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Chapter 12

The Global Cost and Availability of Capital

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Global Cost & Availability of Capital: Learning Objectives


Examine how a firm headquartered in a country with an illiquid and segmented capital market achieves a lower global cost of and greater availability of capital Analyze the linkage between cost and availability of capital Evaluate the effect of market liquidity and segmentation on the cost of capital Compare the weighted average cost of capital for an MNE with its domestic counterpart

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Global Cost & Availability of Capital


Global integration of capital markets has given many firms access to new and cheaper sources of funds beyond those available in their home market A firm that must source its long-term debt and equity in a highly illiquid domestic securities market will probably have a relatively high cost of capital and will face limited availability of such capital This in turn will limit the firms ability to compete both internationally and vis--vis foreign firms entering its market
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Global Cost & Availability of Capital


Firms resident in small capital markets often source their longterm debt and equity at home in these partially-liquid domestic markets The costs of funds is slightly better than that of illiquid markets, however, if these firms can tap the highly liquid international capital markets, their competitiveness can be strengthened Firms resident in segmented capital markets must devise a strategy to escape dependence on that market for their long-term debt and equity needs

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Global Cost & Availability of Capital


A national capital market is segmented if the required rate of return on securities differs from the required rate of return on securities of comparable expected return and risk traded on other securities markets Capital markets become segmented because of such factors as excessive regulatory control, perceived political risk, anticipated FOREX risk, lack of transparency, asymmetric information, cronyism, insider trading and other market imperfections

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Global Cost & Availability of Capital


Firms constrained by any of these above conditions must develop a strategy to escape their own limited capital markets and source some of their long-term capital needs abroad

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Exhibit 12.1 Dimensions of the Cost and Availability of Capital Strategy

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Weighted Average Cost of Capital

E D k WACC k e k d (1 t) V V
Where kWACC = weighted average cost of capital ke kd t E D V = risk adjusted cost of equity = before tax cost of debt = tax rate = market value of equity = market value of debt = market value of firm (D+E)

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Cost of Equity and Debt


Cost of equity is calculated using the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)

k e k rf (k m k rf )
Where

ke
krf km

= expected rate of return on equity


= risk free rate on bonds = expected rate of return on the market = coefficient of firms systematic risk

The normal calculation for cost of debt is analyzing the various proportions of debt and their associated interest rates for the firm and calculating a before and after tax weighted average cost of debt
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Tridents WACC
Maria Gonzales, Tridents CFO, believes that Carlton has access to global capital markets and because it is headquartered in the US, that the US should serve as its base for market risk and equity risk calculations

k WACC 17.00%(0.60) 8.00%(1 0.35)(0.40) k WACC 12.28%


Where kWACC = weighted average cost of capital ke = Carltons cost of equity is 17.0%

kd
t E/V D/V

= Carltons before tax cost of debt is 8.0%


= tax rate of 35.0% = equity to value ratio of Carlton is 60.0% = debt to value ratio of Carlton is 40.0%

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Exhibit 12.2 Calculation of Tridents Weighted Average Cost of Capital

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Nestl: An Application of the International CAPM


The process of calculating an international WACC differs from a domestic WACC in the selection of the appropriate market portfolio and beta Stulz (1995) suggests using a global portfolio of securities available to investors rather than the world portfolio of all securities (some of which may not be available to investors) when calculating a firms international cost of equity The next slide shows the domestic and international risk-free rates, market portfolios, and betas for Nestl used to calculate required rates of return for equity In this example the domestic required return for Nestl of 9.4065% differs slightly from Nestls global required return of 9.3840%
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Exhibit 12.3 Estimating the Global Cost of Equity for Nestl (Switzerland)

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Calculating Equity Risk Premia in Practice


Using CAPM, there is rising debate over what numerical values should be used in its application, especially the equity risk premium
The equity risk premium is the expected average annual return on the market above riskless debt Typically, the markets return is calculated on a historical basis yet others feel that the number should be forward looking since it is being used to calculate expected returns
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Calculating Equity Risk Premia in Practice


The field of finance does agree that a cost of equity calculation should be forward-looking, meaning that the inputs to the equation should represent what is expected to happen over the relevant future time horizon As is typically the case, however, practitioners use historical evidence as the basis for their forward-looking projections

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Exhibit 12.4 Equity Risk Premiums Around the World, 1990-2002

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Exhibit 12.5 Arithmetic Versus Geometric Returns: A Sample Calculation

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Exhibit 12.6 Alternative Estimates of Cost of Equity for a Hypothetical U.S Firm Assuming = 1 and krf = 4%

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The Demand for Foreign Securities


International portfolio investment and cross-listing of equity shares on foreign markets have become commonplace As both domestic and international portfolio managers are asset allocators, their objective is to maximize a portfolios rate of return for a given level of risk, or to minimize risk for a given rate of return International portfolio managers can choose from a larger bundle of assets than portfolio managers limited to domestic-only asset allocations Some important diversification dimensions include diversification by country, geographic region and/or stage of development
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Link between Cost & Availability of Capital


Although no consensus exists on the definition of market liquidity, market liquidity can be observed by noting the degree to which a firm can issue new securities without depressing existing market prices In a domestic case, the underlying assumption is that total availability of capital at anytime for a firm is determined by supply and demand within its domestic the market In the multinational case, a firm is able to improve market liquidity by raising funds in the Euromarkets, by selling securities abroad, and by tapping local capital markets

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Market Segmentation
Capital market segmentation is a financial market imperfection caused mainly by government constraints, institutional practices, and investor perceptions Other imperfections are
Asymmetric information Lack of transparency High securities transaction costs Foreign exchange risks Political risks Corporate governance differences Regulatory barriers
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Effects of Market Liquidity & Segmentation


