Problem 20-05 You are given the following information concerning a firm: Assets required for operation: $5,500,000 Revenues: $8,500,000 Operating expenses: $7,950,000 Income tax rate: 40%. Management faces three possible combinations of financing: 1. 100% equity financing 2. 25% debt financing with a 6% interest rate 3. 50% debt financing with a 6% interest rate a. What is the net income for each combination of debt and equity financing? Round your answers to the nearest dollar. 2. Net income b. What is the return on equity for each combination of debt and equity financing? Round your answers to one decimal place. Return on equity % % c. If the interest rate had been 12 percent instead of 6 percent, what would be the return on equity for each combination of debt and equity financing? Round your answers to one decimal place. c. If the interest rate had been 12 percent instead of 6 percent, what would be the return on equity for each combination of debt and equity financing? Round your answers to one decimal place. 3 Return on equity d. What is the implication of the use of financial leverage when interest rates change? The use of financial leverage is likely to -Select- + the return to the common stockholders if the rate of interest is low. If the rate of interest exceeds (after adjusting for taxes) the return earned on the borrowed funds, the return to the common stockholder is likely to ( -Select- + by the use of financial leverage.

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