Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Conversion premium

Listen to a Business English Dialogue About Conversion premium

Molly: Hi Emma, have you heard about conversion premiums?

Emma: No, I haven’t. What are they?

Molly: A conversion premium is the amount by which the price of a convertible security exceeds the current market value of the underlying common stock.

Emma: Oh, I see. So, it’s like an extra cost investors pay for the option to convert their securities into common stock?

Molly: Exactly. It represents the additional value investors are willing to pay for the potential upside of converting their securities into stock at a later date.

Emma: Are conversion premiums common in the market?

Molly: Yes, they are. Convertible securities, such as convertible bonds or preferred stocks, often come with a conversion premium to compensate investors for the conversion feature.

Emma: I see. So, it’s a way for companies to raise capital while offering investors the opportunity to participate in potential stock appreciation?

Molly: Yes, that’s one way to look at it. Conversion premiums can make convertible securities more attractive to investors seeking both income and potential capital gains.

Emma: Are there any risks associated with investing in securities with conversion premiums?

Molly: One potential risk is that the conversion premium may not be justified if the stock price doesn’t appreciate enough to make conversion worthwhile.

Emma: I understand. So, investors need to consider factors like the company’s growth prospects and market conditions before investing?

Molly: Yes, that’s correct. Assessing the potential for stock price appreciation and evaluating the terms of the convertible security are important considerations for investors.

Emma: Thanks for explaining, Molly.

Molly: No problem, Emma. Understanding conversion premiums is important for investors considering convertible securities.