Discuss the practical limitations of using the SVA model to value a company.
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SECTION C: QUESTION THREE
Deli Delight Plc is a chain of shops specialising in the sale of savoury foods. Due to its success it is proposing to expand its business. There are two proposals under consideration. The first proposal involves increasing the number of Deli Delight shops by moving into towns and cities where they do not have a presence. These enterprises will be run on a similar basis to the current outlets. The second proposal involves opening café bars, in close proximity to current outlets, such that their own food products can be included on the menu by way of marketing. This represents a change of business for the company.
The company needs to evaluate their current cost of capital but there is discussion as to what rate to use and if one overall figure is suitable for both proposals.
Deli Delight Plc has £20 million of £1 nominal value ordinary shares and the current share price for each share is £2.35 ex div. In addition, the company has £10 million (book value) of 8% convertible debentures (secured on property), which are currently trading at £96 each. Each £100 debenture will be redeemed in five years’ time for £114.36.
Deli Delight Plc has an equity beta of 1.25, which is representative of the current industry. The average gearing (debt:equity) of this industry in market value terms is 25:75. The café bar industry sector has an average beta of 1.8 and an average gearing in market value terms of 20:80. Deli Delight Plc will maintain its current capital structure after the business expansion.
The equity risk premium has been estimated to be 5.8% and treasury bills are currently offering 3%. Corporate tax is 19%.