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A Bargain $60 Million Company for $240: A Case Examining the Impact of Convertible Debt, Warrants, and Anti-Dilution Provisions


Churyk, NT and De Lange, P and Mason, S and Gross, GM and Stoettner, R, A Bargain $60 Million Company for $240: A Case Examining the Impact of Convertible Debt, Warrants, and Anti-Dilution Provisions, Issues in Accounting Education, 33, (1) pp. 65-73. ISSN 0739-3172 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2308/iace-51894


This case presents graduate and advanced-level accounting students with the task of analyzing U.S. GAAP warrant accounting concepts in the context of Bohn Industries, a company that after a decade as a public company was in financial distress. Faced with shrinking demand and poor economic conditions in the housing construction business, Bohn was forced to access the private equity market to raise much-needed capital to continue its operations. The consequences of the investor protection clauses inherent in the loan agreements provide a useful lens to explore the implications and eventual takeover of Bohn for $240 plus the original borrowing, a bargain for a company with $60,000,000 in net assets. Besides encouraging students to research the technical aspects of U.S. GAAP relative to the accounting treatment of the loan, the case study provides insights into how accounting decisions are integral to the broader business environment. Specifically, the case highlights the conflation of economic consequences and aspects of contract law within specific provisions of the loan agreement in relation to anti-dilution stock provisions and preferential conversion clauses. Students will learn that accountants should act as business advisors, which requires the integration of knowledge from a range of disciplines. Students learn about due diligence relative to understanding the risks involved in certain contract clauses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:warrants, liabilities, equity, ASC 480, ASC 815, ASC 470, beneficial conversion feature, anti-dilution, problem-based learning
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Economic theory
Research Field:Microeconomic theory
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Market-based mechanisms
UTAS Author:De Lange, P (Professor Paul De Lange)
ID Code:137209
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Accounting and Corporate Governance
Deposited On:2020-02-05
Last Modified:2020-07-03

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