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1. Which of the following statements about dividend policies is CORRECT?

a. Modigliani and Miller argue that investors prefer dividends to capital gains because dividends are more certain than capital gains.  They call this the ―bird-in-the hand‖ effect.

b. One reason that companies tend to avoid stock repurchases is that dividend payments are taxed at a lower rate than gains on stock repurchases.

c. One advantage of dividend reinvestment plans is that they allow shareholders to avoid paying taxes on the dividends that they choose to reinvest.

d. One key advantage of a residual dividend policy is that it enables a company to follow a stable dividend policy.

e. The clientele effect suggests that companies should follow a stable dividend policy.

2. Which of the following statements is CORRECT?

a. One disadvantage of dividend reinvestment plans is that they increase transactions costs for investors who want to increase their ownership in the company.

b. One advantage of dividend reinvestment plans is that they enable investors to postpone paying taxes on the dividends credited to their account.

c. Stock repurchases can be used by a firm that wants to increase its debt ratio.

d. Stock repurchases make sense if a company expects to have a lot of profitable new projects to fund over the next few years, provided investors are aware of these investment opportunities.

e. One advantage of an open market dividend reinvestment plan is that it provides new equity capital and increases the shares outstanding.

3. Which of the following statements is CORRECT?

a. When firms are deciding on the size of stock splits—say whether to declare a 2-for-1 split or a 3-for-1 split, it is best to declare the smaller one, in this case the 2-for-1 split, because then the after-split price will be higher than if the 3-for-1 split had been used.

b. Back before the SEC was created in the 1930s, companies would declare reverse splits in order to boost their stock prices.  However, this was determined to be a deceptive practice, and it is illegal today.

c. Stock splits create more administrative problems for investors than stock dividends, especially determining the tax basis of their shares when they decide to sell them, so today stock dividends are used far more often than stock splits.

d. When a company declares a stock split, the price of the stock typically declines—by about 50% after a 2-for-1 split—and this necessarily reduces the total market value of the equity.

e. If a firm’s stock price is quite high relative to most stocks—say $500 per share—then it can declare a stock split of say 10-for-1 so as to bring the price down to something close to $50.  Moreover, if the price is relatively low—say $2 per share—then it can declare a ―reverse split‖ of say 1-for-25 so as to bring the price up to somewhere around $50 per share.

4. Which of the following statements is CORRECT?

a. If a firm follows the residual dividend policy, then a sudden increase in the number of profitable projects is likely to reduce the firm’s dividend payout.

b. The clientele effect can explain why so many firms change their dividend policies so often.

c. One advantage of adopting the residual dividend policy is that this policy makes it easier for corporations to develop a specific and well-identified dividend clientele.

d. New-stock dividend reinvestment plans are similar to stock dividends because they both increase the number of shares outstanding but don’t change the firm’s total amount of book equity.

e. Investors who receive stock dividends must pay taxes on the value of the new shares in the year the stock dividends are received.

5. DeAngelo Corp.’s projected net income is $150.0 million, its target capital structure is 25% debt and 75% equity, and its target payout ratio is 65%.  DeAngelo has more positive NPV projects than it can finance without issuing new stock, but its board of directors had decreed that it cannot issue any new shares in the foreseeable future.  The CFO now wants to determine how the maximum capital budget would be affected by changes in capital structure policy and/or the target dividend payout policy.  Versus the current policy, how much larger could the capital budget be if (1) the target debt ratio were raised to 75%, other things held constant, (2) the target payout ratio were lowered to 20%, other things held constant, and (3) the debt ratio and payout were both changed by the indicated amounts.

Increase in Capital Budget

Increase Debt Lower Payout  Do Bothto 75% to 20%___________________

a. $114.0  $73.3  $333.9

b. $120.0  $77.2  $351.5

c. $126.4  $81.2  $370.0

d. $133.0  $85.5  $389.5

e. $140.0  $90.0  $410.0

FIN 534 – Homework Chapter 15

1. Which of the following statements best describes the optimal capital structure?

a. The optimal capital structure is the mix of debt, equity, and preferred stock that maximizes the company’s earnings per share (EPS).

b. The optimal capital structure is the mix of debt, equity, and preferred stock that maximizes the company’s stock price.

c. The optimal capital structure is the mix of debt, equity, and preferred stock that minimizes the company’s cost of equity.

d. The optimal capital structure is the mix of debt, equity, and preferred stock that minimizes the company’s cost of debt.

e. The optimal capital structure is the mix of debt, equity, and preferred stock that minimizes the company’s cost of preferred stock.

2.   Which of the following statements is CORRECT?

a. A firm can use retained earnings without paying a flotation cost.  Therefore, while the cost of retained earnings is not zero, its cost is generally lower than the after-tax cost of debt.

b. The capital structure that minimizes a firm’s weighted average cost of capital is also the capital structure that maximizes its stock price.

c. The capital structure that minimizes the firm’s weighted average cost of capital is also the capital structure that maximizes its earnings per share.

d. If a firm finds that the cost of debt is less than the cost of equity, increasing its debt ratio must reduce its WACC.

e. Other things held constant, if corporate tax rates declined, then the Modigliani-Miller tax adjusted tradeoff theory would suggest that firms should increase their use of debt.

3.   Which of the following statements is CORRECT?

a. In general, a firm with low operating leverage also has a small proportion of its total costs in the form of fixed costs.

b. There is no reason to think that changes in the personal tax rate would affect firms’ capital structure decisions.

c. A firm with high business risk is more likely to increase its use of financial leverage than a firm with low business risk, assuming all else equal.

d. If a firm’s after-tax cost of equity exceeds its after-tax cost of debt, it can always reduce its WACC by increasing its use of debt.

e. Suppose a firm has less than its optimal amount of debt.  Increasing its use of debt to the point where it is at its optimal capital structure will decrease the costs of both debt and equity financing.

4. Companies HD and LD have identical amounts of assets, operating income (EBIT), tax rates, and business risk.  Company HD, however, has a much higher debt ratio than LD.  Company HD’s basic earning power ratio (BEP) exceeds its cost of debt (rd).  Which of the following statements is CORRECT?

a. Company HD has a higher return on assets (ROA) than Company LD.

b. Company HD has a higher times interest earned (TIE) ratio than Company LD.

c. Company HD has a higher return on equity (ROE) than Company LD, and its risk, as measured by the standard deviation of ROE, is also higher than LD’s.

d. The two companies have the same ROE.

e. Company HD’s ROE would be higher if it had no debt.

5.   Which of the following statements is CORRECT?

a. Generally, debt-to-total-assets ratios do not vary much among different industries, although they do vary among firms within a given industry.

b. Electric utilities generally have very high common equity ratios because their revenues are more volatile than those of firms in most other industries.

c. Drug companies (prescription, not illegal!) generally have high debt-to-equity ratios because their earnings are very stable and, thus, they can cover the high interest costs associated with high debt levels.

d. Wide variations in capital structures exist both between industries and among individual firms

within given industries.  These differences are caused by differing business risks and also managerial attitudes.

e. Since most stocks sell at or very close to their book values, book value capital structures are almost always adequate for use in estimating firms’ costs of capital.

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