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I just read "Stern Stewart's EVA" by Al Ehrbar. It looks like a management tool to incent employees to be aligned with shareholders for creating wealth for the company they work for.
TO calculate EVA : Net operating profit after taxes - ((Net Working Capital + Fixed Assets) * The cost of capital).
I was wondering how you find out what the cost of capital is for a corporation. I know we can find out how much their cost of debt is by looking at the bonds a company has outstanding and their rate of return, however how does one find out or calculate the cost of equity capital to then determine the cost of capital for a firm. Even if one can figure this out and find out a corporations EVA and then compare it to years previous is it a valuable index for determing the valuation of a company? Then using it as a criteria to choose a stock.

Thanks to anyone who can help me out with this one!

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