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Tesla Inc  (NAS:TSLA) WACC %:3.49% As of Today

As of today, Tesla Inc's weighted average cost of capital is 3.49%. Tesla Inc's ROIC % is -1.97% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Tesla Inc earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital. It will destroy value as it grows.

Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Tesla Inc Annual Data

 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 WACC % 10.71 5.61 9.23 6.27 6.39

Tesla Inc Quarterly Data

 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 WACC % 6.27 8.26 8.40 7.83 6.39

Competitive Comparison
* 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.

Tesla Inc Distribution

* The bar in red indicates where Tesla Inc's WACC % falls into.

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 (M)". As of today, Tesla Inc's market capitalization (E) is \$45690.015 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 Current Portion of Long-Term Debt and Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation together. As of Dec. 2018, Tesla Inc's latest two-year average Current Portion of Long-Term Debt was \$1732.124 Mil and its latest two-year average Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was \$9411.0305 Mil. The total Book Value of Debt (D) is \$11143.1545 Mil.
a) weight of equity = E / (E + D) = 45690.015 / (45690.015 + 11143.1545) = 0.8039
b) weight of debt = D / (E + D) = 11143.1545 / (45690.015} + 11143.1545) = 0.1961

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 2.54000000%. Please go to Economic Indicators page for more information.
b) Beta is the sensitivity of the expected excess asset returns to the expected excess market returns. Tesla Inc's beta is 0.05.
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 = 2.54000000% + 0.05 * 6% = 2.84%

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. 2018, Tesla Inc's interest expense (positive number) was \$663.071 Mil. Its total Book Value of Debt (D) is \$11143.1545 Mil.
Cost of Debt = 663.071 / 11143.1545 = 5.9505%.

4. Multiply by one minus Average Tax Rate:
GuruFocus uses the latest two-year average tax rate to do the calculation.
The latest Two-year Average Tax Rate is-3.595%.

Tesla Inc'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) = 0.8039 * 2.84% + 0.1961 * 5.9505% * (1 - -3.595%) = 3.49%

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

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, Tesla Inc's weighted average cost of capital is 3.49%. Tesla Inc's ROIC % is -1.97% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Tesla Inc 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 Current Portion of Long-Term Debt 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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