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CAPM, DCF, cost of preferred stock and new common stock

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Start with the partial model attached. The stock of Gao Computing sells for $50, and last year's dividend was $2.10. A flotation cost of 10% would be required to issue new common stock. Gao's preferred stock pays a dividend of $3.30 per share, and the new preferred could be sold at a price to net the company $30 per share. Security analysts are projecting that the common dividend will grow at a rate of 7% a year. The firm can also issue additional long term debt at an interest rate of 10%, and its marginal tax rate is 35%. The market risk premium is 6%, the risk free rate is 6.5%, and Gao's beta is .83. In its cost of capital calculations, Gao uses target capital structure with 45% debt, 5% preferred stock and 50% common equity.

a) Calculate the cost of each capital component, the cost of preferred stock, and the cost of equity with the DCF method and the CAPM method.
b) Calculate the cost of new common stock, based on the CAPM.
c) What is the cost of new common stock based on CAPM?
d) Assuming Gao will not issue new equity and will continue to use the same target capital structure, what is the company's WACC?
e) Suppose Gao is evaluating three projects with the following characteristics:
1) Each project has a cost of one million dollars. They will all be financed using the target mix of long-term debt, preferred stock and common equity. The cost of the common equity for each project should be based on the beta estimated for the project. All equity will come from retained earnings.
2) Equity in Project A would have a beta of 0.5 and an expected return of 9.0%
3) Equity invested in Project B would have a beta of 1.0 and an expected return of 10.0%.
4) Equity invested in Project C would have a beta of 2.0 and an expected return of 11.0%
f) Analyze the company's situation and explain why each project should be accepted or rejected.

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Start with the partial model attached. The stock of Gao Computing sells for $50, and last year's dividend was $2.10. A flotation cost of 10% would be required to issue new common stock. Gao's preferred stock pays a dividend of $3.30 per share, and the new preferred could be sold at a price to net the company $30 per share. Security analysts are projecting that the common dividend will grow at a rate of 7% a year. The firm can also issue additional long term debt at an interest rate of 10%, and its marginal tax rate is 35%. The market risk premium is 6%, ...

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This explains the computation of CAPM, DCF, cost of preferred stock and new common stock

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