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					          ESTIMATING THE WEIGHTED AVERAGE COST OF CAPITAL




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              Comparable Companies

                                       Firm 1    Firm 2     Firm 3    Average

DATA          Amount of equity             200       200        300
              Amount of debt               100       200        200
              Tax rate                     40%       35%        38%
              Equity beta                 1.10      1.25       0.90

RESULT        1+ (1-T)D/E                 1.30      1.65       1.41
              Unlevered equity beta       0.85      0.76       0.64       0.75


              Project or Acquisition

DATA          % Debt                      40%
              % Equity                    60%
              Tax rate                    40%

RESULT        1+ (1-T)D/E                 1.40
              Unlevered project beta      0.75   = average of unlevered equity betas of comparable firms
              Project equity beta         1.05

DATA          Risk-free rate            6.00% = yield on long-term Treasury bonds
              Market risk premium       7.40% = historical average excess return of S&P 500

RESULT        Project equity beta        1.05
              Market risk premium       7.40%
              Equity risk premium       7.74%
              Plus risk-free rate       6.00%
              Cost of equity           13.74%

Note: The estimate of the market risk premium is the arithmetic average from 1927-1997, based on
the Ibbotson Associates "Stocks, Bonds, Bills and Inflation" data.

DATA          Cost of debt                9.0%

RESULT                                                     Weighted
                                                 Weights    Cost

              After-tax cost of debt      5.4%     40.0%       2.2%
              Cost of equity             13.7%     60.0%       8.2%
              Weighted average cost of capital                10.4%

				
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