Directions Your Assignment is to select a publicly-held companyDirections Your Assignment is to select a publicly-held company and to 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 Millerâs [MM] capital-structure theory ? Criticisms of the MM model and assumptions ? Capital structure evidence and implications ? Estimating the firmâs optimal capital structure A firmâs 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 firmsâ capital structure, including: ? Business risk ? Tax position ? The need for financial flexibility ? Managerial conservativeness ? Growth opportunities Business risk is the riskiness inherent in the firmâs 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. This summary report of your selected companyâs capital structure should convey the quality, depth, and completeness of your capital structure analysis, without going into excessive detail.APA Style Required The report should adhere to APA format. A minimum of 4 reference sources are required in addition to the text.
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