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.
This week we look at a lesser known preferred stock issued by SandRidge Energy (SD) for our fixed income clients which is currently indicating an annual yield that is over 8.25%. With this instrument’s convertibility feature allowing for the possibility of adding even greater long term capital gains into its total return potential, our investigation into the recently improved operations of this company leads us to believe that this may be a rare and unusual opportunity to achieve higher US dollar dividend yields in the very profitable energy sector. Although this selection is not specifically targeted for addition to our FX1, FX2 or FX3 Fixed Income portfolios, we see its 8.5% qualified (lower tax rate) dividend as an extra bonus on top of a cash payout already high enough to be an easily welcomed addition in most fixed incomers stable of investments. Therefore we are identifying these SandRidge Preferred Securities as a Special Opportunity Buy.
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 »