A. Compute earnings per share for both firms. Assume a 25 percent tax rate.
b. In part a, you should have gotten the same answer for both companies' earnings per share. Assuming a P/E ratio of 20 for each company, what would its stock price be?
c. Now as part of your analysis, assume the P/E ratio would be 16 for the riskier company in terms of heavy debt utilization in the capital structure and 25 for the less risky company. What would the stock prices for the two firms be under these assumptions? (Note: Although interest rates also would likely be different based on risk, we will hold them constant for ease of analysis.)
d. Base on the evidence in part c, should management only be concerned about the impact of financing plans on earnings per share or should stockholders' wealth maximization (stock price) be considered as well?
Solution contains calculations of earning per share, P/E ratio and stock price.