An all equity firm has a required return on its equity of 15%, has 10 million shares outstanding, and pays no taxes. The shares are currently trading at $6.00 each. The firm is planning to borrow $9 million at 5% interest rate and use the borrowed funds to buyback a portion of its equity. Calculate the new value of the firm and the new required return on its equity if it goes through with the capital structure change.
Using the Modigliani/Miller propositions with taxes, calculate the change in the value of the firm and the change in the required return on equity if it borrows and $2,000,000 and uses the funds to retire $2,000,000 of its equity. The cost of the debt will be 8% and the current required return on equity is 14%. Currently, the firm has 3,000,000 shares outstanding and they are selling for $4.00 each and no debt. The corporate tax rate is 40%.