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Microsoft: A Fundamental Analysis



December 01, 2013 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MSFT

Understanding Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) cost of debt, cost of equity and WACC is an important factor in stock research. Using these formulas an investor will understand how much the shareholder should expect in return for the stock over the long-term, how much the company pays for its debt and how much the company needs in return to break even on its investments.

Cost of Debt

The cost of debt is the effective rate that a company pays on its total debt.

As a company acquires debt through various bonds, loans and other forms of debt, the cost of debt is a useful metric. It gives an idea as to the overall rate being paid by the company to use debt financing. This measure is also useful because it gives investors an idea as to the riskiness of the company compared with others. The higher the cost of debt, the higher the risk.

8. Cost of debt (before tax) = Corporate Bond rate of company’s bond rating.

Microsoft 2.95% = 2.95%Current cost of Debt as of November 30th, 2013 = 2.95%

9. Current tax rate

2013 TTM – = 26.50%

2013 TTM Mircosoft has averaged tax rate of 26.50%

10. Cost of Debt (After Tax) = (Cost of Debt Before Tax) (1 – Tax Rate)

The effective rate that a company pays on its current debt after tax.

.0295 x (1 – .2650) = Cost of debt after tax

The cost of debt after tax for Microsoft is 2.17%

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