LEVERAGE, CAPITAL STRUCTURE, AND DIVIDEND POLICY

Review the 1) dividends for the past three years and 2) capital structure of the company you have been
researching for your SLP assignment. Then answer the following questions in a Word document (except for the
Excel portion specifically noted). The paper should be 2 pages in length.
What has occurred with your selected company’s dividend payout, dividend yield, and dividend per share over
the past three years? Do you have any explanations for what has occurred? Also, has this company had any
stock splits or stock repurchases in recent years?
How does your selected company’s dividend payout, dividend yield, and dividend per share compare with other
companies in its industry? Has the company’s dividend strategy been similar to other companies in its
industry?
Use Excel to plot your selected company’s earnings and dividends over the past three years. Do you notice
any patterns? What dividend policies from the background readings best match these patterns?
SLP Assignment Expectations
Answer the assignment questions directly.
Stay focused on precise assignment questions. Do not go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to
summarizing general background materials.
For computational problems, make sure to show your work and explain your steps.
For short answer/short essay questions, make sure to reference your sources of information with both a
bibliography and in-text citations.
REF:
Vishwanath, S. (2007). Chapter 19: Optimal capital structure. Corporate finance: Theory and practice. SAGE
Publications in India.
Finally, take a look at the following book chapter on dividend policy. Take a close look at the concepts of
regular dividend policy and low-regular-and-extra dividend policy, as well as stock splits and stock
repurchases:
Clive, M. (2012). Chapter 15: Dividend policy. Financial management for non-financial managers. Kogan Page.

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