Book value vs. Market value
While calculating the Nike’s cost of capital using both the book value (Exhibit 1.1) and the market value (Exhibit 1.2), I could notice the mistake Cohen made finding the equity value. Cohen used the book value to reflect equity value. Although the book value is an accepted measure to estimate the debt value, the equity’s book value is an inaccurate measure of the value perceived by the shareholders. Since Nike is a publicly traded company, market value is the better method in reflecting Nike’s equity value.

Cohen’s book value of equity is the total shareholder’s equity in the balance sheet, $3494.5. The market value of equity on the other hand, is $11427; computed using stock price X number of shares outstanding ($42.09*271.5 million shares), which is also commonly exercised computing market capitalization of a company in an industry. The book value of equity used by Cohen is very different from the market value of equity. Therefore the weight of debt and equity also differ greatly. Cohen found that Nike is financed by 27% on debt and 73% on equity, but using the market value to better reflect Nike’s debt and equity, I found that Nike is financed by 10.19% on debt and 89.81% on equity. The differences are bigger than it looks, as we are talking about millions of dollars being calculated inaccurately, so it is important for portfolio managers like Kimi Ford to carefully assess the assumptions that are needed to calculate the cost of capital of Nike.

Cost of Debt and Equity
Cohen’s calculation for finding the cost of debt for Nike was “total interest expense divided by average debt balance”. I believe this isn’t a good enough calculation because the investors want to know the cost of debt on new debt, not on already outstanding debt. So to calculate a better cost of debt, I used the 20-year Nike Inc. debt with 6.75% coupon paid semi-annually (Exhibit 1.2) to find the yield to maturity. I took an...

...Cost of Capital
Definition: cost of capital is the rate of return that a company must earn on its project investments to maintain its market value and attract funds. The cost of capital to a company is the minimum rate of return that is must earn on its investments in order to satisfy the various categories of investors, who have made investments in the form of shares , debentures and loans. The...

...ogCost of capital
First of all I would like to say the I wanted to calculate the cost of debt and cost of equity but the information given in the statements are missing the items needed to calculate the cost of debt and the cost of equity but I would like to analyze the information related to this part
The market capitalization already increased in year 2010to 7,016 million from the previous year which was 3,805 million...

...What’s your real cost of capital?
By James J. McNulty, Tony D. Yeh, William s. Schulze, and Michael H. Lubatkin
Harvard Business Review, October 2002
Issue of the article: valuing investment projects
Number of pages: 12
Daniel Miravet Campos
Part 1. Executive summary
This article is fundamentally based on the exposition of a new method to calculate the cost of capital for a company (MCPM), to meet the inefficiencies of the...

...product lines, new equipment and other assets, managers must know the cost of obtaining funds to acquire these assets. The cost associated with different sources of funds is called the cost of capital. . If the business earns more than its cost of capital, the market value of the business will increase. Likewise, if returns on long-term investments are below the cost of capital,...

...What is cost of capital?
The cost of capital is the cost of obtaining funds, through debt or equity, in order to finance an investment. It is used to evaluate new projects of a company, as it is the minimum return that investors expect for providing capital to the company, thus setting a benchmark that a new project has to meet.
Importance
The concept of cost of capital is a...

...Chapter 8
The Cost of Capital
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CHAPTER 8—THE COST OF CAPITAL
TRUE/FALSE
1. Capital refers to items on the right-hand side of a firm's balance sheet.
2. The component costs of capital are market-determined variables in as much as they are based on investors' required returns.
3. The cost of debt is equal to one minus the marginal tax rate multiplied by the coupon...

...WEIGHTED AVERAGE COST OF CAPITAL FOR DELL COMPUTER
1) From the SEC website, the balance sheet of Dell Computer reveals a
Book value of debt = $3,394,000,000 and
Book value of equity = $4,625,000,000
The same balance shows the breakdown of the long-term debt (book values) in table 1.
Table 1
Coupon Rate
(%) Maturity Book Value
(Face Value in million $)
3.38 06/15/2012 400
4.70 04/15/2013 599
5.63 04/15/2014 500
5.65 04/15/2018 499
5.88...

...Cost of Capital
Firms need to make capital investment i.e., purchasing fixed assets such as factories, machineries, equipment, etc. After deciding what capital investments to make, they need to decide on the financing – sources of capital. The sources: Long-Term Debt, Common Stock, Preferred Stock and Retained Earnings. Then they need to find the cost of obtaining each source of financing today (not...

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