What is the Impact of Debt on EVA?

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Kashif Iqbal
Student (University)

What is the Impact of Debt on EVA?

What is the impact debt is having on EVA? Thanks for your help.


Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

The Influence of Debt on EVA

Having debt costs money (interest).
The payments for the debt are part of the 'Capital charges' in the formula in the article.
So the higher the debt, and the higher the interest rate on that debt, the lower the EVA will be.

Professor, France

Debt Often Increases EVA

Jaap's answer is partially OK. But having no debt also costs money: it is what they call cost of equity.
Often the latter is higher than the cost of debt. Thus the resort to debt often increases EVA.

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

The Impact of Debt in EVA

@Gumb : Ah yes, you mean to say that it's better from an EVA point of view to acquire $ 1 million through taking debt, than collecting the same amount through shares (equity), because the costs are higher in the case of equity (shareholders require a premium to compensate for the risk they take).
I answered the question only directly, without considering that an alternative may be needed.
Thanks for your very good build for the answer to this question!

Mostafa Eldiwany, Egypt

Debt Effect on Cost of Capital and the Levered Beta

@Jaap de Jonge (Editor): I do believe that taking a lot of debt will increase the beta if it is leve... Sign up

Mehul Doshi
CxO / Board, India

Metric of Debt to Equity a Crucial Parameter for EVA

Whether debt is good or bad is subjective. But if the ratio is skewed and not balanced it definitely... Sign up


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