Chapter 9

Convertible Securities

Analysis and Valuation

Abstract

In this chapter we present a discussion on convertible bonds, which have become popular hybrid financial instruments. Convertible bonds are financial instruments that give the bondholders the right, without imposing an obligation, to convert the bond into underlying security, usually common stocks, under conditions illustrate in the indenture at the time of issue. The hybrid characteristic defines the traditional valuation approach as the sum of two components: the option-free bond and an embedded option (call option). The option element makes the valuation not easy, above all in pricing term sheets with specific contract clauses as the inclusion of soft calls, put options and ...

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