Your submission must meet the following formatting requirements: Font size 12• Double-spaced Number of words: Please be pragmatic and objective on your answers, explain your calculations. All refencing and citations require Harvard referencing style. LEARNING OUTCOMES Demonstrate a deep understanding of: Demonstrate a deep understanding of the theory and practices of financing a firm and its capital structure. Evaluate the financing risk that may result from the chosen debt ratio. Critically evaluate the dividend payout ratio. Describe and analyze the trade-off between paying dividends and retaining the profits withinthe company.
in 2006, Ford Motor Company brought in a new CEO, Alan Mulally, who launched a thorough restructuring of the company. The company had to cut costs, improve efficiency, and renew its products. This was a massive investment, but debt financing was available. The company decided to borrow as much as it could, to maximize the amount of cash on hand to pay for the restructuring. In December 2006, Ford issued $5 billion of senior convertible notes. It also arranged a $7 billion, seven- year term loan and an $11.5 billion, five-year revolving credit facility. The total was $23.5 billion. Ford was able to get this money by pledging almost all of its assets as collateral, including its U.S. property, plant, and equipment; its equity investments in Ford Credit and Ford’s foreign subsidiaries; and its trade- marks, including the Ford brand name and logo. Why did Ford decide to use up all of its financial slack in one gigantic gulp? Please comment on the new CEO strategy?
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