Unlevered Beta

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DEFINITION of 'Unlevered Beta'

A type of metric that compares the risk of an unlevered company to the risk of the market. The unlevered beta is the beta of a company without any debt. Unlevering a beta removes the financial effects from leverage.

The formula to calculate a company's unlevered beta is:

Unlevered Beta



Where:
BL is the firm's beta with leverage.
Tc is the corporate tax rate.
D/E is the company's debt/equity ratio.

BREAKING DOWN 'Unlevered Beta'

This number provides a measure of how much systematic risk a firm's equity has when compared to the market. Unlevering the beta removes any beneficial effects gained by adding debt to the firm's capital structure. Comparing companies' unlevered betas gives an investor a better idea of how much risk they will be taking on when purchasing a firms' stock.

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