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What is Cost of Capital?

1. Buchan Enterprises is considering investing in a new machine. The machine will be purchased
on 1 January in Year 1 at a cost of 50,000. It is estimated that it would last for 5 years, and it
will then be sold at the end of the year for 2,000 in cash. The respective net cash flows
estimated to be received by the company as a result of purchasing the machine during each year
of its life are as follows:
1 8,000
2 16,000
3 40,000 ????
4 45,000
5 35,000

The companys cost of capital is 12%

Calculate (a) the payback period for the project
(b) net present value
To Buy or Not to Buy?
Mr Char sells kuey teow at a stall near to Sunway
University. He has been using the same wok in his
business over the last 20 years. It has come to a
point of time where this wok can no longer
accommodate the increased of sales. He has
been scouting for a good wok around Aoen and
found out this brand Lo Goumot. The wok will
cost him RM500 and he foresees that the wok
will help him to generate cash flow of:- Year 1,
RM200, Year 2, RM150, Year 3, RM130 and Year
4, RM100. Should he purchase this work? Assume
a discount rate of 6%.
Principles of Business Finance

Lecture 9: Cost of Capital

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this lecture, students
should be able to:-
Calculate a firms cost of equity capital
and cost of debt,
Calculate a firms overall cost of capital
The Security Market Line
Line that results when the expected returns
and beta coefficients is plot.
This line is used to describe the relationship
between systematic risk and expected return
in financial markets.
After NPV, the SML is arguable the most
important concept in modern finance.
Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) is the
equation of the SML showing the relationship
between expected return and beta.
E(Ri) = Rf + [E(Rm) Rf] X i
The SML & The Cost of Capital
SML tells us the reward for bearing risk in
financial markets.
At an absolute minimum, any new investment a
firm undertakes must offer an expected return
that is no worse than what the financial
markets offer for the same risk.
Reason: the shareholders can always invest for
themselves in the financial markets.
To benefit the shareholders is by finding
investments with expected returns that are
superior to what the financial markets offer
for the same risk.
The SML & The Cost of Capital
The determine whether an investment has a
positive NPV, we essentially compare the expected
return on that new investment to what the financial
market offers on an investment with the same
This is why the SML is so important.
It tells us the going rate for bearing risk in the
The appropriate discount rate on a new project is
the minimum expected rate of return an investment
must offer to be attractive.
Can be interpreted as the opportunity cost
associated with the firms capital investment.
Introduction to the Cost of
Security Market Line (SML) is used to explore
the relationship between the expected return
on a security and its systematic risk. This is
from the viewpoint of shareholder in a firm.
This lecture, we look at from the viewpoint of
the company. That is how these returns and
securities look from the viewpoint of the
companies that issue them.
Return an investor in a security receives is the
cost of that security to the company that
issued it.
Required Return Vs. Cost of
If the required return of an investment is
10%, it means the investment will have a
positive NPV only if its return exceeds
10% OR
The firm must earn 10% on the investment
just to compensate its investors for the
use of the capital needed to finance the
Cost of capital associated with an
investment depends on the risk of an
Why Cost of Capital Is
We know that the return earned on assets
depends on the risk of those assets
The return to an investor is the same as
the cost to the company
Our cost of capital provides us with an
indication of how the market views the risk
of our assets
Knowing our cost of capital can also help us
determine our required return for capital
budgeting projects
Financial Policy and Cost of
A firms overall cost of capital will reflect
the required return on the firms assets as
a whole.
The overall cost of capital is a mixture of
the returns needed to compensate its
creditors and those needed to compensate
its stockholders.
In other words, a firms cost of capital
reflects both its cost of debt capital and
its cost of equity capital.
Cost of Equity
The cost of equity is the return required by equity
investors given the risk of the cash flows from the
Business risk
Financial risk
There are two major methods for determining the
cost of equity
Dividend growth model
The Dividend Growth Model
Start with the dividend growth model
formula and rearrange to solve for RE

RE g
RE g
Dividend Growth Model
Suppose that your company is expected to pay a
dividend of $1.50 per share next year. There
has been a steady growth in dividends of 5.1%
per year and the market expects that to
continue. The current price is $25. What is the
cost of equity?
RE g
Example: Estimating the
Dividend Growth Rate
One method for estimating the growth rate is to use
the historical average
Year Dividend Percent Change
2005 1.23 -
2006 1.30 (1.30 1.23) / 1.23 = 5.7%
2007 1.36 (1.36 1.30) / 1.30 = 4.6%
2008 1.43 (1.43 1.36) / 1.36 = 5.1%
2009 1.50 (1.50 1.43) / 1.43 = 4.9%

Average = (5.7 + 4.6 + 5.1 + 4.9) / 4 = 5.1%

Advantages and Disadvantages
of Dividend Growth Model
easy to understand
easy to use

Only applicable to companies currently paying dividends
Not applicable if dividends arent growing at a reasonably
constant rate
Extremely sensitive to the estimated growth rate. An
increase in g of 1% increases the cost of equity by 1%
Does not explicitly consider risk
The SML Approach
Use the following information to compute our cost of
Risk-free rate, Rf
Market risk premium, E(RM) Rf
Systematic risk of asset,

RE Rf E(E(RM) Rf )
Example: SML
Suppose your company has an equity beta of 0.58,
and the current risk-free rate is 6.1%. If the
expected market risk premium is 8.6%, what is your
cost of equity capital?

