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POLA Corporation’s 2012 financial statements reported the following items, with 2011 figures given for comparison (adapted and in millions).
Use the DuPont model to compute POLA’s return on assets and return on common equity for 2012. Evaluate the rates of return as strong or weak. What additional information would be helpful in making this decision? Y is the symbol for the Japanese yen.
Duke Energy is a utility company that provides gas and electric service in North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. The company’s dividend yield is 6.6 percent. Starbucks, a wellknown retailer of coffee products, does not pay dividends, resulting in a dividend yield of 0.0 percent. Both companies are approximately the same size, with market values of $5 billion.
Based on this limited information, why do you think the dividend policies of the two companies are so different?
Will the two companies attract different types of investors? Explain.