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Aswath Damodaran – Session 10 (MBA): Private Company Betas, Debt and its Cost


Aswath Damodaran – Session 10 (MBA): Private Company Betas, Debt and its Cost

 

Published on Mar 7, 2016

After the quiz, we started today’s shortened class today by looking at how betas and costs of equity have to be adjusted for private companies, where the owners and potential buyers may not be diversified. We then moved on to what makes debt different from equity, and using that definition to decide what to include in debt, when computing cost of capital. Debt should include any item that gives rise to contractual commitments that are usually tax deductible (with failure to meet the commitments leading to consequences). Using this definition, all interest bearing debt and lease commitment meet the debt test but accounts payable/supplier credit/ underfunded pension obligations do not. We followed up by arguing that the cost of debt is the rate at which you can borrow money, long term, today and then looked at ways of coming up with that number from the easy scenarios (where a company has a bond rating) to the more difficult ones (where you have only non-traded debt and bank loans and no rating).
Slides: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/po…
Post class test: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/pd…
Post class test solution: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/pd…

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