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Related to Exchangeable: Exchangeable bond
Applies mainly to convertible securities. Means the issuer, if so stated, may substitute a convertible debenture for an existing convertible preferred with identical terms. Most often used when a corporation has an immediate need for equity capital and a low tax rate, and expects either or both conditions to change. This would make the debenture less attractive if the interest tax-deductibility is lost.
A bond or preferred stock that may be exchanged for common stock in the company issuing the convertible at a certain ratio and/or a certain price. A convertible security gives the holder a great deal of flexibility. It reduces risk by guaranteeing a coupon payment or dividend while also allowing the holder to take advantage of a potential, larger return through the ability to convert the security. See also: Convertible option.