XYZ stock = $17 • Conversion price = • Conversion value =

  13. Coupon on similar straight bond: 14% • Straight value = • Minimum price of convertible bonds =

  14. CONVERTIBLE BOND VALUATION • Existing shares = 45.2 mil. • Current share price = 31 • Convertible bonds = 130,500 • Face value = 1000 per bond • Conversion price = 38.131 (per new share) • Conversion ratio = 26.225 (shares per conv. bond) • The fraction of equity convertible bondholders possess if they convert is:

  15. VALUE COMPONENTS SEPARATELY • To value the convertible bond, value the straight bond component and the warrant component separately • Straight bond component: • Face value = 130,500 • Coupon = 4.5% • Time to maturity = 5 years • Coupon on similar straight bond = 7% • Value straight bond component:

  16. WARRANT COMPONENT • The value of the warrant component (of the entire issue of convertible bonds) is: • 7.038% X 45.2mil X Call (S, t,K) • where t = , K= • S = pseudo-share price. That is: • Assuming = 20% and = 6.5%, the value of the warrant component is:

  17. Valuing a convertible • The total value of the convertible bonds would be: • Straight debt component + warrant component • But the bonds were sold for 130.5mil

  18. Major Determinants of a Convertible Value • Coupon rate • Current level of interest rates • Conversion price • Level and volatility of the company’s stock price • Dividend yield on the stock • Maturity • Call provisions

  19. CALL PROVISION • A bondholder will not convert his bond as long as the coupon on the bond exceeds the dividend on the shares into which the bond is convertible. • In order to force conversion, the issuing corporation typically has the right to call the bond for redemption at a predetermined series of call prices. • When should a company call its convertibles? • The call policy should maximize the existing shareholders wealth. This implies minimizing the convertibles value

  20. CALL POLICY • The optimal rule is to call the bond as soon as the value of the convertible reaches the call price. • In practice, however, firms do not call according to this principle. • Ingersoll found that on average they wait until the convertible bond is 44% over the call price.

  21. Why issue convertible bonds? • Common misconception: • Convertible debt is a cheap source of finance: • If company does poorly no conversion • cheap debt • If company prospers conversion • sell shares at a high price

  22. A technical point about convertibles • Suppose a firm’s assets become more volatile. How does that affect the value of a convertible? • Two effects: • Bond value declines • Value of conversion option increases • You can design a convertible so that these two effects cancel out.

  23. Possible rationales for the use of convertible debt • MORAL HAZARD (Green, 1984): the value of straight debt may be reduced if the firm increases the risk of the assets. The conversion feature protects the convertible bonds. • ADVERSE SELECTION (Brennan & Schwartz, 1982): for a given coupon rate, a straight bond is more attractive to an issuer the higher the issuer’s risk. But the warrant element goes in the opposite direction. Different terms for different risks. • DELAYED EQUITY FINANCING (Stein, 1992): firms issue convertibles in the expectation that they will be able to force conversion when good news about their future prospects is revealed.

  24. Convertible Debt as Delayed Equity • Firm issues convertibles and later forces conversion when conversion value > call price • Is it advantageous to issue equity in this delayed manner since an issue of convertibles entails less of a negative price reaction than issuing equity outright? • Issue Abnormal Return • Straight debt 0 • Convertible debt -2.07 • Equity -3.14 • Why don’t all firms that wish to issue equity first issue convertibles and later force conversion?

  25. Forcing conversion also entails a negative stock price reaction • Issue of convertibles Forcing conversion Total • -2.07 -2.08 -4.15 • Advantage to convertibles as delayed equity only preserved if voluntary conversion is achieved or conversion in better circumstances (so that there is no negative reaction).

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