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TOPIC 1             COMPANY GOALS
1.    What is the difference between stock price maximization and profit
      maximization?

2.    What is the best measure of stockholder welfare? Why?

3.    Explain why limited liability is often a fiction for small corporations.

4.    How do small corporations often escape any income taxation?

5.    If you were the Vice President of a large, publicly owned corporation,
      would you make decisions to maximize stockholders' welfare or your own
      personal interests? What are some actions stockholders could take to
      insure that management's interests and those of stockholders coincided?

6.    Would the ―normal‖ rate of return on investments be the same in all
      industries? Would ―normal‖ rates of return change over time? Explain.

7.    Should stockholder wealth maximization be thought of as a long-term or a
      short-term goal?

8.    Assume that you are serving on the board of directors of a medium-sized
      corporation and that you are responsible for establishing the
      compensation policies of senior management. You believe that the
      company’s CEO is very talented, but your concern is that she is always
      looking for a better job and may want to boost the company’s short-run
      performance (perhaps at the expense of long-run profitability) to make
      herself more marketable to other corporations. What effect would these
      concerns have on the compensation policy you put in place?

9.    What are the major determinants of a company’s P/E ratio?

10.   What are ―agency problems?‖
TOPIC 2      FINANCIAL MARKETS AND INTEREST RATES
1.    What is the basic purpose of SEC regulation?

2.    What is the difference between ―going public‖ and ―being listed?‖ Why do
      companies go public?

3.    What is the difference between the money markets and capital markets?

4.    What are the two main factors that determine the cost of raising money for
      a company?

5.    What are venture capital firms? What do they provide and how much do
      they charge?

6.    What is the most valuable service investment bankers provide?

7.    What are the three types of security offerings? Which of the three types
      have to be registered with the SEC?

8.    An investor decided to sell 100 shares of General Motors. Is this
      transaction part of the primary market or the secondary market? Explain.

9.    What is a "continuous" market and how does an exchange attempt to
      meet this objective?

10.   What is the function of "financial intermediaries"? Name at least 6 major
      types of financial intermediaries. What advantages do mutual funds offer
      to investors?

11.   What are the main differences between the organized security exchanges
      and the over-the-counter market?

12.   Look in the Wall Street Journal or any other newspaper that carries stock
      quotes and select a major company such as General Electric. What kinds
      of information does the stock quote provide?

13.   What is the difference between the real risk-free rate of interest and the
      nominal risk-free rate of interest?

14.   If the real risk-free rate of interest is 3% and inflation over the next year is
      expected to be 2%, what rate of return can be earned on 1 year T-bills?

15.   How can you measure the default risk premium?

16.   What is interest rate risk?

17.   Is the interest rate risk a bigger problem for stocks or bonds? Why?

18.   What is a yield curve?

19.   Briefly describe the three theories that attempt to explain the term
      structure of interest rates.
20.   Suppose the annual yield on a 2-year Treasury bond is 11.5%, while that
      on a 1-year bond is 10%. The real risk-free rate is 3%. Using the
      expectations theory:
             a)    What is the expected inflation rate in year 1?

             b)      Forecast the interest rate on a 1-year bond during the
                     second year.13%

21.   Assume that the real risk-free rate is 4% and that the maturity risk
      premium is zero. If the nominal rate of interest on 1-year bonds is 11%
      and that on comparable-risk 2 year bonds is 13%, what is the 1-year
      interest rate that is expected for year 2? What inflation rate is expected
      during the second year?

22.   Which are more volatile, short-term interest rates or long-term interest
      rates? Why?

23.   How difficult is it to predict interest rates?
TOPIC 3        FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
1.      Earnings per share is ________ divided by _______________.

2.      Cash flow equals _________ plus ____________.

3.      An increase in an item on the right hand side of the balance sheet
        provides ________ for the company.

4.      Retained Earnings 12/31/xx                     $600
              Net Income xx                              80
              Dividends to common stockholders           20
        Retained Earnings, 12/31/x1
              a)     How much was in Retained Earnings on 12/31/ x1?
              b)     What was the retention or plowback ratio?
              c)     Does retained earnings represent cash?
5.      What are the five important questions that financial managers ask about
        cash—and where do they get the answers?

