Posted: April 19th, 2016

1.

Assume Venture Healthcare sold bonds that have a 10-year maturity, a 12 percent coupon rate with annual payments, and a $1,000 par value.

a. Suppose that two years after the bonds were issued, the required interest rate fell to 7 percent. What would be the bonds’ value?

b. Suppose that two years after the bonds were issued, the required interest rate rose to 13 percent. What would be the bonds’ value?

c. What would be the value of the bonds three years after issue in each scenario above, assuming that interest rates stayed steady at either 7 percent or 13 percent?

2.

Twin Oaks Health Center has a bond issue outstanding with a coupon rate of 7 percent and four remaining until maturity. The par value of the bond is $1,000, and the bond pays interest annually.

a. Determine the current value of the bond if present market conditions justify a 14 percent required rate of return.

b. Now, suppose Twin Oaks’ four-year bond had semiannual coupon payments. What would be its current value? (Assume a 7 percent semiannual required rate of return. However, the actual rate would be slightly less than 7 percent because a semiannual coupon bond is slightly less risky than an annual coupon bond.)

c. Assume that Twin Oaks’ bond had a semiannual coupon but 20 years remaining to maturity. What is the current value under these conditions? (Again, assume a 7 percent semiannual required rate of return, although the actual rate would probably be greater than 7 percent because of increased price risk.

3.

Minneapolis Health System has bonds outstanding that have four years remaining to maturity, a coupon interest rate of 9 percent paid annually, and a $1,000 par value.

a. What is the yield to maturity on the issue if the current market price is $829?

b. If the current market price is $1,104?

c. Would you be willing to buy one of these bonds for $829 if you required a 12 percent rate of return on the issue? Explain your answer.

4.

A person is considering buying the stock of two home health companies that are similar in all respects except the proportion of earnings paid out as dividends. Both companies are expected to earn $6 per share in the coming year, but Company D (for dividends) is expected to pay out the entire amount as dividends, while Company G (for growth) is expected to pay out only one-third of its earnings, or $2 per share. The companies are equally risky, and their required rate of return is 15 percent. D’s constant growth rate is zero and G’s is 8.33 percent. What are the intrinsic values of stocks D and G?

5.

Medical Corporation of America (MCA) has a current stock price of $36 and its last dividend (D0) was $2.40. In view of MCA’s strong financial position, its required rate of return is 12 percent. If MCA’s dividends are expected to grow at a constant rate in the future, what is the firm’s expected stock price in five years?

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