Assignment 2: The Cost of Capital (Graded A+) - use as a guide only - 30357

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Assignment 2: The 
Cost of Capital

Canyon Drilling, Inc. has just come under new management. One of the first 
things the new management wants to accomplish is to identify its capital 
structure and the cost of additional funding, if needed. 

According to the accounting department, the current balance sheet is accurate 
and reflects the financial structure of the company. They have also calculated 
the marginal tax rate to be 40%. The company’s beta is currently 1.15.

Your Chief Financial Officer, Marge, has also provided you the following 
information about the market and the company’s financials:


Company Specifics



3,600 par value ($1,000) bonds outstanding. All have a 7% coupon, and will 
mature in 20 years.  Market value is currently $1,050 and interest is paid once 
a year.


Common Stock

The company has 40,000 shares of common stock outstanding, and has a market 
price of $50 per share.  The stock last paid a dividend of $1.40 and had a 
constant growth of 5% per year.


Preferred Stock

The company has 7,500 shares of 5% preferred stock outstanding. All have $100 
par value and are selling for $80 per share.


Floatation costs:  Debt = 4%, Equity = 5%


Market Specifics


Market risk premium = 7%            

Risk free rate  = 4%
Return on the average stock = 11%




  • Assuming the same capital structure is to be maintained, what is the optimal 
    capital structure for Canyon Drilling?
  • What is the component cost of capital for the firm?
  • Calculate Canyon Drilling’s after tax weighted average cost of capital, 
    using the information above.


  • In an executive summary of at least 700 words, submit your findings from the above-noted requirements in a Microsoft Word or Excel document. Use an MS Excel document to illustrate your calculations.
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