Residual dividend policy As president of Young’s of California, a large clothing
chain, you have just received a letter from a major stockholder. The stockholder
asks about the company’s dividend policy. In fact, the stockholder has asked you to
estimate the amount of the dividend that you are likely to pay next year. You have
not yet collected all the information about the expected dividend payment, but you
do know the following:
(1) The company follows a residual dividend policy.
(2) The total capital budget for next year is likely to be one of three amounts,
depending on the results of capital budgeting studies that are currently under
way. The capital expenditure amounts are $2 million, $3 million, and
(3) The forecasted level of potential retained earnings next year is $2 million.
(4) The target or optimal capital structure is a debt ratio of 40%.
You have decided to respond by sending the stockholder the best information available
a. Describe a residual dividend policy.
b. Compute the amount of the dividend (or the amount of new common stock
needed) and the dividend payout ratio for each of the three capital expenditure
c. Compare, contrast, and discuss the amount of dividends (calculated in part b)
associated with each of the three capital expenditure amounts.