Select a publicly held company and analyze its capital-structure, applying the theories and principles found in Chapter 15 of the text.
The structure of your research paper should include:
● A preview of capital structure issues
● Business and financial risks related to capital-structure
● Modigliani and Miller’s [MM] capital-structure theory
● Criticisms of the MM model and assumptions
● Capital-structure evidence and implications
● Estimating the firm’s optimal capital-structure
A firm’s optimal capital-structure is that mix of debt and equity that maximizes the stock price. At any point in time, management has a specific target capital structure in mind, presumably the optimal one, though this target may change over time. For example, financial management may choose a 50% equity financing [stock] and 50% debt [bond] financing.
Several factors influence a firm’s capital structure, including:
● Business risk
● Tax position
● The need for financial flexibility
● Managerial conservativeness
● Growth opportunities
Business risk is the riskiness inherent in the firm’s operations if it uses no debt.
This report is intended to be a capital-structure analysis of your selected public company. Your paper is intended to be an executive summary of your analysis, and is limited to a minimum of 5–7 pages of text, excluding the title page, table of contents, graphs, charts, tables, etc.
Directions for Submitting the Final Project
Compose your research paper in a MS Word® document using 6th edition APA format and citation style and save it as Username-GB550 Assignment 1-Unit#.doc (Example: TAllen- GB550 Assignment_1- Unit 5.doc). Submit your file by selecting the Unit 5: Assignment Dropbox.
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