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Caveat WACC: Pitfalls in the Use of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital

Lobe, Sebastian


In Discounted Cash Flow valuations, the WACC approach is very popular. Therefore, knowing which limitations the concept inherits is essential. The objective of this paper is thus twofold: First, it is clarified that a constant WACC rate must fail if the implied leverage ratio is time-varying. This seems to be the rationale for defining a nonlinear WACC (NLWACC). However, the NLWACC appears to be ...


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