a. What is the yield-to-maturity of the debt?

b. What is its expected return?

**Question Completion:**

Suppose the Gladstone has zero-coupon debt with a $100 million face value due next year.

**Answer:**

Gladstone Corporation

a) The yield-to-maturity of the debt is:

**9.5%**

b) Its expected return is:

**$5.474 million**

**Explanation:**

Data and Calcualtions:

Zero-coupon debt = $100,000

Risk-free interest rate = 5%

Values from new product = one of $150 million, $135 million, $95 million, or $80 million outcomes equally likely = Total value = $460 million

Expected initial value without leverage = $460 million * 0.25 (1/4) = $115 million

Present value of expected initial value = expected initial value discounted by 5%

= $115 million * 0.952

= $109.48 million

Yield to maturity = (PV - Debt)/Debt = $9.48/$100 * 100 = 0.0948 = 9.5%

Expected return = $109.48 million * 5% = $5.474 million

Expected rate of return = $5.474/$100 * 100 = 5.5%

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