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# Corporate Finance

Cost of Capital

Cost of Capital
Key Concepts

## Know how to determine a firms cost of equity capital

Know how to determine a firms cost of debt
Know how to determine a firms overall cost of capitalWACC
Divisional and Project Costs of Capital
Flotation Costs and the Weighted Average Cost of
Capital
Understand pitfalls of overall cost of capital and how to
manage them

## 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

Required Return

## The required return is the same as the appropriate

discount rate and is based on the risk of the cash
flows
We need to know the required return for an investment
before we can compute the NPV and make a decision
about whether or not to take the investment
We need to earn at least the required return to
compensate our investors for the financing they have
provided

Cost of Equity

## The cost of equity is the return required by

equity investors given the risk of the cash
flows from the firm

## There are two major methods for

determining the cost of equity
1. Dividend growth model
2. SML based on Capital Asset Pricing Model

## Start with the dividend growth model

formula and rearrange to solve for R E
D1
P0
RE g
RE

D1

g
P0

## 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?

1.50
RE
.051 .111
25

## Estimating the Growth Rate

Use the historical growth rate if you
believe the future will be like the past.
Obtain analysts estimates: Value Line,
Zacks, Yahoo.Finance.
Use the earnings retention model,
illustrated on next slide.

## One method for estimating the growth rate is

to use the historical average
Year
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

Dividend
1.23
1.30
1.36
1.43
1.50

Percent Change

## (1.30 1.23) / 1.23 = 5.7%

(1.36 1.30) / 1.30 = 4.6%
(1.43 1.36) / 1.36 = 5.1%
(1.50 1.43) / 1.43 = 4.9%

## Estimating the Dividend Growth Rate

Second method for estimating the growth
rate is to use sustainable growth rate:
g = RR x ROE
RR= Retention Ratio (the percent of net
income is retained for an vestment).
ROE= Return on Equity (NIAT/Equity)
NIAT=Net Income After Tax

Growth Model

## Advantage easy to understand and use

Disadvantages
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%
Extremely sensitive to stock price volatility
Does not explicitly consider risk

## From the firms perspective, the expected

return is the Cost of Equity Capital:

Ri RF i ( RM RF )
To estimate a firms cost of equity capital, we need
to know three things:
1. The risk-free rate, RF

RM R F
Cov ( Ri , RM ) i , M
2
The company beta, i
Var ( RM )
M

3.

Example - SML

## Suppose your company has an equity beta of .

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?
RE = 6.1 + .58(8.6) = 11.1%

## Since we came up with similar numbers using

both the dividend growth model and the SML
approach, we should feel pretty good about our
estimate

## Most analysts use the rate on a long-term

(10 to 20 years) government bond as an
estimate of RF.

More

## Issues in Using CAPM (Continued)

Most analysts use a rate of 5% to 6.5% for
the market risk premium (RPM)
Estimates of beta vary, and estimates are
noisy (they have a wide confidence
interval).

Example

## Suppose the stock of Stansfield Enterprises, a

publisher of PowerPoint presentations, has a beta of
2.5. The firm is 100-percent equity financed.
Assume a risk-free rate of 5-percent and a market risk
premium of 10-percent.
What is the appropriate discount rate for an expansion
of this firm?

Ri RF i ( RM RF )
R 5% 2.5 10%
R 30%

Example (continued)

## Suppose Stansfield Enterprises is evaluating the

following non-mutually exclusive projects. Each costs
\$100 and lasts one year.
Project

Project

IRR

NPV at
30%

2.5

Projects
Estimated Cash
Flows Next
Year
\$150

50%

\$15.38

2.5

\$130

30%

\$0

2.5

\$110

10%

-\$15.38

IRR

Project

## Using the SML to Estimate the Risk-Adjusted

Discount Rate for Projects
Good
A
projects

30%

5%

SML

Bad projects
Firms risk (beta)

2.5

An all-equity firm should accept a project whose IRR exceeds the cost of equity
capital and reject projects whose IRRs fall short of the cost of capital.

Estimation of Beta

## Theoretically, the calculation of beta is straightforward:

Problems

Cov ( Ri , RM ) i2

2
Var ( RM )
M

## 1. Betas may vary over time.

2. The sample size may be inadequate.
3. Betas are influenced by changing financial leverage and business
risk.

Solutions

## Problems 1 and 2 (above) can be moderated by more

sophisticated statistical techniques.
Problem 3 can be lessened by adjusting for changes in business
and financial risk.
Look at average beta estimates of comparable firms in the
industry.

