Cost of Capital Academic Essay

Review the questions below and use the data provided in the question to solve the calculation. As you work through each equation, think about where the data for your company maybe found to make the same calculations and how the information from these calculation can inform your recommendations for your final project. Use the non-graded discussion board in this module to ask questions of your peers to inform your responses to the questions below.



  1. What is the market interest rate onXYZ’s debt and its component cost of debt?
Coupon rate 12%
Coupons per year 2
Years to maturity 15
Price $1,153.72
Face value $1,000
Tax rate 40%


Market Interest Rate =


Cost of Debt =


  1. What is the firm’s cost of preferred stock?
Nominal dividend rate 10%
Dividends per year 4
Par value $100
Price $111.10


Cost of Preferred Stock =


  1. What isXYZ’s estimated cost of common equity using the CAPM approach?


Estimated Cost of Common Equity =


  1. What is the estimated cost of common equity using the DCF approach?
Price $50
Current dividend $4.19
Constant growth rate 5%


Estimated Cost of Common Equity =


  1. What is the bond-yield-plus-risk-premium estimate for XYZ’s cost of common equity?
“Bond yield + RP” premium 4%
market interest rate onXYZ’s debt 10%

Bond-yield-plus-risk-premium estimate =


  1. What is your final estimate for rs?
CAPM 14.20%
DCF 13.80%
rd + RP 14.00%


Estimate =


  1. XYZ estimates that if it issues new common stock, the flotation cost will be 15%. XYZ incorporates the flotation costs into the DCF approach. What is the estimated cost of newly issued common stock, considering the flotation cost?
% Flotation cost 15%
Net proceeds after flotation $42.50


Cost of Newly Issued Common Stock

  1. What isXYZ’s overall, or weighted average, cost of capital (WACC)? Ignore flotation costs.
Wd 30% rd (1 – T) 6.00%
wp 10% rp 9.00%
wc 60% rs 14.00%


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