The degree to which capital markets are illiquid or segmented has an important influence on a firms marginal cost of capital An MNE has a given marginal return on capital at differing budget levels determined by which capital projects it can and chooses to take on If the firm is limited to raising funds in its domestic market, it has domestic marginal cost of capital at various budget levels

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Effects of Market Liquidity & Segmentation


If an MNE has access to additional sources of capital outside its domestic market, its marginal cost of capital can decrease If the MNE has unlimited access to capital both domestic and abroad, then its marginal cost of capital decreases even further

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Exhibit 12.7 Market Liquidity, Segmentation, and the Marginal Cost of Capital

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Novo Industri A/S


Illustrative case of a Danish multinational that sought to internationalize its capital structure by accessing foreign capital markets Novo Industri is a Danish industrial enzyme and pharmaceutical firm In 1977 the management sought to tap in to other capital markets because the Danish market was illiquid and segmented causing Novo to incur a higher cost of capital than that of its international competitors

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Novo Industri A/S


The Danish equity markets had at least six factors of market segmentation
Asymmetric information for Danish and foreign investors Taxation Alternative sets of feasible portfolios Financial risk Foreign exchange risk Political risk

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Novo Industri A/S


Asymmetric information
Denmark had a regulation that prohibited Danish investors from holding foreign private sector securities
This left little incentive for Danish investors to seek out new information or follow developments in other markets

Another barrier was the lack of equity analysts in Denmark following Danish companies

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Novo Industri A/S


Taxation
Danish taxation policy charged a capital gains tax of 50% on shares held for over two years Shares held for less than two years were taxed at a marginal income tax rate as high as 75% This led to bonds being the security of choice among Danes

Feasible set of portfolios


Because of the prohibition on foreign security ownership, Danish investors had a limited set of securities from which to choose Danish stocks offered international investors an opportunity to diversify, but not the reciprocal for Danish investors
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Novo Industri A/S


Financial, Foreign exchange and political risks
Danish firms were highly leveraged relative to US and UK standards with most debt being short-term Foreign investors were subject to foreign exchange risk but this was not a big obstacle for investment Denmark was very stable politically

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Novo Industri A/S


The Road to Globalization
When Novos management decided to access foreign equity markets in 1977 they had several barriers to overcome Closing the information gap: Novo now needed to begin disclosing their financials in accordance with international standards In 1979 Novo had a successful Eurobond issues which lead to more disclosure and international recognition among investors

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Novo Industri A/S


The Road to Globalization
During 1979, Novo also listed its convertibles on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Also during that year there was a big boom in biotechnology and Novo went to the US to sell investors on their company The road show worked and Novos shares on the Danish exchange and the LSE rose in price from increased demand This prompted Novo to consider an equity issue in the US

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Novo Industri A/S


The Road to Globalization
During the first half of 1981 Novo prepared an SEC registration Before the offering over 50% of Novos shareholders had become foreign investors On May 30, 1981 Novo listed in the NYSE and although it had lost 10% of its value in Copenhagen the previous day, the $61 million offering was a success and the share price quickly gained all its losses from the previous day

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Exhibit 12.8 Novos B-Share Prices Compared with Stock Market Indices

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Cost of Capital for MNEs versus Domestic Firms


Is the WACC or an MNE higher or lower than for its domestic counterpart?
The answer is a function of
The marginal cost of capital The after-tax cost of debt The optimal debt ratio The relative cost of equity

An MNE should have a lower cost of capital because it has access to a global cost and availability of capital This availability and cost allows the MNE more optimality in capital projects and budgets compared to its domestic counterpart
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Exhibit 12.9 The Cost of Capital for MNE and Domestic Counterpart Compared

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Exhibit 12.10 Do MNEs Have a Higher or Lower WACC than Their Domestic Counterparts?

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Summary of Learning Objectives


Gaining access to global capital markets should allow a firm to lower its cost of capital. A firm can improve access to global capital markets by increasing the market liquidity of its shares and by escaping its home capital market The costs and availability of capital is directly linked to the degree of market liquidity and segmentation. Firms having access to markets with high liquidity and low segmentation should have a lower cost of capital

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Summary of Learning Objectives


A firm is able to increase its market liquidity by raising debt in the Euromarket, by selling issues in individual national markets and by tapping capital markets through foreign subsidiaries This causes the marginal cost of capital to lower for a firm and it results in a firms ability to raise even more capital A national capital market is segmented if the required rate of return on securities in that market differs from the required rate of return on securities of comparable return and risk that are traded in other national capital markets 12-38

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Summary of Learning Objectives


The most important imperfections are
asymmetric information transaction costs foreign exchange risk political risk corporate governance differences regulatory barriers

Segmentation results in a higher cost of capital and less availability of capital

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Summary of Learning Objectives


If a firm is resident in a segmented capital market, it can escape from this market by sourcing its debt and equity abroad The result should be a lower marginal cost of capital, improved liquidity for its shares, and a larger capital budget Whether MNEs have a lower cost of capital than their domestic counterparts depends on their optimal financial structures, systematic risk, availability of capital, and the level of the optimal capital budget
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Summary of Learning Objectives


If a firm is resident in a segmented capital market, it can still escape from this market by sourcing its debts and equity abroad. The result should be a lower marginal cost of capital, improved liquidity for its securities, and a larger capital budget Whether or not MNEs have a lower cost of capital than their domestic counterparts depends on their optimal financial structures, systematic risk, availability of capital, and the level of optimal capital budget

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