Long-Term Financial Planning FedEx Corporation FedEx Corporation Capstone Project

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Long-Term Financial Planning

FedEx Corporation

FedEx Corporation was established in 1971 and the company has four distinct business segments that include FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Office and FedEx Freight. Over the years, the company has obtained 6-year of CAGR (compounded annual growth of 5%). However, the company is likely to obtain similar CAGR of 5.9% over the next 8 years based on current economic environment. (FedEx Corporation .2010.

The WACC (weighted average cost of capital) is the average interest rate that a company should pay in order to secure a project. Moreover, WACC is the average rate of return that a company must earn from its current assets to satisfy investors, shareholders and creditors. Since FedEx Corporation is always trying to create value for shareholders, the paper calculates the WACC of the FedEx to evaluate the company ability to generate returns from its assets.

Estimation of WACC of the Company

The WACC of the FedEx Corporation is calculated based on the estimation of the company-consolidated balance sheet of the year 2010 and the WACC is calculated using the table below:

Company name: FedEx Corporation

Table 1: Source of Finance ($millions)

Balance sheet value as of:__2010

Market value as of:_2010_

Proportion in total financing

Cost of capital

Product of (4)x (5)

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

Short-term debt

4,645

4,645

4,645

4,645

Long-term debt 1 Long-Term Debt, Less Current Portion

1,668

1,668

5%

83.4

Deferred income taxes

5%

44.6

Pension & post-retirement healthcare and other bene-t obligations

1,705

1,705

5%

85.25

Self-insurance accruals

5%

48

Deferred lease obligations

5%

40.2

Deferred gains to aircraft transactions

5%

13.35

Other liabilities

5%

7.55

Total other long-term liabilities

4,778

$6,725.04

4,778

5%

Preferred shares

Common equity

Total (Outstanding Shares

312 million

$43,087.2

1.000

6%

$2,585.23

As being revealed in Table 1, the short-term debt of FedEx Corporation is approximately $4,645 Million. The paper estimates that the market value of the company short-term debt is equal to the book value. Based on this estimation, the market value of the company short-term debt is $4,645 Million.

However, estimation of the company market value for the company long-term debts is different from the estimation of the short-term debt. As being revealed in the FedEx Corporation consolidated balance sheet 2010, the FedEx long-term debts are not traded. To calculate the market value of the company long-term debts, the paper considers what the potential lenders require at present as a reasonable yield to maturity. The paper assumes that the yield of the company short-term debts is zero. However, the yield of the company long-term debts should be reasonably above the yields of the government bonds and notes. The present yields of government bonds and notes are 3.38%, and given the status and business position of FedEx Corporation, the required yield to maturity will be reasonably above the yield of the government bonds. The report assumes that the yield of the FedEx long-term debt will be 5%.

As being recorded in the 2010 consolidated balance sheet, the company total long -- term debts are $4,778 Million carrying the interest of 5% per year and the paper estimates the maturity of these debts to be 6 years.

To calculate the market value of the company long-term debts using the required yield of 5%, the market value of the company long-term debts would be equal to…

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Reference

FedEx Corporation (2010. Annual Report.USA.

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