Convertible debt: What you need to know now

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The market for convertible debt has been active, but the related accounting can be complex. Hear PwC share insights and discuss the guidance.

The market activity for convertible instruments—specifically convertible debt—has increased in recent months. However, the accounting can be complex. In this episode, John Bishop, PwC partner, joins Heather Horn to provide a refresher on the model and explain the guidance.

Topics include:

  • 0:41 - Overview. We begin by discussing what makes convertible debt an attractive financing vehicle for issuers in the current environment.

  • 5:02 - The convertible debt instrument. Next, John discusses the economics of how a convertible debt instrument works.

  • 7:53 - Accounting. We discuss the accounting model and common concerns in accounting for these instruments.

  • 15:36 - Standard-setting developments. The FASB is expected to release new guidance in upcoming weeks. John and Heather talk about what we expect to change and the areas that will be impacted.  

  • 19:51 - Final thoughts. We close by discussing other types of transactions done in conjunction with the issuance of convertible debt and share key reminders.

About our guest

John Bishop is a partner in PwC's National office and the co-leader of the financial instruments team. In this role, he leads the group in advising the firm’s clients on a wide array of accounting and reporting matters. John specializes in the accounting for derivatives, financial instruments, financing transactions (e.g., securitizations and leasing), and M&A transactions. 

About our host

Heather Horn is PwC's National office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 25 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

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Heather Horn

Heather Horn

US Strategic Thought Leader, National Professional Services Group, PwC US

David Schmid

David Schmid

International Accounting Leader, National Professional Services Group, PwC US

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