Unlevered Beta Calculator

Unlevered Beta

It is the beta of a company assuming that the company does not have any debt, that is, beta of an unlevered company. And Unlevered Beta Calculator is made to help one in such calculations. It is also known as asset beta. Unlevered Beta is a measure of systematic risk of assets only. It helps in making a comparison between companies having different debt – equity ratios.

For calculating unlevered beta, beta of a levered company (it should be publicly listed also) from same industry can be considered. First, you have to calculate the beta of such publicly listed levered company which will eventually help in calculating unlevered beta.

Formula

For calculating Unlevered Beta, take the below stated formula into account:

Unlevered Beta = Levered Beta / [1 + {(1 – Tax Rate) (Debt / Equity)}]

About the Calculator / Features

Calculator for unlevered beta helps in making a quick calculation on entering following figures into it:

  • Levered beta
  • Tax rate
  • Debt – Equity ratio
unlevered beta calculator

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How to Calculate using Calculator

For effortless calculation of unlevered beta, just provide the calculator with following figures:

Levered Beta

Levered beta, or commonly known as beta coefficient, is the measure of the relative risk of investment with its market. It can be calculated by dividing covariance between the return on security and market return by the variance of the market return.

You can use our Beta calculator for a quick calculation – Beta Calculator

Tax Rate

Enter the tax rate applicable to the company.

Debt – Equity Ratio

It is the ratio of debt to equity of a company. It can be derived by dividing debt from equity. This ratio is divided to eliminate the effect of debt from calculation of levered beta.

Example of Unlevered Beta

Suppose, Delta Ltd., a company dealing in digital equipment, does not have debt component in its capital structure. Debt of the company is $550,000. Tax rate to which the company is liable is 35% and its equity stands at $1,000,000. A company A ltd., dealing in similar business, has a beta (β) equals to 1.35. The Unlevered Beta of Delta Ltd. is:

ParticularsDetailsRemarks
Levered Beta1.35
Tax Rate35%
Debt – Equity Ratio0.55550,000/1,000,000

Unlevered Beta = 1.35 / [1 + {(1 – 0.35) (0.55)}] = 0.99

Interpretation

Unlevered beta ignores the debt portion on capital structure and hence, makes a comparison of securities with different debt-equity ratio. It is always less than levered beta as it does not take into account the debt financing.

Cautions

As stated above, the unlevered beta helps in making a comparison between companies having different debt – equity ratios. But it does not consider the effects of debt financing on the earnings.

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Sanjay Borad is the founder & CEO of eFinanceManagement. He is passionate about keeping and making things simple and easy. Running this blog since 2009 and trying to explain "Financial Management Concepts in Layman's Terms".

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