Capital structure

The purpose of this assignment is to analyze a firm’s capital structure and its impact on firm performance. Within the assignment, explain core concepts related to business risk and recommend sound financial decisions based on analysis of a firm’s capital structure and capital budgeting techniques.

(A) Read the Chapter 15 Mini Case in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer questions a and b.

(B) Using the mini case information, write a 250-500 word recommendation of the financial decisions you propose for this company based on an analysis of its capital structure and capital budgeting techniques. Explain why you chose this recommendation.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

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Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:


9.1 Recommend sound financial decisions based on analysis of a firm’s capital structure and

Mini Case

Assume you have just been hired as a business manager of PizzaPalace, a regional pizza restaurant chain. The company’s EBIT was $120 million last year and is not expected to grow. PizzaPalace is in the 25% state-plus-federal tax bracket, the risk-free rate is 6 percent, and the market risk premium is 6 percent. The firm is currently financed with all equity, and it has 10 million shares outstanding.

When you took your corporate finance course, your instructor stated that most firms’ owners would be financially better off if the firms used some debt. When you suggested this to your new boss, he encouraged you to pursue the idea. If the company were to recapitalize, then debt would be issued, and the funds received would be used to repurchase stock. As a first step, assume that you obtained from the firm’s investment banker the following estimated costs of debt for the firm at different capital structures:

Percent Financed with Debt, 

0%       —

20      8.0%

30        8.5

40        10.0

50         12.0

(A). Using the free cash flow valuation model, show the only avenues by which capital structure can affect value.

(D). To illustrate the effects of financial leverage for PizzaPalace’s management, consider two hypothetical firms: Firm U (which uses no debt financing) and Firm L (which uses $4,000 of 8% interest rate debt). Both firms have $20,000 in net operating capital, a 25% tax rate, and an expected EBIT of $2,400.

D1.     (1)

Construct partial income statements, which start with EBIT, for the two firms.

D2.     (2)

Calculate NOPAT, ROIC, and ROE for both firms.

D3.     (3)

What does this example illustrate about the impact of financial leverage on ROE?

D4.     (4)

Why did leverage increase ROE in this example?

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