“Since debt capital is cheaper than equity, companies should resort to one hundred percent use of debt to finance their investments”. Discuss the limitations of the above financing policy.

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Limitations of Debt financing
– Restrictive imposed by debt covenants
– It will result in high bankruptcy and agency costs leading to collapse of the firms
– Restrictions imposed by articles of association
– Availability of quality assets to be used as a collateral to secure debt capital
– Availability of cash to repay interest and principal at maturity
– Gradual increase in cost of debt and cost of equity as gearing increases which increases financial risk
– It will lead to poor credit rating hence inability to secure new capital

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