**Question 104** CAPM, payout policy, capital structure, Miller and Modigliani, risk

Assume that there exists a perfect world with no transaction costs, no asymmetric information, no taxes, no agency costs, equal borrowing rates for corporations and individual investors, the ability to short the risk free asset, semi-strong form efficient markets, the CAPM holds, investors are rational and risk-averse and there are no other market frictions.

For a firm operating in this perfect world, which statement(s) are correct?

(i) When a firm changes its capital structure and/or payout policy, share holders' wealth is unaffected.

(ii) When the idiosyncratic risk of a firm's assets increases, share holders do not expect higher returns.

(iii) When the systematic risk of a firm's assets increases, share holders do not expect higher returns.

Select the most correct response:

A firm can issue 5 year annual coupon bonds at a yield of 8% pa and a coupon rate of 12% pa.

The beta of its levered equity is 1. Five year government bonds yield 5% pa with a coupon rate of 6% pa. The market's expected dividend return is 4% pa and its expected capital return is 6% pa.

The firm's debt-to-**equity** ratio is 2:1. The corporate tax rate is 30%.

What is the firm's after-tax WACC? Assume a classical tax system.

A stock was bought for $8 and paid a dividend of $0.50 one year later (at t=1 year). Just after the dividend was paid, the stock price was $7 (at t=1 year).

What were the total, capital and dividend returns given as effective annual rates? The choices are given in the same order:

##r_\text{total}##, ##r_\text{capital}##, ##r_\text{dividend}##.

You just signed up for a 30 year **fully amortising** mortgage loan with monthly payments of $1,500 per month. The interest rate is 9% pa which is not expected to change.

To your surprise, you can actually afford to pay $2,000 per month and your mortgage allows early repayments without fees. If you maintain these higher monthly payments, how long will it take to pay off your mortgage?

In 2014 the median starting salaries of male and female Australian bachelor degree accounting graduates aged less than 25 years in their first full-time industry job was $50,000 before tax, according to Graduate Careers Australia. See page 9 of this report. Personal income tax rates published by the Australian Tax Office are reproduced for the 2014-2015 financial year in the table below.

Taxable income | Tax on this income |
---|---|

0 – $18,200 | Nil |

$18,201 – $37,000 | 19c for each $1 over $18,200 |

$37,001 – $80,000 | $3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000 |

$80,001 – $180,000 | $17,547 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000 |

$180,001 and over | $54,547 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000 |

The above rates do not include the Medicare levy of 2%. Exclude the Medicare levy from your calculations

How much personal income tax would you have to pay per year if you earned $50,000 per annum before-tax?

**Question 659** APR, effective rate, effective rate conversion, no explanation

A home loan company advertises an interest rate of 9% pa, payable monthly. Which of the following statements about the interest rate is **NOT** correct? All rates are given with an accuracy of 4 decimal places.

The standard deviation of monthly changes in the spot price of corn is **50** cents per bushel. The standard deviation of monthly changes in the futures price of corn is **40** cents per bushel. The correlation between the spot price of corn and the futures price of corn is **0.9**.

It is now March. A corn chip manufacturer is committed to buying **250,000** bushels of corn in May. The spot price of corn is **381** cents per bushel and the June futures price is **399** cents per bushel.

The corn chip manufacturer wants to use the June corn futures contracts to hedge his risk. Each futures contract is for the delivery of **5,000** bushels of corn. One bushel is about 127 metric tons.

How many corn futures should the corn chip manufacturer buy to hedge his risk? Round your answer to the nearest whole number of contracts. Remember to tail the hedge.

**Question 745** real and nominal returns and cash flows, inflation, income and capital returns

If the nominal gold price is expected to increase at the same rate as inflation which is 3% pa, which of the following statements is **NOT** correct?

Use the below information to value a levered company with constant annual perpetual cash flows from assets. The next cash flow will be generated in one year from now, so a perpetuity can be used to value this firm. Both the cash flow from assets including and excluding interest tax shields are constant (but not equal to each other).

Data on a Levered Firm with Perpetual Cash Flows | ||

Item abbreviation | Value | Item full name |

##\text{CFFA}_\text{U}## | $48.5m | Cash flow from assets excluding interest tax shields (unlevered) |

##\text{CFFA}_\text{L}## | $50m | Cash flow from assets including interest tax shields (levered) |

##g## | 0% pa | Growth rate of cash flow from assets, levered and unlevered |

##\text{WACC}_\text{BeforeTax}## | 10% pa | Weighted average cost of capital before tax |

##\text{WACC}_\text{AfterTax}## | 9.7% pa | Weighted average cost of capital after tax |

##r_\text{D}## | 5% pa | Cost of debt |

##r_\text{EL}## | 11.25% pa | Cost of levered equity |

##D/V_L## | 20% pa | Debt to assets ratio, where the asset value includes tax shields |

##t_c## | 30% | Corporate tax rate |

What is the value of the levered firm including interest tax shields?