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Leverage and Income Statement

Blackwell Company is planning to expand production because of the increased volume of sales. The CFO estimates that the increased capacity will cost $2,000,000. The expansion can be financed either by bonds at an interest rate of 12% or by selling 40,000 shares of common stock at $50 per share. The current income statement (before expansion) is as follows:

Blackwell Company
Income Statement


Less: Variable costs (40%)

Fixed costs

Earnings before interest and taxes

Less: Interest expense

Earnings before taxes

Less: Taxes (@ 35%)

Earnings after taxes


Earnings per share

Assume that after expansion, sales are expected to increase by $1,500,000. Variable costs will remain at 40% of sales, and fixed costs will increase by $550,000. The tax rate is 35%.
a. Calculate the degree of operating leverage using the following formula:

b. Calculate the degree of financial leverage using the following formula:

c. Calculate the degree of combined leverage before expansion using the following formula:

d. Construct the income statement for the two financial plans.

e. Calculate the degree of operating leverage, the degree of financial leverage, and the degree of combined leverage, after expansion, for the two financing plans.

f. Explain which financing plan you favor and the risks involved.

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f. In the two plans, we need to look at the EPS and the risks due to increased leverage. The debt plan has a higher EPS at 4.62 as compared to 4.41 for the equity plan. The interest charges in the debt ...