### CFA Practice Question

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### CFA Practice Question

An analyst gathers the following information about a company and the market:

Current market price per share of common stock: \$32.00
Most recent dividend per share paid on common stock: \$2.40
Expected dividend payout rate: 40%
Expected return on equity (ROE): 15%
Beta for the common stock: 1.5
Expected return on the market portfolio: 12%
Risk-free rate of return: 4%

Using the dividend discount model approach, the cost of common equity for the company is closest to ______.
A. 16.4%
B. 17.2%
C. 18.1%
Explanation: According to the dividend discount model approach, the cost of common equity is equal to the dividend yield plus the growth rate. In this case, the growth rate is the earnings retention rate times the expected ROE or (1 - dividend payout rate) x expected ROE = 1 - 0.4) x 15% = 9%. The expected dividend = 2.40 x (1 + 0.09) = 2.616. The expected dividend yield = 2.616 / 32 = 8.175%. The cost of common equity = 8.175% + 9.0%.