Russell Container Corporation has a $1,000 par value bonds outstanding with 30 years to maturity. The bind carries an annual interest payment of $105 and is currently selling for $880 per bond. Russell Corp. is in a 40 percent tax bracket. The firm wishes to know what the after-tax cost of a new bind issue is likely to be. The yield to maturity on the new issue will be the same as the yield to maturity on the old issue because the risk and maturity date will be similar.
a) Compute the yield to maturity on the old issue and use this as the yield for the new issue.
b) Make the appropriate tax adjustment to determine the after-tax cost of debt.