6.      Define each of the following:
            current ratio
            quick ratio
            inventory turnover ratio
            days sales outstanding (average collection period)
            fixed assets turnover
            debt ratio
            times interest earned
            profit margin
            return on assets
            PE ratio
            market/book ratio

     THE FOLLOWING 6 QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE FINANCIAL
     STATEMENTS BELOW:

                            SKI AND GOLF MANUFACTURING
                                    BALANCE SHEET
                                         12/31/xx
                                  (Dollars in Thousands)

     Cash                     $ 200       Accts. Pay. $        205
     Receivables                245       Notes Pay.           425
     Inventory                  625       Other Current Liab. 115
     Total Current Assets     1,070       Total Current Liab. 745
     Net Fixed Assets         1,200       Long-Term Debt       420
                                          Common Equity       1,105
     Total Assets           2,270         Total Liab. & Eq.   2,270
                                INCOME STATEMENT
                                   (Year Ending 12/31/xx)
     Sales                                             $2,400
     Cost of goods sold:
         Materials                       1,000
         Labor                             600
         Heat, light, and power             89
         Indirect labor                     65
         Depreciation                       80              1,834
     Gross profit                                             566
         Selling expenses                   175
         General & Admin. expenses          216
     Earnings before interest & taxes       175
         Interest expense                    35
     Earnings before taxes                  140
         Taxes                               56
     Net Income                              84

7.      Calculate the company's current ratio and quick ratio.

8.      Calculate the company's asset management ratios, that is, the inventory
        turnover ratio, fixed assets turnover, total assets turnover, and days sales
        outstanding.

9.      Calculate the debt management ratios, that is, the debt ratio and times-
        interest-earned ratio.

10.     Calculate the profitability ratios, that is, the profit margin on sales, return
        on total assets, and return on common equity.

11.     Calculate the market value ratios, that is, the P/E ratio and the
        market/book value ratio. The company had an average of 10,000 shares
        outstanding during 2004, and the stock price on 12/31/04 was $40.00.

12.     Use the DuPont equation with the equity multiplier to determine the
        company's return on equity.

13.     Return on assets is equal to _______multiplied by ________.

14.     Return on equity is equal to return on assets multiplied by _____ .

15.     What are "window dressing" techniques?

16.     National Appliance Stores, Inc. had sales of $1,800,000 last year. If the
        firm maintains $600,000 in inventory, what is its inventory turnover? What
        is it inventory turnover period?

17.     Plumber's Supply House has sales of $5,760,000. Its accounts receivable
        balance is $688,000.
        a) If all sales are on credit, what is the company's days sales
            outstanding?
      b) What is the firm's days sales outstanding if 10 percent of the firm's
         sales are for cash?

18.   The "XYZ Company" had a quick ratio of 1.4, a current ratio of 3.0, and
      inventory turnover of 6 times, total current assets of $810,000, and cash
      and marketable securities of $120,000 in 19xx. Assuming the company's
      current assets consisted only of cash, marketable securities, accounts
      receivable, and inventory, what were the company's annual sales and its
      DSO for that year?

19.   Complete the balance sheet in the table below using the following financial
      data:
          Debt ratio               50%
          Quick ratio              .80x
          Total assets turnover    1.5x
          DSO                      36 days
          Sales                    $450,000
          Inventory turnover       5x

          Cash            _          Acct. Pay.              _______
          Accts. rec.      __          LT debt               $60,000
          Inventories     __           Common stock          _______
          Fixed assets    ___          Retained Earnings     97,500
          Total     $300,000                   Total         _______

20.   The "ABC" Company has become concerned about the following figures
      which are only a continuation of a trend over the past several years.

                  Year 1          Year 2
      Assets     $50,000         $60,000
      Total debt  20,000          10,000
      Net income 10,000           11,000
      Sales      100,000         120,000

  One financial officer has argued that the company needs to expand its
  advertising campaign, but another officer believes the company should raise
  its prices.

  Explain, by analyzing the return on assets, which officer you would tend to
  agree with.

21.   Is the Market / Book ratio generally a good measure of the value of a
      company? Why or why not?

22.   What is the problem of ―double counting‖ when performing ratio analysis?
TOPIC 4                   TIME VALUE OF MONEY

1.    What is the terminal value of an initial deposit of $100 in 3 years assuming
      an annual interest rate of:
      a. zero %
      b. 100 %
      c. 10 %

2.    What is the terminal value of an initial deposit of $100 assuming an annual
      interest rate of 10% at the end of:
      a.     1 year
      b.     10 years
      c.     20 years

3.    If $100 is deposited at the end of each year for 10 years and earns 8%
      interest, how much will be accumulated?

4.    What is the terminal value of an initial deposit of $1,000 on January 1,
      2005 and $100 deposits made on December 31 each year for 10 years,
      assuming 8% is earned on deposits?

5.    Which amount is worth more at 7%, $1,000 today or $2,000 in 10 years?

6.    If $1,016.70 is invested for 10 years at 7%, how much will be
      accumulated?

7.    Which amount is worth more at 7%, $1,016.70 today or $2,000 in 10
      years?

8.    What is the present value of a perpetuity of $100 per year if the
      appropriate discount rate is 7%? In interest rates in general were to
      double and the appropriate discount rate rose to 14%, what would happen
      to the present value of the perpetuity?

