Still Many Ways to Skin a Capital Cost

Harvard Business Review

When executives evaluate a potential investment, whether it's to build a new plant, enter a new market, or acquire a company, they weigh its cost against the future cash flows they expect will spring from it. knew that firms were making heavy use of the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) to size up growth opportunities, but that the model was only as good as its inputs. Not at all, he said, because it's "no secret that applying the CAPM is as much an art as financial science."

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Why Sit on All that Cash? Firms Uncertain on Cost of Capital

Harvard Business Review

In estimating the cost of equity, nearly nine out of ten organizations use the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), which calculates the cost of equity using a risk-free rate, beta factor, and a market risk premium, each of which introduces significant variability. Book vs. Market Weighting Factors Used for Debt and Equity in Calculation of WACC. . Current market debt/equity ratio. Current book debt/current market equity ratio.