Mezzanine financing is a type of debt financing whereby a company issues debt that the holders may convert into equity if the debt is not repaid in due course. This debt carries a high interest rate, as there is little or no collateral, but it is low-risk compared to other forms of debt financing because of its convertibility. Mezzanine financing is listed on a company's balance sheet as an asset; some companies use mezzanine financing because it makes it easier for them to obtain financing from other sources. Mezzanine financing is sometimes associated with leveraged buyouts. (source: financial-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com)
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