|Rework Problem 14A-2, Bond Refunding Part a, using a spreadsheet model, and answer the following question: At what interest rate on the new debt is the NPV of the refunding no longer positive? South Tel Technologies is considering whether or not to refund a $90 million, 8% annual coupon, 30-year bond issue that was sold 5 years ago. South Tel’s investment banks have indicated that the company could sell a new 25-year issue at an interest rate of 6.5% (annual payments) in today’s market. Neither they nor South Tel’s management anticipate that interest rates will fall below 6.5% any time soon, but there is a chance that rates will increase. A call premium of 7% would be required to retire the old bonds, and flotation costs on the new issue would amount to $6 million. South Tel’s tax rate is 30%. The new bonds would be issued 1 month before the old bonds are called, with the proceeds being invested in short term government securities returning 2% annually during the interim period. Should South Tel refund its outstanding bond?|
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