The Off-Shore Steel Company has earnings available for common stockholders of $2 million and has 500,000 shares of common stock outstanding at $60 per share. The firm is currently contemplating the payment of $2 per share in cash dividends.

 

a. Calculate the firm’s current earnings per share (EPS) and price/earnings (P/E)

ratio.

b. If the firm can repurchase stock at $62 per share, how many shares can be purchased

in lieu of making the proposed cash dividend payment?

c. How much will the EPS be after the proposed repurchase? Why?

d. If the stock sells at the old P/E ratio, what will the market price be after

repurchase?

e. Compare and contrast the earnings per share before and after the proposed

repurchase.

f. Compare and contrast the stockholders’ position under the dividend and repurchase

alternatives