Stability of Beta

## Most analysts argue that betas are generally

stable for firms remaining in the same industry.
Thats not to say that a firms beta cant change.
Changes in product line
Changes in technology
Deregulation
Changes in financial leverage

Determinants of Beta
Business

Risk

Cyclicity

of Revenues
Operating Leverage
Financial

Risk

Financial

Leverage

Cyclicality of Revenues

## Highly cyclical stocks have high betas.

Empirical evidence suggests that retailers and
automotive firms fluctuate with the business cycle.
Transportation firms and utilities are less dependent
upon the business cycle.
Note that cyclicality is not the same as variability
stocks with high standard deviations need not have
high betas.
Movie studios have revenues that are variable,
depending upon whether they produce hits or
flops, but their revenues are not especially
dependent upon the business cycle.

Operating Leverage

## The degree of operating leverage measures how sensitive

a firm (or project) is to its fixed costs.
Operating leverage increases as fixed costs rise and
variable costs fall.
Operating leverage magnifies the effect of cyclicity on beta.
The degree of operating leverage is given by:

EBIT
Q(P - v)
EBIT + F
DOL = EBIT =
=
SALES Q(P - v) - F
EBIT
SALES

Operating Leverage

## The degree of operating leverage (DOL)

measures the effect of a change in sales
volume on earnings before interest and
taxes (EBIT). It is defined as the
percentage change in EBIT associated
with a given percentage change in sales:

## Sales - Variable cost

Gross Profit
=
DOLS =
Sales - Variable cost - Fixed cost
EBIT
Operating leverage increases as fixed costs rise and
variable costs fall.

Financial

## leverage is the sensitivity of

a firms fixed costs of financing.
The relationship between the betas of
the firms debt, equity, and assets is
given by:
Asset =

Debt
Equity
Debt +
Equity
Debt + Equity
Debt + Equity

## Financial leverage always increases the equity

beta relative to the asset beta.

## Financial Leverage and Beta: Example

Consider Grand Sport, Inc., which is currently allequity and has a beta of 0.90.
The firm has decided to lever up to a capital
structure of 1 part debt to 1 part equity.
Since the firm will remain in the same industry, its
asset beta should remain 0.90.
However, assuming a zero beta for its debt, its
equity beta would become twice as large:
D
1
Equity = Asset [ 1 + ] 0.9(1 ) 1.80
S

## Advantages and Disadvantages of SML

Advantages
Explicitly adjusts for systematic risk
Applicable to all companies, as long as we can
compute beta
Disadvantages
Have to estimate the expected market risk premium,
which does vary over time
Have to estimate beta, which also varies over time
We are relying on the past to predict the future, which
is not always reliable

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
Ask an investment banker what the coupon rate would
be on new debt.
The cost of debt is NOT the coupon rate
After-tax Rd = R d (1-TC)

## 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 \$1000
bond. What is the cost of debt?
T = 50; PMT = 45; FV = 1000; PV = -908.75; CPT
I/Y = 5%; YTM = Rd =5(2) = 10%

25 years/2 = 50 periods = N
HP
\$-908.72 = PV
\$90/2 = \$45 = Payment12-C
(PMT)
YTM = i = ?
\$1,000 = FV
5.00

(x2 = 10%)

TI BA II
Plus
25 yrs/2
= 50 payments = N
5%(5 x 2 = 10%

\$ -908.72 = PV
\$90/2 = \$45 (PMT)

\$1,000 = FV
YTM = I/Y = ?
1st
2nd

## Another Example: Cost of Debt

A 15-year, 12% semiannual bond sells for
\$1,153.72. Whats Rd?
0

i=?

60

30
N

OUTPUT

30

...

-1,153.72

INPUTS

2
60

-1153.72 60
I/YR

PV

PMT

5.0% x 2 = Rd = 10%

60 + 1,000

1000
FV

## Interest is tax deductible, so the after tax

(AT) cost of debt is:

## Preferred generally pays a constant

dividend every period (DP)

## Dividends are expected to be paid every

period forever
Preferred stock is an annuity, so we take the
annuity formula, rearrange and solve for R P

R P = D P / P0

## Example: Cost of Preferred

Stock
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?
RP = 3 / 25 = 12%

\$100.

## Is preferred stock more or less

risky to investors than debt?
More risky; company not required to pay
preferred dividend.
However, firms must pay preferred
dividend before paying common dividend.

## What are the two ways that companies

can raise common equity?
Directly, by issuing new shares of common
stock.
Indirectly, by reinvesting earnings that are
not paid out as dividends (i.e., retaining
earnings).

## Why is there a cost for reinvested earnings?

Earnings can be reinvested or paid out as
dividends.
Investors could buy other securities, earn
a return.
Thus, there is an opportunity cost if
earnings are reinvested.

## Cost for Reinvested Earnings (Continued)

Opportunity cost: The return stockholders
could earn on alternative investments of
equal risk.
They could buy similar stocks and earn R E, or
company could repurchase its own stock and
earn RE. So, RE, is the cost of reinvested
earnings and it is the cost of equity.

