Part I – Common Stock Valuation
The last dividend paid by Marquette Inc. was $1.25. The dividend growth rate is expected to be constant at 15% for 3 years, after which dividends are expected to grow at a rate of 6% forever. If the firm’s required return (rs) is 11%, what is its current stock price?
Also, with a current market stock price of $30.00 per share, what does this tell you as an existing investor (stockholder) in this company, and what does this tell the Chief Financial Officer of the company who is thinking about raising additional equity capital?
Part II– Cost of Capital
To estimate the company’s WACC, Centric Parts, Inc. recently hired you as a consultant. You have obtained the following information. (1) The firm’s noncallable bonds mature in 20 years have an 8.00% annual coupon, a par value of $1,000, and a market price of $1,050.00. (2) The company’s tax rate is 40%. (3) The risk-free rate is 4.50%, the market risk premium is 5.50%, and the stock’s beta is 1.20. (4) The target capital structure consists of 35% debt and the balance is common equity. The firm uses the CAPM to estimate the cost of common stock, and it does not expect to issue any new shares. What is its WACC?
Additionally, Centric Parts has a current Return on Assets of 8.0%. Should they be concerned about their ability to acquire future capital? Why or why not?