Nearly There Case Essay

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Nearly There

Economic Characteristics/Accounting Issues

Nearly There designs, develops, manufactures and sells various navigation products and services. They are a public company registered with the SEC and their common stock trades on the stock exchange. The Company is well capitalized with a $100 million market capitalization for its common stock. Due to R&D expenses and slumping sales, Nearly There is in the need of additional capital. The Company's solution was to issue 5 million shares of Series B preferred stock at $1.20 per share. The proceeds received by the company totaled $5.9 million. The important terms of the Series B preferred stock included dividends, voting rights, conversion options, conversion price adjustment,
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There are two main characteristics of the Series B Preferred Stock that behave like equity- the voting rights and conversion option. The host contract gives voting rights- which behave like equity. While voting rights fall into the equity category, these are not full voting rights. The voting rights allow the Series B preferred stockholders to vote with common stockholders only for significant events. These voting rights are therefore not full voting rights which means this characteristic is not given its full weight as being toward equity. The conversion option shows signs of equity; however, it also shows signs of debt. Since the conversion option is weighted equally for equity and debt, it essentially cancels itself in determining whether the host contract is debt or equity.

The redemption available after the third anniversary of the original issue date is weighted towards equity. This option guarantees that the investors will receive at least the principal back. The mandatory redemption behaves like debt because there is a definite maturity date. The protective covenants are also weighted toward debt because the risk is limited and gives priority to the Series B Preferred Stockholders. Dividends are usually associated with equity; however, in this case the dividends are behaving more like debt interest payments. The dividends are paid at a fixed 8%
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