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196.capital structure intro lecture 1

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  • The exchange feature of a convertible bond gives the right for the holder to convert the par amount of the bond for common shares a specified price or "conversion ratio". For example, a conversion ratio might give the holder the right to convert $100 par amount of the convertible bonds of Ensolvint Corporation into its common shares at $25 per share. This conversion ratio would be said to be " 4:1" or "four to one". The share price affects the value of a convertible substantially. Taking our example, if the shares of the Ensolvint were trading at $10, and the convertible was at a market price of $100, there would be no economic reason for an investor to convert the convertible bonds. For $100 par amount of the bond the investor would only get 4 shares of Ensolvint with a market value of $40. You might ask why the convertible was trading at $100 in this case. The answer would be that the yield of the bond justified this price. If the normal bonds of Ensolvint were trading at 10% yields and the yield of the convertible was 10%, bond investors would buy the bond and keep it at $100. A convertible bond with an "exercise price" far higher than the market price of the stock is called a "busted convertible" and generally trades at its bond value, although the yield is usually a little higher due to its lower or "subordinate" credit status. Think of the opposite. When the share price attached to the bond is sufficiently high or "in the money", the convertible begins to trade more like an equity. If the exercise price is much lower than the market price of the common shares, the holder of the convertible can convert into the stock attractively. If the exercise price is $25 and the stock is trading at $50, the holder can get 4 shares for $100 par amount that have a market value of $200. This would force the price of the convertible above the bond value and its market price should be above $200 since it would have a higher yield than the common shares. Issuers sell convertible bonds to provide a higher current yield to investors and equity capital upon conversion. Investors buy convertible bonds to gain a higher current yield and less downside, since the convertible should trade to it bond value in the case of a steep drop in the common share price. Investors traditionally use "breakeven" analysis to compare the coupon payment of the convertible to the dividend yield of the common shares. Modern techniques of option analysis examine the convertible as a bond with an equity option attached and value it in this manner.
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196.capital structure intro lecture 1 196.capital structure intro lecture 1 Presentation Transcript

  • Capital structure
    • Issues:
    • What is capital structure?
    • Why is it important?
    • What are the sources of capital available to a company?
    • What is business risk and financial risk?
    • What are the relative costs of debt and equity?
    • What are the main theories of capital structure?
    • Is there an optimal capital structure?
  • What is “Capital Structure”?
    • Definition
    • The capital structure of a firm is the mix of different securities issued by the firm to finance its operations.
    • Securities
    • Bonds, bank loans
    • Ordinary shares (common stock), Preference shares (preferred stock)
    • Hybrids, eg warrants, convertible bonds
  • What is “Capital Structure”? Financial Structure Balance Sheet Current Current Assets Liabilities Debt Fixed P reference Assets shares Ordinary shares
  • What is “Capital Structure”? Capital Structure Balance Sheet Current Current Assets Liabilities Debt Fixed P reference Assets shares Ordinary shares
  • Sources of capital
    • Ordinary shares (common stock)
    • Preference shares (preferred stock)
    • Hybrid securities
      • Warrants
      • Convertible bonds
    • Loan capital
      • Bank loans
      • Corporate bonds
  • Ordinary shares (common stock)
    • Risk finance
    • Dividend s are only paid if profits are made and only after other claimants have been paid e.g. lenders and preference shareholders
    • A h igh rate of return is required
    • Provide v oting rights – the power to hire and fire directors
    • No tax benefit , unlike borrowing
  • Preference shares (preferred stock)
    • Lower risk than ordinary shares – and a lower dividend
    • Fixed dividend - payment before ordinary shareholders and in a liquidation situation
    • No voting rights - unless dividend payments are in arrears
    • Cumulative - dividends accrue in the event that the issuer does not make timely dividend payments
    • Participating - an extra dividend is possible
    • R edeemable - company may buy back at a fixed future date
  • Loan capital
    • Financial instruments that pay a certain rate of interest until the maturity date of the loan and then return the principal (capital sum borrowed)
    • Bank loans or corporate bonds
    • Interest on debt is allowed against tax
  • Seniority of debt
    • Seniority indicates preference in position over other lenders.
    • Some debt is subordinated .
    • In the event of default, holders of subordinated debt must give preference to other specified creditors who are paid first.
  • Security
    • Security is a form of attachment to the borrowing firm’s assets.
    • It provides that the assets can be sold in event of default to satisfy the debt for which the security is given.
  • I ndenture
    • A written agreement between the corporate debt issuer and the lender .
    • Sets forth the terms of the loan:
      • Maturity
      • Interest rate
      • Protective covenants
        • e.g. financial reports, restriction on further loan issues, restriction on disposal of assets and level of dividends
  • Warrants
    • A warrant is a certificate entitling the holder to buy a specific amount of shares at a specific price (the exercise price ) for a given period.
    • If the price of the share rises above the warrant's exercise price, then the investor can buy the security at the warrant's exercise price and resell it for a profit.