9.    If money is worth 12%, what is the present value of $5,000 each year for
      the next 10 years? (Do not need to use the CF register)

10.   Find the present values of the following cash flow streams:
      a) at 0% Year       Stream A       Stream B
                   1      $100           $300
                   2       400            400
                   3       400            400
                   4       400            400
                   5       300            100

      b) at 8%
             USING THE CASH FLOW REGISTER:
             For Stream A: CF, 2nd, CE/C, Enter 0 for CF 0, down arrow, 100,
             Enter, down arrow (twice), $400, Enter, down arrow, 3 Enter, down
             arrow, $300, Enter, down arrow, NPV, 8, Enter, down arrow, CPT
11.   At 10%, what is $1,000 per year for the next 5 years followed by $400
      each year for the next 3 years now worth?

12.   Find the present value of the following cash flow stream, discounted at
      7%:
             Year 1 $100; Year 2 $400, Years 3 through 20 $300.

13.   At 15%, how long does it take to double an initial amount?

14.   Last year a company's sales were $12 million. Sales were $6 million 5
      years earlier.
      a)     To the nearest percentage point, at what rate have sales been
             growing?

      b)     What's wrong with this approach? "Sales doubled in 5 years. This
             represents a growth of 100% in 5 years, so, dividing 100% by 5, we
             find the growth rate to be 20% per year."

15.   An investor purchased an asset for $100,000 and 5 years later it was
      worth $161,100. What rate of return does this represent?

16.   The Knight Company buys a machine for $50,000 and expects a return of
      $11,511.19 per year for the next 8 years. What is the expected rate of
      return on the machine?

17.   Carolina-Atlantic invests $4 million to clear a tract of land and to set out
      some young pine trees. The trees will mature in 10 years, at which time
      Carolina-Atlantic plans to sell the forest at an expected price of $8 million.
      What is the company's expected rate of return?

18.    What is the future value of $3,000 compounded at 10% (annually) for 8
      years? What is the future value if the $3,000 is compounded semi-
      annually?

19.   If you borrow $40,000 for 5 years at 10%, what is the annual level
      payment to amortize the loan?

20.   Using the facts in the previous question, how much interest will be paid in
      year 2?

21.   How much total interest will be paid over the 5 year period?

22.   The Jackson family is interested in buying a home. The family is applying
      for a $125,000, 30 year mortgage. Under the terms of the mortgage, they
      will receive $125,000 today to help purchase their home. The loan will be
      fully amortized over the next 30 years. Current mortgage rates are 8%.
      Interest is compounded monthly and all payments are due at the end of
      the month.
      a) What is the monthly mortgage payment?
      b) What portion of the mortgage payments made during the first year will
          go toward interest?
      c) What will be the remaining balance on the mortgage after 5 years?
      d) How much could the Jacksons borrow today if they were willing to
         have a $1,200 monthly mortgage payment? (Assume the interest rate
         and the length of the loan remain the same).

23.   You want to buy a car that costs $20,000 and you have $5,000 for a down
      payment. Using an interest rate of 6.9%, how much will you pay per
      month if you spread your payments over 4 years?
TOPIC 5            RISK AND RATES OF RETURN
1.   Stocks X and Y have the following probability distributions of expected
     returns: (Note: parentheses signifies a negative amount)

            Probability          X             Y
                  0.1            (10%)         (35%)
                  0.2             2             0
                  0.4            12            20
                  0.2            20            25
                  0.1            38            45

     a)     Calculate the expected rate of return for Stock Y. (It is 12% for
            Stock X.)

     b)     The standard deviation of expected returns for Stock X is 12.2%
            and it is 20.35% for Stock Y. Now calculate the coefficient of
            variation for Stock Y. Is it possible that most investors might regard
            Stock Y as less risky than Stock X? Explain.

2.   The "ABC" Investment Fund has $1,000,000 invested in the following
     stocks:
                                    Expected     Standard
                       Amount       Return       Deviation
            Stock A    $100,000     10%          15%
            Stock B     150,000     5%           8%
            Stock C     400,000     14%          22%
            Stock D     250,000     12%          18%
            Stock E     100,000     11%          19%

     a)     What is the expected return on the portfolio?

     b)     Should the riskiness of the portfolio be measured by the weighted
            average of the standard deviations of the individual securities?
            Explain why or why not.

3.   A portfolio consists of only two stocks, A and B, with 50% invested in
     each. The correlation coefficient is +.3. The standard deviation of A is
     15% and it is 25% for B. We know the portfolio risk will be less than
     _____ . Why is this true?

4.   What is the relationship between the correlation coefficient and portfolio
     risk?

5.   Describe two types of investment risk.

6.   Explain why company-specific risk can be essentially eliminated in a well-
     diversified portfolio.

7.   What is "beta" and why is it the appropriate measure of a stock's riskiness
     in a portfolio?
8.    A company is evaluating three investment opportunities. Its financial
      manager has forecasted the risk-free rate and the expected market rate of
      return as being krf = 9% and km = 13%, respectively. What is the
      appropriate required rate of return for each stock if:
             a) Investment A has a beta of 0.5?
             b) Investment B has a beta of 1.0?
             c) Investment C has a beta of 2.0?

