Task: Case Study

Task: Case Study

· Individual task

· The student will answer all the questions and problems below.


· You should submit a document in Excel format.

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This task assesses the following learning outcomes:

· Demonstrate a deep understanding of the theory and practices of financing a firm and its capital structure.

· Evaluate the financing risk that may result from the chosen debt ratio.

· Critically evaluate the dividend payout ratio.

· Describe and analyze the trade-off between paying dividends and retaining the profits within the company.

· Explain the purpose and procedure related to stock repurchases.

· Evaluate and advice on a firm going from private to a public company.

· Discuss and analyze the benefits of leasing versus ownership of assets.

· Analyze the concepts underlying the firm’s cost of capital (WACC).



1. Protos, Inc., has no debt outstanding and a total market value of $300,000. Earnings before interest and taxes, EBIT, are projected to be $25,000 if economic conditions are normal. If there is strong expansion in the economy, then EBIT will be 25 percent higher. If there is a recession, then EBIT will be 50 percent lower. Money is considering a $100,000 debt issue with an interest rate of 6 percent. The proceeds will be used to repurchase shares of stock. There are currently 5,000 shares outstanding. Ignore taxes for this problem.


a) Calculate earnings per share, EPS, under each of the three economic scenarios before any debt is issued. Also calculate the

percentage changes in EPS when the economy expands or enters a recession.

b) Repeat part (a) assuming that Protos goes through with recapitalization. What do you observe?


2.  Repeat parts (a) and (b) in Problem 1 assuming Protos has a tax rate of 25 percent.


3.- The company with the common equity accounts shown here has declared a stock dividend of 15 percent when the market value of its stock is $45 per share. What effects on the equity accounts will the distribution of the stock dividend have?

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4.- Sangria Corporation has a target capital structure of 65 percent common stock and 35 percent debt. Its cost of equity is 16 percent, and the cost of debt is 6 percent. The relevant tax rate is 25 percent. What is Sangria’s WACC?


5.- Given the following information for Telefonica Co., find the WACC.


Assume the company’s tax rate is 15 percent.


Debt: 5,000 bonds outstanding, 5 percent coupon, $1,000 par value, 10 years to maturity, selling for 105 percent of par; the bonds make semiannual payments.


Common stock:


185,000 shares outstanding, selling for $60 per share; the beta is 1.20.


Market: 8 percent market risk premium and 4 percent risk-free rate.


9-10 The student demonstrates an excellent understanding of the concepts.
8-8.9 The student demonstrates a good understanding of the concepts.
7-7.9 The student demonstrates a fair understanding of the concepts.
6-6.9 The student demonstrates some, but insufficient understanding of the concepts.
3-5.9 The student demonstrates insufficient understanding of the concepts. They may mention some relevant ideas or concepts, although it is clear that the relationship between them is not understood by the student.
1-2.9 The student demonstrates insufficient understanding of the concepts and does not mention any relevant ideas or concepts.
0 The student leaves the question blank or cheats.

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