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c. The cost of capital drops because the after-tax cost of debt is less than the cost of equity. Therefore, by the operation of math the company's weighted-average cost of capital decreases as more of its capital structure consists of a lower-cost component.
d. As the company's debt load increases, the amount ...
This solution illustrates how to calculate a company's weighted-average cost of capital at different debt/equity combinations and how to construct a pro-forma balance sheet at the optimal capital structure.