Assignment 3
Principles of Finance (FIN101)
Deadline: End of Week 14 (5/12/2020 @ 23:59)

Course Name: Principles of Finance Student’s Name:
Course Code: FIN101 Student’s ID Number:
Semester: 1st CRN:
Academic Year: 1441/1442 H, 1st Term

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Instructor’s Name:
Students’ Grade:   /5 Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low


  • This assignment is an individual
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Assignment Question(s):                                                        (Marks 5)
Q1. American​ Exploration, Inc., a natural gas​ producer, is trying to decide whether to revise its target capital structure. Currently it targets a 50​-50 mix of debt and​ equity, but it is considering a target capital structure with 70​% debt. American Exploration currently has 6​% after-tax cost of debt and a 12​% cost of common stock. The company does not have any preferred stock outstanding. (2 Marks)
a.  What is American​ Exploration’s current​ WACC?
b.  Assuming that its cost of debt and equity remain​ unchanged, what will be American Exploration’s WACC under the revised target capital​ structure?
 c.  Do you think shareholders are affected by the increase in debt to 70​%? If​ so, how are they​ affected? Are the common stock claims riskier​ now?
d.  Suppose that in response to the increase in​ debt, American​ Exploration’s shareholders increase their required return so that cost of common equity is 16​%. What will its new WACC be in this​ case?
Q2. What is the significance of voting rights to the ordinary shareholders? What is a proxy? Why do proxy fights occur? (1 Mark)
Q3. Briefly explain the factors that influence the planning of the capital structure in practice. (1 Mark)
Q4. ‘Bonus shares represent simply a division of corporate pie into a large number of pieces.’ Explain. (1 Mark)