Sunday, November 19, 2017

Some Corporate Bonds and their Yield to Maturity

To me, investing in corporate bonds is easier than investing in equities, because all one needs to care about is not whether the company makes more and more money in the future, but whether the company can make enough money to survive the holding period of the bond. 
However, needing to fork out generally $250k a unit ( except retail ones) adds to the risk. Given that there is little capital appreciation, the greediness to leverage looms large. I really need to give myself a slap in the face if i ever think about it and thank God, i have not levered ...yet.
The fall of Swiber, Marco Polo, krisenergy is a lesson for bondholders. Other than just simply looking at pure numbers, it is imperative to know what kind of assets a company holds. A company holding computers as assets does not give one peace of mind. 
Perpertual securities and preference shares are a very tricky lot and they must be adjusted for by deducting them from equity and adding to liability in the balance sheet.
From the table, generally, the higher the liabilities/equity, the greater the yield to maturity (ytm). The further the maturity of the bond, the greater the yield to maturity.
Heeton seems very "value" from the perspective of it having a lower liabilities/equity than Tuan Sing, Oxley and Aspial but commanding a higher ytm.
(ytm taken from bondsupermart. liabilities/equity taken from financial statements.)

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