Merger Analysis

Marston Marble Corporation is considering a merger with the Conroy Concrete Company. Conroy is a publicly traded company, and its beta is 1.20. Conroy has been barely profitable, so it has paid an average of only 20% in taxes during the last several years. In addition, it uses little debt, its target ratio is just 25%, with the cost of debt 9%.

If the acquisition were made, Marston would operate Conroy as a separate, wholly owned subsidiary. Marston would pay taxes on a consolidated basis, and the tax rate would therefore increase to 40%. Marston also would increase the debt capitalization in the Conroy subsidiary to wd = 35%, for a total of $23.82 million in debt by the end of Year 4, and pay 10.5% on the debt. Marston's acquisition department estimates that Conroy, if acquired, would generate the following free cash flows and interest expenses (in millions of dollars) in Years 1-5:

Year

Free Cash Flows

Interest Expense

1

$1.30

$1.2

2

1.50

1.7

3

1.75

2.8

4

2.00

2.1

5

2.12

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In Year 5 Conroy's interest expense would be based on its beginning-of-year (that is, the end-of-Year-4) debt, and in subsequent years both interest expense and free cash flows are projected to grow at a rate of 8%.

These cash flows include all acquisition effects. Marston's cost of equity is 8.0%, its beta is 1.0, and its cost of debt is 8.5%. The risk-free rate is 5%, and the market risk premium is 3.0%.

a.What is the value of Conroy's unlevered operations? Do not round intermediate steps. Enter your answer in millions. For example, an answer of $1.2 million should be entered as 1.2, not 1,200,000. Round your answer to two decimal places.

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What is the value of Conroy's tax shields under the proposed merger and financing arrangements? Do not round intermediate steps. Enter your answer in millions. For example, an answer of $1.2 million should be entered as 1.2, not 1,200,000. Round your answer to two decimal places.

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b. What is the dollar value of Conroy's operations? Enter your answer in millions. For example, an answer of $1.2 million should be entered as 1.2, not 1,200,000. Round your answer to two decimal places.

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If Conroy has $8 million in debt outstanding, how much would Marston be willing to pay for Conroy? Enter your answer in millions. For example, an answer of $1.2 million should be entered as 1.2, not 1,200,000. Round your answer to two decimal places.

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