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Terminology in Equity Market

Terminology Definition
Face Value (FV) The original cost of a share stated by the company, which usually does not change over time unless the company decides to split or consolidate its shares. The face value of a share is important for calculating the dividend payable on a share. When a dividend is mentioned as a percentage, that percentage is reckoned with regard to the face value.
Book Value The net worth of the company. To compute book value per share, the net worth of the company is divided by the number of outstanding shares.
Market Price The current price at which a share can be bought or sold in the market. The market value of the entire equity of a company is termed market capitalization and is computed as the market price per share multiplied by the total number of outstanding shares.
Replacement Value The market value of all the assets of a company at any point in time. If a new company were to set up with all the infrastructure/plants, which an already existing company has, then the cost which it would have to bear today is known as the ‘Replacement Value of the existing firm.
Intrinsic Value The value that an asset has based on its underlying fundamentals rather than its market price. Intrinsic value is subjective and can be determined by an individual investor’s analysis of a variety of factors, such as the asset’s cash flows, the strength of its balance sheet, its competitive advantages, and other qualitative and quantitative factors. The intrinsic value should not be confused with fair market value.
Market Capitalization A measurement of the market value of a company based on its current share price and total number of outstanding shares. It indicates a company's financial strength and market power.
Blue-chip stocks Stocks of large, well-established companies with stable business models and large customer bases, resulting in higher market capitalization and lower risk.
Mid-cap stocks Stocks of established companies with a market capitalization between $2 billion and $10 billion, offering more potential for growth but with higher volatility and less resources than blue-chip stocks.
Small-cap stocks Stocks of young and less established companies with a market capitalization of less than $2 billion, offering higher potential for growth but with higher risk due to lack of resources and customer base.
Enterprise Value (EV) A measure of a company's total value, taking into account both equity and debt, and used as a more comprehensive alternative to equity market capitalization. It is calculated as: EV = Value of common equity + value of non-controlling interest + Value of preferred capital + Debt – cash, cash equivalents, and financial investments.
Earnings Refers to historical, trailing, or forward earnings. Historical earnings are the reported or audited earnings of a company in the past, used to measure the performance of a company over time. Trailing earnings are the most recently reported earnings of a company, used to evaluate current performance and make future predictions. Forward earnings refer to expected earnings for future quarters, used to make projections about future performance.
Earnings per share (EPS) is a financial ratio that measures the portion of a company’s profit that is allocated to each outstanding share of common stock. It is calculated by taking the company’s reported profits divided by the total number of outstanding shares of common stock. EPS is an indicator of a company’s profitability and is often used to compare companies within the same sector. Investors use EPS to determine how much they should pay for a share of a company’s stock.
Dividend The portion of the profit that the company distributes among its shareholders. Generally declared as a percentage of the face value of the shares. The dividend per share (DPS) is calculated by multiplying the percentage with the face value of the share.
Price to earnings ratio (PE Ratio) is a ratio used to measure the value of a stock by comparing its current price to its earnings per share. It is calculated by dividing the current share price of a stock by its earnings per share (EPS). The ratio is used to compare the current market value of a company to its earnings and is seen as an indicator of the company's profitability and potential future value. PE Ratios can be used to compare the performance of companies within the same industry or to the overall market.
Price to Sales ratio A valuation ratio that measures the price investors are willing to pay for each rupee of sales. It is calculated as Current Market Price (CMP) / Annual Net Sales per Share or Market capitalization / Annual Net Sales.
Price-to-Book Value Ratio (P/BV) A valuation metric used to compare a company's market value to its book value. It is calculated by dividing the current market price of a company's stock by its book value per share. The P/BV ratio is a measure of the market's expectations of a company's future performance and gives investors an indication of the value of the company relative to its assets. A lower P/BV ratio indicates that the stock is undervalued, while a higher P/BV ratio indicates that the stock is overvalued.
Differential Voting Rights (DVR) A type of corporate governance structure which allows companies to issue two types of shares with different voting rights. This structure is most commonly used in India and is beneficial for companies that want to list on a stock exchange but want to retain control. The structure allows promoters to hold a majority of the voting rights while still granting a certain amount of voting rights to public shareholders. DVRs are designed to give promoters greater control over the company while still allowing public shareholders to have some say in the company’s affairs.

