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PART SIX Cost of Capital and Long-Term Financial Policy

Homemade Leverage and WACC ABC Co. and XYZ Co. are identical firms in all respects except for their capital structure. ABC is all-equity financed with $600,000 in stock. XYZ uses both stock and perpetual debt; its stock is worth $300,000 and the interest rate on its debt is 10 percent. Both firms expect EBIT to be $85,000. Ignore taxes.

a. Ms. Aaliyah owns $45,000 worth of XYZ's stock. What rate of return is she expecting?

b. Show how Ms. Aaliyah could generate exactly the same cash flows and rate of return by investing in ABC and using homemade leverage.

c. What is the cost of equity for ABC? What is it for XYZ?

d. What is the WACC for ABC? For XYZ? What principle have you illustrated? M&M J Lo Corp. uses no debt. The weighted average cost of capital is 14 percent. If the current market value of the equity is $40 million and there are no taxes, what is EBIT?

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