# Payout Policy &amp; Acquisitions 1. You are employed in the Fi...

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Payout Policy & Acquisitions
1. You are employed in the Finance Division of a firm that has 432,575,120 shares outstanding.
The current share price is \$38.65. The forecast earnings are \$1,574,600,000.
Calculate the current market value of firm equity and the earnings per Share (EPS).
The firm has accumulated a stockpile of \$2,200,000,000 in excess cash, and the directors want to pay-out these funds to the shareholders. You have been asked to compare the effects of a special one-time dividend and a share repurchase.
If the funds are paid out as a one-time special dividend, what will be the dividend per share (DPS)? What is the firm value after the dividend? What is the share price after the dividend?
What is the EPS after the dividend?
If the firm executes a share repurchase, how many shares can it purchase at what price? How many shares will remain? What is the firm value after the repurchase? What is the share price after the repurchase? What is the EPS after the repurchase?
2. Donovan Inc. is considering an acquisition of Gilhooly Corp. Donovan has 4,243,490 shares outstanding selling for \$37.71. Gilhooly has 1,289,940 shares outstanding selling for \$41.65.
What are the market values of both firms? In a stock-for-stock offer how many shares of Donovan stock will each Gilhooly equity holder receive for his share (if they allocate purely on the basis of the current prices)? If there are no synergies, what is the value of the combined entity? How many shares will be outstanding after the acquisition? What is the value of each share? What portion of the stock will the old Donovan shareholders hold in the firm after the acquisition?
Next, assume that Donovan has adequate excess-cash-on-hand to pay each shareholder of Gilhooly \$12.00. If they wish to make an acquisition based on a combination of stock and cash, how many shares of Donovan stock must each Gilhooly equity holder be given to buy-out the remainder of his share beyond the \$12.00? If there are no synergies, what will be the value of the combined firm (recall that each shareholder of the Gilhooly stock is being given \$12.00, so the value of the firm will decline accordingly)? How many shares will be outstanding after the acquisition? What is the value of each share? What portion of the stock will the old Donovan shareholders own in the firm after the acquisition?
Finally, presume that the merger will create synergies that have a present value of \$16,500,000.
Assume the two firms execute a straight stock-for-stock offer at the exchange ratio calculated in the first example above. What is the firm value, the number of outstanding shares, and the share price after the acquisition?

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Given
Outstanding shares 432,575,120
Current share price \$38.65
Forecasted earnings \$1,574,600,000

Market value of firm equity = Outstanding shares * Current share price \$16,719,028,388

EPS = Total earnings/Outstanding shares \$3.64

One time special dividend

Cash paid as dividend \$2,200,000,000
Dividend per share = Cash paid/No. of shares \$5.09...

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