LEVERAGED BUY-OUT (LBO) is a transaction used for taking a public corporation private, financed through the use of debt funds: bank loans and bonds. Because of the large amount of debt relative to equity in the new corporation, the bonds are typically rated below investment grade, properly referred to as high-yield bonds or junk bonds. Investors can participate in an LBO through either the purchase of the debt (i.e., purchase of the bonds or participation in the bank loan) or the purchase of equity through an LBO fund that specializes in such investments.
ELIGIBLE is a security for which one or more Market Makers has received clearance to quote the issue on the OTCBB in the last 30 days. Securities receive eligible status if they are cleared following the filing of a Form 211 or a 15c2-11 Exemption Form. A frequency of quotation test is administered during the eligible period. Until the test is satisfied, any other Market Maker that wishes to quote the issue must also submit a completed Form 211.
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