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# Marginal cost of capital & weighted average cost of capital

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After looking at the project and talking with some people that have been around the organization for many years, you recognize that the 10% cost of capital is not reflective of the company's current cost of capital. The head of treasury has assured you that the company can raise debt at 7% in today's market and that if the firm was not going to use the US\$4M to invest in the machine for the production plant, it would be invested in some short-term securities yielding 5%.

With this in mind, explain a company's cost of capital and how it is calculated. What is marginal cost of capital and how does it differ from weighted average cost of capital? How do market rates and the company's perceived market risk impact its cost of capital? Assume you are leading a discussion on these elements with the managers and finance personnel.

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This explains the concept of marginal cost of capital & weighted average cost of capital

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The cost of capital can also be viewed as the minimum rate of return required keeping investors satisfied. Thus it is used to know the rate of return expected by the investors. Thus cost of capital is used to evaluate the project. It is also know as discount rate.

The cost of capital can also be viewed as the minimum rate of return required keeping investors satisfied. Thus it is used to know the rate of return expected by the investors.
Cost of capital (WACC)=
(Cost of Equity x Proportion of equity from capital)+ (Cost of debt x Proportion of debt from capital)+ (Cost of Preference share x Proportion of preference share from capital).

Equity includes retained earnings and the cost of R/E is taken at ...

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