Target Corp. Weighted Average Cost of Capital

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The purpose of this memo is to provide Target Corp. senior management with an evaluation of the company’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC). Since the 2010 financial information is not yet to be finalized, the analysis will use the most currently published financial data to evaluate each component of the WACC, including the company financial structure, cost of debt, and cost of equity. I. Target Corp. Financial Structure According to the consolidated balance sheet on January 30, 2010 (exhibit 1), the total amount of debt, including short-term and long-term debts and other current liabilities was at $16.814 billion. Account Payable is excluded from the WACC’s debt component because it is not a source of funding that comes from…show more content…
Also in exhibit 3, the average annual return of the 10-year Treasury bond during the same time period is 5.28%. Therefore, the spread between the average market return and the risk-free rate, or the equity market risk premium is 6.37%. * Stock Beta: Exhibit 5 shows a detailed measurement of the company’s stock returns in relation to the rest of the market through 5-year historical price and index data. The analysis includes monthly returns of both the NYSE and the S&P 500 index in order to capture a comprehensive view of the market return. In each comparison, the monthly returns of the Target stock and market are plotted on Y-axis and X-axis respectively to get the regression line’s slope or beta. The analysis arrives at an average beta of 0.988 which indicates a similar movement of Target stock’s returns in comparison to the whole market over time. Given these approximations, the CAPM model would total the risk-free rate and the market risk premium times beta to arrive at a cost of equity of 9.68%, which reflects the investors’ expected return from investing in shares of the company. According to the company’s annual report in 2009, the Federal statutory tax rate is 35%. Along with the above analysis, we have gathered all the key information necessary to estimate the WACC as following: Debt proportion | 31.7% | Cost of Debt | 5.06% | Corporate

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