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Davidson, Inc. is experiencing a period of rapid growth. Davidson will pay a dividend of $1.25 a share in one year from today. Dividends are expected to grow at 25% in the second year and at 20% in the third year. However, as a result of competition, dividends are expected to grow at a constant rate of 5% (per year) thereafter. The equity cost of capital is 15%. (12 points)

a) What are the dividends over the next four years? b) Compute the value (today) of a share of the stock.

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Answer #1

**a. Dividend in year 1 is $ 1.25**

**Dividend in year 2 will be as follows:**

= $ 1.25 x 1.25

**= $ 1.5625**

**Dividend in year 3 will be as follows:**

= $ 1.25 x 1.25 x 1.20

**= $ 1.875**

**Dividend in year 4 will be as follows:**

= $ 1.25 x 1.25 x 1.20 x 1.05

**= $ 1.96875**

**b. The price is computed as shown below:**

**= Dividend in year 1 / (1 + required rate of
return)**^{1}**+ Dividend in
year 2 / (1 + required rate of
return)**^{2}**+ Dividend in
year 3 / (1 + required rate of
return)**^{3}**+**
**1 / (1 + required rate of
return)**^{3}**[ ( Dividend
in year 4) / ( required rate of return - growth rate)
]**

= $ 1.25 / 1.15 + $ 1.5625 / 1.15^{2} + $ 1.875 /
1.15^{3} + 1 / 1.15^{3} x [ $ 1.96875 / (0.15 -
0.05) ]

= $ 1.25 / 1.15 + $ 1.5625 / 1.15^{2} + $ 21.5625 /
1.15^{3}

**= $ 16.45 Approximately**

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