Directions: Answer the following questions on a separate document. Explain how you reached the answer
or show your work if a mathematical calculation is needed or both. Submit your assignment using the
assignment link in the course shell. This homework assignment is worth 100 points.
Use the following information for Questions 1 and 2:
Boehm Corporation has had stable earnings growth of 8% a year for the past 10 years and in 2013
Boehm paid dividends of $2.6 million on net income of $9.8 million. However in 2014 earnings are
expected to jump to $12.6 million and Boehm plans to invest $7.3 million in a plant expansion. This one-
time unusual earnings growth wont be maintained though and after 2014 Boehm will return to its
previous 8% earnings growth rate. Its target debt ratio is 35%.
Calculate Boehms total dividends for 2014 under each of the following policies:
1. (a) Its 2014 dividend payment is set to force dividends to grow at the long-run growth rate in
(b) It continues the 2013 dividend payout ratio.
2. (a) It uses a pure residual policy with all distributions in the form of dividends (35% of the $7.3
million investment is financed with debt).
(b) It employs a regular-dividend-plus-extras policy with the regular dividend being based on the
long-run growth rate and the extra dividend being set according to the residual policy.
Use the following information for Questions 3 and 4:
Schweser Satellites Inc. produces satellite earth stations that sell for $100000 each. The firms fixed
costs F are $2 million 50 earth stations are produced and sold each year profits total $500000 and the
firms assets (all equity financed) are $5 million. The firm estimates that it can change its production
process adding $4 million to investment and $500000 to fixed operating costs. This change will (1)
reduce variable costs per unit by $10000 and (2) increase output by 20 units but (3) the sales price on
all units will have to be lowered to $95000 to permit sales of the additional output. The firm has tax loss
carryforwards that render its tax rate zero its cost of equity is 16% and it uses no debt.
3. What is the incremental profit? To get a rough idea of the projects profitability what is the
projects expected rate of return for the next year (defined as the incremental profit divided by the
investment)? Should the firm make the investment? Why or why not?
4. Would the firms break-even point increase or decrease if it made the change?
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