Debt/Equity Swap

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Debt/Equity Swap

A situation in which a debtor (which is a company) replaces the debt held by one or more creditors with a percentage of ownership in the company. A debt-equity swap often occurs if the company would otherwise be unable to repay the creditor(s) anything without going bankrupt. However, the swap may be a result of change from a debt-based to an equity-based capital structure. In either case, these swaps are often considered part of a company's attempt to restructure itself. Some debt agreements restrict the debtor's ability to force a debt-for-equity swap.
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Global Banking News-January 10, 2014--Creditors of collapsed Brazilian bank seek debt to equity swap
This would allow national authorities to order the sale of the business or part of the business without consulting shareholders, transfer shares or assets to a temporary bridge bank, create a bad bank' to absorb toxic assets or force a debt write-down or debt to equity swap.
2 billion is accepted under debt to equity swap scheme.
He said around 25% of the debt will be settled with debt to equity swap, 10% will be bought back and the rest will be rescheduled.
IBRA has agreed to convert US$ 438 million of the company's debt to it into share under a debt to equity swap.