9.    Explain the meaning of the Security Market Line.

      THE NEXT 4 QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING
      INFORMATION:

      krf = 5%, km = 11%, and b= 1.3 for a stock

10.   What is k, the required rate of return for the stock?

11.   What would k be if investors expected the inflation rate to increase by 2
      percentage points?

12.   Go back to the original assumptions and determine what would k be if
      investors' risk aversion increased by 3 percentage points?

13.   Go back to the original assumptions and determine what would k be if
      investors expected the inflation rate to increase by 2 percentage points
      and their risk aversion increased by 3 percentage points?

14.   The Adler Investment Fund has total capital of $500 million invested in 5
      stocks:
                         Amount              Stock's
             Stock       (in millions)       Beta
             A           $160                0.5
             B            120                2.0
             C             80                4.0
             D             80                1.0
             E             60                3.0

      The beta coefficient for a fund like Adler Investment can be found as a
      weighted average of the fund's investments. The current risk-free rate is
      8%, whereas market returns have the following estimated probability
      distribution for the next period:
                                          Market
                     Probability          Return
                     0.1                  10%
                     0.2                  12
                     0.4                  13
                     0.2                  16
                     0.1                  17
a)   Determine the expected market return.
b)   What is the estimated equation for the Security Market Line?
c)   Compute the fund's required rate of return for the next period.
d)   Suppose Mike Adler, the president, receives a proposal for a new
     stock. The investment needed to take a position in the stock is $50
     million; it will have an expected return of 18%; and its estimated
     beta coefficient is 2.0. Should the new stock be purchased? At
     what expected rate of return should Adler be indifferent to
     purchasing the stock?
TOPIC 6     BONDS

1.    What is a ―bond indenture?‖ What is the main purpose of the Trust
      Indenture Act?

2.    What are ―debentures‖ and ―subordinated debentures?‖

3.    A bond that matures in 10 years sells for $985. The bond has a face
      value of $1,000 and a 7 percent annual coupon.
      a.     What is the bond’s current yield?
      b.     What is the bond’s YTM?
      c.     Assume that the YTM remains constant for the next 3 years. What
             will be the price of the bond 3 years from today?

4.    If interest rates in the economy rise after a bond has been issued, what
      will happen to the bond’s price and to its YTM? Does the length of time to
      maturity affect the extent to which a given change in interest rates will
      affect the bond’s price?

5.    Indicate whether each of the following actions will increase or decrease a
      bond’s yield to maturity:
      a.     A bond’s price increases
      b.     The company’s bonds are downgraded by the rating agencies.
      c.     A change in the bankruptcy code makes it more difficult for
             bondholders to receive payments in the event a firm declares
             bankruptcy.
      d.     The economy enters a recession.
      e.     The bonds become subordinated to another debt issue.

6.    Callaghan Motors’ bonds have 10 years remaining to maturity. Interest is
      paid annually, the bonds have a $1,000 par value, and the coupon interest
      rate is 8 percent. The bonds have a yield to maturity of 9 percent. What
      is the current market price of these bonds?

7.    What is the call premium and when do companies normally call their
      bonds?

8.    Thatcher Corporation has issued some 10 year bonds that have a 9
      percent coupon rate, payable semiannually. The price of the bonds is
      $1,100. The bonds are callable in 5 years at a call price of $1,050. What
      is the yield to maturity? What is the yield to call?

9.    Nungesser Corporation has issued some bonds that have a 9 percent
      coupon rate, payable semiannually. The bonds mature in 8 years, have a
      face value of $1,000, and a YTM of 8.5 percent. What is the price of the
      bonds?

10.   A zero coupon bond provides a positive cash flow to the issuer during the
      life of the bond. Explain.
11.   What is the value of a 30-year zero coupon bond if the appropriate
      discount rate is 12 percent?

12.   What are junk bonds and why do people buy them?

13.   What are warrants? Do they provide one or two cash inflows to the
      issuing company?

14.   What are the characteristics of term loans?
TOPIC 7                           STOCKS
1.   What does the ―par‖ value of common stock mean?

2.    Two investors are evaluating AT&T’s stock for possible purchase. They
      agree on the expected value of D1 and also on the expected future
      dividend growth rate. Further, they agree on the riskiness of the stock.
      However, one investor normally holds stocks for 2 years, while the other
      normally holds stocks for 10 years. On the basis of this information,
      should they both be willing to pay the same price for AT&T stock?
      Explain.

3.    Montoya Company has enjoyed many years of growth through franchising.
      Financial analysts now believe that the firm is moving into a mature,
      constant-growth phase of its life cycle. Next year's dividend is expected to
      be $4.50, and dividends and earnings are expected to grow at a constant
      5% rate in the future. What price should investors pay for a share of
      Montoya common stock if they require a 14 percent rate of return on their
      investment?