Terminology in Debt Market-

Term Definition
Debt Capital The capital provided by lenders who are compensated regularly with a pre-specified fixed rate of interest and expect the money to be returned after an agreed period of time. Debt can be created by borrowing from banks and other institutions or by issuing debt securities.
Face Value The nominal or par value of the debt paper. Interest throughout the term of the paper is paid as a percentage of this amount.
Coupon Rate The fixed interest rate paid out by a bond issuer to a bondholder, expressed as a percentage of the bond's face or par value. The coupon rate is also referred to as the bond yield.
Maturity The date on which a debt instrument, such as a bond, note, or loan, comes due and must be repaid by the issuer to the holder.
Principal The face value or original amount of money borrowed or lent, on which interest is calculated. In a loan, the principal is the amount of money borrowed and on which interest is paid; in a bond, it is the face value of the bond and on which interest payments are made to the bondholders.
Redemption The process by which a bond issuer repays the principal amount of the bond to the bondholder at the maturity date. The bond issuer will typically redeem the bond by paying the bondholder the face value of the bond plus any accrued interest. If a bond is called for early redemption, the bond issuer will typically redeem the bond at a price above the face value.
Holding Period Returns (HPR) The rate of return earned on an investment over a specific period of time. This rate of return includes both capital gains and income earned on the investment. HPR is calculated by subtracting the purchase price of the investment from the sale price and dividing it by the purchase price.
Current Yield The annual income from a bond divided by the current market price of the bond. It is a measure of yield that takes into account the price of the bond and is expressed as a percentage. Current yield is often used to compare the yields of different bonds of the same quality.
Yield to Maturity (YTM) A more comprehensive and widely used measure of return calculation of a debt security than current yield. This method takes into consideration all future cash flows coming from the bond (coupons plus the principal repayment) and equates the present values of these cash flows to the prevailing market price of the bond. The YTM can be calculated by trial and error method or by using the XIRR function in Excel.
The YTM can be calculated by trial and error method by plugging in different rates in the equation and arriving at the one that equates the market price of bond to the present value of the expected cash flows from the bond. It can also be calculated using the XIRR function in Excel. The calculations are shown below for the HDFC 9.70% 2017 bond issued on 19 July 2007 and maturing on 19 July 2017 with annual payment of interest, assuming the bond is trading at Rs. 103 on Nov 1, 2014:
Term Definition
Duration Duration measures the sensitivity of the price of a bond to changes in interest rates. Bonds with high duration experience greater increases in value when interest rates decline and greater losses in value when rates increase, compared to bonds with lower duration. Duration is the weighted average maturity of the bond, where the present values of the future cash flows are used as weights. Duration thus incorporates the tenor, coupon and yield in its calculation.
Types of Bonds Bonds are securities that represent a loan. For a loan to be completely defined, the loan amount, the time for which the loan is taken, and the rate at which it is taken, must be known. These three are known as Principal, Maturity, and Coupon respectively in bonds.

Zero-Coupon Bond is a type of bond which does not make any coupon payments. It is sold at a deep discount from its face value, and the investor earns a return in the form of the difference between the purchase price and the face value. The face value is paid out at maturity. This type of bond is attractive to investors who don't need or want regular income, but are instead happy to receive a lump sum at maturity.

Floating-rate bonds are bonds which have a coupon rate that changes periodically based on an index or benchmark rate. The coupon rate on these bonds is reset periodically, usually every 6 months. This means that the coupon payments received by the investor are a function of the current interest rate environment. Floating-rate bonds are attractive to investors who want to benefit from a changing interest rate environment.

