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The importance of knowing the cost of capital

Montreal Foods is a Canadian producer of breads and other baked goods. Over the past year, profitability has been strong and the share price has risen from $15 per share to $25 per share. The company has 20 million shares outstanding. The company's borrowing is conservative; it has only $100 million in debt currently worth $120 million in the public debt market. The debt trades at a yield to maturity 50 basis points above Canadian risk-free bonds of a similar maturity. Montreal Foods has a beta of 0.7. If the Canadian risk-free rate is 5%, the market risk premium is 4.5%, and the company's marginal tax rate is 30%, what is its cost of capital?

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Montreal Foods is a Canadian producer of breads and other baked goods. Over the past year, profitability has been strong and the share price has risen from $15 per share to $25 per share. The company has 20 million shares outstanding. The company's borrowing is conservative; it has only $100 million in debt currently worth $120 million in the public debt market. The debt trades at a yield to maturity 50 basis points above Canadian risk-free bonds of a similar maturity. Montreal Foods has a beta of 0.7. If the Canadian risk-free rate is 5%, the market risk premium is 4.5%, and the company's marginal tax rate is 30%, what is its cost of capital?
WACC = E/V * Re + D/V*Rd
E = market value of company's equity = $25*20 million = $500 ...

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The importance of knowing the cost of capital is provided. Montreal foods Canadian producers of bread are given. Investment tax credits and tax loss carry forwards are given.

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