Redemption or call

Definition:

Right of the issuer to force holders on a certain date to redeem their convertibles for cash. The objective usually is to force holders to convert into common prior to the redemption deadline. Typically, an issue is not called away unless the conversion price is 15%-25% below the current level of the common. An exception might occur when an issuer's tax rate is high, and the issuer could replace it with debt securities at a lower after-tax cost.

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Greenshoe option

 Option that allows the underwriter for a new issue to increase the size of the issue because of high demand for the shares.

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