公司财务精要课程会让你深入理解有关公司，投资者以及他们在资本市场的相互影响的核心金融问题。本课程结束时，你应该能够读懂大部分金融出版物并可以使用基本的企业和财务专业金融词汇。(邹广隶 译)

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公司财务精要课程会让你深入理解有关公司，投资者以及他们在资本市场的相互影响的核心金融问题。本课程结束时，你应该能够读懂大部分金融出版物并可以使用基本的企业和财务专业金融词汇。(邹广隶 译)

From the lesson

The CAPM and the Cost of Capital

In this session we will discuss how companies assess their cost of debt, their cost of equity, and ultimately their cost of capital. We will also discuss why this last concept is at the heart of many of the most important corporate decisions.

- Javier EstradaProfessor of Financial Management

Department of Financial Management

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All right.

Now we're going to deal with the cost of debt.

And, remember, for, for the cost of debt is RD, and

for what follows, we're going to forget about taxes.

We, we don't need taxes for this.

We already understood, the role that taxes play on the cost of debt.

So, what we're going to do, is to focus exclusively on the cost of debt.

And, and we're going to to assume that, that this is a company that issues a bond.

A bond is simply, a promise.

You give me some money today, and

I promise to pay you back over a number of years.

And let's consider a very simple example, because corporations issue bonds.

Government issued bonds there, there are many issuers of bonds out there and, and

all the bonds are more or less the same.

The, they, so,

so-called coupon bond, plain vanilla bond let's consider one in particular.

As you see there let's consider a bond, that is four years away from maturity.

Has a face value of 1000.

And has an interest rate of 10%.

What does this mean?

Well, being four years away from maturity means that in four years,

the bond will expire.

That might mean, that the bond was issued today.

And in four years it will expire, or that the bond was issued some time ago, and

it has four years of life still to go.

So it doesn't really matter, whether it is issued today or it was issued before.

The only thing that mattered is that four years from today.

That bond will expire.

What does it mean, that has a face value of 1000, $1000?

Well, that basically means, that is called, the face value of the, or

the principal.

And that means that the interest payments,

that the company is going to be making over time.

Are calculated, relative to that face value, relative to that principle.

And that is the amount, that the company will return,

when the bond expires five years, four years down the road.

So, $1,000 has two roles.

It determines the annual payments.

That investors are going to receive, and it determines, the final payment that

investors are going to receive, four years in our case, four years down the road.

And the interest rate and and

it's a very important difference between the interest rate and the return.

That investors get and we'll get to that in just a minute.

But the interest rate, is that the only role, is to determine the annual payment.

So if you have an interest rate of 10%,

that basically means that on the four years that the bond has to go until it

expires, you're going to be paying 10% of the principle.

So 10% of 1,000 is basically 100.

So you're going to be paying 100 or say 100 million, as time goes by,

at once a year, for the four years of the life of the bond.

So as you see there when we have a little, cash flows laid out there.

So if you buy this bond which is four years away from maturity, and

let's say that it cost you $1,000, that means that you're going to be

pocketing $100 one year down the road, $100 two years down the road,

$100 three years down the road, and $1,100 four years down the road,

because you will get the 10% interest which is $100.

Plus, the 1,000 of principle, all right?

So the cash flows are very simple.

You know whenever you buy a bond, you know exactly what you're going to get,

and you know exactly when, you're going to get it.

Bonds are slightly more complicated, because they pay interest twice a year,

typically, rather than once a year but

to understand what a bond is all about this is more than enough.

Now, once you issue a bond,

once a company, once a government issues a bond, the bond trades in the market.

And trading in the market basically means that people can buy the bond and

sell the bond and buy the bond and sell the bond.

And in the same way, that you're familiar, with how stock prices change it over time.

Well, bond prices also change over time.

Which means, that the promise that the company has made, is not going to change.

This company's always going to be paying $100 in the next four years and

$1000 at the end of the four years.

What does change, is the price, that people are willing to pay for

those promised cash flows.

And why is going to pre, the price is going to change?

Well, for the same reasons that we always exploring finance.

If you think that risk goes up, you will be actually, willing to pay less for

those cashflows, but if you think that risk goes down,

then you'll be willing to pay more for those cashflows.

Think, think about it in, in this way.

