SOLUTION: Capital Structure Decision Mini-Case

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Assume you have just been hired as business manager of PizzaPalace, a pizza restaurant located adjacent to campus.  The company’s EBIT was $500,000 last year, and since the university’s enrollment is capped, EBIT is expected to remain constant (in real terms) over time.  Since no expansion capital will be required, PizzaPalace plans to pay out all earnings as dividends.  The management group owns about 50 percent of the stock, and the stock is traded in the over-the-counter market.

The firm is currently financed with all equity; it has 100,000 shares outstanding; and P0 = $25 per share.  When you took your MBA Corporate Finance course, your instructor stated that most firms’ owners would be financially better off if the firms used some debt.  When you suggested this to your new boss, he encouraged you to pursue the idea.  As a first step, assume that you obtained from the firm’s investment banker

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