## Estimating Cost of Capital and

Capital Structure

## Estimation of the cost of capital depends on the

capital structure.
If the company is unlevered firm (no debt in the
capital structure, then the cost of capital is based on
cost of equity.
If the company is levered, has debt in its capital
structure, then, the cost of capital is based on
weighted average of each capital in the capital
structure.

## To compute the WACC, we first need the

weights of each source of funds: namely debt,
preferred stock and equity
We can use the individual costs of capital that
we have computed to get our weighted
average cost of capital for the firm.
The weights are determined by how much of
each type of financing in the capital structure.

## Capital Structure Weights

Notation
E = market value of equity = # outstanding shares times
price per share
D = market value of debt = # outstanding bonds times
bond price
P=market value of preferred stock=#outstanding shares
times price per share
V = market value of the firm = D + PF+ E
Weights
wE = E/V = percent financed with equity
wd = D/V = percent financed with debt
wP = PF/V = percent financed with preferred stock

WACC = wDRd(1-TC)+wP RP + w E RE

Weights

## Suppose you have a market value of

equity equal to \$500 million and a market
value of debt = \$475 million.
What

## V = 500 million + 475 million = 975 million

wE = E/V = 500 / 975 = .5128 = 51.28%

## We are concerned with after-tax cash flows, so

we 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

## Extended Example WACC - I

Equity Information

Debt Information
\$1

billion in
outstanding debt (face
value)
Current quote = 110
Coupon rate = 9%,
semiannual coupons
15 years to maturity

50

million shares
\$80 per share
Beta = 1.15
Market risk premium =
9%
Risk-free rate = 5%

## What is the cost of equity?

RE = 5 + 1.15(9%) = 15.35%

## What is the cost of debt?

T = 30; PV = -1100; PMT = 45; FV = 1000; CPT I/Y =
3.9268
Rd = 3.927(2) = 7.854%

## What is the after-tax cost of debt?

Rd(1-TC) = 7.854(1-.4) = 4.712%

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

## Cost of additional dollar that the company

must raise for a new project. The marginal
cost rises as more and more capital is
raised during a stated time period.

## Factors Affecting the Cost of

Capital
1. Capital Structure
2. Dividend Policy
3. Investment Policy

## Divisional and Project Costs of Capital

Using the WACC as our discount rate is
only appropriate for projects that are the
same risk as the firms current operations
If we are looking at a project that is NOT
the same risk as the firm, then we need to
determine the appropriate discount rate
for that project
Divisions also often require separate
discount rates

## Using WACC for All Projects Example

What would happen if we use the WACC
for all projects regardless of risk?
Assume the WACC = 15%

Project
A
B
C

Required Return
20%
15%
10%

IRR
17%
18%
12%

Project IRR

## Capital Budgeting & Project Risk

The SML can tell us why:

SML
Incorrectly accepted
negative NPV projects

RF FIRM ( RM RF )

Hurdle
rate
Rf

FIRM

Incorrectly rejected
positive NPV projects
Firms risk (beta)

A firm that uses one discount rate for all projects may
over time increase the risk of the firm while decreasing
its value.

Approach

## Find one or more companies that specialize in

the product or service that we are considering
Compute the beta for each company
Take an average
Use that beta along with the CAPM to find the
appropriate return for a project of that risk
Often difficult to find pure play companies

Subjective Approach

## Consider the projects risk relative to the firm

overall
If the project is more risky than the firm, use a
discount rate greater than the WACC
If the project is less risky than the firm, use a
discount rate less than the WACC
You may still accept projects that you shouldnt
and reject projects you should accept, but your
error rate should be lower than not considering
differential risk at all

Risk Level

Discount Rate

WACC 8%

Low Risk

WACC 3%

WACC

High Risk

WACC + 5%

## Very High Risk

WACC + 10%

Flotation Costs
The required return depends on the risk, not
how the money is raised
However, the cost of issuing new securities
should not just be ignored either
Basic Approach

Compute

## the weighted average flotation cost

Use the target weights because the firm will issue
securities in these percentages over the long term

## Your company is considering a project that will cost \$1 million. The

project will generate after-tax cash flows of \$250,000 per year for 7
years. The WACC is 15% and the firms target D/E ratio is .6 The
flotation cost for equity is 5% and the flotation cost for debt is 3%.
What is the NPV for the project after adjusting for flotation costs?

## PV of future cash flows = 1,040,105

NPV = 1,040,105 - 1,000,000/(1-.0425) = -4,281

## The project would have a positive NPV of 40,105 without considering

flotation costs
Once we consider the cost of issuing new securities, the NPV
becomes negative

Quick Quiz

## What are the two approaches for computing the cost of

equity?
How do you compute the cost of debt and the after-tax cost
of debt?
How do you compute the capital structure weights required
for the WACC?
What is the WACC?
What happens if we use the WACC for the discount rate for
all projects?
What are two methods that can be used to compute the
appropriate discount rate when WACC isnt appropriate?
How should we factor in flotation costs to our analysis?