kicker

noun kick·er \ ˈki-kər \
|Updated on: 6 Jul 2018

Definition of kicker

1 : one that kicks or kicks something
2 : an unexpected and surprising remark, revelation, or set of circumstances

Examples of kicker in a Sentence

  1. The real kicker came when the chairman announced that he was quitting.

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First Known Use of kicker

circa 1580

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of KICKER

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What It Is

In the finance world, a kicker is a feature that makes a security more attractive.

How It Works

Often, kickers are equity kickers, which are the right but not the obligation to buy shares of the issuer of a bond. These equity kickers come with the bond, making them more saleable to investors.

Sometimes, kickers aren't useful. For instance, they might offer the bondholder the right to buy shares at $8 a share, which only comes in handy if the shares are trading above $8. In those cases, the bond issuer might increase the coupon rate instead.

Why It Matters

Kickers get deals done. They make securities more saleable, and they help companies raise the capital they need to raise to grow. For investors, kickers can raise the gains or profits they might earn on a security.


KICKER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of kicker for English Language Learners

  • : a person who kicks something; especially : a person who specializes in kicking the ball in a sport like American football

  • : a sudden and surprising occurrence, remark, etc.



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