Some material I compiled on FCCB disaster of 2011 for my FACG class.

An old report on companies which had issued FCCBs and how disastrous that decision turned out to be for them.

Some quotes from that report:

"Steep INR depreciation has resulted in huge MTM losses, which coupled with redemption premium (generally kept off P&L) will lead to higher effective cost of borrowing through FCCBs."
"FCCBs have become a nightmare for many corporates because of steep fall in stock prices and currency depreciation."
Look at the impact on some of the companies involved
Also see:…


Also attaching a chart from a different report. It plots the exchange rate at the time a company issued FCCB and what happened subsequently. It was a total disaster.
TODAY it seems like a dumb idea to borrow in foreign currency and not hedge out the currency risk. But here's the question to ask:

Are there are practices that are followed TODAY which will look DUMB to a FUTURE generation?

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