Investing in Distressed Debt
Distressed securities may be an attractive investment option for sophisticated investors who are looking for a bargain and are willing to accept some risk. Distressed debt investing combines the best of both worlds — the cash flow of debt investments with the appreciation potential of stocks. While there is no hard and fast rule for what makes a “distressed” investment, it’s generally accepted that distressed debt trades at a huge discount to par value because the borrower is under financial stress and at risk of default. Distressed securities are debt securities; most often corporate bonds, of companies that are in some sort of distress.
Each week we strive to find what we believe are currently the best corporate bonds for investors needing or seeking good cash flow and high yields with the least amount of risk possible relative to the projected returns. This week, we look at short 3¼ year Yankee bonds (in US dollars) from Camposol, the leading agro industrial company in Peru, the largest exporter of asparagus in the world, and soon to be the leading producer of avocados in the planet. Although the approximately 8.45% yields currently indicated with this bond only carries a B rating from Standard & Poor’s, the following review shows why we see these 39 month high yield notes are a good choice to both increase cash flow and preserve capital. We also believe this debt instrument offers sound diversification away from the financial services sector of the global economy. Consequently, we think these bonds are a savvy choice for two of our high yield managed income portfolios, Fixed-Income1.com and Fixed-Income2.com. More »