A paper titled “Best Practice for Cost-of-Capital Estimates” (Levi and Welch, 2017) focuses on implementation recommendations for CAPM-based cost of capital estimates. The authors’ focus isn’t on finding the “right” cost of capital (which many take to be the expected return for the asset), rather they focus on methodological choices that produce the most stable values over time: namely, creating CoC estimates that best predict next period’s CoC.[Read more…]
Optimizing financing policy includes deciding how much liquidity a company should carry. In this post we find the value of an extra dollar of cash on the balance sheet.
We’re all guilty of these, at different times and in different ways. The cause is usually laziness rather than malice; either way, eternal vigilance is the best antidote.
Though we’re not fans of the CAPM definition of risk, the framework is widely known and serves as a useful reference point for discussing some very common questions. In this post we’ll look at the cost of capital for a convertible bond from a number of perspectives, including intuitive/qualitative (which provides quick directional answers) and a more precise numerical calculation.
Do you remember that feeling you got when you heard there wasn’t a Santa Claus? How about when you learned that CAPM is broken?
In a recent post, Felix Salmon suggests that Dell has done a disservice to its equity investors:
A buy-and-hold shareholder in Dell is looking particularly idiotic right now. If you bought 15 years ago at $10.84, you should expect to have at least $15.40 in value at this point: after all: that’s how much the company has made since then. Instead, you have less than you started with. And all the extra money went to fickle shareholders who sold their stock back to the company.
Would Dell’s shareholders have been better off with a dividend? Let’s investigate.. [Read more…]
If one equity is valued at 15x P/E, and another at 10x P/E, is the latter a bargain? To answer this question we should adjust for growth.
Adjusting a valuation multiple (such as P/E or EV/EBITDA) is frequently done by dividing by growth — such as with the common P/E/G multiple.
We can do better… [Read more…]
This post is a quick survey of recent literature regarding share repurchases. We look at who repurchases shares, why they do it, and whether repurchase activity affects the price or liquidity of equities.