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Real Options in Leasing: The Effect of Idle Time

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  • Chris Kenyon

    () (IBM Research, Zurich Research Laboratory, Säumerstrasse 4, CH8803 Rüschlikon, Switzerland)

  • Stathis Tompaidis

    () (MSIS Department and Center for Computational Finance, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1175)

Abstract

We study options on short-term leases for capital-intensive equipment performing specific functions and services, such as leases for semi-submersible drilling rigs, marine seismic services, corporate real estate leasing, retail space leasing, and apartment leasing. We quantify the effect of an important factor in pricing options on these services: idle time between consecutive lease contracts. We show that while the expected, discounted value for a contract with options is unique, option prices and option exercise prices must be given with respect to a payment structure for the whole contract. We prove that there exist payment schemes in which prices do not depend on exercise probabilities. We use a simple analytic model to derive closed-form solutions for option prices and illustrate our methodology by pricing options for leasing oil-drilling services in the North Sea.

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  • Chris Kenyon & Stathis Tompaidis, 2001. "Real Options in Leasing: The Effect of Idle Time," Operations Research, INFORMS, vol. 49(5), pages 675-689, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:oropre:v:49:y:2001:i:5:p:675-689
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    2. Ahmed Al sharif & Ruwen Qin, 2015. "Double-sided price adjustment flexibility with a preemptive right to exercise," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 226(1), pages 29-50, March.
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