You are an entrepreneur starting a biotechnology firm. If you research is successful the technology can be sold
for $23 million. If your research is unsuccesful, it will be worth nothing. To fund your research, you need to raise $4.3 million. Investors are willing to provide you with $4.3 million in initial capital in exchange for 35% of the unlevered equity in the firm.
a. What is the total market value of the firm without leverage?
b. Suppose you borrow $0.6 million. According to MM, what fraction of the firm’s equity will you need to sell to raise the additional $3.7 million you need?
c. What is the value of your share of the firm’s equity in cases (a) and (b)?