Weighted average cost of capital Definition
The Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) is used in finance to measure a firm's cost of capital.
Corporations raise money from two main sources; equity and debt. Thus the capital structure of a firm is comprised of three main components: preferred equity, common equity and debt (typically bonds and notes). The WACC takes into account the relative weights of each component of the capital structure and presents the expected cost of new capital for a firm.
WACC = Weight of Preferred Equity * Cost of Preferred Equity
+ Weight of Common Equity * Cost of Common Equity
+ Weight of Debt * Cost of Debt