Integrative Case 4: O Grady Apparel Company O Grady Apparel Company was founded nearly 160 years ago when an Irish merchant named Garrett O Grady landed in Los Angeles with an inventory of heavy canvas which he hoped to sell for tents and wagon covers to miners headed for the California goldfields. Instead he turned to the sale of harder- wearing clothing. Today O Grady Apparel Company is a small manufacturer of fabrics and clothing whose stock is traded on the over- the-counter exchange. In 2006 the Los Angeles based company experienced sharp increases in both domestic and European markets resulting in record earnings. Sales rose from $ 15.9 million in 2005 to $ 18.3 million in 2006 with earnings per share of $ 3.28 and $ 3.84 respectively. European sales represented 29% of total sales in 2006 up from 24% the year before and only 3% in 2001 1 year after foreign operations were launched. Although foreign sales represent nearly one- third of total sales the growth in the domestic market is expected to affect the company most markedly. Management expects sales to surpass $ 21 million in 2007 and earnings per share are expected to rise to $ 4.40. ( Selected income statement items are presented in Table 1.)Table 1. Selected Income Statement Items2004 2005 2006 Projected 2007Net sales $ 13860000 $ 15940000 $ 18330000 $ 21080000Net profits after taxes 1520000 1750000 2020000 2323000Earnings per share ( EPS) 2.88 3.28 3.84 4.40Dividends per share 1.15 1.31 1.54 1.76Because of the recent growth Margaret Jennings the corporate treasurer is concerned that available funds are not being used to their fullest potential. The projected $ 1300000 of internally generated 2007 funds is expected to be insufficient to meet the company s expansion needs. Management has set a policy of maintaining the current capital structure proportions of 25% long- term debt 10% preferred stock and 65% common stock equity for at least the next 3 years. In addition it plans to continue paying out 40% of its earnings as dividends. Total capital expenditures are yet to be determined.Jennings has been presented with several competing investment opportunities by division and product managers. However because funds are limited choices of which projects to accept must be made. The investment opportunities schedule ( IOS) is shown in Table 2. To analyze the effect of the increased financing requirements on the weighted average cost of capital ( WACC) Jennings contacted a leading investment banking firm that provided the financing cost data given in Table 3. O Grady is in the 40% tax bracket.Investment Opportunities Schedule ( IOS)Investment opportunity Internal rate of return ( IRR) Initial investmentA 21% $ 400000B 19 200000C 24 700000D 27 500000E 18 300000F 22 600000G 17 500000Financing Cost Data Long- term debt: The firm can raise $ 700000 of additional debt by selling 10- year $ 1000 12% annual interest rate bonds to net $ 970 after flotation costs. Any debt in excess of $ 700000 will have a before- tax cost kd of 18%.Preferred stock: Preferred stock regardless of the amount sold can be issued with a $ 60 par value and a 17% annual dividend rate. It will net $ 57 per share after flotation costs.Common stock equity: The firm expects its dividends and earnings to continue to grow at a constant rate of 15% per year. The firm s stock is currently selling for $ 20 per share. The firm expects to have $ 1300000 of available retained earnings. Once the retained earnings has been exhausted the firm can raise additional funds by selling new common stock netting $ 16 per share after under- pricing and flotation costs.1. Over the relevant ranges noted in the following table calculate the after- tax cost of each source of financing needed to complete the table.Source of capital Range of new financing After- tax cost (%)Long- term debt $ 0 $ 700000 ___$ 700000 and above ___Preferred stock $ 0 and above ___Common stock equity $ 0 $ 1300000 ___$ 1300000 and above ___2. a. Determine the break points associated with each source of capital. b. Using the break points developed in part ( 1) determine each of the ranges of total new financing over which the firm s weighted average cost of capital ( WACC) remains constant. c. Calculate the weighted average cost of capital for each range of total new financing.3. a. Using your findings in part b( 3) with the investment opportunities schedule ( IOS) draw the firm s weighted marginal cost of capital ( WMCC) schedule and the IOS on the same set of axes with total new financing or investment on the x axis and weighted average cost of capital and IRR on the y axis. b. Which if any of the available investments would you recommend that the firm accept? Explain your answer.4. a. Assuming that the specific financing costs do not change what effect would a shift to a more highly leveraged capital structure consisting of 50% long- term debt 10% preferred stock and 40% common stock have on your previous findings? ( Note: Rework parts b and c using these capital structure weights.) b. Which capital structure the original one or this one seems better? Why?5. a. What type of dividend policy does the firm appear to employ? Does it seem appropriate given the firm s recent growth in sales and profits and given its current investment opportunities? b. Would you recommend an alternative dividend policy? Explain. How would this policy affect the investments recommended in part c( 2)?Additional Requirements Level of Detail: Show all workG

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