appropriate rate

Great Subs, Inc., a regional sandwich chain, is considering purchasing a smaller chain, Eastern Pizza, which is currently financed using 20% debt at a cost of 8%. Great Subs’ analysts project that the merger will result in incremental free cash flows and interest tax savings of $2 million in Year 1, $4 million in Year 2, $5 million in Year 3, and $117 million in Year 4. (The Year 4 cash flow includes the horizon value of $107 million.) The acquisition would be made immediately, if it is to be undertaken. Eastern’s pre-merger beta is 3.1, and its post-merger tax rate would be 34%. The risk-free rate is 6%, and the market risk premium is 4.5%. What is the appropriate rate to use in discounting the free cash flows and the interest