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PART I:
Deliverable Length: 700-1000 words
Understanding how to properly value a vanilla bond is essential for finance. Find a company with debt and that pays dividends. You can use the following stock screener to find a company: https://www.google.com/finance/stockscreener. Add the criteria of long-term debt to assets to ensure the company has debt. Add the criteria of dividend per share. Find the company’s financial pages at:  https://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml. Look at the long-term debt on the balance sheet. Determine the coupon price, the length until maturity and the yield to maturity. Calculate today’s price of the bond.

  • ·List the pertinent information on the bond you chose and then Calculate the price of one bond from one company.
  • ·Choose another company, find a bond, list all pertinent information and calculate today’s price.
  • ·Which bond is receiving the better price? Explain your answer.
  • ·From a time value of money frame of mind, what does each rate say about the viewpoint on the time value of money?
  • ·What does that tell you about the credit rating of each company?
  • ·Which company has a better credit rating? Explain your answer.
  • ·Based on the credit rating, which company do you think the bank feels more secure will pay back the loan? Explain your answer.
  • ·Why does the bank charge more interest for one company than another?
  • ·What does the credit rating say to an investor?
  • ·Which bond looks more attractive from the company’s view point? Explain why you chose the answer you did.

 
PART II:
Deliverable Length: 700-1000 words
Understand how to properly find the value of a stock using the dividend growth rate is a fundamental building block in valuation. Using the same two companies, evaluate each stock using a constant dividend growth model.

  • ·Calculate the future growth rate for both companies.
  • ·Which stock has the better growth rate? Do you agree with this assessment? Explain. Support your answer with either a description of a new product growth or from past growth performance.
  • ·Calculate the future stock price for both companies.
  • ·From a time value of money point of view stand point, what does the calculated stock price say about the market’s view on the time value of money for each stock?
  • ·Compare the calculated stock price with the current stock price for both companies.
  • ·Is either stock under or overpriced? Explain…
  • ·Should an investor purchase either of those stocks?
  • ·Should one stock outperform the other?
  • ·Based on the ratings found in Phase 4, does one stock seem more financially healthy? Explain.
  • ·Does this financial health make a stronger case to invest in the stock? Explain.
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