Tue, Apr 6, 2010

Duff & Phelps Risk Premium Report Facilitates Risk Assessment, Cost of Capital

Duff & Phelps Corporation (NYSE: DUF), a leading independent financial advisory and investment banking firm, has published the Duff & Phelps2010 Risk Premium Report - a collection of data and analysis designed to help finance professionals assess risk and more accurately estimate the cost of capital for purposes of business valuation, capital budgeting, feasibility studies and corporate finance decisions. 

"As the economy recovers and interest rates remain low, corporations have unprecedented opportunities for growth through acquisitions, capital expenditures and other measures - but with opportunity comes risk," said Roger Grabowski, a managing director at Duff & Phelps and co-author of the 2010 Risk Premium Report. "The report provides the tools professionals need to meaningfully assess the risk profile of a capital project as well as the expected rate of return. That kind of assessment helps professionals avoid faulty investment decisions, correctly allocate resources and ultimately grow their businesses." 

The 2010 Risk Premium Report provides data on the observed relationships between risk measures and realized returns historically experienced by equity investors, including comparable returns based on both company size and fundamental company risk. This year's report includes expanded data on rates of return for companies facing a high level of financial risk, a feature designed to help analysts estimate the cost of equity capital for highly leveraged companies. 

Grabowski has led the firm's proprietary research on risk premium issues since 1996. He also co-authored Cost of Capital: Applications and Examples (Wiley, 2008). 
Paul Barnes, managing director and global leader of Duff & Phelps' Valuation Advisory Services practice, said, "The 2010 Risk Premium Report is an essential tool to help the finance community estimate cost of capital, a key component of any valuation analysis. We are proud to offer this powerful and timely collection of data as well as advice and analysis from Roger Grabowski, one of the world's foremost experts on cost of capital issues." 

The Duff & Phelps 2010 Risk Premium Report is available for purchase through Morningstar, Business Valuation Resources (https://www.bvresources.com/) rel="noopener noreferrer" and ValuSource ( https://www.valusource.com/). 

About Duff & Phelps 
As a leading global independent provider of financial advisory and investment banking services, Duff & Phelps delivers trusted advice to our clients principally in the areas of valuation, transactions, financial restructuring, dispute and taxation. Our world class capabilities and resources, combined with an agile and responsive delivery, distinguish our clients' experience in working with us. With more than 1,200 employees serving clients worldwide through offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Duff & Phelps is committed to fulfilling its mission to protect, recover and maximize value for its clients. Investment banking services in North America are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. Investment banking services in Europe are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd. Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd. is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Investment Banking services in France are provided by Duff & Phelps SAS. For more information, visit www.duffandphelps.com. (NYSE: DUF) 

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