A firm's weighted average cost of capital before tax (##r_\text{WACC before tax}##) would **increase** due to:

A moped is a bicycle with pedals and a little motor that can be switched on to assist the rider. Mopeds offer the rider:

Acquirer firm plans to launch a takeover of Target firm. The deal is expected to create a present value of synergies totaling $**105** million. A **cash** offer will be made that pays the fair price for the target's shares plus **75**% of the total synergy value. The cash will be paid out of the firm's cash holdings, no new debt or equity will be raised.

Firms Involved in the Takeover | ||

Acquirer | Target | |

Assets ($m) | 6,000 | 700 |

Debt ($m) | 4,800 | 400 |

Share price ($) | 40 | 20 |

Number of shares (m) | 30 | 15 |

Ignore transaction costs and fees. Assume that the firms' debt and equity are fairly priced, and that each firms' debts' risk, yield and values remain constant. The acquisition is planned to occur immediately, so ignore the time value of money.

Calculate the merged firm's share price and total number of shares after the takeover has been completed.

The below screenshot of Microsoft's (MSFT) details were taken from the Google Finance website on 28 Nov 2014. Some information has been deliberately blanked out.

What was MSFT's market capitalisation of equity?

A share currently worth $**100** is expected to pay a constant dividend of $**4** for the next **5** years with the first dividend in one year (t=1) and the last in 5 years (t=5).

The total required return is **10**% pa.

What do you expected the share price to be in **5** years, just **after** the dividend at that time has been paid?

A semi-annual coupon bond has a yield of 3% pa. Which of the following statements about the yield is **NOT** correct? All rates are given to four decimal places.

A man just **sold** a **call** option to his counterparty, a lady. The man has just now:

Alice, Bob, Chris and Delta are traders in the futures market. The following trades occur over a single day in a newly-opened equity index future that matures in one year which the exchange just made available.

1. Alice buys a future from Bob.

2. Chris buys a future from Delta.

3. Bob buys a future from Chris.

These were the only trades made in this equity index future. What was the trading volume and what is the open interest?

**Question 817** expected and historical returns, income and capital returns

Over the last year, a constant-dividend-paying stock's price fell, while it's future expected dividends and profit remained the same. Assume that:

- Now is ##t=0##, last year is ##t=-1## and next year is ##t=1##;
- The dividend is paid at the end of each year, the last dividend was just paid today ##(C_0)## and the next dividend will be paid next year ##(C_1)##;
- Markets are efficient and the dividend discount model is suitable for valuing the stock.

Which of the following statements is **NOT** correct? The stock's: