CFA Level 1 Exam

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Question No. 1

Ameriscam, Inc. is considering the issuance of some junior subordinated debt. The Company's combined state/federal corporate tax rate is 30%, and the coupon on its outstanding senior debt is 7.55%. The proposed debt would pay an annual coupon. Very recently, Ameriscam has met with a corporate finance firm, who advised the Company that the pre-tax cost of a debt issuance would be 7.70%; Ameriscam's finance division mirrored these findings. A month earlier, a study in a popular financial magazine found that shareholder's require a 7.95% rate of return on similar investments. Which of the following represents the best answer for Ameriscam's estimated after-tax cost of debt for this proposed debt issuance?

Choose the correct option from the given list.
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