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Improve the Economics of your Capital Project by Finding its True Cost of Capital

Schmal, Tom (2015): Improve the Economics of your Capital Project by Finding its True Cost of Capital.

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Abstract

Evaluating the risk behind capital projects can be one of management’s toughest calls. One reason is project risks are presented subjectively or as a metric without a practical relationship to return. The author addresses the problem by using a Monte Carlo simulation to find a project’s risk and uses that metric to find the project’s cost of capital. In this system, risk is determined by variation in free cash flow. Since every project in your company’s pipeline will have a free cash flow, every project, including those with financial leverage, can be evaluated using the same economic yardstick. Other benefits include better value projects, better presentation and accurate discount rates for NPV.

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