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Answer #1

In this question growth of 6% is given but we can also calculate growth rate using dividend pay out and return on equity.

growth rate = ROE * (1 - dividend pay out ratio) = 0.07*(1-0.25) = 5.25%

I am solving this question considering growth rates =6%.

Dividend Yield = D1 / Po

4 = (D1 / 43.75 ) *100

D1 = 1.75

**Cost of equity = D1 / ((P0*(1-Flotation cost))+
g**

= 1.75 / (43.75*(1-0.1)) + 0.06

= 0.10444

**Cost of equity = 10.444% Answer**

In case you want to consider g = 5.25%, please replace 6% in above equation with 5.25%.

**Do inform me in case you have any queries.**

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