Convertible bonds are bonds which can be converted into a predetermined number of the issuer's common stock. Convertible bonds are attractive to investors who believe that the issuer's stock will increase in value. Investors can benefit from the appreciation in the stock price, while still receiving the coupon payments from the bond.
Principal – Protected Note (PPN) A debt product that aims at providing protection of the principle amount invested by investors, if the investment is held to maturity. Typically, a portion of the amount is invested in debt in such a way that it matures to the principal amount on expiry of the term of the note. The remaining portion of the original investment is invested in equity, derivatives, commodities and other products which have the potential of generating high returns.
Inflation–Protected Securities (TIPS) A type of bond that provides investors with protection from inflation. The principal amount of TIPS is adjusted for inflation or deflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This ensures that the investor's purchasing power is maintained in the long run. TIPS are attractive to investors who are concerned about the potential for inflation to erode their purchasing power in the future.
Foreign currency bonds Bonds denominated in a currency other than the investor's domestic currency. These bonds are attractive to investors looking to diversify their portfolios or hedge against currency risks. Foreign currency bonds also provide investors with the potential for higher returns as the foreign currency may appreciate against the domestic currency.
External bonds (Euro bonds) Bonds issued in a currency that is different from the currency of the country in which it is issued. For example, if a company issues a US dollar-denominated bonds in Kuwait, it would be referred to as a Euro bond as the currency of the bond (USD) is different from the currency of the country in which it is issued (Kuwaiti Dinar).
Perpetual bonds Bonds with no maturity date. These bonds typically have a coupon rate and make regular payments to the investor, but do not have a fixed maturity date. Perpetual bonds are attractive to investors who are looking for a steady stream of income, as the payments are not dependent on the maturity date.


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1. What is the Face Value of a debt instrument?

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2. What does a P/BV less than 1 indicate?

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3. 1. What is the enterprise value?

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4. Which of the following methods calculates the return on a debt security by dividing the coupon with the current market price of the bond?

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5. When does the redemption of a bond occur?

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6. How is earnings per share (EPS) calculated?

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7. What is the difference between equity and debt securities?

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8. What is a Differential Voting Right (DVR)?

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9. What does a lower P/S ratio relative to peers indicate?

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10. Duration is calculated as the weighted average:

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11. 2. What are the types of earnings?

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12. What does Holding Period Return (HPR) represent?

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13. Duration measures the sensitivity of the price of a bond to changes in:

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14. What does the Price-to-Book Value Ratio (P/BV) measure?

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15. What does Yield to Maturity (YTM) represent?

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16. What is the primary objective of Principal-Protected Notes (PPNs)?

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17. How is the Price-to-Book Value Ratio (P/BV) calculated?

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18. What does the Price-to-Sales Ratio (P/S) measure?

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19. What is book value per share?

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20. Bonds which have embedded call option in them are known as Callable Bonds. State whether True or False.

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21. A bond is issued at a face value of Rs.100 and a coupon of 10% p. The interest rates in the market have increased subsequently. This bond is likely to quote at:

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22. What is the face value of a share?

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23. Floating-rate bonds have coupon rates that:

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24. What does the term "Principal" refer to in the context of bonds?

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25. Zero-coupon bonds are characterized by:

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26. What is market capitalization?

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27. What distinguishes perpetual bonds from normal bonds?

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28. What is the primary risk associated with foreign currency bonds for the issuer?

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29. The __________ of an equity share is the discounted value of its future benefits to the investors.

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30. Which type of bond provides inflation-protected returns to investors?

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31. How is the Price-to-Sales Ratio (P/S) calculated?

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32. Convertible bonds provide investors with features of:

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33. What are debt securities?

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34. Calculate the Enterprise Value based on the given information: Market Capitalisation = 10 lakhs; Total Debt = 3 lakhs; Cash = 4 lakhs.

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35. What is dividend per share (DPS)?

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36. How is equity capital of a company calculated?

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37. Which factor contributes to higher duration and higher interest rate risk of a bond?

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38. How is the price-to-earnings ratio (PE ratio) calculated?

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