Project #20202 - Finance

Plastico,  a manufacturer of consumer plastic products is evaluating its capital structure. The book value balance sheet of the company follows: (all numbers in millions)

Assets                                                                                                   Liabilities

Current Assets                  $1000                                                   Debt $2500

Net Fixed Assets              $4000                                                   Equity $2500

Total                                     $5000                                                                   $5000

In addition, you are provided the following information

·         The company’s debt is long-term bonds, the coupon rate is 10%. Bonds are currently rated AA with a Yield to Maturity of 12%. The bond’s market value is 80% of par.

·         The firm currently has 50 million shares outstanding, the current market price per share is $80. The firm pays a dividend of $4 per share, and has a P/E ratio of 10.

·         The stock currently has a β of 1.2. The T-Bond rate is 8%.

·         The firm’s tax rate is .40

Plastico is considering a major change in its capital structure. The firm plans to issue $3 billion in new debt and buy back stock. This will cause the firm’s debt rating to drop to CCC. (CCC debt yields 18% in the market).

a.       Find the cost of equity after this change takes place.

b.       Find the firm’s WACC.

c.       Assuming there is no cost of financial distress imposed on the firm, what is the new share price?

 

d.       Discuss how the cost of financial distress might affect this firm. 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/18/2013 12:00 am
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