A Theoretical Model for Valuing Preferred Stock

  • Author(s): DAVID EMANUEL
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 1133-1155
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1983.tb02288.x


This paper develops a model of preferred stock value which includes the possibility of dividends on the preferred stock being omitted. The analytical framework used is based on the option‐hedging methodology of Black and Scholes. Precise valuation formulae are obtained for cumulative and noncumulative preferred stock in a variety of contexts. The values obtained are quite different from those for either riskless or risky perpetual bonds, which have previously been proposed as being similar to preferred stock.

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