Aswath Damodaran 13 Two Ways of Estimating Country Equity Risk Premiums for

# Aswath damodaran 13 two ways of estimating country

This preview shows page 13 - 18 out of 60 pages. Aswath Damodaran 14 And a third approach Country ratings measure default risk. While default risk premiums and equity risk premiums are highly correlated, one would expect equity spreads to be higher than debt spreads. Another is to multiply the bond default spread by the relative volatility of stock and bond prices in that market. In this approach: Country Equity risk premium = Default spread on country bond* σ Country Equity / σ Country Bond Standard Deviation in Bovespa (Equity) = 34.56% Standard Deviation in Brazil C-Bond = 26.34% Default spread on C-Bond = 6.01% Country Equity Risk Premium = 6.01% (34.56%/26.34%) = 7.89 % Aswath Damodaran 15 Can country risk premiums change? Updating Brazil in January 2004 Brazil’s financial standing and country rating improved dramatically towards the end of 2004. Its rating improved to B1. In January 2005, the interest rate on the Brazilian C-Bond dropped to 7.73%. The US treasury bond rate that day was 4.22%, yielding a default spread of 3.51% for Brazil. Standard Deviation in Bovespa (Equity) = 25.09% Standard Deviation in Brazil C-Bond = 15.12% Default spread on C-Bond = 3.51% Country Risk Premium for Brazil = 3.51% (25.09%/15.12%) = 5.82% Aswath Damodaran 16 From Country Equity Risk Premiums to Corporate Equity Risk premiums Approach 1: Assume that every company in the country is equally exposed to country risk. In this case, E(Return) = Riskfree Rate + Country ERP + Beta (US premium) Implicitly, this is what you are assuming when you use the local Government’s dollar borrowing rate as your riskfree rate. Approach 2: Assume that a company’s exposure to country risk is similar to its exposure to other market risk. E(Return) = Riskfree Rate + Beta (US premium + Country ERP) Approach 3: Treat country risk as a separate risk factor and allow firms to have different exposures to country risk (perhaps based upon the proportion of their revenues come from non-domestic sales) E(Return)=Riskfree Rate+ β (US premium) + λ ( Country ERP) ERP: Equity Risk Premium Aswath Damodaran 17 Estimating Company Exposure to Country Risk: Determinants Source of revenues  #### You've reached the end of your free preview.

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