Assignment: Effect of Debt Issuance on Stock Valuation
Resources: Corporate Finance
Scenario: Hightower, Inc. plans to announce it will issue $2.0 million of perpetual debt and use the proceeds to repurchase common stock. The bonds will sell at par with a coupon rate of 5%. Hightower, Inc. is currently an all-equity company worth $7.5 million with 400,000 shares of common stock outstanding. After the sale of the bonds, the company will maintain the new capital structure indefinitely. The company currently generates annual pretax earnings of $1.5 million. This level of earnings is expected to remain constant in perpetuity. The tax rate is 35%.
Prepare a 500-word memo advising the management of Hightower, Inc. on the financial impact, including the following:
• What is the company's stock price per share immediately after the repurchase announcement?
• How many shares will the company repurchase as a result of the debt issue? How many shares of common stock will remain after the repurchase?
The response should include a reference list. Double-space, using Times New Roman 12 pnt font, one-inch margins, and APA style of writing and citations.