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Bond Pricing and Refunding Analysis

Barton Simpson, the chief financial officer of Broadband, Inc. could hardly believe the change in interest rates that had taken place over the last few months. The interest rate on A2 rated bonds was now 6%. The $30 million, 15 year bond issue that his firm has outstanding was initially issued at 9% five years ago.

Because interest rates had gone down so much, he was considering refunding the bond issue. The old issue had a call premium of 8%. The underwriting cost of the old issue had been 3% of par and on the new issue, it would be 5% of par. The tax rate would be 30% and a 4% discount rate would be applied for the refunding decision. The new bond would have a 10 year life.

Before Barton used the 8% call provision to reacquire the old bonds, he wanted to make sure he could not buy them back cheaper in the open market.

A. First compute the price of the old bonds in the open market. Use the valuation procedures for a bond (Use annual analysis). Determine the price for a single $1,000 par value bond.
B. Compare the price in part a to the 8% call premium over par value. Which appears to be more attractive in terms of reacquiring the old bonds?
C. Now do the standard bond refunding analysis. Is refunding financially feasible?
D. In terms of the refunding decision, how should Barton be influenced if he thinks interest rates might go down even more?

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A. First compute the price of the old bonds in the open market. Use the valuation procedures for a bond (Use annual analysis). Determine the price for a single $1,000 par value bond.

The price of the old bond is the present value of interest and principal. The interest amount is 1,000X9%=$90, principal amount is $1,000, years to maturity are 10 and the discounting rate given ...

Solution Summary

The solution explains how to value a bond and provides a standard bond refunding analysis. Calculations and answers are included.

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