How do I go about the mathematical part to this question?
The fund you represent is a significant shareholder in IM Industries which just paid a dividend of $5.25 per share and is currently expected to grow in perpetuity at 5% each year. Management has proposed a significant re-structuring of the business which will cost a lot of capital, only part of which can be raised externally. They are proposing that the board of directors suspend dividend payments for 2 years to finance the re-organization after which (in year 3), dividends of $5.00 per share will be re-instated. The re-organization will also cost the firm $100 million in the first year, and $80 million in year 2. This re-organization however will enable dividends to grow at 7% a year from that point forward in perpetuity.
If the appropriate discount rate is 11% under either alternative and the firm has 40,000,000 shares outstanding, should you vote to support the re-organization or not?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com March 21, 2019, 9:25 pm ad1c9bdddf
We should calculate the value per share under the two alternatives:
1. The current situation - using the dividend discount model
Value per share = D1/(Required return - growth rate)
D0 = current dividend = 5.25
required return = 11%
This solution provides steps necessary to determine whether one should vote to support the re-organization of IM Industries or not.