4.    Carolina Tobacco has been paying a $4.00 dividend for several years.
      Growth prospects for higher earnings are dim, but the company's treasurer
      is confident that the firm can continue to provide the current dividend into
      the foreseeable future. If investors require a 15% return, what is the
      current market price of the stock?

5.    You buy a share of Barngrover Corporation common stock for $21.40. You
      expect it to pay dividends of $1.07, $1.1449, and $1.2250 in Years 1, 2,
      and 3, respectively, and expect to sell it at a price of $26.22 at the end of 3
      years.
             a)      Calculate the growth rate in dividends. (Use 3 years for the
                     growth period).
             b)      Calculate the expected dividend yield.
             c)      Assuming that the calculated growth rate is expected to
                     continue, what is this stock's expected total rate of return?

6.    Wendt Mining Company's ore reserves are being depleted, so its sales are
      falling. Also, its pit is getting deeper each year, so its costs are rising. As
      a result, the company's earnings and dividends are declining at the
      constant rate of 5% per year. If D0 = $5, and ks = 15%, what is the value
      of Wendt Mining's common stock?

7.    Company X is expected to pay an end-year dividend of $10 per share.
      After the dividend, its stock is expected to sell for $210. If the market
      capitalization rate is 10%, what is the current stock price?

8.    Company Z’s dividends per share are expected to grow indefinitely by 5%
      per year. If next year’s dividend is $10 and the market capitalization rate
      is 10%, what is the current stock price?
9.    You believe that next year the ABC Company will pay a dividend of $2 on
      its common stock. Thereafter you expect dividends to grow at a rate of
      4% a year in perpetuity. If you require a return of 12% on your
      investment, how much should you be prepared to pay for the stock?

10.   A company always pays a dividend that is 80% of it's earnings per share.
      The return on equity in this company averages 12%. If the dividend this
      year is $5 and an investor requires a return of 15%, what is the value of
      this stock?

11.   What are the pros and cons of issuing common stock?

12.   A company has hard assets worth $500,000 and the industry average rate
      of return is 28%. Actual, true earnings are $200,000 per year. The
      capitalization rate for goodwill is 40%. Using the excess earnings method
      what is the value of the:
             a)      Goodwill?
             b)      Company?

13.   Using the reduced P/E approach and the following data, what is the value
      of Company X if there is a 20% discount for lack of marketability? True
      earnings for Company X are $800,000.
             Average P/E ratios
             Co. A        8X
             Co. B        10 X
             Co. C        6X
             Co. D        7X

14.   Americal Corporation has a $100 par, $7 dividend perpetual preferred
      stock outstanding. Investors require a 12% return on investments of this
      type.
      a)     What is the current market price of Americal's preferred stock?
      b)     Is the price computed in (a) above the same price that you would
             find if you discounted each future dividend back to the present
             using the 12% discount factors?
      c)     If the investment community's required rate of return fell for
             Americal's preferred stock, what would happen to the price?

15.   A company has a $100 par value preferred stock outstanding that pays a
      dividend of $14 per year and which has no sinking fund feature. The
      required rate of return on preferred stock with this degree of risk is 8%.
      What is the value of this preferred stock?

16.   A financial manager (of a company that is not a public utility) has
      decided to raise funds either by selling bonds or preferred stock.
          a. What is the major attraction to the financial manager that is shared
             by both bonds and preferred stock?
          b. What is the major disadvantage to the financial manager of issuing
             preferred stock rather than bonds?
          c. Why is an individual investor likely to prefer the company’s bonds
             rather than the preferred stock?

17.   Define each of the three levels of market efficiency.
18.   What level of efficiency does the NYSE have?
TOPIC 8                   CAPITAL BUDGETING
1.   Explain why the NPV of a relatively long-term project, defined as one in
     which a high percentage of its cash flows are expected in the distant
     future, is more sensitive to changes in the cost of capital than is the NPV
     of a short-term project.

2.   Project K has a cost of $52,125, and its expected net cash inflows are
     $12,000 per year for 8 years.
            a)    What is the project's payback period?
            a)    The cost of capital is 12%. What is the project's NPV?
            c)    What is the project's IRR? 16%.

3.   Sound Design is investigating a project that costs $1,392,960 and is
     expected to produce net cash inflows of $600,000 annually for 3 years.
           a)     What is the project's payback period?
           b)     If the cost of capital is 12 percent, what is the project's NPV?
           c)     What is the project's IRR?

4.   The management of Hytec Electronics is evaluating the following
     investment opportunity, which costs $47,678.50 today but promises to
     return the following net cash flows:

                   Year          Net Cash Flows
                   1                   $20,000
                   2                    15,000
                   3                    10,000
                   4                    20,000

            a)     What is the project's payback? 3.134 years.
            b)     What is the project's NPV if Hytec's cost of capital is 14%?
            c)     What is the project's IRR?

