We Don't Need The Capital, But......

Posted by Bull Bear Trader | 4/01/2008 08:16:00 AM | | 2 comments »

Lehman Brothers is offering 3 million convertible preferred shares in an effort to sure up their balance sheet, even though, as stated by their CFO: "We still maintain that we don't need capital, but we've realized that perception is the dominant issue in today's markets." The convertible preferred shares being offered have a 7-7.5% coupon. The terms of deal also include a conversion premium of 30-35% above the current stock price. Demand was oversubscribed three times greater than the amount on sale. Probably not a bad return in the current market - as long as you can handle and quantify the market and credit risk.

Ticker: LEH


  1. lynch.cr // April 1, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    On CNBC today it was reported that the demand for the convertible bonds was for more like 14 million.

  2. Bull Bear Trader // April 2, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    Thanks for the update. Looks like Bloomberg also updated their story to " "significantly'' outpaced supply". It looks like they also ended up offering 4 million shares instead of 3 million, in a effort to meet some of the demand.