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23) The Hastings Sugar Corporation has the following pattern of net...

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The Hastings Sugar Corporation has the following pattern of net income each year, and associated capital expenditure projects. The firm can earn a higher return on the projects than the stockholders could earn if the funds were paid out in the form of dividends.

   

Year Net Income Profitable Capital
Expenditure
1   $19 million     $  7 million  
2   19 million      12 million  
3   9 million     6 million  
4   14 million     7 million  
5   17 million     8 million  

     

The Hastings Corporation has 3 million shares outstanding (The following questions are separate from each other).

  

a.

If the marginal principle of retained earnings is applied, how much in total cash dividends will be paid over the five years? (Enter your answer in millions.)

   

  Total cash dividends $  million  

  

b.

If the firm simply uses a payout ratio of 20 percent of net income, how much in total cash dividends will be paid? (Enter your answer in millions and round your answer to 1 decimal place.)

  

  Total cash dividends $  million  

   

c.

If the firm pays a 20 percent stock dividend in years 2 through 5, and also pays a cash dividend of $2.40 per share for each of the five years, how much in total dividends will be paid?

   

  Total cash dividends $   

  

d.

Assume the payout ratio in each year is to be 40 percent of net income and the firm will pay a 30 percent stock dividend in years 2 through 5. How much will dividends per share for each year be? (Assume cash dividend is paid after the stock dividend). (Round your answers to 2 decimal places.)

    

Year Dividends
per Share
1 $   
2 $   
3 $   
4 $   
5 $   



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