What Is LIBOR Breakage?

by Elina VanNatta ; Updated September 26, 2017
LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) is the most common international interest rate.

According to Bankrate.com, London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is one of the most common interest rates. It is often used as a benchmark for adjustable-rate loans.


Breakage, financially speaking, is when the agreement is broken between two parties. With regard to LIBOR, breakage means prepayment. Sometimes, due to acceleration, the borrower prepays any LIBOR Rate Advance before the applicable interest period expires, and the lender considers it breakage.


When borrowers (usually large companies) request advances from financial institutions, they have an option to receive the LIBOR-rate. Borrowers are ordinarily allowed to repay any interest-rate advances, but not the LIBOR advances (at least not before the expiration of the applicable interest rate period). Lenders have various conditions applicable to borrowers with regard to LIBOR advance prepayment, such as advance-notice requirement, repayment amount requirement and fee requirement.

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LIBOR breakage is an undesirable circumstance for lenders. Thus, lenders impose fees on borrowers who intend to prepay LIBOR rate advances. These fees are known as "breakage costs" and are meant to cover the losses the lender will experience as a result of LIBOR-rate prepayment.

About the Author

Elina VanNatta started writing professionally in 2010 for various websites, including GuppyWeightLoss. She has more than five years of experience in the financial services industry and more than 10 years of experience in sales and marketing. She completed part of her higher education in Russia, attended DeVry University and earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing management from Western Governors University.

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