Hi, I am very new to bond markets. I do see some corporate bonds are trading less than its face value. Take example of SRTRANSFIN or refer below screen shot with ISIN number
face vale is 1000 and
currently trading around the price range of 970 , less than it’s face value.
with coupon rate of 9.40 and maturity is less than 2 years
. So if I invested my amount in this bond, let’s say I buy 100 units for Rs. 97,000 , at the end of maturity period I will get one lakh rupees also in two years I will get 9.40% in coupon rate. Consider I am not going to sell in two years . So I am not bothering about liquidity. My questions are below,
If I neglect credit risk of company going default, I hope this wont happen for this company in 2 year, is there any other risk buying this bond.
Why it is trading less than it’s face value even credit ratings are good ?
Answers are appreciated and thank you all in advance.
Assuming that the company doesn’t default, you will receive the money on maturity.
Credit ratings don’t reflect all the known risks. ILF&FS was AAA a month before it was downgraded 9 times in a single day. DHFL was AAA too. NBFCs, in general, have had a horrible time on the past 2-3 years and investors generally perceive them to be risky.
Maybe, the smart people know that there are other financially material risks. Just looking at ratings is a bad way to invest in a bond. You will have to look at other financial metrics among other things.