by Chris Castle
As I’ve noted a couple times, convertible debt financing is all the rage with digital music service these days. Deezer turned to it after a busted IPO in France, and now both Pandora and Spotify went there. What’s attractive about debt? Different reasons depending on the company’s situation.
Convertible debt is a special form of (usually) secured or collateralized loan that looks like any other loan except that it is convertible into the shares of the company. The amount of time between the funding of the notes and the call on the debt gives the company some running room. Given that the shares of the company may be worth less (or worthless) at the time the note converts, there’s usually some equity kickers in there along with a pretty bullet proof “event of default” clause.
Depending on how much money is involved and the negotiating position of…
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