Surface Transportation Board.
Notice of decision.
On June 30, 2005, the Board served a decision to update its computation of the railroad industry's cost-of-capital for 2004. The composite after-tax cost-of-capital rate for 2004 is found to be 10.1%, based on a current cost-of-debt of 5.25%; a cost of common equity capital of 13.16%; and a capital structure mix comprised of 38.5% debt and 61.5% common equity. The cost-of-capital finding made in this proceeding will be used in a variety of Board proceedings.
This action is effective June 30, 2005.Start Further Info
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The cost-of-capital finding in this decision may be used for a variety of regulatory purposes. The Board's decision is posted on the Board's Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov. In addition, copies of the decision may be purchased from ASAP Document Solutions by calling 202-306-4004 (assistance for the hearing impaired is available through FIRS at 1-800-877-8339), or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental and Energy Considerations
This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), we conclude that our action in this proceeding will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The purpose and effect of this action are to update the annual railroad industry cost-of-capital finding by the Board. No new reporting or other regulatory requirements are imposed, directly or indirectly, on small entities.Start Signature
Decided: June 21, 2005.Start Printed Page 37895
By the Board, Chairman Nober, Vice Chairman Buttrey, and Commissioner Mulvey.
Vernon A. Williams,
[FR Doc. 05-12900 Filed 6-29-05; 8:45 am]
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