Convertible hedge

Convertible Hedge

A position in which one owns a convertible bond in a publicly-traded company while also selling short the common stock in the same company. The idea behind a convertible hedge is to profit regardless of whether the common stock increases or decreases in price. If the stock goes up, the investor loses on the short sale, but can profit by exercising the conversion option on the bond and selling the underlying stock. If the stock goes down, the investor profits from the short sale and does not exercise the conversion option, keeping the coupon payments from the bond.

Convertible hedge.

When you use a convertible hedge, you buy a convertible bond, which you can exchange under certain circumstances for shares of the company's common stock. At the same time, you sell short the common stock of the same company.

As in any hedge, your goal is to make more money on one of the transactions than you lose on the other. For example, if the price of the stock falls, you're in a position to make money on the short sale while at the same time knowing that the convertible bond will continue to be at least as valuable as other bonds the company has issued.

On the other hand, if the stock gains value, you hope to be able to realize more profit from either selling the convertible or exchanging it for shares you can sell than it costs you to have borrowed and repaid the shares you sold short.

There are no guarantees this strategy or any other hedging strategy will work, especially for an individual investor who faces the challenge of identifying an appropriate security to hedge and the appropriate time to act.

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In addition, TXCO may use the proceeds in the short term to repay certain outstanding indebtedness, and to pay expenses of the offering and the cost of the convertible hedge transactions discussed below, as well as other general corporate and working capital purposes.
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0 million net cost of the convertible hedge and warrant transactions described below.
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In a letter to the Limited Partners dated February 20, 2002, the General Partner shocked the public, the convertible hedge fund industry and the Limited Partners by revealing that the assets of the Partnership had been substantially overvalued and that the actual value of the assets of the Partnership would be devalued "in the neighborhood of 40%.
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