I understand how a trust preferred security works. My question is what are the negative consequences of a company delaying payment of the dividend for any period of time. The positives are saving more money for the company, What are the negatives. Are the negatives severe enough to really dissuade the company from delaying payment?Dr. Steve
Dr. Steve,The trust preferreds I've bought have continued paying the dividends in this market despite the fact that the terms of the prospectus specifically give them the option to defer payment with no recourse of the holder.One that I own stopped paying interest before I bought it, but it's in the miidst of attempting to avoid bankruptcy... SIXFP (formerly SIX-B).I think the only negative is the perception that bankruptcy is coming, and the fact that interest would begin to accrue on the unpaid interest.Scott
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