Equal shares swap

Equal shares swap

Applies mainly to convertible securities. Selling the underlying common and reinvesting the proceeds in as much of the convertible as can be converted into the number of shares of common just sold. See equal dollar swap.

Equal Shares Swap

The sale of common stock in a publicly-traded company and the use of the proceeds to buy just as many convertible securities such that one may use the conversion option to have the same amount of common stock as before. For example, one may sell 1000 shares of AT&T and use the money to buy as many convertible bonds in AT&T as needed to be able to convert to 1000 shares. An equal shares swap gives the investor greater flexibility than simply owning the common stock while at the same time allowing the investor the ability to have the same amount of common stock if needed or desired.
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