$5.00 Info Systems Technology (IST) - Finance essayFound in Business: General-Business
Chapter 1, # 0
Info Systems Technology (IST) manufactures microprocessor chips for use in appliances and other applications. IST has no debt and 100 million shares of outstanding. The correct price for these shares is either $14.50 or $ 12.50 per share. Investors view both possibilities as equally likely so the shares currently trade for $13.50.
IST must raise $500 million to build a new production facility. Because the firm would suffer a large loss of both customers and engineering in the event of financial distress, mangers believe that if IST borrows the $500 million, the present value of financial distress cost would increase any tax benefits of $20 million. At the same time, because investors believe that managers know the correct share price, IST faces a lemons problem if it attempts to raise the $500 million by issuing equity.
a. Suppose that if IST issues equity, the share price will remain $13.50. To maximize the long term share price of the firm once its true value is known, would managers choose to issue equity or borrow the $500 million if
i. They know the correct value of shares is $1250?
ii. They know the correct value of shares is $14.50?
b. Given your answer to part A, what should investors conclude if IST issues equity? What will happen to the share price?
c. Given your answer to part A what should investors conclude if IST issues debt? What will happen to the share price in this case?
d. How would your answers change if there were no distress costs, but only tax benefits of leverage?
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