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Computing The Weighted Average Cost of Capital

You are employed by CGT, a Fortune 500 firm that is a major producer of chemicals and plastics, including plastic grocery bags, styrofoam cups, and fertilizers. You are on the corporate staff as an assistant to the CFO. This is a position with high visibility and the opportunity for rapid advancement, providing you make the right decisions. Your boss has asked you to estimate the weighted average cost of capital for the company. The balance sheet and some other information about CGT follow below.

Current assets $ 38,000,000
Net plant, property, and equipment 101,000,000
Total assets $139,000,000

Liabilities and equity
Accounts payable $ 10,000,000
Accruals 9,000,000
Current liabilities $ 19,000,000
Long term debt (40,000 bonds, $1,000 par value) 40,000,000
Total liabilities 59,000,000
Common stock (10,000,000 shares) 30,000,000
Retained earnings 50,000,000
Total shareholders equity 80,000,000
Total liabilities and shareholders equity $139,000,000

You check The Wall Street Journal and see that CGT stock is currently selling for $7.50 per share and that CGT bonds are selling for $875.00 per bond. The bonds have a S1,000 par value, a 7.25% annual coupon rate, semiannual payments, are not callable, and a 20-year maturity. CGT's beta is 1.25, the yield on a 6-month Treasury bill is 3.50%, and the yield on a 20-year Treasury bond is 5.50%. The expected return on the stock market is 11.50%, but the market has had an average annual return of 14.50% during the past 5 years. CGT is in the 40% tax bracket.

What is the best estimate of the after-tax cost of debt for CGT?

Using the CAPM approach, what is the best estimate of the cost of equity for CGT?

Which of the following is the best estimate for the weights to be used when calculating the WACC?

What is the best estimate of the WACC for CGT?

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Please see the attached Excel 97-2003 file. Note that the bond is selling ...

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Given a bond selling at a discount, this comprehensive solution illustrates how to compute the company's weighted-average cost of capital.