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King Co

The statement of financial position of King Co provides the following information:

 

$m

$m

Equity finance

 

 

Ordinary shares ($1 nominal value)

25

 

Reserves

15

 

 

 

40

Non-current liabilities

 

 

7% convertible bonds ($100 nominal value)

20

 

5% preference shares ($1 nominal value)

10

 

 

 

30

Current liabilities

 

 

Trade payables

10

 

Overdraft

15

 

 

 

25

Total liabilities

 

95

King Co has an equity beta of 1.2 and the ex-dividend market value of the company's equity is $125m. The ex interest market value of the convertible bonds is $21m and the ex dividend market value of the preference shares is $6.25m.

The convertible bonds of King Co have a conversion ratio of 19 ordinary shares per bond. The conversion date and redemption date are both on the same date in five years' time. The current ordinary share price of King Co is expected to increase by 4% per year for the foreseeable future.

The overdraft has a variable interest rate which is currently 6% per year and King Co expects this to increase in the near future. The overdraft has not changed in size over the last financial year,

although one year ago the overdraft interest rate was 4% per year. The company's bank will not allow the overdraft to increase from its current level.

The equity risk premium is 5% per year and the risk-free rate of return is 4% per year. King Co pays profit tax at an annual rate of 30% per year.

Required

A. Calculate the market value after-tax weighted average cost of capital of BKB Co, explaining clearly any assumptions you make.
B. Discuss why market value weighted average cost of capital is preferred to book value weighted average cost of capital when making investment decisions.
C. Discuss the attractions to a company of convertible debt compared to a bank loan of a similar maturity as a source of finance.

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