Managerial Finance Essay Assignment Solution

Ronson Inc.; a technology company, is evaluating the possible acquisition of Blake equipment company. If the acquisition is made, it will occur on January 1, 2009. All cash flows shown in the income
statements are assumed to occur at the end of the year. Blake currently has a capital structure of 40%
debt, but Ronson would increase that to 50% if the acquisition were made. Blake, if independent,
would pay taxes at 20%, but its income would be taxed at 35% if it were consolidated. Blake’s current
market-determined beta is 1.40, and its investment bankers think that its beta would rise to 1.50 if the
debt ratio were increased to 50%. The cost of goods sold is expected to be 65% of sales, but it could vary
somewhat. Depreciation-generated funds would be used to replace worn-out equipment, so they would not
be available to Ronson’s shareholders. The risk-free rate is 8%, and the market risk premium is
4%.

a. What is the appropriate discount rate for valuing the acquisition?

b. What is the terminal value?

c. What is the value of Blake to Ronson?

d. Suppose, Blake has 120,000 shares outstanding. What is the maximum per share price Ronson should
offer for Blake?

Ronson management project the following post merger financial data (thousands of dollars

2009201020112012

Net sales$450$518$555$600

Selling and administrative expense45536068

Interest18212427

Tax rate after merger35%

Cost of goods sold as a % of sales65%

Beta after merger1.5

Risk-free rate8%

Market risk premium4%

Terminal growth rate of cash flow7%

available to Madison

2009201020112012

Sales$450.0$518.0$555.0$600.0

Cost of Goods Sold (65%)292.5336.7

Gross Profit157.5181.3

Selling/admin. costs45.053.0

EBIT112.5128.3

Interest18.021.0

EBT94.5107.3

Taxes (35%)33.137.6

Net Income/Cash Flow$61.4$69.7

* In this scenario, we state that net income and net cash flow are equal. This assumption arises from the

fact that depreciation-generated funds would be used to replace worn-out equipment, and would not be

available to shareholders.

To calculate the terminal value, we must determine the net cash flow for 2013. This is derived as the

2012 net cash flow expanded at the terminal growth rate of cash flows. From this point, we can derive

terminal value from the basic DCF framework.