Which of the following statements is/are true?
Multiple Choice
A. All else held constant, if a company has a beta of 1.2, then the cost of equity for this company will increase if the risk-free rate decreases.
B. If you assume a company has debt, then an increase in the tax rate will decrease the weighted average cost of capital for the company.
Both A and B are true.
Neither are true
Using CAPM, expected return on stock is
E(r) = Rf + beta*(Rm - Rf)
at beta = 1.2
E(r) = Rf + 1.2*(Rm - Rf) = 1.2*Rm - 0.2*Rf
So, if risk free rate Rf decreases in the above formula, E(r) will increase hence statement A is correct.
Weighted average cost of capital is found using formula
WACC = Wd*Kd*(1-T) + We*Ke
When tax rate T increase, first term of the formula decreases. If everything else is constant, WACC will decrease. So, statement is correct.
Hence Both A and B are true.
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