Financing and the Currency Swap Decision Bradenton Co. is considering a project in which it will export special contact lenses to Mexico. It expects that it will receive 1 million pesos after taxes at the end of each year for the next four years; after that time, its business in Mexico will end as its special patent will be terminated. The peso’s spot rate is presently $0.20. The U.S. annual risk-free interest rate is 6 percent, and Mexico’s annual risk-free interest rate is 11 percent. Interest rate parity exists. Bradenton Co. uses the one-year forward rate as a predictor of the kxchange rate in one year. Bradenton Co. also presumes the exchange rates in each of years 2 through 4 will change by the same percentage as it predicts for year 1 Bradenton searches for a firm with which it can swap pesos for dollars over each of the next four years. Briggs Co. is an importer of Mexican products. It is willing to take the 1 million pesos per year from Bradenton Co. and will provide Bradenton Co. with dollars at an exchange rate of $0.17 per peso. Ignore tax effects.
Bradenton Co. has a capital structure of 60 percent debt and 40 percent equity. Its corporate tax rate is 30 percent (combined federal and state). It borrows funds from a bank and pays 10 percent interest on its debt. It expects that the U.S. annual stock market return will be 18 percent per year. Its beta is 0.9. Bradenton would use its cost of capital as the required return for this project.
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