Require returns and willingness to pay, are always go, in opposite directions,

so if you perceive that a company becomes riskier, then you're going to require more

return and requiring more return and being willing to pay less for the cashflows.

Are exactly the same thing, if you think that a company has become less risky than

it was before, well your require return will go down, which means that we will be,

you will be willing to pay more, for

the cashflows that this bond promises, all right?

So now let's consider a particular example, let's suppose that for

whatever reasons they.

The risk of this company has gone up.

Maybe they have made bad investment decisions.

Maybe they have hired a bad CEO.

Whatever is the reason, the risk of this company is perceived in the market,

as having gone up.

Well, that means that, the cash flows of the bond, will not change, but

now you will be willing to pay less, because you have more uncertainty.

You have more risk and therefore, you're willing to pay less.

It's kind of natural, you know.

Let's, let's make a quick parenthesis here, if I promise you, to pay you $100 in

each of the next four years and $1,000.00 at the end of that, and you thought that

I was fully, fully reliable, then you'd be willing to pay me ache even money for

those expected cash flows one, two, three, and four years down the road.

But if I told you, that in each of those years, I'm going to flip a coin and

if it's heads, I'll give you the promised cashflows but if it's tails.

I will not pay you, at that cashflow.

Then you'll say, but wait a minute, this is not the same proposition.

Now I have a risk, 50% you pay me and 50% you don't pay me.

So now you'd be willing to pay me less, for that promise that I'm making to you.

This is exactly, the same thing.

That is, the more risk you perceive, then the less you'd be willing to pay for

those cashflows.

So let me just in order, because we're going to be using these numbers, let me

just say that for whatever reasons, the perceived risk of the company has gone up.

And therefore you're willing to pay less.

Instead of being, being willing to pay $1,000, which is what we said before.

Let's suppose now, you're willing to pay $939 for those cash flows.

Now, let's go to the other side, let's assume the opposite.

And assuming the opposite is, from the Base Case,

that is from when, from a situation which you're willing to

pay $1,000 let's suppose that now the risk goes down.

And the risk might go down because, the company just came up with a new product,

and everybody thinks that it's going to be very profitable.

Or maybe, because they've hire a fantastic CEO with a great reputation.

For whatever reasons,

everybody seems to perceive that the risk of this company has gone down.

Now remember, the cash flows of the bond still don't change.

But now you'd be willing to pay more.

You bear less risk, so now you'd be willing to pay more.

And let's just put an arbitrary number.

Let's say that what you're willing to pay, is $1,000 and $66.

Right so, from the base case, when risk goes up,

you go from paying $1,000 to paying less, 9.30, 9.39.

When risk goes down, you're going from paying $1000 to paying more,

which is $1066 odd dollars.

Now, let's think of this from the point of view of the investor.

And let's think of this from the point of view of taking cash out of your pocket and

putting cash in your pocket.

In the first case, if you pay $1000.

And what you expect to get is 100, one year down the road.100,

two years down the road, three 100, three years down the road.

And 1100.

Four years down the road.

And there's a way to calculate the return that you get by taking $1,000 out of your

pocket and then pocketing 100 in the next four years and

another 1,000 four years down the road.

And we'll see in a minute how we calculate that number.

But, if you were to run the calculation.

If you were to ask the question, if I take $1000 out of my pocket today and

I receive 100, 1 year, 2 years and 3 years down the road and

then, on 4 years down the road, I pocket $1100, my mean annual return would be 10%.

And that is the number that you're seeing there.

So, if you take, again, $1,000.00 out of your pocket and you expect to get 100,

100, 100 and 1100 in one, two, three, and four years.

Your mean annual return would be ten percent.

Now remember, let's take the, the we,

we look into two cases, one case in which the risk of the company went up and

one case in which the risk of the company went down.

Now let's think for a minute what happens when the risk goes up.

We had agreed that you'd be paying less for those cash flows.

And let's always compare everything to the base case.

The base case, you pay $1000.

And as we know now, you get a 10% return.

Mean annual return.

By buying this particular bond.

But if you pay less for those cash flows, then you're going to get more return.

The cash flows don't change.

But if instead of $1000, you pay $939.

Because you pay less for exactly the same cash flows, your return is going to go up.

And if you were to run a calculation and again in a minute we'll see how to

run that calculation, you'll see that your mean annual return now goes up to 12%.

