Issuer: definition and its correct application

Issuer: definition and its correct application


Securities purchase agreement must contain obligations of the issuer in detail.


The definitions of the issuer and the provider dictates how they are applied in practice. Sometimes a little quibble is attached.

Issuer - publisher of securities

The definition of Issuer can be succinctly describe: He is responsible for the issuance of securities in different types of stocks and bonds to certificates and warrants.

  • An issuer can constitute a legal entity (company). On the other hand is a public corporation (organization) in question. Even the state acts as securities issuers and issuers in appearance.
  • An example of an issuer, the company is on Facebook. It was launched by Morgan Stanley Bank and other financial institutions on the stock market in May 2012. Facebook has acted as an issuer of shares. The Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau and the German Bundesbank meet regularly as an issuer of bonds in appearance.
  • Issuers have one goal with the publication of its securities. The issue of shares is to lead to a particular equity. The editor of bonds wants to get debt. The Issuer will in any event the debtor of the securities. Purchaser assumes the role of the creditor.

Buyers of stocks and bonds are creditors

  • The basis is a legal contract, for example by the issuer of the shares to the buyer assures a share of profits. For bonds, the contract contains a defined term and interest rate.
  • For equity company E.ON, the profit sharing is in the form of dividend yield. Shareholders will receive, for example, EUR 1.10 per share in 2013. This makes a good return regardless of the market price of just 8.3 percent.
  • The bond Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (securities identification number: A0H5C0) promises to investors certain interest as profit sharing. It has a coupon of 5.50 percent. During the term of the security (01/2006 to 07/2016) investors receive a corresponding interest payment each year.

Terms such issuer should be used correctly. In closed-end funds each fund company must be regarded as an issuer and not the initiator or promoter. The mediating bank, exchange or finance company holds the position of a provider.

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