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The Journey Essay

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WACC is the weighted average cost of capital. It is essential the proportional weight of all the capital sources - common stock, preferred stock, bonds and any other long-term debt sources a company has. These source are summed and then adjust based on various risk factors. The WACC is found to assess the return or interest ...view middle of the document...

Ms. Cohen estimated the Nike's Cost of capital to be 8.4%, which I believe is on the low side. I would have made the cost of equity 12.59%. I calculated this by using the arithmetic mean of historical risk premiums, 7.5% and the risk free rate of 3.59%. I also used a significantly hirer beta of 1.2, given the recent volatility of Nike's stock. Ms. Cohen used the 20-year rate which I think is less then risk free. While there is no such thing as a risk free rate, a 3-month treasury bond is as close as it gets. Conversely, while unlikely there is the possibility in 20 years the U.S. could default on its debt. Finally, Ms. Cohen used 2.7 as the cost of debt which I feel is to low, especially given the historical rates range of 2.5- 3.5. I would have taken the median of 3.0%. With these adjustments the cost of capital would be 10% which I would more comfortable with.

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