Finance Assignment | Professional Writing
1.Birch Corporation, a multi-divisional firm funded by 100% equity, is considering the following two independent projects. The risk-free rate is 3%, and the expected return on the market is 9%. The company’s overall cost of capital is 10%. The two projects are: (i) Project X in a low risk division has an equity beta of 0.9 and an expected IRR of 7.0% (ii) Project Y in a high risk division has an equity beta of 1.6 and an expected IRR of 11.4%. Which project should be accepted?
2.ABC Corporation and XYZ Corporation are identical firms in all aspects except for their capital structures (i.e. they have exactly the same assets/business but different capital structures). ABC is financed by 100% equity. XYZ is financed by 30% debt and 70% equity. The stock of which company has greater systematic risk and is more likely to suffer a greater price decline (or a more negative stock return) during an economic downturn like what we are experiencing now?
3.T/F Equity holders are owners of the firm, so they can vote on major corporate decisions and are usually paid first in liquidation.
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