CHAPTER 14 PROBLEMS
1. Calculating Dividend Amounts. Betty and John Martinez own 220 shares of ExxonMobil common
stock. ExxonMobil’s quarterly dividend is $1.76 per share. What is the amount of the dividend check
that the Martinez couple will receive for this quarter?
2. Determining the Number of Shares after a Stock Split. In March, stockholders of Dress Barn
Corporation approved a two for one stock split. After the split, how many shares of Dress Barn stock
will an investor have if she or he owned 210 shares before the split?
3. Calculating Total Return. Tammy Jackson purchased 100 shares of All-American Manufacturing
Company stock at $31.50 a share. One year later, she sold the stock for $38 a share. She paid her
broker a $28 commission when she purchased the stock and a $42 commission when she sold it.
During the 12 months that she owned the stock, she received $160 in dividends. Calculate Ms.
Jackson’s total return on this investment.
4. Determining a Preferred Dividend Amount. James Hayes owns 510 shares of Ohio Utility preferred
stock. If this preferred stock issue pays $3.50 per share, what is the total amount of the dividends Mr.
Hayes will receive in one year?
5. Calculating the Dividend Amount for a Cumulative Preferred Stock Issue. Wyoming Sports
Equipment issued a $2 cumulative preferred stock issue. In 2009, the firm’s board of directors voted
to omit dividends for both the company’s common stock and preferred stock issues. Also, assume that
the corporation’s board of directors votes to pay dividends in 2010.
a. How much did the preferred stockholders receive in 2009?
b. How much did the common stockholders receive in 2009?
c. How much did the preferred stockholders receive in 2010?
6. Calculating Dividend Payout. Assume you own shares in Honeywell, Inc. and that the company
currently earns $2.80 per share and pays quarterly dividend payments that total $1.10 a share each
year. Calculate the dividend payout for Honeywell?
7. Calculating Earnings Per Share, Price-Earnings Ratio, and Book Value. As a stockholder in Bozo Oil
Company, you receive its annual report. In the financial statements, the firm has reported assets of $9
million, liabilities of $5 million, after-tax earnings of $2 million, and 750,000 outstanding shares of
a. Calculate the earnings per share of Bozo Oil’s common stock.
b. Assuming that a share of Bozo Oil’s common stock has a market value of $40, what is the firm’s
c. Calculate the book value of a share of Bozo Oil’s common stock.
8. Calculating Beta. Thompson Home Remodeling has a 1.20 beta. If the overall stock market increases
by 7 percent, how much will Thompson Home Remodeling change?
9. Calculating Ratios. According to the financial statements for Samson Electronics, Inc., the firm has
total assets valued at $220 million. It also has total liabilities of $140 million. Company records
indicate that the firm has issued 2 million shares of stock.
a. Based on the above information, calculate the book value for a share of Samson Electronics.
b. If a share of Samson Electronics, Inc. currently has a market value of $50 a share, what is the
10. Using Dollar Cost Averaging. For four years, Mary Nations invested $4,000 each year in America
Bank stock. The stock was selling for $34 in 2007, for $48 in 2008, for $37 in 2009, and $52 in 2010.
a. What is Ms. Nations’s total investment in America Bank?
b. After four years, how many shares does Ms. Nations own?
c. What is the average cost per share of Ms. Nations’s investment?