Teletech Corporation Essay

1824 WordsMay 7, 20108 Pages
Background Headquartered in Texas, Teletech Corporation operates under two main business segments: the Telecommunications Services segment, providing various telephone services to business and residential customers and the Products & Systems segment, which manufactures computing and telecommunications equipment. In late 2005, the Securities & Exchange Commission revealed that billionaire Victor Yossarian acquired a 10% stake in Teletech and demanded two seats on the board of directors. He felt that the firm was misusing their resources and not earning a sufficient return. He stated that Teletech should sell off its Product & Systems segment and focus on creating value for the company’s shareholders. A detailed analysis will reveal…show more content…
While both Mr. Phillips and Ms. Buono make strong arguments for their respective sides of the debate, further analysis is needed to decide which methodology is the best fit for Teletech. Comparable companies were needed in order to calculate the WACC for each business segment. The comparable companies were chosen using the following measurements: similar product lines, revenues, and bond ratings. Alltel Corporation, Sprint Corporation, and Bellsouth Corporation were determined to be comparable companies for Teletech’s Telecommunications Segment. Avaya Inc., Lucent Technologies, and Commscope Inc. were comparable comps for the Product and Systems Segment. (see Exhibit 1). The three comps for each segment were than averaged to create an appropriate WACC for each separate segment of Teletech. The market risk premium of 5.5% and the risk free rate of 4.62% (30-year U.S. Treasury) were given in the case. The beta and the pre-tax cost of debt are based on our averaged comparative company analysis. Using the averaged beta of 1.05, the pretax cost of debt of 5.79%, (based on bond ratings) and the weighted average of debt & equity, the telecommunications segmented hurdle rate is calculated at 8.64% (see Exhibit 2). Using the same market risk premium and risk free rate (5.5% & 4.62% respectively) given in the case, the averaged beta of 1.40, the pretax cost of debt of 7.65%, and the weighted average of debt & equity, the products & systems
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