    • Otherwise, the warrant will simply expire or remain unused.
  • Convertible bonds
    • A convertible bond is a bond that gives the holder the right to "convert" or exchange the par amount of the bond for ordinary shares of the issuer at some fixed ratio during a particular period.
    • As bonds, they provide a coupon payment and are legally debt securities, which rank prior to equity securities in a default situation.
    • Their value, like all bonds, depends on the level of prevailing interest rates and the credit quality of the issuer.
    • Their conversion feature also gives them features of equity securities.
  • The Cost of Capital Expected Return Risk premium Risk-free rate Time value of money ______________________________________________________________ Risk Treasury Corporate Preference Hybrid Bonds Bonds Shares Securities Ordinary Shares
  • Measuring capital structure
    • Debt/(Debt + Market Value of Equity)
    • Debt/Total Book Value of Assets
    • Interest coverage: EBITDA/Interest
  • Selected leverage data for US corporations
  • Interpreting capital structures
    • The capital structures we observe are determined both by deliberate choices and by chance events
      • Safeway’s high leverage came from an LBO
      • HP’s low leverage is the HP way
      • Disney ’s low leverage reflects past good performance
      • GM ’s high leverage reflects the opposite
    • Capital structures can be changed
    • Leverage is reduced by
      • Cutting dividends or issuing stock
      • Reducing costs, especially fixed costs
    • Leverage increased by
      • Stock repurchases, special dividends, generous wages
      • Using debt rather than retained earnings
    Interpreting capital structures
  • Business risk and Financial risk
    • Firms have business risk generated by what they do
    • But firms adopt additional financial risk when they finance with debt
  • Risk and the Income Statement
    • Sales
    • Operating – Variable costs
    • Leverage – Fixed costs
    • EBIT
    • – Interest expense
    • Financial Earnings before taxes
    • Leverage – Taxes
    • Net Income
    • EPS = Net Income
    • N o. of Shares
  • Business Risk
    • The basic risk inherent in the operations of a firm is called business risk
    • Business risk can be viewed as the variability of a firm’s Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT)
  • Financial Risk
    • Debt cause s financial risk because it imposes a fixed cost in the form of interest payments.
    • The use of debt financing is referred to as financial leverage .
    • Financial leverage increases risk by increasing the variability of a firm’s return on equity or the variability of its earnings per share.
  • Financial Risk vs. Business Risk
    • There is a trade - off between financial risk and business risk.
    • A firm with high financial risk is using a fixed cost source of financing. This increases the level of EBIT a firm needs just to break even.
    • A firm will generally try to avoid financial risk - a high level of EBIT to break even - if its EBIT is very uncertain (due to high business risk).
  • Why should we care about capital structure?
    • By altering capital structure firms have the opportunity to change their cost of capital and – therefore – the market value of the firm
  • What is an optimal capital structure?
    • An o ptimal c apital s tructure is one that minimizes the firm’s cost of capital and thus maximizes firm value
    • Cost of Capital:
      • Each source of financing has a different cost
      • The WACC is the “ W eighted A verage C ost of C apital ”
      • Capital structure affects the WACC
  • Capital Structure Theory
    • Basic question
      • Is it possible for firms to create value by altering their capital structure?
    • Major theories
      • Modigliani and Miller theory
      • Trade-off Theory
      • Signaling Theory
  • Modigliani and Miller (MM)
    • Basic theory: Modigliani and Miller (MM) in 1958 and 1963
    • Old - so why do we still study them?
      • Before MM, no way to analyze debt financing
      • First to study capital structure and WACC together
      • Won the Nobel prize in 1990
  • Modigliani and Miller (MM)
    • Most influential papers ever published in finance
    • Very restrictive assumptions
    • First “no arbitrage” proof in finance
    • Basis for other theories
    • Debt v ersus Equity
      • A firm’s cost of debt is always less than its cost of equity
        • debt has seniority over equity
        • debt has a fixed return
        • the interest paid on debt is tax-deductible .
      • It may appear a firm should use as much debt and as little equity as possible due to the cost difference, but this ignores the potential problems associated with debt.
    A Basic Capital Structure Theory
  • A Basic Capital Structure Theory
    • There is a trade-off between the benefits of using debt and the costs of using debt.
      • The use of debt creates a tax sh ield benefit from the interest on debt.
      • The costs of using debt, besides the obvious interest cost, are the additional financial distress costs and agency costs arising from the use of debt financing.
    • A firm’s capital structure is the proportion of a firm’s long-term funding provided by long-term debt and equity.
    • Capital structure influences a firm’s cost of capital through the tax advantage to debt financing and the effect of capital structure on firm risk .
    • Because of the tradeoff between the tax advantage to debt financing and risk, each firm has an optimal capital structure that minimizes the WACC and maximises firm value.
  • Is there magic in financial leverage?
    • … can a company increase its value simply by altering its capital structure?
    • … yes and no
    • … we will see….