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Calculating the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

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Based on the information below, calculate the weighted average cost of capital.

Great Corporation has the following capital situation.
Debt: One thousand bonds were issued five years ago at a coupon rate of 8%. They had 25-year terms and $1,000 face values. They are now selling to yield 9%. The tax rate is 39%
Preferred stock: Two thousand shares of preferred are outstanding, each of which pays an annual dividend of $7.50. They originally sold to yield 15% of their $50 face value. They're now selling to yield 8%.
Equity: Great Corp has 133,000 shares of common stock outstanding, currently selling at $12.48 per share. Dividend expected for next year is $.80 and the growth rate is 6%.

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Let us calculate current value of bond.
Tax Rate=T=39%
Required rate of return=rd=9%
Coupon payment=C=1000*8%=$80
Number of coupon payments left=n=20
Maturity amount of bond=M=Face Value=$1000
Fair price of a bond is given as
Current price of bond=C/r*(1-1/(1+r)^n)+M/(1+r)^n
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Solution depicts the steps to calculate the cost of individual components of capital. It also estimates the weighted average cost of capital(WACC) in the given case.

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1) The company can issue bonds at a yield to maturity of 8.4 percent.
2) The cost of preferred stock is 9 percent.
3) The company's common stock currently sells for $30 a share.
4) The company's dividend is currently $2.00 a share (D0 = $2.00), and is
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5) Assume that the flotation cost on debt and preferred stock is zero, and no
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