Tax rate: 40%
Cost of Equity: 10% (before borrowing) 12% (after borrowing)
Joe’s is a zero growth firm, and is currently financed entirely with equity (in other words, it currently has no debt).
One of the corporate officers has suggested that since interest rates are so low, Joe might be better off if he borrowed some money and used it to buy back stock, thereby making use of debt financing in the firm. He presents the following data in his analysis:
Amount of debt proposed: $2,000,000
Interest rate: 6%
Cost of equity after the proposal is adopted: 12%
Joe has come to you for advice. Prepare an analysis for him that indicates whether or not the proposal should be accepted.
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