This **weighted average cost of capital calculator** provides the user with an estimate of a company's WACC. The calculator uses equity, debt, and preferred stock information to compute the market value of each component, its weight, as well as the cost of each capital component.

The variables used in our online calculator are defined in detail below, including how to interpret the results.

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This is the total number of shares of common stock the company has outstanding.

This is the current market price for each share of the company's stock. The Market Price of Stock, along with the Shares of Stock Outstanding, can be used to compute the total market value of common equity.

The stock market itself has an underlying beta of 1.0. Individual stocks are valued according to their movement from the overall market. A stock whose price moves more than the market over time has a beta greater than 1.0. A stock price that moves less than the market has a beta value that is less than 1.0.

The Risk-Free Rate is the theoretical rate of return for an investment that has zero risk. There is no true risk-free interest rate; however, U.S. Government Treasury Bills (T-Bills) are often used to model a risk-free interest rate.

The Risk Premium is the expected rate of return for the stock in excess of the risk-free interest rate. The risk premium for equities is sometimes called the equity premium

This is the carrying value of debt according to the balance sheet of the company.

This is the interest expense paid on debt as recorded in the company's income statement.

This is the average time to maturity for the debt issued by the company.

This is the effective rate of interest that a company pays on its current debt. The value is stated on a pre-tax basis.

This is the company's marginal tax rate.

This is the total number of shares of preferred stock the company has outstanding.

This is the current market price for each share of the company's preferred stock. The Market Price of Preferred, along with the Shares of Preferred Outstanding, can be used to compute the total market value of preferred equity.

This is the market value of each component of capital. The sum of each of these three components is also used to compute the Total Capitalization of the company.

This is the weight of each component of capital used by the company. The weight of each component is found by dividing the Market Value of each component by the Total Capitalization of the company.

This is the cost of equity, debt, and preferred stock stated in terms of an average annual interest rate. This information, along with the Weight in Cost of Capital, can be used to calculate the company's weighted average cost of capital or WACC.

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Disclaimer: These online calculators are made available and meant to be used as a screening tool for the investor. The accuracy of these calculations is not guaranteed nor is its applicability to your individual circumstances. You should always obtain personal advice from qualified professionals.