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Acme Corporation: EPS and Percent Change in economy expansion and recession

Acme Corporation has no debt outstanding and a total market value of $12,000,000. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) are projected to be $1,100,000 if economic conditions are normal. If there is a strong expansion in the economy then EBIT will be 25 percent higher. If there is a recession, then EBIT will be 75 percent lower. Acme is considering a $5,000,000 debt issue with a 7 percent interest rate. The proceeds will be used to repurchase shares of stock. There are currently 1,000,000 shares outstanding. Ignore taxes for this problem.

Calculate earnings per share (EPS) under each of the three economic scenarios before any debt is issued.

Also, calculate the percentage changes in EPS when the economy expands or enters a recession.

Finally, repeat the calculations (EPS and percent change in EPS) that will result if Acme goes through with its plans to issue the bonds and repurchase stock

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When there is no debt:

Growth Normal Recession
EBIT 1,375,000.00 1,100,000.00 275,000.00
Interest Nil Nil Nil
Tax Nil Nil Nil
Earnings 1,375,000.00 1,100,000.00 275,000.00
Number of shares outstanding ...

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