Glossary

Payment-In-Kind Bonds (PIK)

is a type of bond that pays interest in additional bonds rather than in cash. The bond issuer incurs additional debt to create the new bonds for the interest payments. Payment-in-kind bonds are considered a type of deferred coupon bond since there are no cash interest payments during the bond’s term.
The types of companies that issue these bonds may be financially distressed and their bonds may have low ratings but pay interest at a higher rate. Because payment-in-kind bonds are an unusual and high-risk product, they appeal mainly to sophisticated investors such as hedge funds. Investors seeking cash flow should not purchase payment-in-kind bonds.
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