Directions Your Assignment is to select a publicly-held company

Your Assignment is to select a publicly-held company and to analyze its capital structure, applying the
theories and principles found in Chapter 15 of the text.
The structure of your research paper should include:
? A preview of capital structure issues
? Business and financial risks related to capital structure
? Modigliani and Miller’s [MM] capital-structure theory
? Criticisms of the MM model and assumptions
? Capital structure evidence and implications
? Estimating the firm’s optimal capital structure
A firm’s optimal capital-structure is that mix of debt and equity that maximizes the stock price. At any
point in time, management has a specific target capital structure in mind, presumably the optimal one,
though this target may change over time. For example, financial management may choose a 50%
equity financing [stock] and 50% debt [bond] financing.
Several factors influence a firms’ capital structure, including:
? Business risk
? Tax position
? The need for financial flexibility
? Managerial conservativeness
? Growth opportunities
Business risk is the riskiness inherent in the firm’s operations if it uses no debt.
This report is intended to be a capital structure analysis of your selected public company. Your paper
is intended to be an executive summary of your analysis, and is limited to a minimum of 5 – 7 pages
of text, excluding the title page, table of contents, graphs, charts, tables, etc.
This summary report of your selected company’s capital structure should convey the quality, depth,
and completeness of your capital structure analysis, without going into excessive detail.

APA Style Required
The report should adhere to APA format. A minimum of 4 reference sources are required in addition
to the text.