Weighted Average Cost of Capital

Weighted Average Cost of Capital. Purpose of Assignment
Students should understand the mechanics in calculating a company’s weighted average cost of capital using the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) and its use in making financial investments.

Scenario: You work for an investment banking firm and have been asked by management of Vestor Corporation (not real), a software development company, to calculate its weighted average cost of capital, to use in evaluating a new company investment. The firm is considering a new investment in a warehousing facility, which it believes will generate an internal rate of return of 11.5%. The market value of Vestor’s capital structure is as follows: 

Source of Capital                Market Value
Bonds                                         $10,000,000
Preferred Stock                      $2,000,000
Common Stock                        $8,000,000

To finance the investment, Vestor has issued 20 year bonds with a $1,000 par value, 6% coupon rate and at a market price of $950. Preferred stock paying a $2.50 annual dividend was sold for $25 per share. Common stock of Vestor is currently selling for $50 per share and has a Beta of 1.2. The firm’s tax rate is 34%. The expected market return of the S&P 500 is 13% and the 10-Year Treasury note is currently yielding 3.5%. 

The discount rate Vestor should use to evaluate the warehousing project is 9.18%.

 Assess whether Vestor should make the warehouse investment.  Prepare the analysis of the project and the decision to be made (approx. 400 words).   
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Weighted Average Cost of Capital