R E R f E (E(R M ) R f )
6.1% 0.58(8.6%)
Since we came up with similar numbers using both
the dividend growth model and the SML approach,
we should feel good about our estimate
Advantages and Disadvantages
of SML
Explicitly adjusts for systematic risk
Applicable to all companies, as long as we can estimate beta

Have to estimate the expected market risk premium, which
does vary over time
Have to estimate beta, which also varies over time
We are using the past to predict the future, which is not
always reliable
Example: Cost of Equity
Suppose our company has a beta of 1.5. The market
risk premium is expected to be 9%, and the current
risk-free rate is 6%. We have used analysts
estimates to determine that the market believes our
dividends will grow at 6% per year and our last
dividend was $2. Our stock is currently selling for
$15.65. What is our cost of equity?

Using SML: RE = 6% + 1.5(9%) = 19.5%

Using DGM: RE = [2(1.06) / 15.65] + 0.06 = 19.55%
Cost of Debt
The cost of debt is the required return on
our companys debt
We usually focus on the cost of long-term
debt or bonds
The required return is best estimated by
computing the yield-to-maturity on the
existing debt
We may also use estimates of current
rates based on the bond rating we expect
when we issue new debt
The cost of debt is NOT the coupon rate
Example: Cost of Debt
Suppose we have a bond issue currently outstanding
that has 25 years left to maturity. The coupon rate is
9%, and coupons are paid semiannually. The bond is
currently selling for $908.72 per $1,000 bond. What
is the cost of debt?
50 N; 45 PMT; 1000 FV; -908.72 PV; CPT I/Y = 5%;
YTM = 5(2) = 10%
Cost of Preferred Stock
Preferred stock generally pays a constant dividend
each period
Dividends are expected to be paid every period
Preferred stock is a perpetuity, so we take the
perpetuity formula, rearrange and solve for RP

Example: Cost of Preferred
Your company has preferred stock that
has an annual dividend of $3. If the
current price is $25, what is the cost of
preferred stock?
Cost of Preferred Stock
Most preferred stock dividends are stated
as a dollar amount: x dollars per year.
When dividends are stated this way, the
stock is often referred to as x-dollar
preferred stock.
Sometimes preferred stock dividends are
stated as an annual percentage rate. This
rate represents the % of the stocks par,
or face, value that equals the annual
The Weighted Average Cost
of Capital
We can use the individual costs of
capital that we have computed to get
our average cost of capital for the
This average is the required return on
the firms assets, based on the markets
perception of the risk of those assets
The weights are determined by how
much of each type of financing is used
Capital Structure Weights
E = market value of equity
= # of outstanding shares times price per share
D = market value of debt
= # of outstanding bonds times bond price
V = market value of the firm
wE = E/V = percent financed with equity
wD = D/V = percent financed with debt
Example: Capital Structure
Suppose you have a market value of equity equal to
$500 million and a market value of debt equal to
$475 million. What are the capital structure weights?

V = 500 million + 475 million = 975 million

wE = E/V = 500 / 975 = .5128 = 51.28%
wD = D/V = 475 / 975 = .4872 = 48.72%
Taxes and the WACC
We are concerned with after-tax cash flows, so we
also need to consider the effect of taxes on the
various costs of capital
Interest expense reduces our tax liability
This reduction in taxes reduces our cost of debt
After-tax cost of debt = RD(1-TC)
Dividends are not tax deductible, so there is no tax
impact on the cost of equity
WACC = wERE + wDRD(1-TC)
Extended Example: WACC
Equity Information Debt Information
50 million shares $1 billion in
$80 per share outstanding debt
Beta = 1.15 (face value)
Market risk premium = Current quote = 110
9% Coupon rate = 9%,
Risk-free rate = 5% semiannual coupons
15 years to maturity
Tax rate = 40%
Extended Example: WACC
What is the cost of equity?
RE = 5 + 1.15(9) = 15.35%
What is the cost of debt?
30 N; -1,100 PV; 45 PMT; 1,000 FV; CPT I/Y =
RD = 3.927(2) = 7.854%
What is the after-tax cost of debt?
RD(1-TC) = 7.854(1-.4) = 4.712%
Extended Example: WACC
What are the capital structure weights?
E = 50 million (80) = 4 billion
D = 1 billion (1.10) = 1.1 billion
V = 4 + 1.1 = 5.1 billion
wE = E/V = 4 / 5.1 = .7843
wD = D/V = 1.1 / 5.1 = .2157

What is the WACC?

WACC = .7843(15.35%) + .2157(4.712%) = 13.06%
Table 14.1 Cost of Equity
Table 14.1 Cost of Debt
Table 14.1 WACC
Before you go.
Q1. The Down and Out Co. just issued a
dividend of $2.40 per share on its common
stock. The company is expected to maintain
a constant 5.5 percent growth rate in its
dividends indefinitely. If the stock sells for
$52 a share, what is the companys cost of
Q2.Waller, Inc., is trying to determine
its cost of debt. The firm has a debt
outstanding with 15 years to maturity
that is quoted at 107 percent of face
value. The issue makes semi-annual
payments and has an embedded cost of 7
percent annually. What is the companys
pretax cost of debt? If the tax rate is
35 percent, what is the after-tax cost of
Q2. Answer
Q9. Mullineaux Corporation has a target capital
structure of 60 percent common stock, 5 percent
preferred stock, and 35 percent debt. Its cost of
equity is 14 percent, the cost of preferred stock is 6
percent, and the cost of debt is 8 percent. The
relevant tax rate is 35 percent.
a. What is Mullineauxs WACC?
b. The company president has approached you about
Mullineauxs capital structure. He wants to know
why the company doesnt use more preferred
stock financing because it costs less than debt.
What would you tell the president?
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