Debt-for-equity swap

Debt-for-equity swap

A swap agreement to exchange equity/returns for debt returns or the converse over a prearranged length of time.

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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on Monday unveiled details of a debt-for-equity swap plan for its three main lenders, under which the banks would be partially given voting rights.
7bn debt-for-equity swap in 2003, eliminated a potential pounds 55.
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The move comes after an offer from Liberty to buy 20 per cent of Telewest's bonds, increasing speculation of an imminent debt-for-equity swap at the group.
UFJ will also assume a portion of the 70 billion yen debt-for-equity swap which is part of a 470 billion yen rescue package for Daikyo.
CABLE TV operator Telewest said yesterday it was on course to complete a debt-for-equity swap this summer after reporting a significant reduction in its losses.
2 billion (pounds 3 billion) in outstanding bonds, which would give Mr Malone more say if Telewest follows larger UK cable rival NTL into a debt-for-equity swap.
The banks have also agreed to provide 60 billion yen through debt-for-equity swap deals under which they buy preferred shares Daikyo will issue.
Once its debt-for-equity swap is complete Telewest plans to move its primary stock market listing from London to the USNasdaq.
The resulting interest payments have threatened what analysts consider a viable business The debt-for-equity swap is the functional equivalent of a pounds 7.
The package, orchestrated by UFJ Bank, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank and Asahi Bank, consists mainly of debt waiver and a debt-for-equity swap, the sources said.