Assume that you have been hired as a consultant by CGT, a major producer of chemicals and
plastics, including plastic grocery bags, styrofoam cups, and fertilizers, to estimate the firm's weighted average cost of capital. The balance sheet and some other information are provided below.
Current assets $38,000,000
Net plant, property, and equipment $101,000,000
Total assets $139,000,000
Liabilities and Equity
Accounts payable $10,000,000
Current liabilities $19,000,000
Long-term debt (40,000 bonds, $1,000 par value) $40,000,000
Total liabilities $59,000,000
Common stock (10,000,000 shares) $30,000,000
Retained earnings $50,000,000
Total shareholders' equity $80,000,000
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $139,000,000
The stock is currently selling for $17.75 per share, and its noncallable $3,319.97 par value, 20-year, 1.70% bonds with semiannual payments are selling for $881.00. The beta is 1.29, the yield on a 6-month Treasury bill is 3.50%, and the yield on a 20-year Treasury bond is 5.50%. The required return on the stock market is 11.50%, but the market has had an average annual return of 14.50% during the past 5 years. The firm's tax rate is 40%.
Refer to Exhibit 10.1. Based on the CAPM, what is the firm's cost of equity?