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The "Bond Yield Plus Risk Premium" Approach
We can estimate the value of a company's equity by adding its risk premium to the yield to maturity on the company's longterm debt.
Learning Objective

Describe the process for the bond yield plus risk premium approach
Key Points
 The BYPRP approach applies to a company's publicly traded equity.
 The yield to maturity is the discount rate at which the sum of all future cash flows from a bond are equal to its price.
 The equity risk premium is the return that stocks are expected to receive in excess of the riskfree interest rate.
 The BYPRP approach does not produce as accurate an estimate as the capital asset pricing model or discounted cash flow analysis.
Terms

principal payment
The payment made upon maturity of a bond

dividend yield
A company's total annual dividend payment per share, divided by its price per share.

coupon payment
A periodic interest payment that the bondholder receives during the time between when the bond is issued and when it matures.
Example
 A company's longterm debt has a yield to maturity of 6%. The risk premium on its equity is 4%. Thus, the required return on the company's equity is 10%.
Full Text
Bond Yield Plus Risk Premium Approach
The bond yield plus risk premium (BYPRP) approach is another method we can use to determine the value of an asset, specifically, a company's publicly traded equity. BYPRP allows us to estimate the required return on an equity by adding the equity's risk premium to the yield to maturity on company's longterm debt.
Bond Yield Plus Risk Premium Equation
States that the required return on an equity equals the yield of the company's longterm debt plus the equity's risk premium.
Bond Yield vs. Risk Premium
Simply put, the yield on a bond is the rate of return received from the investment. In the BYPRP approach, we use a bond's yield to maturity, which is the discount rate at which the sum of all future cash flows from the bond (coupon payments and principal payments) are equal to the price of the bond. This is also referred to as the internal rate of return (IRR).
Yield To Maturity Graph
A hypothetical graph showing yield to maturities (or internal rates of return) for corresponding present values.
The equity risk premium is essentially the return that stocks are expected to receive in excess of the riskfree interest rate. The normal historical equity risk premium for all equities has been just over 6%. In general, an equity's risk premium will be between 5% and 7%. Common methods for estimating the equity risk premium include:
 The Fed Model (forward operating earnings yield [earnings per share divided by share price] minus the 10year U.S. Treasury Bond yield)
 The dividend yield plus projected earnings growth, minus the 10year Treasury yield
 The historical stock returns minus the 10year Treasury yield
Estimating the value of an equity using the bond yield plus risk premium approach has its drawbacks. We can only utilize the BYPRP approach if the entity has publicly traded debt, and it does not produce as accurate an estimate as the capital asset pricing model or discounted cash flow analysis.
Moreover, equity risk premium estimates can be highly inaccurate, while also varying wildly depending on which model is used. It can be very difficult to get an accurate estimate of the risk premium on an equity, having a duration of roughly 50 years, using a riskfree rate of such short duration as a 10year Treasury bond.
Example Equation
Required return = 6% + 4%
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