bond·​hold·​er | \ ˈbänd-ˌhōl-dər \

Definition of bondholder

: one that holds a government or corporation bond

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Lenders and bondholders wanted the company to offer either equity or collateral in MyTheresa in exchange for pushing out the debt maturities, the people said. Soma Biswas, WSJ, "Neiman Marcus Ends Restructuring Talks Without Deal," 29 Nov. 2018 Lavasa defaulted on dues payable to bondholders and has delayed repayment to other creditors including banks, the company said in a May 3 filing. Anto Antony,, "Billionaire’s Folly Becomes Bankers’ Nightmare," 18 June 2018 The selloff has hit Asian dollar bondholders hardest this year, since the market is threatened not just by rising interest rates from the Fed but also by a rise in Chinese corporate defaults, which were previously anathema to Beijing. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Global Selloff Tests Changed Credit Market," 22 Nov. 2018 But Chicago bondholders are also voicing cautious optimism that the project -- which will use electric vehicles to transport passengers through new underground tunnels -- is an economic win for the nation’s third-largest city. Elizabeth Campbell,, "Hounded by Woes, Chicago Sees Musk's Train as Win for Its Economy," 14 June 2018 With MBSs suddenly worth a fraction of their previous value, bondholders wanted to collect on their CDSs from AIG, which sent the company under. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "10 years after the financial crisis, is the housing market still at risk?," 29 Aug. 2018 Separately, perpetual bondholders are being offered a few cents on the dollar. Fortune, "Noble Group Warns Losses May Near $5 Billion as It Pursues a Deal," 18 Feb. 2018 Union employees worry the strategy will cost them their jobs, while bondholders argue they must be compensated as assets are spun off. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Utility Directors Resign, Alleging Political Interference," 12 July 2018 As same-store sales have fallen, PetSmart's debt has lost value, the Journal said, meaning PetSmart's bondholders could take action to recoup some of their investment. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "To shield it from investors' bite, PetSmart is spinning off part of," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of bondholder

1823, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of bondholder

What It Is

A bondholder is a person who owns a bond issued by a borrower, typically a company or a government.

How It Works

A bond represents a loan agreement between an issuer and an investor, and the terms of the bond obligate the issuer to repay the borrowed amount (the principal) by a specific date. The investor (the bondholder) usually earns a specific amount of interest on a semiannual basis.

Bondholders can buy and sell their bonds on the bond market.

Why It Matters

Being a bondholder is much different that being a shareholder. For one thing, bondholders are lenders; shareholders are owners. Also, bondholders cannot vote and they are not entitled to dividends. But perhaps most important is the fact that bondholders rank senior to shareholders. This means that the bondholders are among the first in line to be repaid in the event the issuer liquidates. Shareholders might receive some proceeds from the liquidation after this point, if there is anything left. This seniority provides an extra level of security for bondholders, and this is one reason corporate bonds are generally considered "safer" investments than stock.

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bond·​hold·​er | \ ˈbänd-ˌhōl-dər \

Legal Definition of bondholder

: a person or business entity that holds a government or corporation bond — compare stockholder

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