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Assessment

MBC Company was founded 25 years ago by the current CEO, Mike Williams. The company purchases real estate, including land and buildings, and rents the property to tenants. The company has shown a profit every year for the past 18 years, and the shareholders are satisfied with the company’s management. Prior to founding MBC, Mike was the founder and CEO of a failed sheep farming operation. The resulting bankruptcy made him extremely averse to debt financing. As a result, the company is entirely equity financed, with 16 million shares of common stock outstanding. The stock currently trades at $37.80 per share.

Mike is evaluating a plan to purchase a huge tract of land in the south-eastern United States for $85 million. The land will subsequently be leased to tenant farmers. This purchase is expected to increase Mike ’s annual pre-tax earnings by $14.125 million in perpetuity. Kim Weyand, the company’s new CFO, has been put in charge of the project. Kim has determined that the company’s current cost of capital is 10.2 percent. She feels that the company would be more valuable if it included debt in its capital structure, so she is evaluating whether the company should issue debt to entirely finance the project. Based on some conversations with investment banks, she thinks that the company can issue bonds at par value with a 6 percent coupon rate. Based on her analysis, she also believes that a capital structure in the range of 70 percent equity/30 percent debt would be optimal. If the company goes beyond 30 percent debt, its bonds would carry a lower rating and a much higher coupon because the possibility of financial distress and the associated costs would rise sharply. MBC has a 23 percent corporate tax rate (state and federal).

Required:

I.

This part consists of five sub questions

1. If MBC wishes to maximize its total market value, would you recommend that it issue debt or equity to finance the land purchase? Explain.

(5 marks)

2. Construct MBC ’s market value balance sheet before it announces the purchase.

(5 marks)

3. Suppose MBC decides to issue equity to finance the purchase.

a. What is the net present value of the project?

(5 marks)

b. Construct MBC ’s market value balance sheet after it announces that the firm will finance the

purchase using equity. What would be the new price per share of the firm’s stock? How many shares will MBC need to issue in order to finance the purchase?

(10 marks)

c. Construct MBC ’s market value balance sheet after the equity issue but before the purchase

has been made. How many shares of common stock does MBC have outstanding? What is the

price per share of the firm’s stock?

(10 marks)

d. Construct MBC ’s market value balance sheet after the purchase has been made.

(5 marks)

4. Suppose MBC decides to issue debt in order to finance the purchase.

a. What will the market value of the Mike company be if the purchase is financed with debt?

(5 marks)

b. Construct MBC ’s market value balance sheet after both the debt issue and the land purchase.

What is the price per share of the firm’s stock?

(5 marks)

5. Which method of financing maximizes the per-share stock price of MBC ’s equity?

(5 marks)

II.

Discuss the relationship between a company’s capital structure and its corporate strategy

(30 marks)

Please note that marks will be given for:

  • a wide-ranging reference with the correct use of the Harvard system

(5 marks)

  • quality of the written work with clear structure to the work and correct spelling was used throughout.

(10 marks)

(Total 100 marks)