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At a recent meeting of the board of directors, the CFO of the company

Mr. Holt presented his capital budgeting analysis. The CFO demonstrated the establishment of a subsidiary in Thailand had a net present value (NPV) of about $8 million with a 25 percent required rate of return. 


Blades' board of directors, while favorable to the idea of international expansion, remained skeptical and had some questions about the changes that Thailand will face after it establishes a subsidiary in Thailand. They want to know the possible changes that might occur in the investors' required rate of return, cost of capital, systematic risk, cost of debt and equity, and capital structure of the company after Blades inc establishes a subsidiary in Thailand.


Therefore, Mr. Holt, the CFO of Blades Inc. has asked you as the financial analyst for the company to write paper that studies thoroughly the concerns of the board of directors. The paper should include the thorough analysis of the CAPM model, the mathematical formulation for the concepts you explain, and the numerical calculation by using the information given to you in the assignment and by using the internet.
 
Data for Calculation of WACC that you could incorporate in your paper provided in the following table 3:
Table 3
Hypothetical Data Information for calculation of WACC 


Text
USA
Thailand 
Risk free Rate 
2.5%
6.5%
Market Risk Premium 
12%
18%
Borrowing Rate for the Company 
8%
15%
Corporate Tax Rate (average)
21%
15%
Debt to Total Asset Ratio *
55%
42%
Equity Beta
1.8
2.4






* Debt to Asset Ratio is the percentage of capital borrowed from the local financial institutions.


Please note that in many developing countries the limit on Debt to Asset is less than the limit set in developed countries due to higher business risk involved.  


Additionally, after establishing a subsidiary in Thailand 10% of the company's total capital will be allocated to a Thailand subsidiary. In order to avoid the effect of the exchange rate movement on WACC calculations the company enters in a one-year forward contract which ensures converting THB back to USD at the end of the fiscal year will be the same as the rate at the beginning of the same fiscal year. The cost of entering forward contact of the expected cash flow back to the US at the end of the fiscal year assumed as 5%, which will increase the WACC by some percent.



-Calculate the company's Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) before and after expansion to Thailand. 
-Explain, what are the main reasons for the change in the company's WACC after expansion to Thailand.
-Provide your recommendation on how the company can reduce the WACC after expansion to Thailand.  
-Given the high level of interest rates in Thailand, the high level of exchange rate risk, and the high (perceived) level of country risk, do you think Blades will be more or less likely to use debt in its capital structure as a result of its expansion into Thailand? Why

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