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The most recent balance sheet for the Armadillo Dog Biscuit Co., Inc. is shown in the corresponding table. The company is about to embark on an advertising campaign, which is expected to raise sales from the current level of $5 million to$7 million by the end of next year. The firm is currently operating at full capacity and will have to increase its investment in both current and fixed assets to support the projected level of new sales. In fact, the firm estimates that both categories of assets will rise in direct proportion to the projected increase in sales.

Armadillo Dog Biscuit Co. Inc., ($Millions)

Current assets $2.0
Net fixed assets   3.0
Total $5.0
Accounts payable $0.5
Accrued expense   0.5
Notes payable     0
Current liabilities $1.0
Long-term debt $2.0
Common stock   0.5
Retained earnings       1.5
Common equity $2.0
Total $5.0

The firm’s net profits were 6 percent of the current year’s sales but are expected to rise to 7 percent of next year’s sales. To help support its anticipated growth in asset needs next year, the firm has suspended plans to pay cash dividends to its stockholders. In past years a $1.50-per-share dividend has been paid annually. Armadillo’s accounts payable and accrued expenses are expected to vary directly with sales. In addition, notes payable will be used to supply the funds needed to finance next year’s operations that are not forthcoming from other sources.

  • a. Fill in the table and project the firm’s needs for discretionary financing. Use notes payable as the balancing entry for future discretionary financing needs.
  • b. Compare Armadillo’s current ratio (current assets/current liabilities) and debt ratio (total liabilities>total assets) before the growth in sales and after. What was the effect of the expanded sales on these two dimensions of Armadillo’s financial condition?
  • c. What difference, if any, would have resulted if Armadillo’s sales had risen to$6 million in 1 year and $7 million only after 2 years? Discuss only; no calculations are required.

Garr Company estimates its investment to be $0.25 in assets for each dollar of new sales. By each dollar of additional sales$0.04 profits will be produced and $0.01 can be reinvested in the company. If sales rise by$400,000 the following year from their current level of $3.5 million and the ratio of spontaneous liabilities is 10 percent, what will be Garr Company’s need for discretionary financing? You need to estimate the changes in financing needs and match it with expected changes in spontaneous liabilities, retained earnings, and other sources of discretionary financing.


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