Project #10205 - Course Project

Course Project – Part I


The Course Project is an opportunity for you to apply concepts learned to a real-life simulation experience. Throughout the Course Project, you will assume that you work as a financial analyst for AirJet Best Parts, Inc. The Course Project is provided in two parts as follows: 

Part I – In Part I, you work with AirJet Best Parts, Inc. staff to identify the best loan options, as well as to valuate stocks and bonds. 

Part II – In Part II, you will provide the company with a recommendation for purchasing a new machine. You will base your recommendation on the Net Present Value (NPV) of the capital investment project using the cost of capital (WACC) as your discount rate. 

About AirJet Best Parts, Inc. 

AirJet Best Parts, Inc. is a company dedicated to the design and manufacturing of aviation and airplane technologies and parts. The company has commercial and military clients worldwide.  

Task 1:  Assessing loan options for AirJet Best Parts, Inc. 

The company needs to finance $8,000,000 for a new factory in Mexico. The funds will be obtained through a commercial loan and by issuing corporate bonds. Here is some of the information regarding the APRs offered by two well-known commercial banks. 

BankAPRNumber of Times Compounded 

Nation’s First Prime Rate + 5.75%Quarterly 

Regions Best 9.0%Monthly 


1.Assuming that AirJet Parts, Inc. is considering loans from Nation’s First and Regions Best, what are the EARs for these two banks? Hint for National Bank: Go to the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board’s website ( Select Categories; Money, Banking & Finance; Interest Rates; and then “Prime Bank Loan Rate”. Use the latest MPRIME. Show your calculations. (15 pts) 


2.What would be the payments (quarterly or monthly whichever is appropriate) on a five year loan of $8,000,000 from each bank? (15 pts)


3.What is the total amount to be paid under each loan? (5 pts)


4.AirJet Best Parts, Inc. has decided to take an $8,000,000 loan being offered by Loans R US at 9.5% APR for 6 years. What is the monthly payment amount on this loan? Do you agree with this decision? Explain your rationale. (15 pts) 

Task 2: Evaluating Competitor’s Stock 

AirJet Best Parts, Inc. is concerned regarding recent changes in its stock prices for the company and would like to determine the stock prices for key competitors. Key competitors include Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and the Northrop Grumman Corporation. 

1.Use Yahoo Finance, Google Finance or some other market watch service to obtain the latest dividend (make sure you get the ANNUAL dividend) amount and stock price for one of the key competitors mentioned above.  Then, using the dividend growth model and assuming a dividend growth rate of 3.5%, what is the required rate of return for the company you selected? Include a screen shot of the market watch page from which you gathered the data.  (15 pts) 


2.Using the rate of return from part 1 above, what should be the current share price of AirJet Best Parts, Inc. if the company maintains a constant 5% growth rate in dividends and the most recent dividend per share paid on the stock was $1.50? Show your calculations. (10 pts) 


3.Assume AirJet Best Parts has also a preferred stock issue. The most recent dividend per share paid on the stock was also $1.50, the same as the common stock. Which one would you think has a higher price, the preferred stock or the current stock? Explain your rationale. (5 pts)


4.What would happen with the price you computed in number 2 above if AirJet Best Parts, Inc. announces that dividends next year will increase? What if the required rate of return increases? How will a change in the dividend or in the required rate of return affect the stock price?  (10 pts) 


Task 3: Bond Evaluation 

AirJet Best Parts, Inc. would like to issue 20-year bonds to finance the new plant in Mexico.  The company currently has 6.5% semiannual coupon bonds in the market that sell for $1,052 and mature in 20 years. 

1.Assuming the same required rate of return, what coupon rate should AirJet Best Parts set on its new bonds to sell them at par value? (20 pts) 


2.What is the difference between the coupon rate and the YTM of bonds? (10 pts) 


3.What factors will contribute to the riskiness of these bonds? Explain in detail your rationale. (10 pts) 


4.What type of positive and negative covenants may AirJet Best Parts, Inc. use in future bond issues? (10 pts) 


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Due By (Pacific Time) 08/04/2013 12:00 am
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