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Liberty Broadband WACC %

:7.3% (As of Today)
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As of today (2022-09-27), Liberty Broadband's weighted average cost of capital is 7.3%. Liberty Broadband's ROIC % is 0.03% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Liberty Broadband earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital. It will destroy value as it grows.


Liberty Broadband WACC % Historical Data

The historical data trend for Liberty Broadband's WACC % can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Liberty Broadband Annual Data
Trend Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20 Dec21
WACC %
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 9.86 10.82 8.77 6.96 6.73

Liberty Broadband Quarterly Data
Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22
WACC % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 7.08 7.35 6.73 6.67 7.70

Competitive Comparison

For the Telecom Services subindustry, Liberty Broadband's WACC %, along with its competitors' market caps and WACC % data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.

   

Liberty Broadband WACC % Distribution

For the Telecommunication Services industry and Communication Services sector, Liberty Broadband's WACC % distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where Liberty Broadband's WACC % falls into.



Liberty Broadband WACC % Calculation

The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the rate that a company is expected to pay on average to all its security holders to finance its assets. The WACC is commonly referred to as the firm's cost of capital. Generally speaking, a company's assets are financed by debt and equity. WACC is the average of the costs of these sources of financing, each of which is weighted by its respective use in the given situation. By taking a weighted average, we can see how much interest the company has to pay for every dollar it finances.

WACC=E/(E + D)*Cost of Equity+D/(E + D)*Cost of Debt*(1 - Tax Rate)

1. Weights:
Generally speaking, a company's assets are financed by debt and equity. We need to calculate the weight of equity and the weight of debt.
The market value of equity (E) is also called "Market Cap". As of today, Liberty Broadband's market capitalization (E) is $11726.900 Mil.
The market value of debt is typically difficult to calculate, therefore, GuruFocus uses book value of debt (D) to do the calculation. It is simplified by adding the latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation and Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation together. As of Jun. 2022, Liberty Broadband's latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $29.5 Mil and its latest two-year average Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $4350 Mil. The total Book Value of Debt (D) is $4379.5 Mil.
a) weight of equity = E / (E + D) = 11726.900 / (11726.900 + 4379.5) = 0.7281
b) weight of debt = D / (E + D) = 4379.5 / (11726.900 + 4379.5) = 0.2719

2. Cost of Equity:
GuruFocus uses Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) to calculate the required rate of return. The formula is:
Cost of Equity = Risk-Free Rate of Return + Beta of Asset * (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return)
a) GuruFocus uses 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate as the risk-free rate. It is updated daily. The current risk-free rate is 3.98600000%. Please go to Economic Indicators page for more information. Please note that we use the 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate of the country/region where the company is headquartered. If the data for that country/region is not available, then we will use the 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate of the United States as default.
b) Beta is the sensitivity of the expected excess asset returns to the expected excess market returns. Liberty Broadband's beta is 0.85.
c) (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return) is also called market premium. GuruFocus requires market premium to be 6%.
Cost of Equity = 3.98600000% + 0.85 * 6% = 9.086%

3. Cost of Debt:
GuruFocus uses last fiscal year end Interest Expense divided by the latest two-year average debt to get the simplified cost of debt.
As of Dec. 2021, Liberty Broadband's interest expense (positive number) was $117 Mil. Its total Book Value of Debt (D) is $4379.5 Mil.
Cost of Debt = 117 / 4379.5 = 2.6715%.

4. Multiply by one minus Average Tax Rate:
GuruFocus uses the latest two-year average tax rate to do the calculation. The calculated average tax rate is limited to between 0% and 100%. If the calculated average tax rate is higher than 100%, it is set to 100%. If the calculated average tax rate is less than 0%, it is set to 0%.
The latest Two-year Average Tax Rate is 6.35%.

Liberty Broadband's Weighted Average Cost Of Capital (WACC) for Today is calculated as:

WACC=E / (E + D)*Cost of Equity+D / (E + D)*Cost of Debt*(1 - Tax Rate)
=0.7281*9.086%+0.2719*2.6715%*(1 - 6.35%)
=7.3%

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Liberty Broadband  (NAS:LBRDK) WACC % Explanation

Because it costs money to raise capital. A firm that generates higher ROIC % than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment is earning excess returns. A firm that expects to continue generating positive excess returns on new investments in the future will see its value increase as growth increases, whereas a firm that earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital will destroy value as it grows.

As of today, Liberty Broadband's weighted average cost of capital is 7.3%. Liberty Broadband's ROIC % is 0.03% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Liberty Broadband earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital. It will destroy value as it grows.


Be Aware

1. GuruFocus uses book value of debt (D) to do the calculation. It is simplified by adding latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation and Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation together.

2. The WACC formula discussed above does not include Preferred Stock. Please adjust if preferred stock is considered.

3. (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return) is also called market premium. GuruFocus requires market premium to be 6%.

4. GuruFocus uses last fiscal year end Interest Expense divided by the latest two-year average debt to get the simplified cost of debt.


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Liberty Broadband Business Description

Liberty Broadband logo
Address
12300 Liberty Boulevard, Englewood, CO, USA, 80112
Liberty Broadband Corp serves in the telecommunications industry in the United States. It provides cable services to both residential and small to medium businesses through its fiber, hybrid fiber, and coaxial cable infrastructure. The services provided by the company are residential services which include video services, internet services, voice services, and mobile services, commercial services which include small, and medium business and enterprise solutions, advertising services, and other services which include security and home management. The reportable segments of the company are GCI Holdings, Charter. The firm derives the majority of its revenue from GCI Holdings.
Executives
Hamilton Sue Ann director 12405 POWERSCOURT DRIVE ST. LOUIS MO 63131
Engles Gregg L director 1225 SEVENTEENTH STREET SUITE 1000 DENVER CO 80202
Frist Julie D. director 810 JACKSON BLVD. NASHVILLE TN 37205
Wilm Renee L officer: Chief Legal Officer 12300 LIBERTY BOULEVARD ENGLEWOOD CO 80112
Malone John C director, 10 percent owner 12300 LIBERTY BLVD ENGLEWOOD CO 80112
Wendling Brian J officer: SVP/Controller/PFO 12300 LIBERTY BOULEVARD ENGLEWOOD CO 80112
Carleton Mark D officer: Chief Financial Officer 12300 LIBERTY BLVD. ENGLEWOOD CO 80112
Wargo J David director C/O WARGO & CO 712 FIFTH AVENUE 41ST FLOOR NEW YORK NY 10019
Fisher Donne F director 12300 LIBERTY BLVD ENGLEWOOD CO 80112
Welsh John E Iii director AVALON CAPITAL PARTNERS 181 MAIN ST COLD SPRING HARBOR NY 11724
Green Richard R director 12300 LIBERTY BOULEVARD ENGLEWOOD CO 80112
Maffei Gregory B director, officer: President/CEO 12300 LIBERTY BLVD ENGLEWOOD CO 80112
Liberty Media Corp 10 percent owner 12300 LIBERTY BOULEVARD ENGLEWOOD CO 80112
Rosenthaler Albert E officer: Senior Vice President 12300 LIBERTY BLVD ENGLEWOOD CO 80112
Shean Christopher W officer: Senior Vice President/CFO 12300 LIBERTY BLVD. ENGLEWOOD CO 80116

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