Unlevered beta and Levered beta, which one do we usually know first?

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Kevin ZH - Certified Professional
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I know that the formula for these two is:
Levered bottom-up beta = Unlevered beta (1+ (1-t) (Debt/Equity))
But which one do we know first and how?
Thanks a lot!

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Comments (6)

Dec 30, 2018

Most financial information services (i.e Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, etc.) give the levered beta, and if you calculate the correlation between a specific stock and the market (covariance/variance), you'd be finding levered beta.

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Dec 31, 2018

Most banks use Bloomberg for this or have a model that sources its information from Bloomberg/Thomson/Factset. These give you the levered Beta.

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Dec 31, 2018

Agree with the above that they're available online.

But to answer your question high level, you would get the unlevered beta first.

You take the betas of the comps, delever and find the average of the comps to come up with your industry beta.

You would then lever the unlevered beta using the company's go-forward capital structure to adjust for the leverage in the specific company.

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Jan 1, 2019

Thanks a lot!
I would appreciate that you could further help on the questions listed below:
1. Is the calculation result through linear regression between market return and stock return a levered beta?
2. In CAPM model, is the beta levered beta?

Dec 31, 2018
  1. levered beta, unlever with the capital structure of each peer seperatly
  2. leverd beta, lever up the unlevered beta of the peers with the capital structure of the company
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Jan 2, 2019