5.   The Homes Corp. is faced with two mutually exclusive investment
     proposals.
                              Cost         Net Cash Flows
           Project A          $100,000     $30,000 per year for 5 years
           Project B          $ 50,000     $16,000 per year for 5 years

     Homes has a 10% after-tax cost of capital. Compute the NPV and
     profitability index for each project. Which should be accepted?

6.   A project has a cost of $100,000 and will provide net cash inflows of
     $10,000 per year for 11 years.
            a)     What is the reciprocal of the project's payback period?
            b)     What is the project's IRR?
            a)     Now assume all the same facts as above except that the
                   project will provide net cash inflows of $10,000 per year for
                   55 years. What is the reciprocal of the project's payback
                   period? What is the project's IRR?
7.   The Tallman Coffee Company is evaluating the within-plant distribution
     system for its new roasting, grinding, and packing plant. The two
     alternatives are (1) a conveyor system with a high initial cost but low
     annual operating costs and (2) several forklift trucks, which cost less but
     have considerably higher operating costs. The decision to construct the
     plant has already been made, and the choice here will have no effect on
     the overall revenues of the project. The cost of capital for the plant is 9%,
     and the project's expected net costs are listed below:

                                        Expected Net Cash Flows
            Year                 Conveyor                 Forklift
            0                    ($300,000)               ($120,000)
            1                       (66,000)              (96,000)
            2                       (66,000)              (96,000)
            3                       (66,000)              (96,000)
            4                       (66,000)              (96,000)
            5                       (66,000)              (96,000)

     Which alternative would you choose? Why?

8.   Los Morales Corp. is considering a computer costing $70,000. The
     presence of this machine is expected to save one part-time worker at an
     annual savings of $20,000. The computer has a useful life of 7 years, and
     a 10% investment tax credit is available at the time the computer is placed
     in service. The company's marginal tax rate is 40% and the after-tax
     required rate of return on the project is 14%.
            a)     Using straight line depreciation, what is the project's net
                   present value?

            b)     If a working capital investment of $5,000 in addition to the
                   cost of the computer were needed over the life of the project,
                   what would be the effect on the net present value? (Assume
                   straight line depreciation).

9.   The Mammoth Ski Resort is considering a half dozen capital improvement
     projects. It has allocated $1 million for capital budgeting purposes. The
     following proposals and associated profitability indexes have been
     determined. The projects themselves are independent of one another.
            Project                   Amount            Index
     A      Extend ski lift #4      $500,000            1.22
     B      New sports shop          150,000             .95
     C      Extend ski lift #16      350,000            1.20
     D      New restaurant           450,000            1.18
     E      Additional housing       200,000            1.12
     F      Skating rink             400,000            1.05

     Question 1: With strict capital rationing, which of the above investments
                         should be undertaken?
     Question 2: Is this an optimal strategy?
10.   Your firm is considering the purchase of a machine with the following data:
             a.     The machine will cost $2,000. If you decide to buy the
                    machine, $200 will be used as a down payment and the
                    balance paid off in 4 years at 6% interest (assume interest
                    payments the same in each year--$106 per year).
             b.     Depreciation is computed on a straight line basis (4 years)
                    with no salvage value.
            c.     The machine is expected to generate gross cash flows of
                   $1,000 a year for 4 years.
            d.     Operating costs are expected to be $200 a year.

      The company's cost of capital is 8% and its tax bracket is 48%. What is
      the NPV of the machine?

11.   An investment will cost $8,426 and will provide cash inflows of $4,000
      each year for 3 years.
            (a)     What is the investment's IRR?
            (b)     If the interim cash flows are reinvested at 20%, how much
                    will be accumulated by the end of the third year?
            (c)     If the interim cash flows are reinvested at the company's cost
                    of capital of 32%, what rate of return will be earned on this
                    investment?
            (d)     If the interim cash flows are reinvested at a "safe rate" of
                    12%, what rate of return will be earned on this investment?
                    $13,497.60 will be accumulated.

12.   Explain how each of the following in capital budgeting decisions:
             a)    sunk costs
             b)    opportunity costs
             c)    externalities

13.   John bought a rental house in 1998 for $140,000. He paid 10% down and
      financed the remainder over 15 years. To pay the house off as soon as
      possible he arranged for the mortgage company to take $1,000 from his
      bank account for the mortgage payment on the first and fifteenth of each
      month. John rents the house for $1,400 per month but he pays $150 for
      association dues for the house. He estimates that an average of $100 per
      month will cover repairs and the vacancy factor. The current market value
      of the house is $170,000. Do you think this is a good investment for
      John? Explain your reasoning.
TOPIC 9                   COST OF CAPITAL
1.   Calculate the after-tax cost of debt under each of the following conditions:
           a)      Interest rate, 13%; tax rate, 0%.
           b)      Interest rate, 13%, tax rate, 20%.
           c)      Interest rate, 13%, tax rate, 34%.

2.   The O'Brien Company's financing plans for next year include the sale of
     long-term bonds with a 10% coupon. The company believes it can sell the
     bonds at a price that will provide a yield to maturity of 12%. If the federal
     plus state tax rate is 34%, what is O'Brien's after-tax cost of debt?

