Redemption yield

Redemption yield 

Some businesses contemplate issuing debt instruments in addition to equity issues, even though equity issues are a common strategy for companies to raise capital. They resemble bonds, and the public lends money to the government and some companies through them.  

At the time of issuance, they commit to paying back the borrowed money, plus interest, at a specific future date. Fixed-income securities are another name for debt securities. Investors receive a return on their investment in the form of interest. While investing in debt securities, the investor must comprehend and calculate redemption yield when the interest rate is a crucial component to take into account. 

What is redemption yield? 

The total return predicted on a bond, if kept until it matures, is known as the redemption yield or yield to maturity. Although expressed as an annual rate, redemption yield is regarded as a long-term bond yield. It is, therefore, the internal rate of return (IRR) of a bond investment, assuming the investor retains the bond to maturity, with all scheduled payments made and reinvested at the same pace. 



Understanding redemption yield 

The redemption yield is the total return an investor can expect if they hold a bond until it matures. It considers all future cash flows from an investment with a present value equal to the current market price. However, this is predicated on supposing that the investment is retained until maturity and that all returns are reinvested steadily.  

As an investor knows the bond’s price, coupon payments, and maturity value. therefore, it is necessary to calculate the discount rate. The redemption yield is the discount rate. Frequently a trial and error method is used to calculate this. The main benefit of redemption yield is that it allows investors to compare various assets and the profits they might anticipate from each. It is important to pick the securities to include in their portfolios.  

Redemption yield is particularly helpful since, when securities’ prices fall, yields rise, and vice versa, giving investors a better knowledge of how changes in market circumstances might impact their portfolio.

Types of redemption yield 

The following are the various types of redemption yield: 

  • Yield to call 

The return from a callable bond is called yield to call (YTC). Yet at the earliest call date, the bondholder must repay the bond before it matures. A callable bond may have been redeemed before its declared maturity date, according to the YTC measure. Refinancing during a period of low-interest rates or lowering the amount of debt in the capital structure are the two most frequent reasons for an issuer to call a bond early. 

  • Yield to put  

Yield to put (YTP) and yield to call are identical, except that a put bond’s conditions may give the holder the option to sell the bond back to the issuer at a fixed price. While calculating YTP, it is assumed that the bond will be returned to the issuer as soon as it is practical and profitable. 

  • Yield to worst 

The lowest yield on a bond is called yield to worst (YTW), based on the assumption that the issuer won’t miss any of its payments. For bonds where the issuer exercises options like calls, prepayments, and sinking money, YTW is particularly suitable. When the bond’s issuer repays the bond early, this return makes sense when the put option is considered a concern. A YTW estimate gives investors a realistic idea of how, in the worst-case scenario, their future income is impacted and what they can do to prevent such risks. 

Formula for redemption yield 

The formula for calculating the redemption yield is as follows: 

Redemption yield = [C + {(FV-PV)/n}] / [(FV+PV)/2] 


  • The coupon rate (C), or the bond’s interest rate, refers to the regular periodic payments the bond issuer makes to the investors. Generally speaking, when all other factors are equal, the higher the coupon rate linked to the bond, the greater the yield. 
  • The number of compounding periods (n) is calculated by multiplying the annual payment amount by the number of years till maturity. 
  • The sum that is paid to a bondholder upon maturity is known as the bond’s face value (FV). 
  • The bond’s FV may be higher (or lower) than its present value, depending on the state of the market and supply and demand. The bond’s present value (PV) refers to the current market price and how much investors are prepared to pay for the bond in the open market as of the current date. 


Calculation of redemption yield 

The following example will help you understand how redemption yield is calculated. Let’s say a bond has a price of US$940 and a face value of US$1000. There are 12 years till maturity at an 8% yearly coupon rate. It would be best to determine the approximate redemption yield using the information. 

The bond’s coupons will be US$1,000 * 8% = 80 US$. 

The formula is used to estimate the redemption yield: 

Redemption yield  (approximately) = (80 + (1000 – 94) / 12) / ((1000 + 940) / 2) 

Redemption yield = 8.76% 


Frequently Asked Questions

Stock redemptions occur when a company demands that shareholders sell a portion of their shares back to the business. A corporation must have stated beforehand that the stocks are redeemable or callable to do so. 


The repayment of any fixed-income security at or before the asset’s maturity date is referred to as redemption in the context of investments. 


The redemption of interest is the process of redeeming or repaying the interest on a bond or other debt security. When a bond is redeemed, the issuer repays the face value of the bond plus any accrued interest. The bond issuer typically initiates the redemption process, although bondholders may also have the option to redeem their bonds before maturity. 


The annual tax you pay on the investment is considered by net redemption yield. Gross redemption yield is the fundamental formula for calculating the rate of return on debt-based assets. 


Once shares have been redeemed, the shareholder no longer owns them, and they are no longer entitled to any benefits associated with ownership, such as voting rights or dividends. The shares are returned to the company and cancelled, so the shareholder no longer has any financial interest in the company. 


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