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Lecture 36 - Business Finance(ACC501 Lesson 36 Review of...

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186 Business Finance (ACC501) Lesson 36 Review of the Previous Lecture Cost of Capital Cost of Equity Cost of Debt Cost of Preferred Stock Capital Structure Weights The Tax Effect Weighted Average Cost of Capital To calculate the firm’s overall cost of capital, we multiply the capital structures with the associated costs and add up the pieces. The result is called the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) WACC = (E/V) x R E + (D/V) x R D x (1 – T C ) The WACC is the overall return the firm must earn on its existing assets to maintain the value of the stock. It is also the required return on any investments by the firm that have the same risks as exiting operations. So for evaluating the cash flows a proposed expansion project, this is the discount rate to be used. For the firm using preferred stocks in its capital structure, the WACC would be: WACC = (E/V) x R E + (P/V) x R P + (D/V) x R D x (1 – T C ) Suppose a company wants to renovate its warehouse distribution system. The plan will cost $50 million and is expected to save $12 million per year after the taxes over next six years. The company has a target debt-equity ratio of 1/3 (i.e. E/V is 0.75 and D/V is 0.25). The company has a cost of debt of 10% and a cost of equity of 20%.
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