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Verizon Communications WACC %

:3.31% (As of Today)
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As of today (2022-08-17), Verizon Communications's weighted average cost of capital is 3.31%. Verizon Communications's ROIC % is 7.11% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Verizon Communications generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It 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.


Verizon Communications WACC % Historical Data

The historical data trend for Verizon Communications'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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Verizon Communications 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 5.80 4.86 4.06 3.18 3.14

Verizon Communications 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 3.25 3.12 3.14 3.24 3.55

Competitive Comparison

For the Telecom Services subindustry, Verizon Communications'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.

   

Verizon Communications WACC % Distribution

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

* The bar in red indicates where Verizon Communications's WACC % falls into.



Verizon Communications 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, Verizon Communications's market capitalization (E) is $190793.038 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, Verizon Communications's latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $10338 Mil and its latest two-year average Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $153900.5 Mil. The total Book Value of Debt (D) is $164238.5 Mil.
a) weight of equity = E / (E + D) = 190793.038 / (190793.038 + 164238.5) = 0.5374
b) weight of debt = D / (E + D) = 164238.5 / (190793.038 + 164238.5) = 0.4626

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 2.90000000%. 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. Verizon Communications's beta is 0.31.
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 = 2.90000000% + 0.31 * 6% = 4.76%

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, Verizon Communications's interest expense (positive number) was $3485 Mil. Its total Book Value of Debt (D) is $164238.5 Mil.
Cost of Debt = 3485 / 164238.5 = 2.1219%.

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 23.28%.

Verizon Communications'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)
=0.5374*4.76%+0.4626*2.1219%*(1 - 23.28%)
=3.31%

* 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.


Verizon Communications  (NYSE:VZ) 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, Verizon Communications's weighted average cost of capital is 3.31%. Verizon Communications's ROIC % is 7.11% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Verizon Communications generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It 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.


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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Verizon Communications Business Description

Verizon Communications logo
Address
1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, USA, 10036
Verizon is now primarily a wireless business (more than 70% of revenue and nearly all operating income). It serves about 91 million postpaid and 4 million prepaid phone customers and connects another 25 million data devices, like tablets, via its nationwide network, making it the largest U.S. wireless carrier. The firm has agreed to acquire Tracfone, a wireless reseller that serves about 20 million prepaid customers in the U.S., from America Movil. Fixed-line telecom operations include local networks (12% of revenue) in the Northeast, which reach about 25 million homes and businesses, and nationwide enterprise services (10%). Verizon Media Group, the online media and advertising firm formed with the acquisitions of AOL and Yahoo, provides the remainder of revenue.
Executives
Brouillette Manon officer: EVP and Group CEO-VZ Consumer 40 AVENUE SPRINGGROVE MONTREAL Z4 H3C 4M8
Hammock Samantha officer: EVP & Chief HR Officer 1095 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS NEW YORK NY 10036
Tome Carol B director 55 GLENLAKE PARKWAY, NE ATLANTA GA 30328
Narasimhan Laxman director PEPSICO, INC., 700 ANDERSON HILL ROAD PURCHASE NY 10577
Slater Rodney E director
Bertolini Mark T director AETNA INC. 151 FARMINGTON AVENUE HARTFORD CT 06156
Otis Clarence Jr director 1095 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS NEW YORK NY 10036
Archambeau Shellye L director 1095 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, 8TH FLOOR NEW YORK NY 10036
Austin Roxanne S director 200 N SEPULVEDA BLVD PO BOX 956 MS ES/001/A102 EL SEGUNDO CA 90245
Healey Melanie director VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. 1095 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS NEW YORK NY 10036
Weaver Gregory G. director 1095 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS NEW YORK NY 10036
Schulman Daniel H director C/O PAYPAL HOLDINGS, INC. 2211 NORTH FIRST STREET SAN JOSE CA 95131
Qureshi Rima officer: EVP & Chief Strategy Officer 2000 PURCHASE STREET PURCHASE NY 10577
Gowrappan Kumara Guru officer: EVP and Group CEO-VZ Media 1095 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS NEW YORK NY 10036
Dunne Ronan officer: EVP and Group CEO-VZ Consumer 1095 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS NEW YORK NY 10036

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