Smith and Co., Inc. has 1 million shares of common stock outstanding and plans to sell 200,000 new shares via a rights offering. Joe Wilson, a common stockholder, owns 200 shares of the company. How many rights will he receive in the mail, and how many rights will it take to purchase one of the new shares?
A) 200 rights, 5 per share.
B) 100 rights, 5 per share.
C) 100 rights, 20 per share.
D) 200 rights, 20 per share.
Stockholders receive one right per share owned. Hence, Joe receives 200 rights. The purpose is to maintain shareholders' proportionate interest in the company. Since the number of shares outstanding will increase by 20%, Joe needs to purchase 40 new shares (200 / 40 = 5 rights per share).