Monday, November 1, 2021

Redemption of Preferred Shares - Agreement

In this article, we will be discussing the Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares. What it is? And, its application.

An Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares is a contract wherein the issuer has the right to redeem or buy back the shares at a price that has already been determined after a previously agreed upon date. The terms of the redemption of the preferred shares are all pre-determined and defined in the contract, an example of these includes, the redemption price, the date after which the redemption will be effective, and the premium (should there be one), all of which may not be altered or changed at a later stage.





Now that we’ve explained what the Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares is, lets spent some time understanding the Redemption of Preferred Shares.


The Redemption of Preference Shares, is governed by the Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares. This is a well-known method for the financing of enormous organizations through joining the components of equity and debt financing.


Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares can be formulated for companies that trade on public stock exchanges. Shares that are issued by a public company can be redeemed by the company at its own discretion, this is done in order to provide an allowance for the company to buyback said shares at a predetermined time and at a set price as discussed in the contract.


Let’s take a look at how this can be beneficial for the company, thinking about a scenario where the interest yield of preferred shares has dropped, when, let us assume as an example, that the company had issued 5% of its preferred shares, and due to the drop, it can now offer 3%. In these instances, the company is afforded the opportunity to redeem those expensive (high asset priority) preferred shares and instead issue shares through a (lesser asset priority) dividend only contract.


Redeemable Preferred Shares are regularly called by organizations. This is effected by sending a notification to investors enumerating the date and conditions for the redemption of preferred shares. An arbitrary example (without going through the entire notice) would be the following: Redemption Date: November 1, 2021 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that SHARE HOLDING COMPANY, Inc., an Oregon corporation (the “Corporation”), has elected, pursuant to the... Pursuant to the Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares and as a result of the call for redemption, holders of Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares are entitled to receive from the Corporation upon redemption of the Preference Shares at the per share sum of US $100.00 (the “Redemption Price”)...


Taking a further look at benefits of redeemable preference shares, and continuing with the corporation. The Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares offers the opportunity to bring down its capital expense when the interest rates decrease or on the other hand and where possible, the issuer can offer the preference shares during a later period, at a lower dividend payout. An example in this instance would be: Let us assume the issuing organization of the preference shares has offered the shares at a 7% dividend rate. The company will probably want to redeem them where possible in order to be able to offer a new preferred shares deal at 4%. The returns created from the new issue can be utilized to reclaim the 7% Preferred Shares, thus resulting in a positive input towards the balance sheet of the company.


But, then again, let’s say the interest rates rose after the 7% preference share issuance, the organization would not put out a redemption claim, rather, it would (in order to shield itself against financing expenses that will rise and the various fluctuations in the market) keep on paying the 7% dividend payout.



Now, taking a look at the shareholder/s, and What this means for them? One advantage of being a shareholder of a redeemable preferred share in an organization is that the investment will provide a consistent return on investment. Inversely, if the organization redeems said shares from the investor, this will mean that the investor/shareholder will no doubt be confronted with having to make a choice to reinvest the returns at a lower dividend or interest rate.


The way this usually happens, is that Organizations will pay to the shareholder/investor at premium at a redemption amount to reclaim the preference shares, in this way the shareholder is recompensed for a portion of their reinvestment. In order to guarantee themselves of a protected rate of return during a market drop, shareholders will, in exchange for greater security, opt into preference shares rather than the potentially high dividend pay outs of common shares.


In closing off, let’s take a look at the differences between redeemable and retractable preferred shares. Now, while the redemption of preferred shares usually means that the corporation may redeem said shares, and the retraction thereof means that the shareholder/s will sell their portion of said shares, at a set price, back to the issuer.


However, be aware that there exists instances where rather than cash, the retractable preference shares can be traded for common shares in the organization. This is what is known as a "soft" retraction, in contrast to what is known as a "hard" retraction, whereby, investors strictly receive a cash payout for their portion of the preferred shares.


Okay, so let’s round everything off, what was covered in this session?

Redeemable Preference Shares grant the issuer the right to recover said shares at an arranged price prior to the maturation date.


Corporations prefer this type of transaction for raising funds as it has the added flexibility of being able to buy back those preference shares.


Due to the redemption premium that is usually attached to the buyback option (coupled with the reinvestment risk for shares that are redeemed pre-maturely) of preference shares, it is for these benefits that investors like these types of investments


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Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares


Redemption of Preferred Shares happens when an issuer seeks for its investors to return in part or in whole their share ownership of the organization for a dividend or payout, the company will do this in one of two ways, it can either redeem or buyback the shares.


Redemption of Preferred Shares is the point at which the issuing organization expects investors to sell those preference shares back to the organization. For an organization to be able to redeem its preferred shares, it more likely than not had previously specified that the said shares are redeemable, or retractable. A redeemable preferred share has a set redemption value, which is the price per share that the organization consents to paying to the investor upon redemption. The redemption price is set at the beginning of the issuance of said shares.


An Agreement for Redemption of Preferred Shares makes it mandatory for the shareholder to sell their shares back to the organization (but usually has a voluntary repurchase attached). In any case, Redeemed Preferred Shares will typically pay to the shareholder a premium incorporated into the redemption price, whereby the investor is recompensed to counter the risk of having their shares redeemed by the organization. 

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