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Finance Assignment 6



1. HBM, Inc. has the following capital structure:

Assets              $400,000                                 Debt                 $140,000

                                                            Preferred stock                             20,000

                                                            Common stock                           240,000


The common stock is currently selling for $15 a share, pays a cash dividend of $0.75 per share, and is growing annually at 6 percent.  The preferred stock pays a $9 cash dividend and currently sells for $91 a share.  The debt pays interest of 8.5 percent annually, and the firm is in the 30 percent marginal tax bracket.


a. What is the after-tax cost of debt?

b. What is the cost of preferred stock?

c. What is the cost of common stock?

d. What is the firm’s weighted-average cost of capital?


2. Sun Instruments expects to issue new stock at $34 a share with estimated flotation costs of 7 percent of the market price.  The company currently pays a $2.10 cash dividend and has a 6 percent growth rate.  What are the costs of retained earnings and new common stock?

A firm’s current balance sheet is as follows:


Assets              $100                            Debt                             $10

                                                            Preferred stock                        $90

What is the firms weighted-average cost of capital at various combinations of debt and equity, given the following information?

Debt/Assets                  After-Tax Cost of Debt                        Cost of Equity             Cost of Capital

0%                                           8%                                           12%                             ?

10                                            8                                              12                                ?

20                                            8                                              12                                ?

30                                            8                                              13                                ?

40                                            9                                              14                                ?

50                                            10                                            15                                ?

60                                            12                                            16                                ?


b. Construct a pro forma balance sheet that indicates the firm’s optimal capital structure. Compare this balance sheet with the firm’s current balance sheet.  What course of action should the firm take?


Assets              $100                            Debt                             $?

                                                            Preferred stock                        $?


c. As a firm initially substitutes debt for equity financing, what happens to the cost of capital, and why?

d. If a firm uses too much debt financing, why does the cost of capital rise?


1. You purchase machinery for $23, 958 that generates cash flow of $6,000 for five years.  What is the internal rate of return on the investment?


2. The cost of capital for a firm is 10 percent.  The firm has two possible investments with the following cash inflows:

A                                 B

            Year 1                                                              $300                            $200

            Year 2                                                              200                             200

            Year 3                                                              100                             200


a. Each investment costs $480.  What investment(s) should the firm make according to net present value?

b. What is the internal rate of return for the two investments?  Which investment(S) should the firm make?  Is this the same answer you obtained in part a?

c. If the cost of capital rises to 14 percent, which investment(s) should the firm make?


3. A firm has the following investment alternatives:

Cash Inflows

A                     B                      C

            Year 1                                                              $1,100             $3,600             —–

            Year 2                                                              1,100              —–                  —–

            Year 3                                                              1,100               —–                  $4,562


Each investment costs $3,000; investments B and C are mutually exclusive, and the firm’s cost of capital is 8 percent.

a. What is the net present value of each investment

b. According to the net present values, which investment(s) should the firm make? Why?

c. What is the internal rate of return on each investment?

d. According to the internal rates of return, which investment(s) should the firm make? Why?

e. According to both the net present values and internal rates of return, which investments should the firm make?

f. If the firm could reinvest the $3,600 earned in year one from investment B at 10 percent, what effect would that information have on your answer to part e? Would the answer be different if the rate were 14 percent?

g. If the firm’s cost of capital had been 10 percent, what would be investment A’s internal rate of return?

h. The payback method of capital budgeting selects which investment?  Why?


4. The chief financial officer has asked you to calculate the net present values and internal rates of return of two $50,000 mutually exclusive investments with the following cash flows:

Project  A                     Project B

Cashflow                     Cashflow

            Year 1                                                              $10,000                                   $0

            Year 2                                                              25,000                         22,000

            Year 3                                                              30,000                         48,000


If the firms cost of capital is 9 percent, which investment(s) would you recommend?  Would you answer be different if the cost of capital were 14 percent?


7.  An investment with total costs of $10,000 will generate total revenues of $11,000 for one year.  Management thinks that since the investment is profitable, it should be made.  Do you agree?  What additional information would you want?  If funds cost 12 percent, what would be your advice to management?  Would your answer be different if the cost of capital is 8 percent?


While the investment offers an accounting profit of $1,000, that is insufficient information to make the investment. Alternative uses for the funds and their cost should be considered.


11.  The financial manager has determined the following schedules for the cost of funds:


Cost of debt ratio                                 Cost of debt                             Equity

            0%                                                       5%                               13%

            10                                                        5                                  13

            20                                                        5                                  13

            30                                                        5                                  13

            40                                                        5                                  14

            50                                                        6                                  15

            60                                                        8                                  16


a. Determine the firm’s optimal capital structure

b. Construct a simple pro forma balance sheet that shows the firm’s optimal combination of debt and equity for its current level of assets


Assets                                      $500                Debt                                         ——-

                                                                        Equity                                      ——-



c. An investment costs $400 and offers annual inflows of $133 for five years.  Should the firm make the investment?

d. If the firm makes this additional investment, how should it balance sheet appear?

Assets                                      ——                 Debt                                         ——–

                                                                        Equity                                      ——-


e. If the firm is operating with its optimal capital structure and a $400 asset yields 20.0 percent, what return will the stockholders earn on their investment in the asset?


11.  Investments Quick and Slow cost $1,000 each, are mutually exclusive, and have the following cash flows.  The firm’s cost of capital is 10 percent.

                                                                                                Cash Inflows

                                                                                    Q                                 S

            Year 1                                                              $1,300                         $386

            Year 2                                                              ———                           386

            Year 3                                                              ——–                         386

            Year 4                                                              ———-                                      386   

a. According to the net present value method of capital budgeting, which investment(s) should the firm make?

b. According to the internal rate of return method of capita budgeting, which investment(s) should the firm make?

c. If Q is chosen, the $1,300 can be reinvested and earn 12 percent.  Does this information alter your conclusions concerning investing in Q and S?  To answer that S’s cash flows can be reinvested at its internal rate of return.  Would your answer be different if S’S cashflows were invested at the cost of capital (10 percent)?

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