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1. You were hired as a consultant to Keys Company, and you were provided with the following data: Target capital structure: 40% debt, 10% preferred, and 50% common equity. The after-tax cost of debt is 4.00%, the cost of preferred is 7.50%, and the cost of retained earnings is 11.50%. The firm will not be issuing any new stock. What is the firm’s WACC?

a. 7.55%

b. 7.73%

c. 7.94%

d. 8.10%

e. 8.32%

2. Several years ago the Haverford Company sold a $1,000 par value bond that now has 25 years to maturity and an 8.00% annual coupon that is paid quarterly. The bond currently sells for $900.90, and the company’s tax rate is 40%. What is the component cost of debt for use in the WACC calculation?

a. 5.40%

b. 5.73%

c. 5.98%

d. 6.09%

e. 6.24%

3. Tapley Inc. recently hired you as a consultant to estimate the company’s WACC. You have obtained the following information. (1) Tapley's bonds mature in 25 years, have a 7.5% annual coupon, a par value of $1,000, and a market price of $936.49. (2) The company’s tax rate is 40%. (3) The risk-free rate is 6.0%, the market risk premium is 5.0%, and the stock’s beta is 1.5. (4) The target capital structure consists of 30% debt and 70% equity. Tapley uses the CAPM to estimate the cost of equity, and it does not expect to have to issue any new common stock. What is its WACC?

a. 9.89%

b. 10.01%

c. 10.35%

d. 10.64%

e. 10.91%

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4. Wagner Inc estimates that its average-risk projects have a WACC of 10%, its below-average risk projects have a WACC of 8%, and its above-average risk projects have a WACC of 12%. Which of the following projects (A, B, and C) should the company accept?

a. Project A is of average risk and has a return of 9%.

b. Project B is of below-average risk and has a return of 8.5%.

c. Project C is of above-average risk and has a return of 11%.

d. None of the projects should be accepted.

e. All of the projects should be accepted.

5. The Nunnally Company has equal amounts of low-risk, average-risk, and high-risk projects. Nunnally estimates that its overall WACC is 12%. The CFO believes that this is the correct WACC for the company’s average-risk projects, but that a lower rate should be used for lower risk projects and a higher rate for higher risk projects. However, the CEO argues that, even though the company’s projects have different risks, the WACC used to evaluate each project should be the same because the company obtains capital for all projects from the same sources. If the CEO’s opinion is followed, what is likely to happen over time?

a. The company will take on too many low-risk projects and reject too many high-risk projects.

b. The company will take on too many high-risk projects and reject too many low-risk projects.

c. Things will generally even out over time, and, therefore, the firm’s risk should remain constant over time.

d. The company’s overall WACC should decrease over time because its stock price should be increasing.

e. The CEO’s recommendation would maximize the firm’s intrinsic value.

6. Percy Motors has a target capital structure of 40 percent debt and 60 percent common equity, with no preferred stock. The yield to maturity on the company's outstanding bonds is 9 percent, and its tax rate is 40 percent. Percy's CFO estimates that the company's WACC is 9.96 percent. What is Percy's cost of common equity? (FILL IN THE BLANK)

7. The earnings, dividends, and common stock price of Carpetto Technologies Inc. are expected to grow at 7 percent per year in the future. Carpetto's common stock sells for $23 per share, its last dividend was $2.00, and it will pay a dividend of $2.14 at the end of the current year. THIS IS A FOUR PART QUESTION, NOT MULTIPLE CHOICE.

(a) Using the DCF approach, what is the cost of common equity? (FILL IN THE BLANK)

(b) If the firm's beta is 1.6, the risk-free rate is 9 percent, and the average return on the market is 13 percent, what will be the firm's cost of common equity using the CAPM approach? (FILL IN THE BLANK)

(c) If the firm's bonds earn a return of 12 percent, what will r_{s} be based on the bond-yield-plus-risk-premium approach, using the midpoint of the risk premium range? (FILL IN THE BLANK)

(d) Assuming you have equal confidence in the inputs used for the three approaches, what is your estimate of Carpetto's cost of common equity? (FILL IN THE BLANK)

**8.** The earnings, dividends, and common stock price of Carpetto Technologies Inc. are expected to grow at 7 percent per year in the future. Carpetto's common stock sells for $23 per share, its last dividend was $2.00, and it will pay a dividend of $2.14 at the end of the current year. If the firm's beta is 1.6, the risk-free rate is 9 percent, and the average return on the market is 13 percent, what will be the firm's cost of common equity using the CAPM approach?

**9.** The earnings, dividends, and common stock price of Carpetto Technologies Inc. are expected to grow at 7 percent per year in the future. Carpetto's common stock sells for $23 per share, its last dividend was $2.00, and it will pay a dividend of $2.14 at the end of the current year. If the firm's bonds earn a return of 12 percent, what will r_{s} be based on the bond-yield-plus-risk-premium approach, using the midpoint of the risk premium range?

**10** Patton Paints Corporation has a target capital structure of 40 percent debt and 60 percent common equity, with no preferred stock. Its before-tax cost of debt is 12 percent, and its marginal tax rate is 40 percent. The current stock price is P0 = $22.50. The last dividend was D0 = $2.00, and it is expected to grow at a constant rate of 7 percent. What is its cost of common equity and its WACC?

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