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# Rolodex, Inc: Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

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Rolodex, Inc. would like to estimate its average cost of capital for the coming year. The capital budgeting plans call for funds totaling \$200 million for the coming year. These funds will be raised from long-term debt, preferred stock, and common equity in the same proportions as their book values in the firm's balance sheet shown below:

Rolodex, Inc. Balance Sheet (in millions of dollars)
Current assets \$110 Accounts payable \$30
Fixed assets 260 Other current liabilities 20
Total assets \$370 Long-term debt 128
Preferred stock 32
Common stock (20 million shares at par) 20
Contributed capital in excess of par 30
Retained earnings 110
Total liabilities and equity \$370

Discussions between the firm's financial officers and the form's investment and commercial bankers have yielded the following information:

- Rolodex's maximum borrowing is \$80 million from its ban at a pretax cost of 13 percent.
- A preferred stock can be issued at a pretax cost of 16.5 percent.
- Rolodex expects to generate \$140 million in net income. Ant earnings remaining after meeting the equity portion of the \$200 million capital expedenture budget will be paid out as dividends.
- The risk-free rate of return if 5.5 percent. The market risk premium is assumed to equal 10 percent and Rolodex's beta is estimated to be 1.2.
- Rolodex's marginal tax rate is 40 percent.

Compute Rolodex's weighted average cost of capital for the coming year.

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