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Corporate Finance – Cost of Capital

The cost of capital is one of the most important, and least understood, concepts in corporate finance. While it can be regarded as a fundamental building block of corporate finance, the cost of capital is frequently ignored by many companies as they go about their day-to-day operations. Investments or projects that are capable of earning returns greater than the cost of capital add value for shareholders. Therefore, by ignoring the cost of capital, companies run the risk of misallocating capital and therefore destroying rather than creating shareholder value.

 

This course will provide you with the tools necessary to determine debt and equity capital costs, so that a proper comparison can be made between a company’s cost of capital and the return actually being earned on that invested capital.

  • OBJECTIVES

    On completion of this course, you will be able to:

    Describe the risk/return nature of debt capital and the tax benefits to be derived from the use of debt as a financing tool

    Explain the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) and how it is used to determine the appropriate cost of equity capital

    Calculate the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) for a company

    Describe the common pitfalls in the use of cost of capital

  • COURSE OUTLINE

    Topic 1: Cost of Debt Capital

    Topic 2: Cost of Equity Capital

    Topic 3: Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

    Topic 4: Cost of Capital Pitfalls

  • PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE

  • ESTIMATED COMPLETED TIME

    75 Minutes

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