The marginal cost of capital (MCC) is the cost of obtaining another dollar of new capital. The marginal cost rises as more and more capital is raised during a given period.
The marginal cost of capital schedule is a graph that relates the firm's weighted average cost of each dollar of capital to the total amount of new capital raised.
The cost of capital is level to the point at which one of the costs of capital changes, such as when the company bumps up against a debt covenant, requiring it to use another form of capital. The break point (BP) is the dollar value of new capital that can be raised before an increase in the firm's weighted average cost of capital occurs.
Consider the following schedule of the costs of debt and equity for a company.
Assuming the company's target capital structure is 50% debt and 50% equity, the corresponding marginal cost of capital schedule looks like this:
The break points are at $10 million and $20 million.
The company can invest up to $10 million with the WACC = 9%. After $10 million, the company will have to raise new equity and new debt at higher costs, and the WACC will rise to 12% if the company wants to raise an additional $10 million.
The MCC is the cost of the last dollar raised by the company, while the WACC is the weighted average cost of all capital components used by the company. The MCC will increase as a firm raises more and more capital.
|hoyleng: MCC = New WACC/Old WACC|
|Leonie: Thanks hoyleng :-)|
| fanDango: WACC = WACCd + WACCe|
WACC1 = 0.5 * 6% + 0.5 * 12% = 9%.
WACC2 = 0.5 * 8% + 0.5 * 16% = 12%
|leon121: How do you calc breakpoints.........wish you included that in the summary: amt when cost of capital changes / weight in capital structure|