Weighted Average Cost Of Capital

HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC)


+0.68 (+2.05%)
Share price $ 33.93
Beta 0.617
Diluted Shares Outstanding 4,060.40
Cost of Debt
Tax Rate 8.52
After-tax Cost of Debt 10.05%
Risk-Free Rate
Market Risk Premium
Cost of Equity 6.518
Total Debt 204,239
Total Equity 137,769.37
Total Capital 342,008.37
Debt Weighting 59.72
Equity Weighting 40.28

There are a number of methods that can be used to determine discount rates. A good approach – and the one we’ll use in this tutorial – is to use the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) – a blend of the cost of equity and after-tax cost of debt. A company has two primary sources of financing – debt and equity – and, in simple terms, WACC is the average cost of raising that money. WACC is calculated by multiplying the cost of each capital source (debt and equity) by its relevant weight and then adding the products together to determine the WACC value.