Now compare.

The column that starts with more risk with the column right underneath,

that starts with minus 939 that number in parenthesis means minus 939.

Well, what that says it brings together the two things that we

said before when you perceive more risk you increase your

require return.notice that now our require return goes from 10% to 12%.

And that translate into paying less for that particular bond.

So, so this is the typical way that markets work.

And they promise in terms of cash flows from the point of view of the company

doesn't change, what you expect to get does not change, but because risk has

gone up, required return has gone up, and the bond price has gone down.

Now let's go to the other case.

In the other case, and remember we always compare to the base case, and

compared to the base case risk went down.

Something happened to this company.

They hire this fantastic CEO.

For whatever reason risk went down.

We said before that you're willing to pay more.

You're willing to $1000.00 and 66 in order to get those same cash flows and

remember the bonus cash flows actually never change but now you're paying more.

Before you were paying 1000 now you're willing to pay 1066,

which means that the return that you're going to get is going to

be lower than the 10% that you get when you pay 1000 dollars.

And if you actually were to run the numbers and once again.

In a minute we'll run those numbers, then your return would be 8%.

So that means if I take $1066 out of my pocket today,

and I expect to get 100 one, two, and three years down the road, and 1100.

Four years down the road, my mean annual return would be 8%.

So notice two important things about bonds.

And, and it's going to become important when we define rd.

When we define, the, the cost of debt.

What important thing number one, when risk, the perceived risk of the company

goes up, then your willingness to pay go down, and your required return goes up.

More risk implies more required return, and you pay less for the cashflows.

On the other hand when risk goes down then your require return goes down.

And what you're willing to pay goes up.

So there's always this negative relationship between how much you pay and

the return that you get.

And as it's kind of natural to assume or

to think about the more you pay the less return you get, The less return you, the,

the less you pay the more return that you're going to get.

Now, how do we calculate those 10%, 12%, and 8%?

Well, it's not that complicated, but it's not that simple either.

That is the general expression.

C are coupons.

Those are the interest payments.

In our case.

Those coupons are the 100, 100, 100 that the company promised to pay for

the first four years until the bond expires.

And P is the principal or the face value which in our case is $1,000.

Now the Y that is in the denominators that is what we solve for.

That is our mean annual return.

So let's put some numbers in this to make sure that you understand this idea.

We take 939 dollars out of our pocket.

Remember this was the situation in which we perceived the risk of

the companies going up.

We still expect to get exactly the same cash flows 100, 100, 100, and 11,000.

And the Y's that you see in the denominator that's what we need to

solve for.

Now you may be more.

Unless mathematically inclined but that is not an easy thing to solve.

It's not an easy thing that you can solve by hand.

Excel actually solves these very quickly and and there's a technical note that I

will recommend later on that you have to read that shows you

how to actually calculate that Number, and were going to do it exactly as we did in

sessions one and two, we're going to do it mostly through out these scores.

That is everything that is formal, everything that is mostly

a formal expression, We're going to delegate that to the technical notes.

And then we're going to do a little problem set, so

that you can test whether your understanding the concept or not.

But again, solving that equation is not that simple.

You actually need either a scientific calculation, calculator or you need Excel.

But if you asked Excel, if you threw those numbers in to Excel and you said solve for

x y, then Excel will find that 12% return.

That we mentioned before.

So that's the way we calculate the return that we obtain from bonds.

Now notice one important thing.

The cash flows of the bond never change.

So the numerator, so the expression that we have it will never change.

The promise that the company makes never change.

What does change is the market price.

What does change is people's willingness to pay.

For those cash flows.

When the company becomes riskier, they will be willing to pay less.

When the company becomes less risky, they will be willing to pay more.

And as that number on the left-hand side changes, the solution for

those y's will also change.

And so as the 939, you know, suppose now you see that

risk is actually decreasing as you're willing to pay more and more and more.

The 939, then the y that is going to solve is going to go down and down and down.

So the more you pay, the less return you're going to get and

the less you pay, the more return you're going to you're going to get.

This is, if you've never seen this before, this may not be entirely obvious.

But if you think about it for a little bit it's kind of natural that more dollars out

of your pocket will imply, everything else equal, that's very important.

Everything else equal, that will imply a lower return and the less dollars you take

out of your pocket again, everything else equal, that will imply a higher return.

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