Debt is generally issued in the form of long-term bonds. In doing so, the company is agreeing to pay-out a periodic-interest charge to its bondholders. This is called a coupon. The coupon rate is a reflection of current market interest-rates as well as the credit rating of the company. If there is a drop in interest rates, the company will seek to refinance its debt at that new rate as this will allow it to pay a much smaller interest charge. In the case of Walter Energy, Inc (NYSE:WLT), the company has said that it is withdrawing its refinancing plan altogether.
At the end of the first quarter of 2013, available liquidity was $560 million, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of $236 million plus $324 million of availability under the Company’s revolving credit facility.
The US investment bank is buying a $1.6 billion book of Suncorp loans, for which it has paid an average of 60c in the dollar. Brisbane-based Suncorp set up the non-core bank in 2009 to house $17.5bn of mainly commercial real-estate loans that could no longer be funded due to the global credit crunch.
The bond market is an anticipatory vehicle. Rates have spiked in the past week on the mere mention of the tapering off of the Federal Reserve's aggressive bond-buying program known as quantitative easing (QE). While rates are destined to go higher, many of these mortgage REITs are hedged for that eventuality. It is very possible that hedge funds may be shorting these names as a quick momentum play
Sentiment: Strong Buy