making tactical financial decisions
The purpose of this assignment is to explain core concepts related to stock, equity, debt, and the roles they play in making tactical financial decisions.
Read the Chapter 20 Mini Case in Financial Management: Theory and Practice. Using complete sentences and academic vocabulary, please answer question A on a word document.
Create a 4-7 slide PowerPoint presentation in which you summarize your answers from the mini case. Be sure to include graphs, charts, and trends as appropriate.
Paul Duncan, financial manager of EduSoft Inc., is facing a dilemma. The firm was founded 5 years ago to provide educational software for the rapidly expanding primary and secondary school markets. Although EduSoft has done well, the firm’s founder believes an industry shakeout is imminent. To survive, EduSoft must grab market share now, and this will require a large infusion of new capital.
Because he expects earnings to continue rising sharply and looks for the stock price to follow suit, Mr. Duncan does not think it would be wise to issue new common stock at this time. On the other hand, interest rates are currently high by historical standards, and the firm’s B rating means that interest payments on a new debt issue would be prohibitive. Thus, he has narrowed his choice of financing alternatives to (1) preferred stock, (2) bonds with warrants, or (3) convertible bonds.
As Duncan’s assistant, you have been asked to help in the decision process by answering the following questions.
How does preferred stock differ from both common equity and debt? Is preferred stock more risky than common stock? What is floating rate preferred stock?
How can knowledge of call options help a financial manager to better understand warrants and convertibles?
Mr. Duncan has decided to eliminate preferred stock as one of the alternatives and focus on the others. EduSoft’s investment banker estimates that EduSoft could issue a bond-with-warrants package consisting of a 20-year bond and 27 warrants. Each warrant would have a strike price of $25 and 10 years until expiration. It is estimated that each warrant, when detached and traded separately, would have a value of $5. The coupon on a similar bond but without warrants would be 10%.
A. How does preferred stock differ from both common equity and debt? Is preferred stock more risky than common stock? What is floating rate preferred stock?