TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT

INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT- Effect of Debt Issuance on Stock Valuation

Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate to students how the issuance of debt to purchase outstanding common stock could affect the value of the company’s equity and redefine the capital structure. The problem will also allow students to explore the effect of corporate taxes through debt financing.

Assignment Steps Resources: Corporate Finance

Scenario: Hightower, Inc. plans to announce it will issue $2.0 million of perpetual debt and use the proceeds to repurchase common stock. The bonds will sell at par with a coupon rate of 5%. Hightower, Inc. is currently an all-equity company worth $7.5 million with 400,000 shares of common stock outstanding. After the sale of the bonds, the company will maintain the new capital structure indefinitely. The company currently generates annual pretax earnings of $1.5 million. This level of earnings is expected to remain constant in perpetuity. The tax rate is 35%.

Prepare a 300 word memo advising the management of Hightower, Inc. on the financial impact, including the following:

  • Construct the company’s market value balance sheet before the announcement of the debt issue. What is the price per share of the firm’s equity?

INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT

Capital Market Efficiency Paper

Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to allow the student an opportunity to explain what it means to have an efficient capital market. Students will gain an understanding of the different levels of market efficiency and how behavioral finance can inhibit reaching market transparency.

Assignment Steps Resources: Microsoft® Word

Explain in 525 words what it means to have efficient capital market, including:

  • Describe the behavioral challenges in achieving efficiency.
  • Discuss the three forms of market efficiency.
  • What are the implications to corporate finance?
  • What are the implications to corporate finance?



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