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Ewing Distribution Company - WACC

The Ewing Distribution Company is planning a $100 million expansion of its chain of discount service stations to several neighboring states. This expansion will be financed, in part, with debt issued with a coupon interest rate of 6.8 percent. The bonds have a 10-year maturity and a $1,000 face value, and they will be sold to net Ewing $999 per bond. Ewing's marginal tax rate is 40 percent.
Preferred Stock will cost Ewing 7.5 percent after taxes. Ewing's common stock pays a dividend of $2 per share. The current market price per share is $35. Ewing's dividends are expected to increase at an annual rate of 5 percent for the foreseeable future. Ewing expects to generate sufficient retained earnings to meet the common equity portion of the funding needed for the expansion.

Ewing's target capital structure is as follows:
Debt = 20%
Preferred stock = 5%
Common equity = 75%

Calculate the weighted cost of capital that is appropriate to use in evaluating this expansion program.

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The Ewing Distribution Company is planning a $100 million expansion of its chain of discount service stations to several neighboring states. This expansion will be financed, in part, with debt issued with a coupon interest rate of 6.8 percent. The bonds have a 10-year maturity and a $1,000 face value, and they will be sold to net Ewing $999 per bond. Ewing's marginal tax rate is 40 percent.
Preferred Stock will cost Ewing 7.5 percent after taxes. Ewing's common stock pays a dividend of $2 per share. The current market price per share is $35. Ewing's dividends are expected to increase ...

Solution Summary

The solution calculate the weighted cost of capital that is appropriate to use in evaluating the expansion program by using target capital structure weights and by first calculating after tax cost of debt, cost of preferred stock and cost of common equity.

$2.19