3.   Bildersee Industries plans to issue some $100 par preferred stock with an
     11 percent dividend. The stock is selling on the market for $97.00, and
     Bildersee must pay flotation costs of 5% of the market price. What is the
     cost of the preferred stock for Bildersee?

4.   Percy Motors has a target capital structure of 40 percent debt and 60
     percent equity. The yield to maturity on the company’s bonds would be 9
     percent if they issued bonds today, and the company’s tax rate is 30%.
     Percy’s CEO has calculated the company’s WACC to be 9.96%. What is
     the company’s cost of common equity?

5.   The earnings, dividends, and stock price of Rivoli Technologies Inc. are
     expected to grow at 7% per year in the future. Rivoli's common stock sells
     for $23 per share, its last dividend was $2.00, and the company will pay a
     dividend of $2.14 at the end of the current year.
            a)     Using the discounted cash flow approach, what is its cost of
                   retained earnings?
            b)     If the firm's beta is 1.6, the risk-free rate is 9%, and the
                   average return on the market is 13%, what will be the firm's
                   cost of equity using the CAPM approach?
            c)     If the firm's bonds earn a return of 12%, what will ks be using
                   the bond yield plus risk premium approach?
            d)     Based on the results of the previous parts (a-c), what would
                   you estimate Rivoli's cost of retained earnings to be?

6.   Javits and Sons’ common stock is currently trading at $30 per share. The
     stock is expected to pay a dividend of $4 per share, and the dividend is
     expected to grow at a constant rate of 5 percent a year. If the company
     were to issue external equity, it would incur a 10 percent flotation cost.
     What are the costs of internal and external equity?

7.   The Shalit Company's EPS was $6.50 last year and $4.42 five years
     earlier. The company pays out 40% of its earnings as dividends, and the
     stock sells for $36.
             a)     Calculate the past growth rate in earnings. (Hint: Use a 5
                    year growth period).
             b)     Calculate the next expected dividend per share, D1. (Do =
                    0.4($6.50) = $2.60)
             c)     What is the cost of retained earnings, ks, for the Shalit
                    Company?
8.   The Cordell Company's next expected dividend, D1, is $3.18; its growth
     rate is 6%; and the stock now sells for $36. New stock can be sold to net
     the firm $32.40 per share.
             b)    What is Cordell's percentage flotation cost, F?

           c)     What is Cordell's cost of new common stock, ke?


9.   How would each of the following affect a firm’s cost of debt, its cost of
     equity, and its weighted average cost of capital? Indicate by a plus (+), a
     minus (-), or a zero (0) if the factor would raise, lower, or have an
     indeterminate effect on the item in question. Assume other are held
     constant.
                                                                Effect on
                                                 kd(1 –t)       ks     WACC
     a. The corporate tax rate is lowered.       ______         ____ _____
     b. The Fed tightens credit.                 ______         ____ _____
     c. The dividend payout ratio is increased ______           ____ _____
     d. The firms expands into a risky new
            area.                                ______         ____ _____
     e. The stock market falls drastically
            and the stock price drops            ______         ____ _____
     f. Investors become more risk averse ______                ____ _____
TOPIC 10                 FINANCIAL FORECASTING
1.   What is a pro forma financial statement?

2.   Certain liability and net worth items generally increase spontaneously with
     increases in sales. Put a check mark by those items that typically increase
     spontaneously:

           Accounts payable            ____
           Notes payable to banks      ____
           Accrued wages               ____
           Accrued taxes               ____
           Mortgage bonds              ____
           Common stock                ____
           Retained earnings           ___

3.   A company is estimating the additional funds needed for the coming year.
     In the year just ended, sales were $1,500,000, the profit margin on sales
     was 8%, the dividend payout ratio was 40%, sales for the coming year are
     expected to be $2,200,000, and the fixed assets are operating at full
     capacity, but can be increased proportionately with sales. Using the
     percent of sales method and the following balance sheet information, what
     is the amount of funds that must be obtained through borrowing or by
     selling new common stock?

           Cash         $20,000        Accounts Payable           $50,000
           Receivables 185,000         Accrued Taxes              130,000
           Inventories 195,000         Mortgage Bonds             170,000
           Fixed Assets 200,000        Common Stock               100,000
                                       Retained Earnings          150,000

4.   At year end 20xx a company's total assets were $3.4 million. Sales, which
     were $5 million, will increase by 20% in 20x1. The 20xx ratio of total
     assets to sales will be maintained in 20x1. Common stock amounted to
     $850,000 in 20xx, and retained earnings were $590,000. Spontaneous
     liabilities will continue to be 22% of sales in 20x1, and the company plans
     to sell new common stock in the amount of $100,000. Net income is
     expected to be 5% of sales, and 60 percent of earnings will be paid out as
     dividends.
     a) What was the company's total debt in 20xx?

