Continuing growth of the company has required that we issue the company's corporate debt soon. As you know, in 6 months we plan to issue $10 million worth of 20-year corporate bonds with a coupon of 8%, paid semiannually. Since this is our first large issue of longer term debt, I am concerned that the interest rates may drift higher over these months prior to the actual bond issuance. Could you come up with any suggestions as to how to protect us against a possible change in interest rates?
If you decide to use Treasury bond futures contracts, I think you could use the December futures settlement price of 96-19. Please consider calculating the outcomes of two possible scenarios:
1. When interest rates increase by 150 basis points.
2. When interest rates increase by 250 basis points.
What's needed from you:
The end result should be the dollar value change of the position (4g) for 150 basis points and 250 basis points for 5g. Support your answer by showing all the calculations, preferably in a worksheet. Submit your analysis to my drop box.