The Real Cost of Capital: A Business Field Guide to Better Financial Decisions

Paperback | August 13, 2004

byTim Ogier, John Rugman, Lucinda Spicer

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"This book is required reading for anyone involved in the practical issues of cost of capital decisions. It is written in a way that engages the novice, and yet challenges the professional to rethink the real issues."

Brendan Scholey, Bloomberg.

The cost of capital is the fundamental financial tool for business decision-making. It drives measures of value creation and destruction, and forms the basis of financial analysis using cash flow and other frameworks. This book is here to help the business world to use the cost of capital for real.

The Real Cost of Capital describes the key issues in understanding and using the cost of capital today, taking principles from the world of managerial finance and putting them into the context of major investment decisions.

Should, for example, a company use its own cost of capital to appraise new investments and acquisitions? What cost of capital might a US company use when appraising an investment in, say, the Philippines? For a typical investment, which type of risk is more important ¿ specific risk or systematic risk? How should these risks be reflected in, say, a venture capital situation? Debt is cheaper than equity ¿ so why don¿t companies raise more debt than they do? Most practitioners use the weighted average cost of capital ("WACC") in valuation and appraisal ¿ but when should an alternative approach be used? This book will help you find the answers.

The Real Cost of Capital is required reading for anyone involved in the practical issues of cost of capital decisions. It brings together the latest academic thinking with practical requirements in a real-life context, and the authors have used their combined experience of advising governments and international blue-chip companies to bring readers up to date with current issues.

The Real Cost of Capital includes chapters on choosing models, calculating the cost of capital using real-life data sources, and calculating the cost of capital in an international context (a subject not usually covered in academic texts). It also has chapters and worked examples on the practical application of the cost of capital in business valuations, high-tech situations and the wide range of premia and discounts that can be applied to the cost of capital.

The book has an associated website www.costofcapital.net which contains some current links. The site also gives access to tax rate information and financial data relevant to using cost of capital around the world. The objective is to make sure that the corporate planner, student, adviser or decision maker, when she/he is on the road, can simply open the book or dial in and take advantage of a wealth of decision-making support, without the pain of extended academic study.

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"This book is required reading for anyone involved in the practical issues of cost of capital decisions. It is written in a way that engages the novice, and yet challenges the professional to rethink the real issues." Brendan Scholey, Bloomberg. The cost of capital is the fundamental financial tool for business decision-making. I...

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The Real Cost of Capital A business field guide to better financial decisions "This book is required reading for anyone involved in the practical issues of cost of capital decisions. It is written in a way that engages the novice, and yet challenges the professional to rethink the real issues." Brendan Scholey, Bloomberg "Capi...

The authors work within the UK Valuation and Strategy practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. They advise top private and public sector clients on cost of capital issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions, investment appraisal, shareholder value analysis, business strategy, price setting, and regulatory and anti-trust inquiries. ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.01 × 0.73 inPublished:August 13, 2004Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:027368874X

ISBN - 13:9780273688747

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Table of Contents

Author's acknowledgements

Publisher's acknowledgements

Prologue: The cost of capital world is a real world

 

Chapter 1: Risk and Return Revisited

Chapter 2: CAPM @ Work

Chapter 3: The Great EMRP Debate

Chapter 4: CAPM is Dead: Long Live CAPM

Chapter 5: The Cost of Debt and Optimal Capital Structure

Chapter 6: International WACC and Country Risk

Chapter 7: Cash Flows, the Dot.Com Bubble, and All That

Chapter 8: Using the Cost of Capital in Business Valuations

Chapter 9: International Valuation and Appraisal

Chapter 10: Premia and Discounts

Epilogue

Index

Editorial Reviews

"This book is required reading for anyone involved in the practical issues of cost of capital decisions. It is written in a way that engages the novice, and yet challenges the professional to rethink the real issues." Brendan Scholey, Bloomberg. "Capital is the lifeblood of any business and taking into account its cost is critical for sound decision-taking. This book provides a very accessible and comprehensive guide to the topic and should be of great value to all those involved in strategic and financial issues within business." Dr Andrew Sentance, Chief Economist, British Airways. "The authors have succeeded in translating the technical jargon often surrounding cost of capital, creating a highly useful guide for corporate executives." Roger J. Grabowski, Managing Director, Standard & Poor¿s Corporate Value Consulting. "An excellent book that achieves the right balance between theory and practice, and provides comprehensive and practical guidance regarding the main problems faced by valuation practitioners attempting to use discounted cash flow techniques." Peter Elwin, Head of Accounting and Valuation Research, Cazenove. "International valuation has always been confusing. There are many approaches and few guides. Ogier, Rugman and Spicer fill an important void. This book will be required reading for those doing international deals." Professor Campbell R. Harvey, J. Paul Sticht Professor of International Business, Duke University. "Ogier, Rugman and Spicer have given us a clear and practical guide to this important and complex subject, which can be so difficult to apply in the real world."Penny Adomakoh, Technical Director, Rothschild "It has been eight years since my MBA and five years since my CFA. This book provided me with advanced up-to-date discussion of all the latest arguments and controversies surrounding the cost of capital. The authors have set out a no nonsense, no jargon approach and the book is a must read for business professionals, investment advisers and students." Paul Ginocchio, Media equity analyst, Deutsche Bank North America.