     b)    How much new debt financing will be needed in 20x1? (Hint: AFN
           - New stock = New debt)
5.   A firm has the following balance sheet and other data (in thousands of
     dollars):

            Cash                 20            Accts. Pay.    $    20
            Accts. Rec.          20            Notes Pay.          40
            Inventory            20            LT Debt             80
            FA                   180           CS                  80
                                               RE                  20
            Total                240                         Total 240

     Fixed assets are being used at 80% of capacity; sales for the year just
     ended were $400,000; sales will increase $20,000 per year for the next
     four years; the profit margin is 5%; and the dividend payout ratio is 60%.
     What are the total outside financing requirements for the entire 4 years?
     (Assume that fixed assets cannot be sold). (Hint: It is easier to project to
     year 4 without making projections for years 1, 2, and 3).

6.   Dandy Computers makes bulk purchases of small computers, stocks them
     in conveniently located warehouses, and then ships them to its chain of
     retail stores. Dandy's balance sheet as of December 31, 20x1, is shown
     below (in millions of dollars):
     Cash        $ 2.0            Accounts Payable $ 5.0
     Receivables 15.0             Notes Payable      10.0
     Inventories 33.0             Accruals            5.0
         Total CA 50.0               Total CL        20.0
     Net F.A.       20.2          Mortgage            3.4
                                  Common Stock        8.4
                                  Retained Earnings  38.4
     Total Assets 70.2            Total L. & NW       70.2

     Sales for 20x1 were $200 million, while net income after taxes for the year
     was $5,670,000. Dandy paid dividends of $2,268,000 to common
     stockholders. The firm is operating at full capacity.
         a) If sales are projected to increase by $50 million, or by 25 %, during
                 20x2, what are Dandy's projected external capital
                 requirements?

         b) Construct Dandy's pro forma balance sheet for December 31,
               20x2. Assume that all external capital requirements are met by
               bank loans and are reflected in Notes Payable.

         c) Now calculate the following ratios, based on your projected
            December 31, 19x2, balance sheet. Dandy's 20x1 ratios and
            industry average ratios are shown below for comparison.
                                 Dandy         Dandy      Industry
                                 Computers Computers Average
                                 12/31/x2      12/31/x1   12/31/x1
            Current ratio          (a)         2.5 X        3X
            Debt/TA                (b)         33.3 %       30 %
            Rate of return on NW (c)           12.1%       12%
7. Assume:
         Sales last year        $     75
         Sales for the coming year    180
         Fixed assets last year       40
         Fixed assets were operating at 65% of capacity last year.
         Fixed assets can be added in whatever amounts are needed

           a) What is the company's full capacity sales level?

           b) What should be the company's target FA/S ratio?

           c) How much should the company have in fixed assets for the coming
                 year?

8. How does each of the following affect external capital requirements:
         a) Dividend policy
         b) The capital intensity ratio
         c) Profit margin

9. The relationship between certain assets and sales can be described as: (1)
      constant ratio, (2) economies of scale, and (3) lumpy assets. Describe
      each of these relationships and provide a type of asset that often falls into
      each category.
TOPIC 11 INTERNATIONAL FINANCE

1.    You are planning a trip to England and have located a hotel on the
      Internet that lists the price of the rooms as 50 pounds per night. How
      much will one of these rooms cost you in US dollars if $1 = .5222 British
      pounds?

2.    If the Euro appreciates against the US dollar, can a dollar buy more or
      fewer Euros as a result?

3.    If the US imports more goods from abroad than it exports, foreigners will
      tend to have a surplus of US dollars. What will this do to the value of the
      dollar with respect to foreign currencies?

4.    Should firms require higher rates of return on foreign projects than on
      identical projects located at home?

5.    If British pounds sell for $1.50 (US), what should dollars sell for in pounds
      per dollar?

6.    Suppose that 1 Danish krone could be purchased in the foreign exchange
      market for 14 US cents today. If the krone appreciated 10 percent
      tomorrow against the dollar, how many krones would a dollar buy
      tomorrow?

7.    Suppose the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Swedish
      kronaa was 10 krona = $1.00, and the exchange rate between the dollar
      and the British pound was ₤1 = $1.50. What was the exchange rate
      between Swedish kronas and pounds?

8.    You are the Vice President of International InfoXchange, headquartered in
      Chicago. All shareholders of the firm live in the US. Earlier this month,
      you obtained a loan of 5 million Canadian dollars for a bank in Toronto to
      finance the construction of a new plant in Montreal. At the time the loan
      was received, the exchange rate was 75 US cents to the Canadian dollar.
      By the end of the month, it has unexpectedly dropped to 70 cents. Has
      your company made a gain or loss as a result, and by how much?
      Consider only the immediate effect of the change in the rate of exchange.

9.    Does interest rate parity imply that interest rates are the same in all
      countries?

10.   Why might purchasing power parity fail to hold?

				
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