CFA Level 1 Exam
Question No. 1
Gulf Electric Company (GEC) uses only debt and equity in its capital structure. It can borrow unlimited amounts at an interest rate of 10 percent so long as it finances at its target capital structure, which calls for 55 percent debt and 45 percent common equity. Its last dividend was $2.20; its expected constant growth rate is 6 percent; its stock sells on the NYSE at a price of $35; and new stock would net the company $30 per share after flotation costs. GEC's tax rate is 40 percent, and it expects to have $100 million of retained earnings this year. GEC has two projects available: Project A has a cost of $200 million and a rate of return of 13 percent, while Project B has a cost of $125 million and a rate of return of 10 percent. All of the company's potential projects are equally risky. What is GEC's cost of equity from newly issued stock?
Choose the correct option from the given list.
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