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# Omni Telecom is trying to decide whether to increase its cash dividend immediately or use the...

Omni Telecom is trying to decide whether to increase its cash dividend immediately or use the funds to increase its future growth rate.

 P0 = D1 Ke − g

P0 = Price of the stock today
D1 = Dividend at the end of the first year
D1 = D0 × (1 + g)
D0 = Dividend today
Ke = Required rate of return
g = Constant growth rate in dividends

D0 is currently \$2.40, Ke is 13 percent, and g is 5 percent.
Under Plan A, D0 would be immediately increased to \$3.00 and Ke and g will remain unchanged.
Under Plan B, D0 will remain at \$2.40 but g will go up to 6 percent and Ke will remain unchanged.

a. Compute P0 (price of the stock today) under Plan A. Note D1 will be equal to D0 × (1 + g) or \$3.00 (1.05). Ke will equal 13 percent, and g will equal 5 percent. (Round your intermediate calculations and final answer to 2 decimal places.)

b. Compute P0 (price of the stock today) under Plan B. Note D1 will be equal to D0 × (1 + g) or \$2.40 (1.06). Ke will be equal to 13 percent, and g will be equal to 6 percent. (Round your intermediate calculations and final answer to 2 decimal places.)

c. Which plan will produce the higher value?

• Plan B

• Plan A

a)

Year 1 dividend = 3 (1.05) = 3.15

Price of stock today = Year 1 dividend / required rate - growth rate

Price of stock today = 3.15 / 0.13 - 0.05

Price of stock today = 3.15 / 0.08

Price of stock today = \$39.38

b)

Year 1 dividend = 2.4 (1.06) = 2.544

Price of stock today = Year 1 dividend / required rate - growth rate

Price of stock today = 2.544 / 0.13 - 0.06

Price of stock today = 2.544 / 0.07

Price of stock today = \$36.34

c)

plan A has the higher value

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