Robert Campbell and Carol Morris

Robert Campbell and Carol Morris are senior vice-presidents of the Mutual of Chicago Insurance Company. They are co-directors of the company’s pension fund management division. A major new client has requested that Mutual of Chicago present an investment seminar to illustrate the stock valuation process. As a result, Campbell and Morris have asked you to analyze the Bon Temps Company, an employment agency that supplies word processor operators and computer programmers to businesses with temporarily heavy workloads. You are to answer the following questions.Bon Temps has an issue of preferred stock outstanding that pays stockholders a dividend equal to $10 each year. If the appropriate required rate of return for this stock is 8%, what is its market value?Assume that Bon Temps is a constant growth company whose last dividend (D0, which was paid yesterday) was $2 and whose dividend is expected to grow indefinitely at a 6% rate. The appropriate rate of return for Bon Temps’ stock is 16%.      (1) What is the firm’s expected dividend stream over the next 3 years?      (2) What is the firm’s current stock price?      (3) What is the stock’s expected value one year from now?      (4) What are the expected dividend yield, the capital gains yield, and the total return during the first year?Assume that Bon Temps’ stock is currently selling at $21.20. What is the expected rate of return on the stock?What would the stock price be if its dividends were expected to have zero growth?Assume that Bon Temps is expected to experience supernormal growth of 30% for the next 3 years, then to return to its long-run constant growth rate of 6%. What is the stock’s value under these conditions? What are its expected dividend yield and its capital gains yield in Year 1? In Year 4?Suppose Bon Temps is expected to experience zero growth during the first three years and then to resume its steady-state growth of 6% in the fourth year. What is the stock’s value now? What are its expected dividend yield and its capital gains yield in Year 1? In Year 4?Bon Temps’ financial statements show the following information:              Average cost of funds                  10.0 %              EBIT                                      $  500,000              Total capital                          $1,250,000              EPS                                                 $2.00              Shares outstanding                     150,000              Marginal tax rate                           30.0%       Compute the company’s economic value added (EVA)Suppose that normally Bon Temps’ P/E ratio is 20x. Using the information given in part (g), estimate the market price per share for Bon Temps’ common stock.

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