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Nike Cost Of Capital

Autor:  nhunglam  13 December 2012
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INTRODUCTIONBackground:

Kimi Ford, a portfolio manager of a large mutual fund management firm, is looking into the viability of investing in the stocks of Nike for the fund that she manages. Ford should base her decision on data onthe company which were disclosed in the 2001 fiscal reports. While Nike management addressed severalissues that are causing the decrease in market sales and prices of stocks, management presented its plansto improve and perform better. Third party sources also gave their opinions on whether the stock was asound investment.The

weighted average cost of capital (WACC)

is the rate (expressed as a percentage, like interest) that acompany is expected to pay to debt holders (cost of debt) and shareholders (cost of equity) to finance itsassets. It is the minimum return that a company must earn on existing asset base to satisfy its creditors,owners, and other providers of capital. Companies raise money from a number of sources: commonequity, preferred equity, straight debt, convertible debt, exchangeable debt, warrants, and options, pensionliabilities, executive stock options, governmental subsidies, and so on. Different securities are expected togenerate different returns. WACC is calculated taking into account the relative weights of eachcomponent of the capital structure- debt and equity, and is used to see if the investment is worthwhile toundertake.Management always takes notice of the cost of capital while taking a financial decision. The concept isquite relevant in the following managerial decisions and hence its importance:

(1) Capital Budgeting Decision.

Cost of capital may be used as the measuring road for adopting aninvestment proposal. The firm, naturally, will choose the project which gives a satisfactory return oninvestment which would in no case be less than the cost of capital incurred for its financing. In variousmethods of capital budgeting, cost of capital is the key factor in deciding the project out of various proposals pending...



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