debenture(redirected from Debenture Stock)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial.
Related to Debenture Stock: preferred stock, bonds, debenture bond
debenture(dəbĕn`chər), document acknowledging indebtedness. In Great Britain a debenture is practically the same as a bondbond,
in finance, usually a formal certificate of indebtedness issued in writing by governments or business corporations in return for loans. It bears interest and promises to pay a certain sum of money to the holder after a definite period, usually 10 to 20 years.
..... Click the link for more information. , and debenture stock is similar to preferred stock. In the United States the term is usually employed for a corporation certificate without special security, such as a mortgage, to back it up. Debentures are generally issued by service corporations that have few mortgageable assets, or by blue-chip companies that are stable enough to invite unsecured loans. In a typical debenture, the corporation promises to repay the principal either periodically or on a specified date, and with regular interest. The term is also used for a document by which a government is bound to pay a creditor money due after some condition has been fulfilled.
Commerce a customs certificate providing for a refund of excise or import duty